Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn University of Technology

Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance


The Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance (RND) under School of Business and Governance was established in 1992 and until 2012 was called the Department of Public Administration. RND is the largest and most international Public Administration teaching and research centre in Estonia, having approximately 30 staff members. RND is the only higher education research centre in Estonia that teaches Public Administration on all three levels: BA, MA and PhD, having over 500 students. RND coordinates one of the largest public sector innovation pilots of the Horizon2020 Programme: The Once Only Principle Project, TOOP, and is a partner in Horizon2020 research and innovation action: OpenGovIntelligence. RND offers jointly with KU Leuven and the University of Münster the innovative joint master programme Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Public Sector Innovation and e-Governance (PIONEER).

RND is part of Tallinn University of Technology (TUT), which is a public university that was established in 1918 and ranked in top 3% of the global universities. It is the only university focusing on engineering and technology in Estonia and becoming one of the leading technological universities in the Baltic Sea region. The TUT campus is a home to more than 200 high-tech companies (e.g. Skype). TUT has 4 Schools: School of Business and Governance, School of Engineering, School of Information Technologies and School of Science, plus Estonian Maritime Academy, making up 20 departments.

RND integrates effectively its three main research fields: (1) Governance, Public Administration and Management; (2) Innovation Policy and Technology Governance; (3) e-Governance and Public Sector Innovation, leading to a rather unique research profile.

Tallinn University of Technology is ERCIS member since 2017.

Research Topics

e-Governance and e-Government; Technology Governance; Innovation Policy; Public Sector Innovation; Managing Innovation in Government; Digital Transformation of Government; Public Administration; Management and Policy

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