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University of Tartu

The University of Tartu (UT) (est. 1632) is the largest higher education and research center in Estonia with more than 13000 students and 1800 members of academic staff. While being Estonia’s national university, UT in actively involved in a broad international network. To support and develop the professional competence of its students and academic staff, the university has entered into bilateral cooperation agreements with 72 partner institutions in 26 countries.

UT is Estonia’s leading center of research and training. Research at UT focuses on subjects as diverse as medicine and philosophy, law and computer science. More than half of the PhD theses written in Estonia are defended in UT, with about 120 defended annually. More than half of the country’s research publications are authored by UT researchers and scholars. The university coordinates and conducts research projects in nearly every large field of research.

The University of Tartu currently belongs to the top 1.2% of the world’s best universities by ranking 301st in the QS World University Rankings 2018 and within the 301–350 range in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2018. UT is placed 3rd in the QS University Rankings for Emerging Europe and Central Asia (QS EECA University Rankings 2018). According to the ISI Web of Science, UT belongs to the top 1% of the world’s most-cited universities and research institutions.

University of Tartu in facts in English:



Dr. iur. Helen Eenmaa-Dimitrieva

received her Doctorate in Law (JSD) from Yale Law School. She is a Researcher in Information Technology Law and the Founder of the IT Law Research and Study Program at the School of Law, University of Tartu, Estonia. In 2018, she was elected to become a Member of the Estonian Young Academy of Sciences. She leads the law and economics track in the European Joint Doctorate in Law and Development (EDOLAD) and has a long experience in teaching moral and legal philosophy from Yale University. During her studies and recent post-doctoral research at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy), Tilburg University (the Netherlands), and FGV (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), she has focused on technology law, legal philosophy, and law & economics. In the latest papers, she discusses, under what conditions it is possible to create new markets with smart contracts; how trust plays a key role in differentiating contractual relationships; how law can be an embodiment of justice as well as a tool for achieving wellbeing at the same time; and what the fact that we live amid competing normative systems means for our obligations towards each other. Helen has also worked as a lawyer at the European Parliament and the UN Security Council, and published papers in international law.


Dr. Eneli Kindsiko

is an Associate Professor in Qualitative Research at the School of Economics and Business Administration, University of Tartu, Estonia. Eneliʼs current research interests lie around the methodological issues in business research and during the past years she has been engaged in applying qualitative research methods across several interdisciplinary international scientific projects. Tight connect with current project lies in past experience in investigating entrepreneurship patterns in gentrified urban neighbourhoods, with special focus on creative hubs.


Dr. Ragne Kõuts-Klemm

is an Associate Professor in Journalism Sociology and the director of the Journalism and Communication MA programme at the University of Tartu, Estonia. In her research, she has focused on the integration of the Russian minority, changing patterns in media use and social change, journalism transparency and culture media. She has been involved in many national and international research projects, e.g. PI in research on Transparency in Estonian Journalism, 2008-2012; main investigator in the project on Culture Journalism and their Audiences, 2014-2016; researcher in a Horizon 2020 project CATCH-EyoU, Constructing Active Citizenship with European Youth: Policies, Practices, Challenges and Solutions in 2015-2018; main investigator in the project on Cross-media news consumption in European democracies, 2014-2018; PI for an applied Media Policy research project. She is actively involved in a broad international cooperation network, including the network of European cultural journals Eurozine.


Ingmar Pastak

is a PhD Candidate and Junior Researcher in Urban Geography at the Department of Geography, University of Tartu, Estonia. He has worked in several international and interdisciplinary research projects at the intersection of urban studies and urban planning. His PhD research focuses on the residential and commercial aspects of gentrification of post-industrial neighbourhoods and displacement pressure caused by revitalisation and gentrification. His current research includes youth inequalities in housing and labour market, spatial patterns and digitalisation of creative industries, and smart city innovations in housing sector.

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