Integration of simulation games in strategic communication studies for the development of future competences. The aim of the project is to create and test pedagogical innovations in strategic communication teaching in three Baltic universities through academic staff training, development of teaching aids, and development of a prototype of an interactive collaborative digital learning and teaching platform.
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The main objective of the project is to further develop the framework for resource management in defence sector.
We will examine how civic identity and quotidian acts of citizenship emerge and are transformed among the Estonian and Latvian Russian-speaking population during their frequent and multifarious digital contacts with individuals and collectives in Russia and the Baltic Russian-language blogosphere in the context of an ongoing political tensions between the relevant states. The project will be built on a two-fold theoretical framework: mediated transnationalism among a population with a migrant background and new types of political/civic participation via internet-mediated, individualized public spheres. We aim to explain the interplay between the subjects’ general socio-economic involvement, the development of their personal online networks and strategies used in online interactions, as an important transforming mechanism of their civic identity in the context of political tensions.
This project aims to build the capacity of legal representatives and other professionals who represent the interests of children in the legal system to advance children's rights in each of the five partner countries (Ireland, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, and Sweden). The main focus of the project will be on child protection, but by its nature, this overlaps with other areas of law, including criminal law and private family law. Existing research has clearly identified the existence of deficits in the practical implementation of a children's rights-based approach in the broad area of child protection in each of the partner countries. It has also identified a lack of appropriate training as one of the primary causes of these deficits. Finally, it has emerged that none of the partner countries have strongly developed networks among legal professionals working in the area of child protection. Accordingly, the main aim of this project will be to develop networks and deliver training on a range of issues related to children¿s rights so as to build capacity and improve children¿s rights outcomes. There will be an emphasis on inter-disciplinary training and skills, and to this end, the project team includes experts in both Law and Social Work from each of the five partner countries.
The research topic is motivated by a theoretical ambition to apply the paradigm of social time acceleration for explaining outcomes of complex changes in post-communist societies, using Estonian transformation as an empirical example. Our objective is to apply theoretical elaborations for developing combined quantitative and qualitative methodology to analyze the effects of social time-space compression on the macro, meso and micro levels of the social system. The research program, being realized through synthesis of three disciplinary traditions in the research team and five subtopics, focuses on the roles of mediated communication as related to people’s coping with accelerated social and technological changes. Expected findings will, inter alia, allow constructing alternative scenarios for the future of Estonian information society, taking into account the need to maintain a high level of innovation while preserving cultural continuity, democracy and sustainable pace of development.
The CROss-National Online Survey (CRONOS) panel will be carried out in the UK, Estonia and Slovenia as part of Work Package 7 ‒ ‘Survey future online’ of the project ‘Synergies for Europe’s Research Infrastructures in the Social Sciences (SERISS)’, funded by the European Commission under grant agreement 654221. The aim of this project is to create a cross-national online panel using probability samples. The sample will be drawn for Round 8 of the European Social Survey (ESS), and those sample units that complete the face-to-face survey will also be invited to participate in the CRONOS panel.
The post-doctoral project aims to investigate an impact of ‘social acceleration’ (Rosa 2013) on the pace of everyday life and interaction in the emerging information society in Estonia, and explore how opportunities as well as risks associated with the phenomenon of accelerated time are experienced and perceived by different generation groups. Over the last decades, Estonia has successfully transformed from being a former Soviet republic to becoming a member of the EU and one of the most linked-up countries in the world. In spite of these efforts, the country still needs to continue to fast-track innovation in order to remain on an upward trajectory. The project originates from the assumption that, at the individual level, accelerated social processes, including adoption of various technologies and new forms of communication, do not benefit everyone equally, but rather distinguish social groups and lead to ‘asynchronicity’ in society (Rosa 2013). Within this conceptual framework the project poses three main research questions: 1) How do different social generations in Estonia perceive and reflect on the accelerating pace of time and time-space compression, especially in relation to the development and rapid spread of information and communication technologies and greater individual mobility? 2) What are the main patterns of coping with the acceleration in the generation groups, and what are the perceived risks and challenges of not being able to adopt those same strategies and practices of interaction to keep the tempo of the development? 3) How does social and technological acceleration influence inter- as well as intra-generational relationships? The study uses data from cross-sectional representative surveys, conducted from 2002 to 2014, to complement focus group discussion insight. The expected outcome is peer-reviewed journal articles and a thematic workshop that engages with people from both academic and non-academic circles.
Explores future trajectories of European health politics and policies through an investigation of the impact of recent health reforms on health inequalities, health expenditures, and public attitudes towards both the health system and the welfare state. This project will investigate health policy developments from 1990 to the present in Estonia, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden. The impact of these policy changes will be analysed using quantitative data found in both national and international sources. Team is comprised of qualitative and quantitative researchers from the fields of Political Science and Sociology, whose combined expertise in-cludes health politics, health policy, demography, migration, compara-tive and European politics, and the politics and sociology of the welfare state. The comparative and transnational design of the project will al-low us to provide insights into health inequalities, the meaning of the welfare state for individuals, and the future politics of the welfare state, as well as to provide health policy-makers with important feedback on their policies.
The project will investigate young people’s views of the EU and of their role in building the EU through their participatory practices at EU, national, regional and local levels.
These issues will be examined from an interdisciplinary perspective (Political Sciences, Sociology, History, Media and Communications, Education, Psychology) as building blocks for a new and groundbreaking conceptualization and theoretical model of youth active citizenship in the EU, including “psychological” citizenship and practices of social and political engagement.
To achieve this aim, the project will adopt an innovative approach combining traditional theoretical hypothesis testing with empirical-phenomenological analysis and allowing to integrate the perspectives of young people, as co-producers of knowledge, with those of researchers and other stakeholders.
A wide range of research methods will be used including documentary and media analysis, interviews and focus groups, a cross-national longitudinal study, ethnographic case studies of participatory practices and a socially innovative intervention. These quantitative and qualitative methods will allow developing a new, robust and cutting-edge conceptualization of youth active citizenship in the EU and new evidence-based multilevel integrated theoretical model.
This approach will offer a multifaceted understanding of the different factors influencing the perspectives of “native EU citizens” and the ways in which they engage in society, leading to groundbreaking changes in the ways in which youth engagement, participation and active citizenship are understood. Moreover, the project will provide policy makers with a set of evidence-based ideas, recommendations and instruments to integrate young people’s perspectives into various areas of policy-making. The findings of the project will thus fully cover the challenges, scope and impact of bringing the EU closer to its young citizens and boosting their participation.
Coordinated by the University of Bologna, CATCH-EyoU involves a consortium of 9 partners: Örebro University (SE), Friedrich Schiller University University Jena (DE), National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (GR), University of Porto (PT), Masaryk University (CZ), The London School of Economics and Political Science (UK), University of Tartu (EE), Forum Nazionale dei Giovani (IT).
Project’s website: http://www.catcheyou.eu
Members of the Estonian research team:
Veronika Kalmus (veronika.kalmus [ät] ut.ee), Ragne Kõuts-Klemm (ragne.kouts [ät] ut.ee), Mai Beilmann (mai.beilmann [ät] ut.ee), Katrin Kello (katrin.kello [ät] ut.ee), Andu Rämmer (andu.rammer [ät] ut.ee) ja Signe Opermann (signe.opermann [ät] ut.ee).
The Centre of Excellence for Strategic Sustainability was established in January 2014 in cooperation between the University of Tartu's Institute of Social Studies and the National Institute for Health Development in order to meet the Ministry of Defence's need to improve its expertise and knowledge with regard to human resources in the field of defence.
At CESS, expertise is combined and created along three main axes: monitoring and forecasting demographic and social changes; health and physical capability; and morale and preparedness. As the result of the information gathering and analysis at CESS, the Ministry of Defence, Defence Forces, Defence League and Defence Resources Agency are all better equipped to enhance and adjust their actions in regard to human resources.
CESS coordinates activities in the academic, research and development spheres in the field of sustainability related to the human factor in national defence. The outcome of the activities of CESS is of critical importance for the fields of both national defence and security as well as being a necessary input for developing Estonia's defence capability.
The main objective of the project is to question if the increasing use of digital technologies has brought us on the verge of paradigm shift when it comes to conceptualising privacy in the technology saturated society.Interdisciplinary theories and variety of qualitative methods are used to study students/parents/ teachers/employers conceptualisations of privacy and publicity; perceptions about the imagined-, actual- and invisible audiences; privacy strategies and related experiences on networked publics. Experimental approaches are used to explore how parents and teachers realize their role as mediators to enhance young people’s digital literacy practices. The findings will help the public to become more cognizant of the complexity of online audiences, their empowering potential and possible risks; provide input for developing user-friendly and safer platforms, and help to raise awareness especially of teachers and parents when enhancing children’s understanding of the subject.
The European Social Survey (the ESS) is an academically-driven social survey designed to chart and explain the interaction between Europe's changing institutions and the attitudes, beliefs and behaviour patterns of its diverse populations.