We are interested in learning about the risks caused and changes brought on by processes in modern society, such as migration and globalisation, climate change, lack of resources, technological development and changes in socio-technical systems. In a deeply mediafied society, all fields of life are increasingly dependent on media, phenomena related to which we are studying in an individual, organisational as well as a societal level.

Our aim is to support the management of changes in society, based on core values such as ecological and social justice and sustainability. We act as a partner in defining societal and cultural processes. Our research activities contribute to the development of policies and businesses. Proactive communication of science in news and social media is a part of our work. We believe in a humane and caring environment which supports academic development.

The core research competences of the Institute of Social Studies are:

  • Sociology;
  • Journalism and communication;
  • Community development and social well-being;
  • Data, information and media competency.

We also deal with descriptive and analytical base science, incl. developing new digital methods. Research at the Institute of Social Studies is divided into two major fields:

Media and Communication


Research news

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Current projects

Completed projects

Student works


Research centres

Centre of Excellence for Strategic Sustainability

Baltic Engagement Centre for Information Disorders

Deep Transition Research Group

Centre for Digital Humanities and Information Society

Teadlaste vestlusring Õiglase Ülemineku Foorumil

Science-business cooperation is expected to support Ida-Viru County’s transition to a more sustainable economic model


Thomas Plant’s public lecture “Decode & Empower: Using Simulations to Teach Media Literacy and Politics”


Come to listen to short lectures by doctoral students and choose your favourite!