Agne is involved in working for the Horizon 2020 project titled ‘Transforming into Open, Innovative and Collaborative Governments.’ Her PhD topic is ‘Collaborative Government: Internal and External Collaboration for Policy Design and Service Delivery’. Agne graduated with a distinction from the BA in Public Administration from Tallinn University of Technology. Also, she received a first-class honours MSc degree in Organisational Development and Change from University College Dublin Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. Furthermore, Agne is qualified as an Executive and a Life Coach. Prior to returning to Estonia, Agne lived in Ireland for six years. In Dublin she worked for people development and training companies and provided her own coaching service. Agne’s research interests include change management, collaboration and people development.
Contact: agne dot vabamae at ttu dot ee
Alexandros (Alekos) Pantazis is a Core Member of the P2P Lab, an interdisciplinary research hub, community-driven makerspace, and spin-off of the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance and the P2P Foundation. He is an environmental engineer (BSc) holding an MSc in nautical and marine science and a certificate of pedagogy and educational proficiency. He has expertise in participatory design for nature conservation and integrated coastal zone management. Alekos has 20 years experience of active involvement in civil movements, focusing on agrarian grassroots, degrowth and the commons. He has also strong background in informal education. Alekos has worked as a scientific assistant in three European projects in the areas of marine conservation and community-based management as well as in the area of digital commons. He is pursuing a PhD at Tallinn University of Technology on the convergence of convivial technologies, commons and informal education. Alekos is also involved in the Phygital project.
Contact: alpant at ttu dot ee
Alex Pazaitis is Junior Research Fellow at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology. He is involved in numerous research activities, including scholarly papers and research and innovation projects. Alex has professional experience in project management, working as a consultant for private and public organizations, and he is collaborating with the P2P Foundation and other commons-oriented communities. Alex holds an MA in Technology Governance and is currently pursuing his PhD at the Ragnar Nurkse Department. His research interests include technology governance; innovation policy; digital commons; open cooperativism and the blockchain.
Christina Priavolou is a Core Member of the P2P Lab, an interdisciplinary research hub, community-driven makerspace and spin-off of the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance and the P2P Foundation. She is a civil engineer (5-years BSc, University of Patras, Greece) and holds an interdisciplinary MSc in Environmental Development (National Technical University of Athens, Greece). She has a two-year experience in both private and public works. Her research interests include the investigation of free and open-source buildings. Christina is currently pursuing her PhD in Technology Governance at Tallinn University of Technology, while being involved in the Phygital project.
Gerli holds a MA degree in Public Administration (cum laude) from Tallinn University of Technology. Her PhD in Public Administration focuses on the use of ICT to increase efficiency in the public sector in the context of raised expectations for public services. She is also a graduate of a 21-month leadership program, organized by the Top Civil Service Excellence Center of The Government Office, which aims to develop future top civil servants. Gerli currently works in the Ministry of Social Affairs as an adviser for the Social Welfare Department, where she is responsible for improving integration between healthcare and welfare sector in order to achieve more person-centred policies and services. Her main (research) interests include e-governance, social innovation (including use of peer-to-peer economy in the welfare sector), open governance, co-creation and person-centred service design.
Iuliia Krivonosova has her BA degree in Political Science with distinctions from the Higher School of Economics, Russia, and MA degrees in Russian, Central and East European studies with distinctions from the University of Glasgow, UK and Jagiellonian University, Poland. Her research interests lie in the field of political parties and elections, hence she is currently involved in the Cost of Democratic Elections (CoDE) project under supervision of Prof. Robert Krimmer and Dr. David Duenas-Cid.
Contact: iuliia dot krivonosova at ttu dot ee
Jaanus Müür has a MA degree in Technology Governance (cum laude) from Tallinn University of Technology. His PhD in Public Administration is focused on public sector innovation instruments. Jaanus is currently involved in two INTERREG projects. The first is "SOHJOA Baltic" where the aim is to integrate autonomous buses into the public transportation system in Tallinn. The second project is called "Smart-up BSR" which addresses the challenges that regions around the Baltic Sea face in implementing their regional research and innovation policies. Jaanus is also working for the Tallinn City Enterprise Department which is the main partner in "Smart-up BSR" project. Before starting his PhD, Jaanus was involved in the student movement and was the chairperson in the Federation of Estonian Student Unions which is the national umbrella organisation of local student unions.
Contact: jaanus dot muur at ttu dot ee
Junior Research Fellow Jelena Issajeva MA (Aarhus University) has previously lectured at Lääne-Viru College. Specializing in philosophy of mind and cognitive psychology, she is currently a PhD student at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance where she is investigating the relations between mental imagery and perception.
Contact: jelena dot issajeva at gmail dot com
Kadi Maria Vooglaid
Kadi Maria is a Junior Research Fellow at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance, where she's currently involved in the Horizon 2020 project "Transforming Into Open, Innovative and Collaborative Governments". Her PhD thesis focuses on the drivers, barriers and limits of online democratic engagement. In addition to e-democracy, her research interests include participatory policy making, advocacy politics and political theory in the digital age. She also contributes to the non-profit e-democracy start-up, CitizenOS, and teaches economics and politics in her alma mater, Collegium Educationis Revaliae.
Contact: kadi dot vooglaid at ttu dot ee
Keegan McBride has a BA degree in Political Sciencee and International Relations (Magna Cum Laude) from Montana State University and a MSc in e-Government Technologies and Services (Cum Laude) from Tallinn University of Technology and is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Administration with a focus on open government data driven co-creation. Before beginning work as a Junior Research Fellow at Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance he worked as a backend developer/integration engineer at the Estonian Fintech startup Monese. He currently works on the Horizon2020 funded OpenGovIntelligence project which aims to demonstrate how linked open government data may be used to drive the co-creation of new public services. His personal research interests include: open government data, co-creation, data analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, complex adaptive systems, and government transformation.
Mariliis Trei holds a BA in History from the University of Tartu and MA in Public Administration from Tallinn University of Technology. She has previously worked as a consultant in the private sector and been involved in projects evaluating the creative industries and the use of EU Structural Funds in Estonia. Mariliis’s main research interests are public policy-making, evidence-based policy-making, public participation and non-governmental organisations. Her PhD thesis focuses on public sector coordination and horizontal policy-making and looks into the advantages and limitations of engaging stakeholders in policy-making for making well-informed decisions. Mariliis is currently involved with the research projects “Coordination Instruments at the Center of Government: Opportunities and Limitations of Temporary Task Forces” and “Navigating the Storm: Small States in the EU (EU Jean Monnet Network)”.
Contact: mariliis dot trei at ttu dot ee
Junior research fellow Olga Mikheeva BA MA (Tallinn University of Technology) takes part in the research projects “Innovation and the state: How should government finance and implement innovation policy” financed by the Institute of New Economic Thinking (INET) and “Institutions and Economic Development in East Asia and Central and Eastern Europe”. In addition, Olga acts as the coordinator for the research project “Understanding policy change: Financial and fiscal bureaucracy in the Baltic Sea Region” (EEA grants Norway). Her main research interests include economic development and governance of innovation policies in regards to the developing countries with a special focus on East Asian states as well as Asian regionalism.
Contact: olga dot mikheeva at ttu dot ee
Ralf-Martin Soe has two master's degrees in Finance from Tartu University (MBA) an Maastricht University (MSc). Ralf started his career as an Investigative Business Journalist and worked 4 years for the biggest business daily in Estonia, Äripäev. As a young talent, Ralf was nominated for the most competitive and prestigous Bonnier Prize in the field of Journalism already in 2006. Two years later, he was selected as the Best Young Journalist in Estonia by the Estonian Newspaper Association. In 2009, Ralf made a difficult decision to exit journalism and focus on international career instead. From 2009-2013, he worked for PwC, the British government and the United Nations University (MERIT) as Financial and Economic Consultant. In collaboration with Praxis and ILO, Ralf has worked out long-term financing models for health care and pensions for the government of Estonia (2011 and 2014). Jointly with Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications, he has initiated several international R&D projects (Smart Lab, e-Receipts, Real-time Economy and FINEST Smart Mobility) during recent years. Currently he is the advisor of the Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology Urve Palo.
Contact: ralf-martin dot soe at ttu dot ee
Rauno Mäekivi holds a MA degree in Public Administration (cum laude) from Tallinn University of Technology. His doctoral thesis concentrates mainly on sectoral and mission oriented STI policies in Estonia. Regarding these topics, Rauno has been part of several research projects in Estonia (e.g. TIPS and RITA). Aside from research, he has also served as managing editor for the academic journal Administrative Culture and as a student representative in the University Council of TTU.
Lately, Rauno has also become active in the public sector, concentrating mainly on social and health care challenges. From 2015 to 2017, he worked at the Government Office helping to coordinate a task force for reducing the burden of care in Estonia. Currently he serves as a chief specialist at the Estonian Health Insurance Fund.
Contact: rauno dot maekivi at ttu dot ee
Shobhit Shakya MSc (Tallinn University of Technology) is a IT professional and a researcher. He has been working as a freelance web/e-commerce consultant and developer for several companies from UK, South Africa, Rwanda, Nepal and Estonia. He has recently started doing research work. His research interest lies in the fields of e-Governance and ICT transformation in developing countries, traditional institutions, Buddhism and Himalayan studies and community governance.
Contact: shobhit dot shakya at ttu dot ee