Research centres at the Institute
Centre for Eurasian and Russian Studies (CEURUS) is a multidisciplinary centre for research and teaching at the University of Tartu (UT), Estonia. It was initiated by the UT Institute of Government and Politics in cooperation with the UT EuroCollege in 2011 to serve as a contact point for scholars, students and members of the public who share an interest in the past, present and future of the Eurasian space, historically shaped by the Russian empire and the Soviet project.
CEURUS coordinates and sponsors a variety of activities related to research and teaching. It serves as a source of expert knowledge on Russia and Eurasia for the media, educational institutions and the general public in Estonia, the Baltic Sea region and beyond. Building on Tartu’s long history as a meeting place of ideas and cultures, it sees its role in facilitating intellectual exchange across geopolitical divides and in making state-of-the-art research available to everyone, everywhere.
For more information, please visit the CEURUS website
Centre for IT-Impact Studies (CITIS) is an integrated teaching and research centre founded in 2015. The core idea of this centre is to use big data generated by various Estonian public e-services (like internet voting, mobile parking, e-health, digital ID, e-residency, etc) to estimate the impact those services have economically, politically and socially. In doing so, CITIS focuses on quantitative research methods and econometric modelling. Its team values measurement, precision, accuracy, and high scientific standards.
In addition to research and teaching activities, CITIS team aims to contribute to the development of the e-state directly by creating and testing prototypes for new e-services, based on the cross-usage of existing data.
For more information, please visit the CITIS website
V-Dem Regional Center for Eastern Europe and Russia was founded in May 2015 as the first regional research center within the worldwide V-Dem network. Its mission is to conduct research on democracy and democratization in the post-communist world focusing on the V-Dem database. The Center is supported by a Personal Research Grant (PUT) awarded by the Estonian Research Council to Vello Pettai, Professor of Comparative Politics at the Skytte Institute for Political studies in the University of Tartu.
The Center holds annual conferences on V-Dem research related to Eastern Europe and Russia. We invite scholars to contact us with their work on V-Dem to promote its dissemination within the regional academic community.
For more information, please visit the V-Dem Tartu website