The Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies aims to excel in internationally recognized scholarship by carrying out cutting-edge research in a number of individual and larger research projects funded by both Estonian national research grants as well as external funds. They cover a wide range of topics from political philosophy to constructivist approaches in international politics and conflict studies to issues of comparative politics such as representation and electoral studies on the national and supra-national (EU) levels. Over the past years the Institute has successfully attracted a number of post-doctoral researchers to carry out projects funded by the Estonian Research Council’s ERMOS and MOBILITAS post-doctoral programmes.
Since 2011 the Institute has been co-founder and host of the Centre for EU-Russia Studies (CEURUS) that pools expertise on Russia, the EU as well as adjoining regions at the University of Tartu. In its six years of existence, CEURUS has attracted several grants for short-term research projects, teaching activities as well as visiting researchers. The Centre offers a wide range of activities including conferences, winter and summer schools and public lectures. CEURUS also provides scholarships to PhD students working on issues related to the EU and Russia. For more details see the CEURUS website
In 2012, under the Chair of Comparative Politics, a team of researchers established the Estonian National Election Studies (ENES), providing a web-based platform that contains information and data about elections in Estonia. Moreover, the team carries out continuous research on electoral behaviour and public opinion in Estonia and beyond. Involved in several European-wide comparative projects and networks, the team of ENES is already now well established in the field of comparative electoral studies. For more details see the ENES website.