About the Institute

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Estonia, in North-Eastern Europe, is home to the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies at the University of Tartu. The institute itself is located in the heart of Estonia's second largest town, Tartu, which is home to around one hundred thousand people. The town's long university traditions and academically oriented environment laid the foundation for the strong principles of the Skytte Institute.

The institute’s BA, MA, and PhD programs have been created in order to develop students’ academic competence and personal growth. To achieve this, our international team is focused on knowledge based research, quality education, and active learning. Every day we deal with different societal topics and challenges, but our main focus is on the most important natural resource - people. Professors, lecturers, students, and partners – they are our most valuable asset.

To achieve a better and deeper understanding of society, the Skytte Institute hosts the Center for EU – Russia Studies, the Centre for Applied Social Sciences, and various additional research units where every day we try to understand, give meaning to, and offer solutions to actual problems. Professors, analysts, and students sit down together and attempt to find answers to truly important questions: How can we move forward? Why so and where to?

We value both the process and the result. The destination is important, but it is no more important than the journey itself – what you see, learn and experience. We adapt every day, and we strive to instill in our partners and students an ideology that encourages, supports, and appreciates initiative, as well as the search for solutions and new ways of thinking.

While having the honor to carry the name of Johan Skytte (1577-1645), our institute is pursuing the same values and legacy that this true statesman embodied. During his life, he managed to be the Governor-General, President of the Appeal Court, and Chancellor of two universities while being also the founding father of the University of Tartu. Skytte’s heritage is not just important for our institute but for the whole of Estonia and its neighborhood.


Institute council members:      

  • Eiki Berg, professor, Professor of International Relations Theory, Programme Director for International Relations and Regional Studies, Head of the Council
  • Stefano Braghiroli, Associate Professor of European Studies, Programme Director for European Union - Russia Studies, Programme Director for European Studies
  • Martin Mölder, Research Fellow in Comparative Politics (PhD)     
  • Andrey Makarychev, Professor of Regional Political Studies      
  • Heiko Pääbo, Lecturer in Politics of Baltic Sea Region Countries, Programme Director for Central and Eastern European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (PhD)      
  • Alar Kilp, Lecturer in Comparative Politics, Programme Director for Government and Politics (PhD)      
  • Kadri Ukrainski, Vice Head for Research, School of Economics and Business Administration      
  • Siim Espenberg, Head of CASS      
  • Erle Rikmann, Scientific Advisor in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (PhD)      
  • Viacheslav Morozov, Professor of European Union and Russian Studies

Student representatives:

  • Mona Maria Tammik, BA students      
  • Isabel Mari Jezierska, MA students      
  • Natalia Kovyliaeva, PhD students
Kristiina Tõnnisson

Kristiina Tõnnisson re-elected Head of the Skytte Institute

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Creating cooperation with Vietnamese colleagues

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Flags of Moldova among the crowd

New funded project with Moldova