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 projects, most important are the 6th framework project “Towards a Lifelong Learning Society in Europe: the Contribution of the Education System” (LLL2010) and Horizon 2020 project „Social Exclusion of Youth in Europe: Cumulative Disadvantage, Coping Strategies, Effective Policies and Transfer (EXCEPT)“. Both mentioned projects were led by professors of TLU IISS: Prof. Ellu Saar coordinated the project LLL2010 leading a consotrium of 13 countries; EXCEPT, involving 10 partners, was coordinated by Prof. Marge Unt.

Currently IISS is a partner in four Horizon 2020 projects (ENLIVENECDP, PLUS and TECHNEQUALITY) and is also involved in several other research projects funded by COST, Estonian Research Council etc.

Together with School of Governance, Law and Society IISS publishes the open-access interdisciplinary journal "Studies of Transition States and Societies".


Contact us:

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

Phone: +372 619 860