Our faculty is carrying out both individual as well as larger-scale institutional framework projects on a variety of fields stretching comparative politics, international relations and political theory. To learn more about the projects, click on the respective title. Clicking on the funder information redirects you to their website.
For ongoing projects of faculty and staff members in the framework of larger international research networks, see the section on international cooperation and the section on applied research.
Relations between Russia and the Baltic states, Estonia in particular, have been an important testing ground for constructivist approaches in the discipline of International Relations. It has been demonstrated that the patterns of conflict and occasional cooperation have been determined by the dynamics of national identity on both sides. While existing studies focus on the national identity discourses of elites, this project creates comprehensive interpretivist datasets focusing on wider societal discourses. It is part of a global network ‘Making Identity Count’, whose scope so far includes only great powers. By adding Estonian data and expanding the already existing database on Russia, the project team re-assesses the bilateral relations based on a comparative analysis of the two countries’ identities through time. It identifies the circumstances under which popular views of national identity can impact foreign policy, which can be used in policy planning and risk assessment.