Tallinn University School of Governance, Law and Society is an academic unit of Tallinn University that conducts studies on the three levels of higher education, continuing education and research, development and creative activities in the following study areas:

 

Political Science and Governance

The TLU study areas of political, governance and international studies are well established research, study and development centres in Estonia. Our core values are academic orientation, intellectual independence, professionalism, innovation, reliability, openness and effectiveness. Our lecturers and researchers.

We see politics and governance in synergy and related to international, legal, economic and social context. Our common interest focuses on states, politics and governance in a changing world. Our emphasis in governance studies is on the organisation and design of central and local governance institutions, our political studies focus on citizenship, migration, integration and the quality of democracy, and our international studies on security and the vulnerability of democracy.

Studies

We have considered the ability to renew ourselves and to address the society as very important. This is demonstrated by the popularity of our study programmes over decades and by our group of alumni that has grown to approximately 1500 graduates. Many alumni have been ministers, secretary generals, deputy secretary generals, leaders of state authorities and large enterprises. The most typical alumnus, however, is a competent official as a specialist, adviser or middle manager both in local governance and state administration.

We have study programmes both in Estonian and in English at all study levels. All study programmes have been accredited for a long time and our people have also evaluated the quality of speciality-specific study programmes of other countries. See study programmes.

Research and development

We have been constantly renewing ourselves academically, developing novel approaches and innovative inputs to the society and political and governance institutions. This is demonstrated by the popularity of our study programmes over decades and by our group of alumni that has grown to approximately 1500 graduates. Many alumni have been senior state officials such as ministers, MPs, secretary generals and deputy secretary generals in ministries, leaders of national agencies and enterprises. The most typical alumnus, however, is a competent official as a specialist, adviser or middle manager both in local governance and state administration.

We conduct study programmes both in Estonian and in English at all study levels. All our study programmes have been accredited for a long time and our people have also evaluated the quality of politics, governance and international studies programmes of other countries.

We have conducted numerous research projects both in European cooperation as well as within Estonia, published research articles, provided expertise for the drafting and assessment of national development plans and reforms, and continue to do so. Many of our staff members are known through the media; we have prepared series of articles to provide essential information to citizens at many elections and the prepared the first known voting machine in Estonia (2004).

We participate in many international research associations, incl. the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), the European Group for Public Administration (EGPA) and the Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee). We publish high level research journals Acta Politica Estica (in Estonian) and Studies of Transition States and Societies (in English, in cooperation with the sociologists). Our research activity has been internationally evaluated.

Contact:

Head of Study Area Leif Kalev, Professor of State and Citizenship Theory
E-mail: leif.kalev@tlu.ee
 

 

Social Protection

Social Protection encourages education and research that promotes knowledge, skills and values of the social work profession. Our graduate and undergraduate programs are interdisciplinary, emphasize multidisciplinary knowledge, the importance of practitioner–client interaction, developing innovative and effective solutions to social problems, providing theories and skills necessary for today's social work practitioner, researcher, or academic, and putting theory into practice.

SP research focuses on professional growth and professionalism of social worker, social protection and social policy in Estonia and Europe, gerontological social work, child welfare and protection, mental health and rehabilitation, deinstitutionalization and community care, social pedagogy related questions. The wide variety of topics offers a chance for an innovative research that advances our field and enhances our practice to improve the well-being of vulnerable individuals and communities.

Children and Family Research Group

We are members in following international professional associations:

Contact:
Head of Study Area: Karmen Toros, Associate Professor of Child Protection
E-mail: karmen.lai@tlu.ee
Telephone: 640 9371
Location: Astra building, Narva mnt 29, 10120 Tallinn

Sociology

 

Contact:
Head of Study Area: Ellu Saar, Professor of Sociology
E-mail: ellu.saar@tlu.ee
Telephone: 619 9872
Location: Mare building, Uus-Sadama 5, 10120 Tallinn

International Relations and Future Studies

International Relations and Future Studies offers an environment for students and faculty to investigate sets of interrelated global processes forming our contemporary interdependent world. Connecting the global to the local, looking into the future by investigating the past and present, International Relations and Future Studies encompasses a wide variety of topics. 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.

International Relations and Future Studies promotes advanced research and learning on issues of global concern in broad areas from global security and international relations to transnational politics such as migration flows, small states in the global world; and analysing the future processes on all levels of government within states and transnationally. The wide variety of topics offers a chance to have an interdisciplinary approach to analysing the world now and in the future.

Contact:

Head of Study Area: Leif Kalev, Professor of State and Citizenship Theory
E-mail: leif.kalev@tlu.ee
Telephone: 6409 459
Location: Astra building, Narva mnt 29, 10120 Tallinn

Law

The academic area „Law“ contributes to the development of the focus direction of open society and governance through implementing study programs in law and conducting research in the fields of domestic, international and European law and human rights.

The development of study programs and research in this academic area is based on the assumption that legal education has a key role in the state’s legal policy, since legal education prepares specialists both for the implementation of normative law, as well as for the assessment of the legal environment with the view of bringing about socially necessary changes. The academic area is realizing the requirement of research-based education, which also means participation in the drafting legal policies and international research networks. The principal goal of this academic area is to guarantee the quality of teaching and research in law, which can only be achieved through internationalization of the academic activities.

The academic area conducts study programs at Baccalaureate and Master’s level in Estonian and English language. The English language study programs are conducted in Tallinn and Helsinki.
The academic area has co-operation partners in Estonia and abroad. The area is involved in various research and development projects.

Contact:

Head of Study Area: Mart Susi, Professor of Human Rights
E-mail: mart.susi@tlu.ee
Telephone: +372 619 9952
Location: Astra building, Narva mnt 29, 10120 Tallinn

 

Estonian Institute for Population Studies

The Estonian Institute for Population Studies combines research and training in core demography. The Centre was established in 2015, based on the TU Institute of Population studies, its predecessor Chair of Demography (est. 1994) and the Estonian Interuniversity Population Research Centre (est. 1986) (www.popest.ee). The development of the Centre follows the concept of a national population research institution (NPI) scaled to a small country. It performs a role of a country leading unit in the field of demography.

The mission of the Centre is to monitor, analyse and project the existing and emerging trends that shape the demographic foundation of a society. The Centre also contributes to the development of a national system of population and social statistics, in cooperation with the Statistics Estonia and other institutions. It develops curricula, provides a research environment for doctoral students and offers courses in demography at the undergraduate level.

Contact us:

Tallinn University Estonian Institute for Population Studies
Uus-Sadama 5, Room M-553
Tallinn 10120
Estonia

Phone: (+372) 6454125
Fax: (+372) 6604198
E-mail: ekdk@tlu.ee

Mailing address: P.O. Box 3012, 10504 Tallinn, Estonia

Webpage: Estonian Institute for Population Studies

Facebook: www.facebook.com/estpop
Twitter: www.twitter.com/estpop

Institute of International Social Studies

The Institute of International Social Studies (IISS) is an interdisciplinary research and development institute in Tallinn University. Activities of IISS include the implementation of scientific projects.

IISS participates in numerous local and international research projects. Research fellows of IISS participate as experts in public discussion and as evaluators in policy planning.

Studies and research are well integrated; the teaching staff consists of specialists who teach subjects well-known to them through their research projects, and all of the students of IISS are offered the possibility of participating in these projects.

The Institute of International and Social Studies was established on 4th October 1988 as the Institute of Philosophy, Sociology and Law of the Academy of Sciences of the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic, uniting the workgroups of the former Institute of History and Institute of Economy of the Academy of Sciences.

In 2008, two formerly independent establishments merged with IISS – the Chair of Social Sciences of the Estonian Institute of Humanities and the Department of Sociology of the Social Sciences Faculty. Today, in addition to research activities, IISS offered till 2015 both graduate and postgraduate education in sociology. Since September 2015, IISS has undergone structural reform and concentrates on research activities.

From previous project, most important is the 6th framework project “Towards a Lifelong Learning Society in Europe: the Contribution of the Education System” (LLL2010 –http:/LLL2010.tlu.ee). In LLL2010, 13 countries were participating and Prof Ellu Saar from TLU IISS was the coordinator.  At the moment, IISS coordinated Horizon2020 project „Social Exclusion of Youth in Europe: Cumulative Disadvantage, Coping Strategies, Effective Policies and Transfer (EXCEPT)“ (www.except_project.eu). In the EXCEPT, 9 countries are participating and it is coordinated by Senior Research Fellow Marge Unt from TLU IISS. 

Contact us:

Tallinn University Institute of International Social Studies
Uus-Sadama 5
10120 Tallinn
Estonia

Phone: +372 619 860
E-mail: rasi@tlu.ee

Webpage: Institute of International Social Studies

Important links:

EXCEPT project

MYWeB project

STSS journal

Estonian Association of Sociologists (ESL)

European Sociological Association (ESA)

International Sociological Association (ISA)

TU Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Lifecourse Studies

The purpose of the TU Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Life-course Studies is to contribute to the research activity of the focus field of open society and governance, including doctoral studies, by integrating different research areas involving high level, international research competence. The research areas facilitate the initiation and implementation of high level interdisciplinary research projects involving studies of life-course in cooperation with sociologists, demographers and political scientists (in perspective also researchers from the fields of health sciences, social work, psychology and educational sciences).  The planned cooperation focuses on the development of life-courses of different generations and social groups (gender, native origin, health status, social status, education) by taking into consideration the institutional and social context and the path dependence of the development of societies. Both different life-course stages (youth, middle age, old age) and spheres of life (family life, studies, work path, etc.) are focused on in the framework of cooperation of the Centre of Excellence.

The core team of the Centre of Excellence:

  • Ellu Saar: Area 1 "Institutions and structural environment as life-course developers" and area 2 "Educational path, lifelong learning, work career and social mobility in the institutional framework"
  • Luule Sakkeus: Area 3 "Population replacement from the viewpoint of life-course" and area 4 "Interconnectedness of life-course components"
  • Allan Puur: Area 3 "Population replacement from the viewpoint of life-course" and area 4 "Interconnectedness of life-course components"
  • Michel Poulain: Area 3 "Population replacement from the viewpoint of life-course" and area 4 "Interconnectedness of life-course components"
  • Lauri Leppik: Area 1 "Institutions and structural environment as life-course developers" and area 3 "Population replacement from the viewpoint of life-course"
  • Marge Unt: Area 2 "Educational path, lifelong learning, work career and social mobility in the institutional framework" and area 4 "Interconnectedness of life-course components"
  • Anu Toots: Area 1 "Institutions and structural environment as life-course developers" and area 2 "Educational path, lifelong learning, work career and social mobility in the institutional framework"
  • Jelena Helemäe: Area 2 "Educational path, lifelong learning, work career and social mobility in the institutional framework" and area 4 "Interconnectedness of life-course components"
  • Rein Vöörmann: Area 2 "Educational path, lifelong learning, work career and social mobility in the institutional framework"
  • Kadri Täht: Area 2 "Educational path, lifelong learning, work career and social mobility in the institutional framework" and area 4 "Interconnectedness of life-course components"
  • Triin Roosalu: Area 1 "Institutions and structural environment as life-course developers" and area 4 "Interconnectedness of life course components"
  • Martin Klesment: Area 3 "Population replacement from the viewpoint of life-course" and area 4 "Interconnectedness of life-course components"
  • Jaak Valge: Area 3 "Population replacement from the viewpoint of life-course" and area 4 "Interconnectedness of life-course components"

The council of the TU Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Life-course Studies:

  • Ellu Saar, Head of the Centre
  • Anu Toots
  • Luule Sakkeus
  • Marge Unt
Contact:

Ellu Saar, Head of the Centre
E-mail: ellu.saar@tlu.ee
Phone: +372 619 9872

Webpage: TU Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Lifecourse Studies