Tallinn University of Technology is a leader in the field of small state governance and entrepreneurship. Its expertise was critical in developing ICT teaching material and open online courses based on Pillar 2: Good governance, innovation and entrepreneurship in small states. The university also hosted a multiplier event in addition to providing teachers and speakers to the intensive study programmes organized by the consortium and the other multiplier events.
Tallinn University of Technology (TUT), founded in 1918, is one of the leading technical universities in the Eastern Baltic Sea region and Estonia’s second largest university. The mission of TUT is to advance the economy and industry of Estonia and the Baltic Sea region through top graduates, application of scientific achievements, knowledge services, innovation and cooperation projects. According to the QS World University Rankings (2013), TUT was ranked the first amongst the Baltic universities. It is a research university with cooperation projects with the world-famous universities (Stanford, Berkeley, MIT, Harvard, etc.) and companies (e.g. Microsoft, Google, IBM, ABB, etc.). TUT has over 13 000 students and over 2100 employees (including 151 professors). Over the last ten years TUT has participated in 47 FP7 projects (acted as a coordinator in 8) and is currently involved in 11 Horizon2020 projects. TUT is acting as a host institution for 2 ERC Advanced Grants and 2 ERA Chairs. TUT has eight faculties, including the Faculty of Social Sciences, which includes the Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance.
Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance (RNS) is the largest public administration research centre in the Baltics. RNS is the only institution in Estonia with accredited Public Administration curricula on all three levels (BA, MA, PhD), and one of a few Public Administration programs in Central and Eastern Europe which have full accreditation by the European Association of Public Administration Accreditation (EAPAA). RNS integrates effectively two main research fields: (1) Public Administration and Management; and (2) Innovation Policy and Technology Governance leading to a rather unique research profile. Horizontally, RNS has an excellent track-record in addressing these integrated subject areas through the lenses of a) post-communist transition and b) small states. More than a third (12 out of 30) of the RNS faculty members come from abroad. Almost all RNS staff has practical working experience in civil service or international organizations, and they have been active in international projects for the United Nations, the World Bank, the European Commission, OECD, OSCE/ODIHR, the UNDP and almost all Baltic Sea metropolises. RNS is engaged in several international associations/programmes, such as European Master in Public Administration programme (EMPA), European Inter-University Association on Society, Science and Technology (ESST), and ERAWATCH.
Around ten RNS faculty members have been involved in small state research and teaching for the last 15 years. In approaching small states, RNS sticks to its original disciplines: Governance and Public Administration, on the one hand; and Innovation Policy and Economic Development, on the other hand. The course „Small States“ (taught in English) is part of the two Master’s level curricula, and it attracts many foriegn students from a variety of fields within the University. Several PhD students link their original topics to the specifities of small states, so that RNS has already become a kind of a „breeding ground“ for new researchers specialized on small states. RNS has organized a few international conferences on the Governance of Small States, and edited a special issue on small states of a journal Administrative Culture. RNS faculty members have published a monograph and about 15 peer-reviewer articles focussing on small states.
Külli Sarapuu is an Associate Professor at RNS. Her research interests include public sector coordination, governance of public organizations, civil service and public administration in small states. She defended her PhD in 2013, and her thesis was awarded the Mzia Mikheladze award for the best PhD thesis in public administration defended in Central and Eastern Europe by NISPAcee. Before joining RNS in 2007, she served as the Deputy Head of Department of Public Service in the Government Office of Estonia. In her research, Dr. Sarapuu has taken a special interest in the impact of state’s small size on the functioning of public administration, and the effect of EU accession and membership on the Estonian administrative system. Her future research plans focus on the Estonia’s forthcoming 2018 EU Presidency and the challenges that a Presidency presents for a small state administration. Dr. Sarapuu will bring to the project practical insight and management skills acquired in the public service and an excellent background in synthesising the theoretical knowledge on public administration, small states and EU decision-making.
Tiina Randma-Liiv is Chair and Professor of Public Management and Policy. She holds an MPA from New York University and a PhD from Loughborough University. She currently serves on the Steering Committee of the European Group of Public Administration (EGPA). Prof. Randma-Liiv has won Alena Brunovska Award for Teaching Excellence in Central and Eastern Europe awarded by NISPAcee, and she received the Estonian National Science award in 2016. Her main research interests include public sector reforms, comparative public administration, transitional administration, small states, and the impact of financial crisis on public administration. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles and two monographs. She is particularly interested in governance and public administration of small states, and the peculiarities of small states in public policy-making.
Rainer Kattel is Chair and Professor of Innovation Policy and Technology Governance. Prof. Kattel has published extensively on public sector innovation and innovation policy. His research interests also include financial policy and financialization. Prof. Kattel has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles in journals including Journal of Public Policy, Journal of Economic Policy Reform, Science and Public Policy, Innovation: The European Journal of Social Research, and Urban Studies. In 2013, he received the Estonian National Science award is social science category, and in 2014, the Alena Brunovska Award for Teaching Excellence in Central and Eastern Europe. In 2016, he was awarded the Estonian Academy of Sciences research professorship. In small state research, he is focusing on the role of small states in the world economy, innovation systems and innovation policy of small states.