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 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.