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Research at the School of Governance, Law and Society

Contact: Research Coordinator,  Koidu Saia

Political Science and Governance

The academic programme sees politics and governing as working in synergy and being influenced by the international, economic, and social background systems. This integrative approach has shaped a comprehensive method of teaching Political Science and a comprehensive concept of research and development.

Currently we are the leading partner in the H2020 Twinning project MIRNet (Project Manager Prof. Raivo Vetik). We are implementing the PUT start-up grant (Prof. Peeter Selg) and PUT postdoctoral grant (Associate Prof. Triin Lauri), as well as performing a number of agreement-based commissions (under Prof Erik Terk, Lecturer Kersten Kattai et al.). We contribute to the work of the Doctoral School in Economics and Innovation. Within this framework, we organise writing camps and courses in methodology, as well as finance the academic mobility of doctorate students and their supervisors.

We are active members of several international scientific associations, such as ECPR, EGPA, and NISPAcee. Our research activities are internationally evaluated. The area of study focuses on Political Science and Governing. In these fields of study, we conduct base and applied research, development projects, counselling, analytics, and courses.

We have performed studies commissioned by the Republic of Estonia Government Office, the Riigikogu, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Education and Research, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, and Ministry of the Environment, as well as local governments and NGOs.

We coordinate publication of the online science journal Acta Politica Estica (issued in Estonian). In cooperation with the Institute of International and Social Studies, we publish the internationally acknowledged interdisciplinary science journal Studies of Transition States and Societies (in English).

Contact:

Supervisor of the programme Professor Leif Kalev, Leif.Kalev@tlu.ee

Research Assistant Elena Stern, Elena.Stern@tlu.ee

 

Research and development projects

Project name and short description

ETIS

University members of the project

Duration

MIRNET
Twinning for excellence in migration and integration research and networking

ETIS

WEB

Raivo Vetik, Leif Kalev, Mari-Liis Jakobson, Georg Sootla, Nikolai Kunitsõn, Katrina Koppel, Tõnis Saarts, Nawal Shaharvar 2019-2022
A relational approach to governing wicked problems

ETIS

Peeter Selg, Georg Sootla, Priit Suve, Benjamin Klasche 2017-2020

The policies, politics and distributional effects of education: the routes and challenges of Baltic skill regimes in the European context:  (EduPolB3)

ETIS

Triin Lauri

2020-2023

Writing university textbook "Policy process and policy analysis"

 

ETIS Georg Sootla, Kersten Kattai, Leif Kalev 2016-2020

Sociology

The teaching and research of the field of sociology combines the traditions of sociology studies started in 1988 at Tallinn Pedagogical University under the leadership of Prof. Jüri Kruusvall and in parallel Estonian Institute of Humanities under Prof. Mikko Lagerspetz started sociology studies traditions on one hand and the long experience of social science research at the Estonian Academy of Sciences on the other. 

Today's activities of the academic field of sociology focus on the further development of existing research traditions in various fields of sociology. The current leader Prof. Ellu Saar has won the Estonian Research Prize (2014 and 1987) and the Young Scientists Prize (1983) for his successful research activities.

Tallinn University Sociology students have been successful in student work competitions and many of them have continued their academic journey. Regarding to the graduate studies, active co-operation is established with the University of Tartu and the Institute for Health Development within the framework of the Doctoral School of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences, through which the courses of various visiting lecturers reach doctoral students.

The range of research topics for lecturers, students and postgraduate students is wide:

  • Sociology cassical topics are represented by education and youth research, job market and job change, social stratifications, mobility and family research.

  • From recent research issues our researchers are working on questions connected to the gender studies, subcultures, civil society and housing strategies.

  • View from Estonia as post-socialist society TLU sociologists special interest research issues are related to policies of institutions and the welfare state, the development of legal perceptions or the impact of multiculturalism and inequality on social cohesion. 

This diversity provides a good opportunity for an interdisciplinary approach to each research question, which is often used in research projects. The sectoral expertise involved in the research is focused on international and comparative research, which enables to achieve a result that meets the needs of Estonia and takes into account the comparative context. The research and development activities of the field are closely connected with the largest sociological research center of Estonia RASI (now called the Center for International Social Studies), which became an independent unit of the Institute of History of the Academy of Sciences already in 1988. The focus of the cooperation is on the development of the life paths of different generations and social groups, taking into account the institutional and social context and the path dependence of the development of societies. The co-operation of the Center of Excellence focuses on different stages of life (youth, middle age, old age) as well as areas of life (family life, studies, work, etc.).

Several sociologists of Tallinn University are members of the Estonian Association of Sociologists and and regular Annual Conferences of Estonian Social Sciences are organized alternately with the University of Tartu.

Our sociologists are also active in the work of international professional organizations: 

In cooperation with RASI and political science study field the peer-reviewed journal Studies of Transition States and Societies is published. 

Contact

Field responsible: Ellu Saar,  ellu.saar@tlu.ee

Research assistant: Mari-Liis Linkholm, linkholm@tlu.ee

Research and development projects

Project name and short description

ETIS

University members of the project

Duration

Youth Monitoring 2019. Yearbook, Conference and Updating a Database of Studies

ETIS

ETIS

ETIS

Airi-Alina Allaste, Marti Taru, Liisa Martma, Raili Nugin

2016-2020

Increasing Youth Participation   Airi-Alina Allaste 2020-2021
Encouraging Lifelong Learning for an Inclusive and Vibrant Europe ETIS Ellu Saar, Triin Roosalu, Eve-Liis Roosmaa 2016-2019
The changing nature and role of vocational education and training in Europe ETIS

Ellu Saar, Triin Roosalu, Eve-Liis Roosmaa, Jelena Helemäe

2016-2018
Impact analysis of the NGO Fund Programme ETIS Triin Roosalu 2016

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

ETIS

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

2015-2020

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

ETIS

Marge Unt, Triin Roosalu

2015-2019
Social Exclusion of Youth in Europe: Cumulative Disadvantage, Coping Strategies, Effective Policies and Transfers ETIS

Marge Unt, Jelena Helemäe, Ellu Saar, Eve-Liis Roosmaa, Margarita Kazjulja, Kadri Täht, Marti Taru

2015-2018
Second Part of Study "Energy efficiency: cultural changes" ETIS Triin Roosalu, Maaris Raudsepp 2015-2016

COST Interdisciplinarity in research programming and funding cycles (INTREPID)

ETIS

Liis Ojamäe

2014-2019

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

ETIS

Triin Roosalu, Kristiina Uriko, Kadri Aavik, Heili Einasto

2014-2018

‘MYWEB’ Measuring Youth Well-Being ETIS Marge Unt 2015-2016

Alternatives at work and work organisation: flexible postsocialist societies

ETIS

Triin Roosalu

2013-2016

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

ETIS

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

2011-2016

Law

The academic field of law is focused on national, international, European and human rights research. The improvement of development and research is based on an assumption that legal education plays a decisive role in national legal policy, as legal education prepares specialists both for the application of applicable law and for perceiving and changing the legal space based on social needs. The academic field results from the requirements of science-based teaching, which requires participation in the development of practical legal policy and in international research networks. Led by the field of law, we publish the scientific journal East-West Studies (ETIS 1.2). 

 

Contact

Field responsible: Mart Susi, mart.susi@tlu.ee 

Research assistant: Mari-Liis Linkholm, linkholm@tlu.ee

 

Research and development projects

Project name and short description

ETIS

University members of the project

Duration

GDHRNet, Global Digital Human Rights Network  (Euroopa komisjon, COST Open Call Collection OC-2019-1 )

ETIS Mart Susi, Tiina Pajuste 2020-2024
TRAIL. Train in your language: multilingual transnational training in EU civil and commercial law (Euroopa Komisjon, JUST-AG-2019 ) ETIS Mart Susi, Aare Kruuser, Heiki Lindpere, Mari-Liis Linkholm 2020-2021

Human rights – mutually raising excellence (HURMUR)

ETIS

VEEB

Mart Susi, Tiina Pajuste, Phillip Webb Graves 2016-2019

ArtLex, Network ARTLEX/2016 (Nordplus Higher Education 2016)

ETIS Tiina Pajuste 2016-2017

Rahvusvahelise uurimisprojekti “Europäische Justizgeschichte des 19. und 20. Jahrhundert” konverentsi (edaspidi „Konverents“) korraldamiseks ja Konverentsi teemaliste teaduskogumike avaldamiseks

ETIS Peeter Järvelaid 2016-2017
LAWMEDIA NETWORK 2015

ETIS

VEEB

Mart Susi, Tiina Pajuste, Ozgur Baykara 2015-2016

Experience, Lessons and International Meaning of the Restoration of Latvia´s Independent Statehood: Historical, Political and Legal Aspects. Implementation of the Doctrine of Continuity in the Restoration of Latvia´s independence

ETIS Peeter Järvelaid 2014-2015

Baltic-German Cultural Relations in the Early Modern Era (16.-19. centuries): Media - Institutions - Actors

ETIS Peeter Järvelaid 2014-2015

Organising the conference "Legal and Political Situation in the Baltic Sea region before and after the First World War (1917-1922). Foundation of new states and their constitutionally legal dimension". Riga, Latvia

ETIS Peeter Järvelaid 2014

The history of the judicial power in the 19th century

ETIS Peeter Järvelaid 2013-2015

International Relations and Future Studies

International Relations and Future Studies research topic offers the students and lecturers a possibility to study different interconnected global processes that shape our world today. It supports critical thinking, urging the students to analyze the relations between different issues in the world and the processes and relations influencing them. Moving forward from the traditional state-based model of international relations, the programme examines transnational processes that interact with the local context through people, goods, and information flows. The programme supports in-depth research and learning that deal with different topics, like international relations, as well as economic, social, and security aspects of global processes. Particular attention is paid to the interactions that global processes have with local policies and contexts.

 

Contact

Supervisor of the programme Professor Leif.Kalev@tlu.ee

Research Assistant Elena Stern, Elena.Stern@tlu.ee

 

Research and development projects

Project name and short description

ETIS

University members of the project

Duration

ProVaHealth. Product validation in health

ETIS

Veeb

Katri-Liis Lepik, Merle Krigul 2017-2020
PROVIDing Smart Delivery of public goods by EU agriculture and forestry ETIS Külliki Tafel-Viia, Silja Lassur, Erik Terk, Andres Viia, Hannes Palang 2015-2018
Living space development scenarios for city of Tallinn and the future of Soviet time built multistoried housing districts. ETIS Erik Terk 2014-2015

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

ETIS

Abel Polese, Airi-Alina Allaste, Raivo Vetik

2013-2017

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

ETIS

Abel Polese

2013-2017

INTERREG IV A Programm 2007-2013 Project "Helsinki-Tallinn Transport and Planning Scenarios" ETIS Erik Terk 2011-2012

Central Baltic Interreg IV A Programme 2007-2013 Project Service Design

ETIS

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

2009-2012

Social Protection

Social Protection research and development activities focus on fostering professionalisation in social work; community-based social work; child and family well-being; social pedagogy; gerontology, public health and well-being; social policy: social protection and social investments; demographic development and population; social entrepreneurship and innovation of social services.  A wide range of Research and development topics allows for research and projects that reinforce developments and practices in the field of social work that support the well-being of vulnerable individuals and communities. 

Currently main research and development focus is on the themes related to the following projects:

https://www.etis.ee/Portal/Projects/Display/5596cae2-4bc6-4c09-8e47-2a0ce9a6b84d?lang=ENG 

 

We are also members of the following international professional organizations:

Information introducing the activities of the Children and Family Research Group is available HERE. https://www.tlu.ee/en/yti/children-and-family-research-group  

 

Contacts: 

Field responsible: Professor of Social Work Karmen Toros, Karmen.Toros@tlu.ee

Research Assistant Kätlin Paju  katlin.paju@tlu.ee  

 

Research and development projects

Ongoing projects

Project name and short description

ETIS

University members of the project

Duration

DigiGen. The impact of technological transformations on the digital generation  (Funded by Horizon 2020 Programme)

ETIS

WEB

Merike Sisask, Gertha Teidla-Kunitsõn, Katrin Tiidenberg, Karmen Toros, Ingrid Sindi

2020-2022
SHIINE. „Multi-disciplinary innovation for social change“ Euroopa Komisjon, COST programme

ETIS

WEB

Katri-Liis Lepik, Zsolt Bugarszki, Mari-Liis Jakobson, Audrone Urmanaviciene 2019-2023

Effective participatory discourse: Experiences of participants' engagement in the context of child protection assessment practices (Funded by Personal research funding: Start-up grant)

ETIS

Karmen Toros, Ingid Sindi, Anne Tiko, Rafaela Lehtme 2019-2022

YOUNG-IN, Transdisciplinary solutions to cross sectoral disadvantage in youth (Funded by COST programm)

ETIS Anu Toots, Triin Lauri, Luule Sakkeus, Marge Unt 2018-2022

CoSIE. Co-creation of Service Innovations in Europe, (Funded by European Union)

 

ETIS 

 

WEB 

 

VUNKIMANO 

COSIE TLU WEB

Zsolt Bugarszki, Marju Medar, Karmen Toros, Ingrid Sindi, Katri-Liis Lepik, Koidu Saia

2017-2020

Ended projects

     
Project name and short description ETIS University members of the project Duration
Child and family engagement in child protection assessment practices: study on client perspectives and in-service training (Funded by Ministry of Social Affairs) ETIS Karmen Toros, Ingrid Sindi, Anne Tiko, Rafaela Lehtme 2019

Guidelines for the provision and implementation of leaving care and after-care services for young people in substitute care (Funded by Social Insurance Board project „Asendushoolduse kvaliteedi tõstmine “2014-2020.2.02.002.01.15-0003 kaudu)

ETIS

Karmen Toros, Ingrid Sindi, Kersten Kattai, Marju Medar, Kiira Gornischeff, Koidu Saia

2018-2019

ACCOMPLISSH Accelerate co-creation by setting up a multi-actor platform for impact from Social Sciences (Funded by European Commission)

ETIS

Zsolt Bugarszki, Scott Abel, Karmen Toros

2016-2019

ACCESS Positive attitude development - access to labour market for young adults with mental health problems (Funded by European Regional Development Fund, Interreg Central Baltic programm

ETIS

WEB

Zsolt Bugarszki, Marju Medar, Anne Tiko

2015-2017

Family engagement in child protection assessment practices: reflections from child protection workers (Funded by Ministry of Social Affairs)

ETIS

Karmen Toros, Anne Tiko, Piret Kangur, Egle Välba

2016

Research for reorganising and improving special care system for persons with psychiatric special needs based on foreign practices (Funded by Ministry of Social Affairs)

ETIS

Marju Medar, Zsolt Bugarszki, Karin Hanga, Koidu Saia, Kersti Kriisk, Dagmar Narusson, Indrek Sooniste, Mart Susi

2015

„Health Promotion Station – Trainings for Communities“ (Funded by Ministry of Social Affairs)

ETIS

Marju Medar, Maie Alas, Hele Leek-Ambur, Kaja Tampere, Esta Kaal, Koidu Saia, Zsolt Bugarszki, Airi Värnik, Merike Sisask, Aino Kiis, Karmen Toros, Mare Leino, Sirje Vaask

2014-2015
Community Support for Persons with Disabilities ETIS

Marju Medar, Lauri Leppik, Dagmar Narusson, Karin Hanga, Koidu Saia

2012-2013
Supporting family caregivers and receivers in Estonia and Finland ETIS

Lauri Leppik, Taimi Tulva, Virve-Ines Laidmäe

2009-2011