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International Relations and Future Studies

Study area of International Relations and Future Studies offers an environment for students and faculty to investigate sets of interrelated global processes forming our contemporary interdependent world. It seeks to promote critical thinking on how the world functions as an interlinked and networked set of processes and relationships. Moving beyond the conventional state-based models of international life, it incorporates transnational processes that interact with local contexts through the dynamic flows of people, commodities and information.

The study area promotes advanced research and learning on issues of global concern in broad areas of international relations to economic, social and security related aspects of transnational processes. The focus of these major areas is on how the global processes interact with local polities and contexts.

Ongoing projects

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Post-Soviet Tensions: A Training Programme in Post-Soviet Affairs for Early Career Researchers

This project will provide a world class PhD training programme based on a network of dissertation topics and more experienced researcher interactions all focused on post-Soviet affairs, and in particular post-Soviet tensions. Tensions here is understood as both tangible tensions (conflicts, war, riots) and less tangible (or latent) ones (such as social tensions that have not as yet been manifest in a violent form). The project will support the development of a team of 12 Early Stage Researchers and 2 Experienced Researchers.

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Abel Polese

2013-2017

PSDEV - Imagining Development: A multidisciplinary and multilevel analysis of development policies and their effect in the post-socialist world

The main aim of this project is to establish, maintain and make sustainable a world class research group with a focus on (foreign and domestic) development policies in post-socialist spaces.

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Abel Polese

2013-2017

PROVIDing smart Delivery of public goods by EU agriculture and forestry

The objective of the project is to provide a conceptual basis, evidence, tools and improved incentive and policy options to support the "smart" provision of public goods by the EU agriculture and forestry ecosystems, in the light of trade-offs and conflicts brought about by prospective intensification scenarios, using a transdisciplinary approach. The practical results of the project will be: a renewed (“un-packed”) conceptualization of the notion of public goods; an operational framework to support the smart provision of public goods; a toolbox putting together an inventory/mapping of options, operational means for valuation and evaluation, and a selection of evaluated policy/sector mechanisms; a consolidated and long-lasting community of knowledge and practice.

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Külliki Tafel-Viia, Silja Lassur, Erik Terk, Andres Viia, Hannes Palang

2015-2018