Senior researcher, CEO

Epp Kallaste, PhD

Epp received her PhD in economics from the University of Tartu in 2010. From day one, Epp’s role in Centar has been one to ensure that the team that thrives on exciting new projects doesn’t forget to deliver the results in a timely and correct manner. In addition to the everyday running of the company, Epp also makes time to lead research projects as well as get involved as a researcher. Epp’s main areas of expertise are labour relations, labour market and social protection. Some of the projects Epp has been involved in are the analysis of collective labour relations in Estonia, the analysis of inclusive education of special needs students and the cost of HIV to state budget.

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Senior researcher, CEO

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Labour market, education, financial analysis

Senior researcher, Partner

Janno Järve, PhD

Janno received his PhD in economics from the University of Tartu in 2011. The phrase “all-in-one” is a good description of Janno’s role in Centar. In some form or other, either as an adviser or a researcher, Janno provides an input into every single research project that passes through Centar. Janno has lead research and consultation projects from working conditions and cost-effectiveness of education to providing valuations for businesses and infrastructure investments. Some of the more interesting research projects that Janno has been involved in are PIAAC survey report “Usefulness of Skills on the Labour Market” and the research ordered by the Estonian Health Insurance Fund “Analytical Assessment of the Method for Calculating DRG Reference Price and Price Limits”. Janno’s ongoing jobs include the development of a survey on private sector commitment and, as an officially certified financial expert, providing company valuations.

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Senior researcher, Partner

Study area:

Labour market, financial analysis, education

Senior researcher, Partner

Sten Anspal, PhD

Sten received his PhD in economics from the University of Tartu in 2015. Everybody in Centar turns to Sten if large volumes of registry data need analysing or there’s talk of econometric analysis. Sten’s main areas of research are economic and labour market analyses. Some of the more notable research projects that Sten has been involved in are the gender pay gap analysis, the benefit of information processing skills on the labour market and the effectiveness analysis of labour market measures. Sten is also working on developing practical applications for geodemographic data.

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Senior researcher, Partner

Study area:

Labour market, equal opportunities, education, health, financial analysis

Senior researcher

Mari Liis Räis

Mari Liis is studying for her PhD in sociology in the University of Tartu and is currently working on her doctoral thesis. Mari Liis is the most competent person in Centar for education-related research. She leads research projects and can apply both qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis. Mari Liis’ most notable projects include the participation of adults with no professional education in lifelong learning and the application of principles of inclusive education.

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Senior researcher

Study area:

Education, labour market, social protection

Senior Researcher

Indrek Seppo

Indrek is studying for a PhD in the Faculty of Economics in the University of Tartu. If anybody outside the world of research knows about Centar, then it is most probably because they have talked to Indrek. Indrek is a dedicated data visualizer and a passionate data analyst – he could be Estonia’s R-guru. Indrek’s main role in Centar is, therefore, development and delivery of R-training as well as supporting analysis in bigger research projects. Some of the more important projects Indrek has been involved in in Centar are the assessment of cost-effectiveness of education and infrastructure projects.

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Senior Researcher

Study area:

Education, labour market, social protection, financial analysis

Siiri-Lii Sandre, PhD

Siiri-Lii received her PhD in zoology from the University of Tartu in 2008. Siiri-Lii’s presence in Centar has expanded the team’s horizons in that besides human behaviours people also study animal, bird and insect behaviours. Siiri-Lii’s main area of work in Centar is health and social protection research. Some of her most outstanding research has been on the cost of HIV epidemic to Estonia’s state budget and the impact of EU structural funds on regional development.

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Researcher

Lee Pukkonen

Lee received her MA in economics from the University of Tartu but also minored in psychology during her BA studies. In Centar, Lee is responsible for personnel consultancy research and runs commitment and satisfaction surveys and advises organisations on personnel matters. Lee has more than 40 surveys under her belt.

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Researcher

Study area:

Personnel consultations, management research

Researcher

Ailen Lang

Ailen received her MA in sociology from the University of Tartu in 2016. Ailen’s knowledge of sociology and her skills in survey planning, delivery and analysis fit well into Centar’s team. Ailen is able to root out both content-related and linguistic inconsistencies in any research. Ailen’s earlier research was around adult education but in Centar, Ailen has worked on promoting social values in state procurements and coping of families with disabled children.

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Researcher

Study area:

Labour market, education, social protection

Researcher

Marko Sõmer

Marko is studying for a PhD in sociology in Tallinn University. In Centar, Marko focuses primarily on quantitative data analysis and is able to apply his expert skills in a wide variety of research areas. Some of the most notable research that Marko has contributed to are the analysis of inclusive education of special needs students and the cost of HIV to state budget. In addition, Marko has also been involved in research into attitudes and values.

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Researcher

Study area:

Education, labour market, social protection, attitudes

Researcher

Laura Kivi

Laura graduated cum laude from the University of Tartu with a Master’s degree in Mathematical Economics. Her prior research includes empirical work on spatial relationships in regional labour markets and on various topics in health economics. At Centar, she is involved in studies on corruption in environmental governance and on the effectiveness of Estonian language training for adults.

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Researcher

Study area:

Labour market, education, health

Researcher

Erle Luuk

Erle received her MA in cultural encounters from Roskilde University in Denmark. Erle’s thesis looked at the Estonian youth’s attitudes towards multiculturalism and potential new immigrants. During her studies, Erle also researched globalisation and integration as well as various aspects of gender equality. In Centar, Erle’s research has included calculating the cost of violent crime, crime prevention and continued support for young offenders at local level.

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Researcher

Study area:

Cultural research