Sigrid SolnikCEO +372 523 4104 firstname.lastname@example.org
I have graduated from Tartu University as ethnologist (MA) and I’m also studying currently in another MA program “Leading Societal Change”. In addition to analysing and making an impact on ungoing processes in the society, I’m deeply fascinated by organizations and how they are shaped by people’s perceptions, relationships and common practises. Besides that, I have a decade of experience in working as a debate coach both with young people and adults, fostering critical and argumentative thinking. Prior to working in CAAE, I led the Estonian Roundtable for Development Cooperation where our main goal was to nudge policy making and public opinion in Estonia to take into account the principle of sustainable development. I sincerely believe that people, businesses and society as a whole need to step out the conventional thinking and behavioural patterns and anthropological insight should be highly appreciated in designing the future.
Ehti JärvHead of Research +372 5804 7706 email@example.com
Similarly to many people from the CAAE network, I hold a MA degree in ethnology from Tartu University. Additionally, I’m halfway with my studies in sociology in Tallinn University. Synthesizing different methods such as numerical data, visual data, quotations and storytelling, offers us an insight into understanding the contemporary and complex world. I believe that quantitative and qualitative data compliment each other and are both valuable for research when applied correctly. However, anthropologists have previously fairly poorly included into mapping and understanding societal problems and here I highly recognize the value and contribution of CAAE. Ethnographic thinking builds a bridge between big data and personal experience, theory and practice, science and business, local and global – and the list goes on. Being an anthropologist means to be a mediator and tell stories about what people really do, experience and think.
Mari RoonemaaCommunication and Marketing +372 56454598 firstname.lastname@example.org
I have graduated from Tartu University Estonian Literature and Folklore department, but have also completed a program in Hispanic studies and as side-subjects, peeked into politology and history. For the past decade, I’ve been engaged in the Estonian civil society, working in the field of communication and helping Estonian NGOs to make themselves heard and seen better. I’m especially fascinated by different sets of values and attitudes people carry. I believe that by explaining the world around us by applying a human-centered approach, we are able to build bridges across different disciplines and fields of life. After a longer while, I’ve also recently re-taken the academic path and study Asian societies (MA) at the Tallinn University.
Helleka KoppelHead of Research, Board Member (on maternity leave) +372 5153876 email@example.com
I graduated from the University of Tartu with a Master’s of Art degree in ethnology in spring 2014. My dissertation focuses on backpackers of Estonian origin in Australia and places into the field of tourism anthropology. Among other things I am interested in the innovative fields in ethnology and anthropology. For me, combining different methods allows a better understanding of the multicultural contemporary society. I consider the role of people with grounding in the social sciences and the humanities important in understanding and explaining the surrounding processes and mediating knowledge. I think that anthropologists should be more involved in studying the problems of the society and making the decisions.
Keiu TelveBoard member +372 53843779 firstname.lastname@example.org
I graduated from the University of Tartu with a Master’s of Art degree in ethnology in January 2015 and since August 2019, also hold a PhD degree. In my dissertation I studied the pendulum migration between Estonia and Finland, focusing on comprehending the experience of male blue-collar workers. Over the last five years my main areas of interests have been youth subcultures in Estonia and labor migration in Estonia and Finland. I also think that it is crucial to turn attention to the humanities, in particular to promoting the practical side of cultural sciences and thus I have tied all my activities to the development of that field.
Merilin PiipuuBoard member +372 56481413 email@example.com
For years I have been involved in building up several NGOs. My belief in knowledge-based society brought me to applied anthropology. In order to direct and govern various societal processes we need to know the culture of our institution, field or environment. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and politology in England and New Zealand. My current research is primarily focused on the relationship between humans and technology, analysing it from an anthropological perspective. On an everyday basis I am active in the field of culture and cultural management.
In addition to our main team, there are several researchers in The Center of Applied Anthropology, whose skills and expertise we use according to the wishes and needs of our clients.
Our researchers are: Helleka Koppel, Laura Jamsja, Ehti Järv, Jaanika Jaanits, Sigrid Solnik, Liset Marleen Pak, Liina Rajaveer, Katre Koppel, Kalev Aasmäe, Kaia Beilmann, Tenno Teidearu, Mirjam Rennit, Liisi Reitalu, Elis Kaljuvee, Keiu Telve, Merilin Piipuu, Helelyn Tammsaar, Paula Rõuk, Dolores Mäekivi, Kristiina Pilvet-Petrov, Hanna Muldma, Ede Schank-Tamkivi.