UTARTU is the national university of the Republic of Estonia, according to the University of Tartu Act and is a research organization according to its statute. UTARTU is Estonia’s leading centre of research and training and belongs to the top 1.2% of the world’s best universities, according to the QS World University Rankings and the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. UTARTU accounts for more than a half of all the doctoral degrees conferred, research publications, and national R&D financing in Estonia. UTARTU has extensive academic contacts and collaborative research projects with universities worldwide. According to information on the ISI Web of Science, UTARTU belongs to the top 1% of the world’s most-cited universities and research institutions. The work within BECID will be carried out by the Institute of Social Studies (ISS), which is an esteemed centre of competence in communication and information sciences, social work and policy. QS University Rankings by Subject has placed our media and communication research among the world’s best fields 150-200 for six consecutive years by now, which is a unique result for the whole of Estonia. ISS has a long record of international research projects, multilingual work outcomes and transnational consortia.
Representatives: Maia Klaassen, Inger Klesment, Regina Lapp, Andra Siibak, Marju Himma-Kadakas, Ragne Kõuts-Klemm, Signe Ivask, Krista Lepik, Kristjan Kikerpill, Sten Torpan, Maria Murumaa-Mengel, Diana Poudel.