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Research at the School of Governance, Law and Society

Contact:

Victoria Vinckler, Research Coordinator

Phone: +372 6409 446

E-mail:victoria.vinckler@tlu.ee

 

Political Science and Governance

The study area views politics and governance as interdependent phenomena and affected by international, economic and social background. Such an integrative approach has informed our conception of teaching, and research and development activities.

We are active members of various international scientific associations – ECPR, EGPA, NISPAcee – and our research is internationally evaluated. The research activities of the study area are focused on politics and governance. In these fields we offer basic and applied research, developmental projects, consultations, analyses and trainings.

We have conducted research ordered by Estonian Government Office, Parliament, Ministries (such as Ministry of the Interior, of Education and Research, of Cultural Affairs, and of the Environment), as well as by numerous local governments and non-governmental organizations.

We coordinate the publication of a web based Estonian language peer reviewed journal Acta Politica Estica and in cooperation with Tallinn University’s Centre for International Social Studies the publication of an internationally highly ranked interdisciplinary scientific journal Studies of Transition States and Societies.

Strategy and key activities of political studies stream

Ongoing projects

Ongoing projects

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Project members in TLU

Duration

Political and socio-psychological determinants of inclusive integration context and their inter-dependencies

The main objective of this project is to study the interdependencies between political and socio-psychological determinants of inclusiveness of the migrant integration context.. The innovative contribution of the project is in studying the political and socio-psychological determinants as a unified research entity/object. While the project focuses on the integration of Russians in Estonia and Norway, it also includes a broader comparative perspective that seeks to understand more extensively the determinants of the inclusive integration context in other countries.

 

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Raivo Vetik

Maaris Raudsepp

2013-2017

Legal and Procedural Information for Asylum Seekers in the European Union

This project critically engages with the legal and procedural information provided to asylum seekers and to draw out evidence of best practice. The project will provide an assessment of the current state of play, an exchange of existing best practices and a roadmap for enhancing the legal and procedural information provided to asylum seekers. It will do so within the context of the implementation of the CEAS and the recast CEAS instruments. To this end, the project will involve country studies and comparative analysis in six selected EU Member States: UK, Malta, Cyprus, Italy, Sweden, Estonia.

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Raivo Vetik

2016-2017

International Civic and Citizenship Study (2nd stage)

ICCS 2016 is the second cycle in the framework of the International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS), and the fourth project conducted by IEA in this area. This comparative research program investigates the ways in which young people are prepared to undertake their roles as citizens. http://www.iea.nl/iccs_2016.html

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Anu Toots

2016

Multiculturalism, cultural homogenity and social security in the Nordic  region and Estonia

The aim of the project is to prepare the new application for submission.

 

Raivo Vetik

2016-2017

IEA International Civic and Citizenship Education Study

The purpose of the International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS) is to investigate the ways in which young people are prepared to undertake their roles as citizens in a range of countries. The study builds on the previous IEA study of civic education (CIVED) undertaken in 1999. It will report on student achievement on a test of conceptual understandings and competencies in civic and citizenship education. It will also collect and analyze data about student dispositions and attitudes relating to civic and citizenship education. Teacher and school questionnaires will gather information about teaching and class management practices, school governance and climate, and others.

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Anu Toots

2014-2017

States, citizens and transnationalisation

The research project focuses on the transformations in the opportunities and roles of citizens and nation state institutions due to transnationalisation and internationalisation. The project explores the trends of transnational transformations and its possible impacts on statehood, politics, governance and civic society. In particular, the focus is on the changes in citizenship practices and identities of transnational individuals, the civic society, but also the citizenship, migration, transnationalism and diaspora policies as well as their relationships to the transformation of sovereignty.

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Leif Kalev, Mari-Liis Jakobson, Rein Ruutsoo

2015-2018

Sociology

Ongoing projects

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Members of the project

Duration

Social Exclusion of Youth in Europe: Cumulative Disadvantage, Coping Strategies, Effective Policies and Transfer

Against the background of increasing labour market insecurities among youth during the recent crisis, the aim of this interdisciplinary and internationally comparative project is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the consequences of youth labour market vulnerability for risks of social exclusion in Europe.

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Marge Hunt

2015-2018

Cumulative processes in the interplay of educational path and work career: explaining inequalities in the context of neoliberalization

The aim of the project is to understand better the nature of cumulative (dis)advantage (CAD) processes in educational paths and work careers and to develop a model linking the changing inequalities between groups to a variety of institutional contexts. The project links micro-level CAD processes to the macro-processes of neoliberalization as well as to the economic crisis. 

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Ellu Saar,

Marge Unt,

Jelena Helemäe, Marii Paškov,

Eve-Liis Roosmaa, Kadri Täht,

Rein Vöörmann

2015-2020

Education as a Lifelong Process – Comparing Educational Trajectories in Modern Societies (eduLIFE)

The aim of this project is therefore to study how individuals’ educational careers and competence trajectories unfold over the life course in relation to family background, educational institutions,workplaces, and private life events.

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Ellu Saar, Kadri Täht, Marge Unt, Eve-Liis Roosmaa, Jelena Helemäe, Rein Vöörmann

2011-2016

The changing nature and role of vocational education and training in Europe

The study will contribute to a better understanding of how European vocational education and training (VET) is changing. The aim of the study is to collect and analyse relevant data at national and European level to map the developments in the field during the last two decades and examine the changes, taking into account both internal and external factors.

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Ellu Saar

Triin Roosalu,

Eve-Liis Roosmaa, Jelena Helemäe

2016-2018

COST Interdisciplinarity in research programming and funding cycles

The main objective of the Action is to better understand how to achieve more efficient and effective interdisciplinary research in Europe as to strengthen our ability to address contemporary global challenges characterised by increasing complexity and uncertainty.

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Liis Ojamäe

2014-2019

‘MYWeB’ Measuring Youth Well-Being

In this Project we explore the feasibility of conducting a longitudinal survey, which would capture the full picture of the growing-up process possibly from birth to the end of a child's education – including aspects related to the transition to work and parenthood. A longitudinal multidisciplinary would be needed to understand these different dimensions and the dynamics of these processes. Key elements of the feasibility study include:

  • reviewing current, relevant policy,
  • data collection,
  • developing options for a longitudinal study, and
  • scoring these options according to their technical, political and financial feasibility.

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Marge Hunt

2014-2016

Gender and health impacts of policies extending working life in western countries

The goal of this Action is to advance scientific knowledge about the gendered impacts of extended working life on the health and economic well-being of older workers in Europe and to support informed gender-sensitive future policy, explicitly considering the differential needs of women and men. This requires exploring the differential impacts that such policy may have for the health and economic well-being of diverse groups of older workers, using a life course perspective which has been identified as an innovative approach to analysing policy impacts.

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Marge Hunt,

Triin Roosalu

2015-2019

Building Intrapartum Research Through Health - an interdisciplinary whole system approach to understanding and contextualising physiological labour and birth (BIRTH)

Reducing childbirth mortality and severe morbidity is a primary concern for most governments. However, this focus on pathology has been associated with an over-extension of clinical interventions to low risk women, with unexpected adverse clinical consequences, and rising health care costs. The proposed Action will advance scientific knowledge in this area from a whole-systems perspective, using the realist research framework of what works, for whom, in what circumstances.

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Triin Roosalu,

Kristiina Uriko, Kadri Aavik,

Heili Einasto

2014-2018

Second Part of Study "Energy efficiency: cultural changes"

the aim of the study is to identify the different perceptions and behavioural schemes that hinder or promote the efficient use of energy resources within military entities of transatlantic community.

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Triin Roosalu,

Maaris Raudsepp

2015-2016

Impact analysis of the NGO Fund Programme

The overall objective of the NGO Fund is strengthened civil society development and enhanced contribution to social justice, democracy and sustainable development. This project will analyse the impact towards achieving these goals that NGO Fund has had through the projects it has supported. To this end, the experience of different NGOs will be analysed in regard to their achieving of the planned aims; changes of needs during the funded project's lifetime; aspects related to the capacity of the NGOs; and programme-related international cooperation with donor-countries and its sustainability.

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Triin Roosalu

2016

Alternatives at work and work organisation: flexible postsocialist societies

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Triin Roosalu

2013-2016

 

Completed projects

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Project members TLU

Duration

Memory, Youth, Political Legacy And Civic Engagement 

MYPLACE explores how young people’s social participation is shaped by the shadows (past, present and future) of totalitarianism and populism in Europe. Empirically, MYPLACE employs a combination of survey, interview and ethnographic research instruments to provide new, pan-European data that not only measure levels of participation but capture the meanings young people attach to it. In policy terms, MYPLACE identifies the obstacles to, and facilitators of, young people's reclamation of the uropean political arena as 'my space'.

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Airi-Alina Allaste,

Marti Taru

2011-2015

TransEurope Research Network: Transnationalisation and Changing Life Course Inequality in Europe

TransEurope identifies the impact of transnationalisation on life course inequality within selected European nations. Key scientific objectives are to: 1)develop and compare macro-level measures of transnationalisation for use in comparative langitudinal life course studies; 2) specify mechanisms of European transtationalisation's impact on life course ineguality; 3) examine how institutions and social policies filter these mechanisms; and 4) study individual-level responses to transnationalism's effects at pivotal life course transitions.

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Ellu Saar

2006-2011

Towards a Lifelong Learning Society in Europe: The Contribution of the Education System

The project focuses on the contribution of the education systems to the process of making lifelong learning a reality and its role as a potential agency of social integration. Its aims and objectives are to study the effect of country-specific institutions on access of adults to the education system and to assess the effectiveness of access policies and practices in different EU member states, as well as in associated countries and their implications for the creation of European knowledge society. 

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Ellu Saar

2005-2011

Labour Market Challenges to Higher Education: Estonia in European Context

The aim of the project is to provide high quality analysis about transition from higher education to labour market providing bases for educational policy.

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Marge Unt

2009-2013

Law

Ongoing projects

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Members of the Project

Duration

Human rights – mutually raising excellence

The project “HURMUR: Human rights – mutually raising excellence” will decisively expand the world-class research area of human rights in Europe. Tallinn University Law School will develop research excellence of human rights and become involved in global research and regional dissemination networks through specific activities of an outstanding consortium, where two other partners are premier global academic institutions in the field of human rights – the Danish Institute for Human Rights and Walther Schücking Institute of International Law (Kiel University, Germany).

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Mart Susi,

Tiina Pajuste, Phillip Webb Graves

 

2016-2019

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.

 

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: IASSW (International Association of Schools of Social Work) and EASSW (European Association of Schools of Social Work). 

Ongoing projects

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Members of the project

Duration

Family engagement in child protection assessment practices: reflections from child protection workers 

The aim of this project is to explore the family engagement in child protection assessment practices. A qualitative design has been chosen, as this is an exploratory study for gaining an in-depth understanding on child protection workers' perspectives and experiences in this process in two counties: Harju and Viljandi county. The overall aim is to explore the phenomenon of assessment in child protection in the context of engaging, to understand what facilitates engagement between parents and child protection workers. This project enables to develop a research team, including master students, enhancing their interest in the given field, including contributing to writing their master theses. Based on collected data, a high level international publication will be published. Research team will be formed: academic staff and master students. The longer term goal of this research project is prepare basis for the larger research grant in the area of child protection assessment and related sub-themes.

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Karmen Toros, Anne Tiko, Piret Kangur, Egle Välba

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Positive attitude development - access to labour market for young adults with mental health problems

The project is an interactive project which strengthens all involved partners (Arcada, TLU, Non-governmental-organizations and public organizations) and target-groups skills and experiences. In Finland the project shall be realized in cities of Helsinki, Vantaa and Espoo. In Estonia in the cities of Tallinn, Haapsalu and Keila.

The main objectives are:

1) Promote the target groups access to labour market,

2) Decrease stigma concerning mental health and social problems,

3) Increase social inclusion for the target group

4) Increase skills in social interaction for target group.

The purpose of the project “Positive Attitude Development” is to decrease stigmatisation of mental health disorders and social problems, to increase social inclusion and to promote the access to the labour market, social communication skills and integration to society of young people with mental health problems. Project activities consist of meetings with the defined target group of young people with mental health problems, employers and community members in defined areas in Finland and Estonia. Educational and training activities for the target groups and employers, and a large media campaign shall also be organized to achieve the project purposes.

Main project partners are:

Arcada University - Finland

Tallinn University- Estonia

P.A.D. project shall be implemented between May 2015 and April 2017.

Period Sum
01.05.2015−30.04.2017 67 273,76 EUR
Total 67 273,76 EUR

http://www.padproject.eu/

Financed by European Regional Development Fund, Interreg Central Baltic. 

 

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Zsolt Bugarszki, Marju Medar, Anne Tiko

2015-2017

 

Accelerate co-creation by setting up a multi-actor platform for impact from Social Sciences

The ACCOMPLISSH Project will create a platform for dialogue where not only universities are involved. The dialogue platform is organised in

such a way that academia, industry, governments and societal partners equally contribute in identifying barriers and

enablers of co-creation. The results from both practice and the theory of co-creation form the basis of the valorisation concept and will be tested in the project in a quadruple helix setting.

The project will identify all barriers and enablers of co-creation in order to develop an innovative valorisation concept, which

will foster knowledge exchange within the quadruple helix and strengthens the position of SSH research.

Tallinn University will take on the role of work package leader of Work Package 6 Dissemination.

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Zsolt Bugarszki, Scott Abel

 

2016-2019

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