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Professor Wolfgang Drechsler is Professor of Gov­ernance. He is also an Associate at Harvard University’s Davis Center and a member of its Advisory Board. BA Bridgewater College, MA Uni­ver­sity of Virginia, PhD Uni­versity of Marburg, Grad­uate German University of Public Administration Speyer, Ha­bili­tation Uni­versity of Tartu, SocScD (honorary doctorate) Cor­vinus Uni­versity of Budapest. He previ­ously taught at the Universities of Marburg, Gießen, Frankfurt/Main, and Tartu (Chair of Public Administration); as André Molitor Chair (professeur invité) at the Univer­sité catholique de Louvain; as Visiting Profes­sor at the Universities of Lund and of Erfurt, at the Cen­tral University of Finance and Eco­nomics Beijing, at the University of Malaya, at Zhejiang and at Gadjah Mada Universities, at the National Institute for Development Admin­istration (NIDA) Bangkok, at Corvinus, and at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Na­tional University of Singapore.

In civil service, Wolfgang has been Ad­visor to the President of Estonia, Executive Secretary with the German Wissenschaftsrat during German Reunification, and, as an APSA Congressional Fellow, Senior Legislative Analyst in the United States Congress. He was vice-chair of the executive board of PRAXIS, Estonia’s pre-eminent public policy think-tank; member of the Innovation Pol­icy Council of the Estonian Ministry of Economics; member of the Lisbon Agenda Group for public management; and founding co-chair of the EGPA Per­manent Study Group XV on ‘Public Administration, Technology, and Innovation’. He cur­rently directs the RND’ large-scale institutional grant (IUT) on ‘Challenges to State Moderni­zation in 21st Century Europe’, 2014-19, and since 2016, he is on the management board of IASIA.

Wolfgang has been a consultant to international institutions such as the OECD, the Council of Europe, SIGMA, the World Bank, the European Union (especially Commission and Parliament), the Inter-American De­velopment Bank, and the UNDP, to national govern­ments, and in the private sector. He has received the Estonian National Science Award; the Alena Brunovskà Award for Teaching Excellence; the Outstanding Alumnus Award from Bridgewater College, delivering also the annual W. Harold Row Endowed Lecture; the Maar­jamaa Rist, Estonia’s Order of Merit; the German Federal Merit Cross; TUT’s Top Scien­tist award as best PhD advisor for three years in a row, 2011-13. He is the author or editor of more than 20 books and journal issues and well over 100 scholarly articles.

Wolfgang Drechsler’s areas of interest include Non-Western PA, especially Confucian and Buddhist; PA, Technology, and Innovation; and Public Management Re­form general­ly; as well as e-Governance, Municipal Autonomy, and Academic Administration. He also has an active interest in Political Philosophy and Economic Theory. His regional foci are Southeast and East Asia and Central and Eastern Europe. His book on Innovation Bureaucra­cy (with Rainer Kattel and Erkki Karo) will be published by Yale University Press in 2020.

Contact: wolfgang.drechsler@taltech.ee

Senior Research Fellow Dr. Erkki Karo is the Director of the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance. He has received BA from the University of Tartu and PhD from the Tallinn University of Technology. In 2015-2016 Dr. Karo was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo, Japan. He has also been a visiting PhD research student at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, University College London and University of Iceland. Previously he has worked at the University of Tartu. He teaches basic and introductory courses on public administration and public management both in the Technology Governance and public administration curricula. His research focuses on governance and public management of research and innovation policies in both developing and developed economies. He has worked on policy-related projects both for the local government and central government institutions in Estonia on different innovation policy issues (cluster policy, open innovation and innovation policy, innovation policy strategies and its’ governance). He is a co-organizer of the permanent study group on Public Administration, Technology & Innovation at the European Group for Public Administration (www.ttu.ee/pati). He was a principal researcher in the Research and Innovation Policy Monitoring Programme and coordinator of the ETF grant Institutions and economic development in East Asia and Central and Eastern Europe.

Contacts: erkki.karo@taltech.ee

Rainer Kattel is professor of innovation and public governance at Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, UCL, and research professor at Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance. He received his education from University of Tartu, Estonia, and University of Marburg, Germany, studying philosophy, political philosophy, classics and public administration.

He led the Department for ten years. He has served on various public policy commissions, including Estonian Research Council and European Science Foundation. He has worked as an expert for the OECD, UNDP, and the European Commission. Currently, he leads Estonian Government’s Gender Equality Council, and is a member of governing boards at Tallinn University of Technology and Estonian Academy of Arts.

He has published extensively on innovation policy, its governance and specific management issues. His research interests include also public sector innovation, predictive governance and financialization. His recent books include The Elgar Handbook of Alternative Theories of Economic Development (edited with Erik Reinert and Jayati Gosh; Elgar, 2016), Financial Regulations in the European Union (edited with Jan Kregel and Mario Tonveronachi; Routledge, 2016), Innovation Bureaucracy (with Wolfgang Drechsler and Erkki Karo; Yale, forthcoming in 2017), and a special section on mission oriented innovation policy in Industrial and Corporate Change (edited with Mariana Mazzucato,; forthcoming in 2017). 

In 2013, he received Estonia's National Science Award for his work on innovation policy. 

Contact: rainer.kattel@taltech.ee

Vasilis Kostakis is Professor of P2P Governance within the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance at Tallinn University of Technology. He is also a Faculty Associate within the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, and a Visiting Associate Professor within the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology at Autonomous University of Barcelona.He is the founder of the P2P Lab and has been the Research Coordinator of the P2P Foundation, winner of the 2016 Golden Nica for Digital Communities.

In 2018, Vasilis was awarded a four-year grant from the European Research Council, to study the convergence of the digital commons with local manufacturing technologies. Along with an interdisciplinary team of scholars, activists, and social entrepreneurs, Vasilis focuses on how to create an economy based on locally sustainable communities that are digitally interconnected.

He has written essays for several outlets such as the Harvard Business Review and Aeon. His work has appeared in 13 languages.  

Vasilis is also an artist.

Contact: vasileios.kostakis@taltech.ee

Professor Jan A. Kregel PhD (Rutgers University) is Professor of Finance and Development. Kregel just retired as Chief of the Policy Analysis and Development Branch of the Financing for Development Office of UNDESA, the United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Until 2004, he was High Level Expert in International Finance and Macroeconomics in the New York Liaison Office of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), being in essence its chief economist. For many years, he held the Chair for Political Economy at the University of Bologna. He was on the faculty of Johns Hopkins SAIS, whose Bologna Center he co-directed in the late 1980s, and he is a Visiting Professor at the University of Missouri at Kansas City and a Senior Scholar at the Levy Economics Institute at Bard College. He is a Life Fellow of the Royal Economic Society in London and is counted as one of the leading post-Keynesian economists today. His main area of interest is finance.

Contact: jankregel@yahoo.com

Prof. Robert Krimmer is Full Professor of e-Governance at Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance in the School of Business and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia.

Since 2017, Robert coordinates TOOP, the EU H2020 large-scale pilot on exploring and demonstrating the feasibility of the once-only principle involving 50+ partners from 21 countries inside and outside the European Union.

Robert’s research is focused on electronic participation and democracy, as well as e-voting, the transformation of the public sector, and all issues further developing a digital society. Robert is also Associate Editor of the international scientific journal Government Information Quarterly (GIQ), where he is in charge of participation issues. He has been a lead expert for the 2009 Recommendation on e-Democracy and the 2017 update of Recommendation on e-Voting.

Teaching duties include lecturing on e-Governance, e-Democracy, e-Participation, e-Voting and End-User Management Information Systems at Tallinn University of Technology, University of Applied Sciences Hagenberg, Danube University Krems, and WU Vienna (University of Economics and Business). Robert has supervised two PhD theses and thirty graduate theses and he is author and/or he has been editor of ten books/special issues of scientific journals. Prof. Krimmer has authored over 150 international scientific articles and been cited more than 1000 times, with an Hirsch index of 16 according to Google Scholar.

Contact: robert.krimmer@taltech.ee

Anu Masso is an Associate Professor of Big Data in Social Sciences at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance. Besides her post as an Associate Professor at Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance Anu is a part-time Senior Researcher at the Institute of Social Studies at the University of Tartu, where she supervises several students.

Anu earned a BA in sociology at the University of Tartu, a MA in sociology at the Tallinn University and a PhD in media and communication at the University of Tartu. Most recently Anu concluded her research on quantitative methods in mobility / migration studies at the ETH Zürich/Switzerland within the Marie Curie fellowship programme. Besides this Anu has also been a visiting researcher at the University of Uppsala/Sweden, the Kopenhagen University and the University of Vienna. Anu has been successful in applying for research funding and managing research projects, including both international and domestic, research and implementation projects. She has published around 40 articles in leading international peer-reviewed journals (like Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies) and was one of the editors of the Routledge International Handbook of European Social Transformations.

Her current research focuses on the big data turn in social sciences: she is interested in  developing measurements and estimating bias of social dynamics of large-scale socio-cultural phenomena, like in the fields of social network analysis methods, and comparative social media analytics. Furthermore her research focuses on critical data studies, like the methodological shifts in social sciences in relation to the big data turn, examining socio-cultural consequences of big data, like data discrimination, algorithmic control, governance through data, etc, in the fields of spatial mobilities and migration studies. Currently Anu focuses her research on developing solutions for ‘data acculturation’ – culturally integrative data practices in the field of spatial mobilities and migration studies

Professor Ahti-Veikko Pietarinen PhD (University of Helsinki) directs the Chair of Philosophy and currently teaches as a visiting professor at the Centre for the Study of Language and Cognition at Zheijang University in China and as a professor at the University of Helsinki. In his previous career he has worked at the Harvard University as the Houghton Library Visiting Fellow, as a visiting professor at the Kyung Hee University in Republic of Korea and as an adjunct professor at the University of Turku and at the University of Helsinki. Professor Pietarinen’s areas of specialization include Philosophy of Logic & Language, Philosophy of Science, Pragmatism, History of Analytic & American Philosophy and the Philosophy of Mathematics.

Contact: ahti-veikko.pietarinen@taltech.ee

Carlota Perez is  Adjunct Professor of Technology and Socio-Economic Development. Perez, who currently resides in United Kingdom, is Honorary Professor at the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) at University College London; Honorary Professor at SPRU, University of Sussex; and Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics, where she was Centennial Professor from 2011-2016. She is also Academic-in-Residence at Anthemis, UK. Author of the influential Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages (Elgar 2002), she studies the socio-economic impact of technological change and its historical context, and is perhaps best known for her work on technological revolutions and development of the concept of the ‘techno-economic paradigm shift’.

Perez’ long career spans civil service, research and consultancy. In the 1970s she held government posts in her home country of Venezuela, including as the founding Director of Technology in the Ministry of Industry (1980-1983). She has since advised several Latin American governments and multilateral organisations such as UNCTAD, UNIDO, CEPAL, the OECD, the Andean Pact and the World Bank, in addition to consulting for numerous global corporations, including IBM, Cisco, Telefonica, Mondragon and Ericsson. Most recently, she was Chair of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Expert Group for Green Growth and Jobs. Her current research project, ‘Beyond the Technological Revolution’, analyses the historical role of the state in shaping the context for innovation.

Contact: carperezperez@yahoo.com

Tiina Randma-Liiv is Professor of Public Management and Policy at Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia, where she currently also serves as Vice Dean for Research of the School of Business and Governance. She holds a BA in Economics from the University of Tartu, Estonia, an MPA from New York University and a PhD from Loughborough University. Randma-Liiv previously served as Professor and Chair of Public Management at the University of Tartu, and as Visiting Professor at the Catholic University of Leuven, the University of Gdansk, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, and Florida International University. She has served on the Steering Committees of the European Group of Public Administration (EGPA), and of the Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee). Randma-Liiv is currently a member of the Advisory Board to the Estonian Minister of Public Administration, previously she has been a member of the Academic Council of the President of Estonia and of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Board on Administrative Reform. She has served in the academic advisory board of the European Public Service Award, in the advisory board of the UNDP Regional Centre for Public Administration Reform, and in the OECD Expert Group of the Partnership for Democratic Governance. Randma-Liiv is a co-founder and a board member of the biggest Estonian think-tank – PRAXIS Centre for Policy Studies. Her research interests include the impact of fiscal crisis on public administration, public sector organization, civil service reforms, policy transfer and small states. She has won Alena Brunovska Award for Teaching Excellence in Central and Eastern Europe (2006) and the Estonian National Science Award (2016).

Contact: tiina.randma-liiv@taltech.ee

Professor of Public Finance and Governance Dr. Ringa Raudla, BA, MA (University of Tartu) and PhD (University of Erfurt) has previously worked as a lecturer at University of Tartu and as a visiting lecturer at University of Erfurt. She teaches courses on public finance, public sector financial management, Law & Economics and research methods. Her main research interests are budgeting, fiscal governance and fiscal policy, social insurance, institutional economics and constitutional political economy. She has worked as an advisory expert to the Ministry of Finance, the National Audit Office, Praxis and the World Bank on different issues (strategic management, performance management and performance budgeting, fiscal rules, budget transparency and citizen’s guide to budget). She currently holds a personal research grant from the Estonian Research Council on “Developments in Fiscal Governance in European Countries: Impacts of the Crisis and Future Prospects”. Ringa is a member of the Programme and Research Advisory Committee of IIAS (International Institute of Administrative Sciences) and also coordinates the IIAS study group on financial and fiscal administration. She is a member of the editorial boards of the following journals: Governance, Perspectives on Public Management and Governance, Urban Affairs Review, Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management, and International Journal of Public Sector Management. Ringa is also a founding member of the Young Academy of Sciences of Estonia.

Contact: ringa.raudla@taltech.ee

Professor Erik S. Reinert BA (University of St. Gallen) MA (Harvard) PhD (Cornell) is Professor of Technology Governance and Development Strategies. He is a former entrepreneur and since 2000 served as the Executive Chairman of The Other Canon Foundation, a small center and network for heterodox economics research. Reinert's research interests and publications focus around the theory of uneven development and the history of economic thought and policy. His book How Rich Countries Got Rich ... and Why Poor Countries Stay Poorwon the Myrdal Prize in economics and the Norwegian Selvaag Prize, both in 2008. As a consultant, Reinert's emphasis is on industrial and economic policy, the preconditions and management of innovations, and the relations between financial and production capital. Professor Reinert is one of the best-known heterodox economists of our times.

Contacts: eriksreinert@gmail.com

Associate Professor Dr. Külli Sarapuu BA, MA (University of Tartu/Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), PhD (Tallinn University of Technology) has served as the Deputy Head of the Department of Public Service at the Estonian Government Office and as a Senior Expert on personnel appraisal and development at the Ministry of Education. Külli has been engaged as an expert and lecturer in various projects focusing on the functioning of the Estonian public sector. She teaches courses on Estonian public administration, public sector coordination, public service and small states. In the years 2008-2016 she was acting as the Program Director for the Executive Master of Public Management program at the Nurkse Department. Külli’s research focuses on public sector organization, civil service systems, public sector coordination and the governance of small states. She has taken a special interest in the post-communist transformation of administrative structure in Central and Eastern Europe and has published broadly on the respective changes in Estonia. Her recent book is “Organizing for Coordination in the Public Sector: Practices and Lessons from 12 European Countries” co-edited with P. Lægreid, L. H. Rykkja and T. Randma-Liiv (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). Külli’s current research projects include Coordination Instruments at the Center of Government: Opportunities and Limitations of Temporary Task Forces (personal grant by the Estonian Research Council) and Navigating the Storm: Small States in the EU (EU Jean Monnet Network). She is a co-chair of the European Group for Public Administration permanent study group “Governance of Public Sector Organizations” and serves as a member of the NISPAcee steering committee.

Contact: kylli.sarapuu@taltech.ee

Veiko Lember, PhD, is Senior Research Fellow in Public Management and Policy at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance. He is also a Visiting Professor at KU Leuven’s Institute of Public Governance and a Visiting Research Fellow at Université Paris-Est (LISIS). He holds BA and MA from University of Tartu and PhD from Tallinn University of Technology. Veiko previously worked as a research fellow at University of Tartu and KU Leuven, and a visiting researcher at University of Antwerp.

From 2017, he serves as a Member of Steering Committee of the European Group of Public Administration (EGPA), where he also is a co-chair of the permanent study group on Public Administration, Technology & Innovation. From 2014-2016 he was the head of the Ragnar Nurkse Department. Veiko has been a consultant to OECD, UNDESA/UNDP, Estonian Government Office, Enterprise Estonia, Estonian Research Council, Network of Estonian Nonprofit Organizations, Estonian Law Center, and various Estonian ministries.

His research interests are in public administration (esp. digital and cross-sectoral governance) and innovation policy (esp. public procurement of innovation and innovation policy governance). He has led or been involved in more than 20 international (incl. EU FP7 and H2020) and national (incl. Estonian Research Council) research projects.

From 1999-2009 he was the member and captain of the Estonian National Volleyball team.

Contacts: veiko.lember@taltech.ee

Dr. David Duenas-Cid, Sociologist, Research Fellow in e-Governance at Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia, and Assistant Professor at Management in Networked and Digital Societies, Kozminski University, Poland. Previous experience as a Lecturer at Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Catalonia (2006-16), and as an invited lecturer at Warsaw International School of Psychology, University of Warsaw, Poland (2016) and Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary (2019).

His research is focused on the intersection between technology and political life. Working in the project Costs of Democratic Elections (CoDE), led by Pr. Dr. Dr. Robert Krimmer, has recently published about methods for cost calculation for multichannel elections (link, link2), adoption patterns of internet voting technologies (link) and digital states (link) or about the impacts of Coronavirus on Elections (link). Co-Founder and member of the Steering Committee at the Thematic Group in Digital Sociology at the International Sociological Association.

Contact: david.duenas@taltech.ee

Research Fellow Dr. Egert Juuse BA MA PhD (Tallinn University of Technology) is the Coordinator for the MA in Technology Governance programme. Mr Juuse’s research interests include financial policy, economic development and innovation policy. He is a referee at the Estonian Athletics Association, Member of Panel and Area Technical Official at the European Athletics Association and member of Estonian Author’s Society and Estonian Performers Association.

Contact: egert.juuse@taltech.ee

Dr. Margit Kirs is a Research Fellow and Programme Director of Public Administration and Innovation Master Studies. Her research interests are related to the areas of innovation and high-technology policy, policy design and implementation with a particular emphasis on Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries. She has participated in a wide range of different publicly funded research projects, aimed at contributing to academic debate on contemporary trends and challenges in the aforementioned areas. But also to provide policy advice in its different forms (e.g. policy analyzes/evaluations, explorative case studies, local expertise) to different local (the Ministry of Education and Research, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Estonian Research Council, National Development Fund, Tallinn City Government) as well as international (governmental) organizations (the European Commission, Institute of Prospective Technological Studies; Baltic Science Network). Her latest research activity is related to analysing governance structures and policy instruments facilitating transition towards bio-economy.

Contact: margit.kirs@taltech.ee

Research Fellow Dr. Riin Savi BA (University of Tartu) MA (University of Konstanz) PhD (Tallinn University of Technology) has previously worked at the University of Tartu at the Department of Research and Institutional Development. At TTÜ she has taught courses on Organization Theory and Project Management.

Contact: riin.savi@taltech.ee

Research Fellow Dr. Piret Tõnurist BA MA PhD (Tallinn University of Technology) MSc (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) is also an economist and policy analyst at the Observatory of Public Sector Innovation in OECD. She has previously worked as a consultant in the Parliament of Estonia, Riigikogu and as a performance auditor for the National Audit Office in the field of entrepreneurial and innovation policy. Her main research topics include public sector innovation, co-production, digitalisation, machine-to-machine coordination, innovation policy management (incl. state owned companies), behavioural public administration and energy technologies. She is a co-chair of the European Group for Public Administration permanent study group “Behavioural Public Administration.” She has also a specific interest in the development of Post-Soviet states in the Caucasus and Central Asia. The researcher has also a strong background in research methodologies in social sciences.

Contact: piret.tonurist@taltech.ee

Read more: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Piret_Tonurist

Senior Lecturer Dr. Amirouche Moktefi, PhD (University of Strasbourg, 2007), teaches courses in logic, philosophy, and philosophy of science. His research interests include visual reasoning, the philosophy of mathematical practice, the development of symbolic logic, and the public understanding of science and technology.

Contact: amirouche.moktefi@taltech.ee

Lecturer Indrek Meos MA (University of Tartu) has previously lectured at Estonian Information Technology College and Estonian Academy of Arts.

Contact: indrek.meos@mail.ee 

Lecturer Leno Saarniit BA MA (University of Tartu) is the Program Director of Bachelor studies. Since 2013 she has been the member of Public Service Ethics Council at the Ministry of Finance. In 2003-2007 she was a member of the work group responsible for the development of anti-corruption strategies at the Estonian Ministry of Justice and has previously worked at the Legal Chancellor’s Office and at Tartu City Government. In recent years she has taught introductory courses in Public Policy, Environmental Policy, Public Ethics and different policy analysis courses. Her research interests are public ethics, integrity management and anti-corruption policies.

Contact: leno.saarniit@taltech.ee

Postdoctoral Researchers and PhD Students

Stefano Calzati is a scholar in digital cultures and a writer. At Tallinn University of Technology he is Postdoc Fellow and he investigates on the geopolitics of datafication within China-Sub-Sahara Africa relations. He is also Teaching Fellow at Polytechnic Institute of Milan where he teaches “Sociology of Media” and “Digital Cultures”. Previously, he was Postdoc Fellow at City University of Hong Kong, where he taught and researched on new media literacies, as well as visiting researcher at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, exploring Chinese social media. He has also taught core courses in cultural studies at the University of Leeds, where he obtained his PhD in 2016. He is currently co-managing editor of the International Journal of Transmedia Literacy. He has authored four academic books: Mediating Travel Writing, Mediated China: the Middle Kingdom in Travel Books and Blogs (2018); Beyond Genre: Approaching Travel (and) Writing through Interviews with Authors and Bloggers (2019), Phillip Lopate, una vita allo schermo: Riflessioni sul cinema da un maestro americano del personal essay (2019), and (De)scrivere la Cina in viaggio: Voci, testi, mezzi (2020). He has also written the travel reportage In Vietnam: Digressioni di viaggio (2019)

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Gerli Aavik holds an 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.krivonosova@taltech.ee

Lucas Barreiro Lemos is a Fellow at the interdisciplinary research collective P2P Lab. He holds an MA in Technology Governance and Digital Transformation from Tallinn University of Technology and is a Junior Research Fellow at the Ragnar Nurkse Department where he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. He also holds a five-year BA in Sociology from University of A Coruña (Spain). Lucas is a core team member of the European Research Council Starting Grant project 'Cosmolocalism'. He acts as administrator on the Management Board of Fab City Foundation and coordinates the Distributed Design Market Platform (Creative Europe) project in Estonia. His main research interests include global digital commons, distributed production, inclusive networked governance and community-embedded innovation.

Contact: lucas.barreiro@taltech.ee

Rauno Mäekivi holds an 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.maekivi@taltech.ee

Jaanus Müür has an 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 studies, 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.muur@taltech.ee

Alexandros (Alekos) Pantazis is a Core Member of the P2P Lab, an interdisciplinary research collective focused on the commons, and a Junior Research Fellow at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology. He holds a B.Sc. (5-year-long) in environmental engineering, an M.Sc. in nautical and marine science, and a certificate of pedagogy and educational proficiency. He has expertise in participatory design for nature conservation, and a background in informal education. Moreover, Alekos has 20 years of involvement in international civil movements, focusing on agrarian indigenous populations and the commons. Alekos has worked as a scientific assistant in European projects in the areas of marine conservation and community-based management as well as in the area of the digital commons. He is pursuing a Ph.D. on the convergence of convivial technologies, commons and informal education, coordinating the socio-technical pilots of the COSMOLOCALISM project. Alekos speaks English, Spanish, French, and Greek.

Contact: alexandros.pantazis@taltech.ee

Alex Pazaitis is a core member of the interdisciplinary research collective P2P Lab, spin-off of the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology and of the P2P Foundation. He holds an MA in Technology Governance and is Junior Research Fellow and PhD candidate at the Ragnar Nurkse Department.
Alex is a core team member of the COSMOLOCALISM project and has been involved in numerous research activities, including scholarly papers and research and innovation projects. He has professional experience in project management and has worked as a consultant for private and public organizations. His research interests include technology governance; innovation policy; digital commons; open cooperativism and distributed ledger technologies.

Contact: alexandros.pazaitis@taltech.ee

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. Christina is currently pursuing her PhD in Technology Governance at Tallinn University of Technology, investigating open construction systems. She is also member of the COSMOLOCALISM research team, coordinating the Sustainability Stream.

Contact: christina.priavolou@taltech.ee

Pisith is a Buddhist Monk and a Junior Research Fellow at Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance. He has joined the Cosmolocalism project since September 2019 to pursue a Ph.D. at TalTech, Estonia. His Ph.D. thesis focuses on Buddhist Economics and Governance: Theravada Perspectives on Commons-Based Peer Production, Policy without Indicators, and Happiness and Public Purpose.

He received his BA from International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University, Myanmar, in 2016, and his MA from International Buddhist College, Thailand (Thesis passed with distinction), in 2018. He worked for Buddhism for Development (BFD) organization as a Social Community Worker who assisted the program officer in developing plan, monitoring the human rights program and helped the program officer oversee and report program activities on the matter relating to the development and management of the BFD strategic program. He was also a Lecturer at Preah Sihanouk Raja Buddhist University, Battambang campus. He has published or edited about i.e., “Cambodian Buddhists’ Response to the French Protectorate,” “The Contribution of King Asoka to Buddhism,” and “The Buddha’s View on the Influence of Friendship.”

Contact: pisith.san@taltech.ee

MSc. Azambuja is pursuing a PhD in Public Administration major in Technology Governance at Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) and is currently working as a researcher and partner Project Manager of the Erasmus+ Strengthening Governance Capacity for Smart Sustainable Cities (CAP4CITY) project. Luiza has an MSc. in Public Sector Innovation and eGovernance, a Joint Master Programme organized by Ku Leuven, Münster University and TalTech, co-financed by Erasmus+. Since 2013 Luiza has been researching Smart Cities. In addition, Luiza has more than 6 years of work experience in Brazil, including project management in an R&D project and 5 years in the private sector.

Radu Serrano is a PhD Student at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance at Tallinn University of Technology in Tallinn (TalTech), Estonia. He is involved in the Cost of Democratic Elections (CoDE) project under the supervision of Prof. Robert Krimmer and Dr. David Dueñas-Cid. Additionally, he is also a Project Manager at the e-Governance Academy, where he is undertaking projects focused on e-democracy and cybersecurity. The latter of the two topics is the focus of his PhD studies, attempting to answer questions regarding the measurement and implementation of national cybersecurity governance.

Radu holds a magna cum laude MSc in Public Sector Innovation and eGovernance from the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree consortium consisting of KU Leuven, WWU Münster and TalTech.

Contact: raserr@taltech.ee

Shobhit Shakya MSc (Tallinn University of Technology) is an 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.shakya@taltech.ee

Mariliis Trei holds a BA in History from the University of Tartu and an 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.trei@taltech.ee

Colin is a PhD Student at the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance at Tallinn University of Technology in Tallinn (TalTech), Estonia. He is currently working as an External Expert for the European Commission's AI Watch team, where he is contributing to the research activities on the use of AI within public services. His PhD studies focus on the public value of AI in public services, as to understand both the use and impact of the use of AI technologies used within governmental services. In addition, he is part of the expert group on the Exploring Digital Government Transformation (DigiGOV) study and is involved in various other European research activities such as ISA2's Innovative Public Services study.

Before his PhD studies, Colin graduated magna cum laude from the new joint-master degree Public Sector Innovation and eGovernance at the University of Leuven, the University of Münster and TalTech. During his studies, he has assisted the organisation of the high-level conference Tallinn Digital Summit in both 2018 and 2019 and was a Visiting Researcher at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre Seville.