The Institute of Baltic Studies

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The Institute of Baltic Studies (IBS) is an independent, non-profit policy research and development think tank in Estonia, that aims at assisting the development of public policy in the Baltic Sea region by providing high-quality socio-economic analysis. Founded in 1996, IBS aims with its activities to the increase of knowledge and understanding of the development challenges and opportunities facing Estonia in particular and Baltic Sea region in general. The Institute of Baltic Studies has carried out research and development projects in cooperation with the government, academia, enterprises as well as third sector organisations from all over the Europe. Besides projects funded by national, private and third-sector actors, we have also carried out over twenty European Union 5th, 6th and 7th Framework Programme projects, including participation in H2020 projects. The focus of our activities has increasingly shifted to policy support activities, but we continue to provide practical inputs for various public and private initiatives.

Field of Work

Policy and Democracy School and Education Children and Youth Sustainable development; human rights

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Adults Children and Youth Policymakers

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International Projects

SmartEnCity main objective is to develop a highly adaptable and replicable systemic approach towards urban transformation into sustainable, smart and resource-efficient urban environments in Europe through the integrated planning and implementation of measures aimed at improving energy efficiency in main consuming sectors in cities, while increasing their supply of renewable energy, and demonstrate its benefits.
The role of the Institute of Baltic Studies in the project is to analyze the links between cultural tourism and economic development, consequently to propose impact assessment approaches and to contribute to the implementation of innovative data analysis methods (big data, social media, traffic data, mobile positioning) to assess impacts in cultural tourism. The project involves 12 partners from 9 European countries, including cultural tourism developers, research institutions and policy makers at both European and national level. From Estonia, the Tourism Development Center of Enterprise Estonia and the Baltic Research Center participate as a research partner.
The project wants to make it easier for people in cities around the Baltic Sea to combine walking, cycling, public transport and car-sharing as an environmentally friendly alternative to using private cars. The cooperation between cities, NGOs and expert partners from Germany, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Russia aims at developing and applying a low-threshold approach for environmentally friendly urban mobility, attractive and easy to adopt for follower cities. The project focuses on dense inner-city areas, offering good opportunities for sustainable mobility.
The Institute of Baltic Studies is part of the CatChain, a major 4-year research programme led by ICRIOS in Bocconi University. The program aims to give solid scientific answers to the question of whether entering global value chains either by sponsoring one large national firm or a set of small and dynamic enterprises, with a special focus on the challenges faced by small and medium enterprises. The project bridges different threads of research, since it considers the catching-up framework, the global value chains literature and the role of business models in addition to topics related to entry, learning and upgrading strategies in fostering a process of country-level catching-up in distinct sectors.
The Institute of Baltic Studies, in cooperation with partner organisations from six EU countries, is carrying out a project (MIGRASCOPE) aiming to increase access to work and reduce barriers for migrants. This will be achieved through implementing new good integration practices at the workplace by employers and increasing knowledge and better expectation management among migrants. The project also aims to identify and empower successful migrant entrepreneurs who would act as role models and to facilitate the access to work and reduce barriers by developing innovative and interactive e-tools. The activities for the MIGRASCOPE project include work-shadowing, creating a best practice toolbox, development of two e-services together with mobile app, identification of expectations among migrants and organisation of interactive workshops for migrants. Altogether, around 400 immigrants are expected to participate in the interactive workshops and more than 100 employees to take part in the work-shadowing activities. The project also involves various social partners (including civil society organisations) and state and local government authorities.

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Field of work
Policy and Democracy School and Education Children and Youth Sustainable development; human rights
Target Group
Adults Children and Youth Policymakers
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