Migration conference: speakers

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Date: 18 September 2020
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Venue: Estonian art museum KUMU, Weizenbergi 34/ Valge 1, Tallinn
Language: English, Estonian (Simultaneous Interpretation)


* More speakers to be added

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Riina Solman

Minister of Population of the Republic of Estonia

Riina Solman is the Minister of Population of the Republic of Estonia.
Before starting as the Minister of Population in April 2019, Solman served as advisor to the Minister of Justice. Solman has also worked as the head of the Public Relations Division of the Ministry of Justice and as the public relations advisor of the Minister of Defence. Her previous work postitions also include being the head of communications and development of the Viimsi Municipality Government, the head of marketing and communication at Starmaker Ltd and Starmayer Ltd, and being the head of media for political parties.
Solman has been active in voluntary work as the head for NGO Oleviste Care. She was awarded the UNICEF Blue Bird titile in 2009 and was the Ambassador of Estonia to Europe in 2010 for the fight against poverty and exclusion.

At the conference Riina Solman will open the second part of the conference.

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Urmas Reinsalu (TBC)

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia

Urmas Reinsalu is an Estonian politician and  the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia from 29 April 2019. Reinsalu has also served as Minister of Justice of the Republic of Estonia and Minister of Defence of the Republic of Estonia. He was Member of the 12th and 11th Riigikogu.

Urmas Reinsalu will be opening the first part of the conference.

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Rolle Alho

Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Fellow, Swedish School of Social Science at the University of Helsinki, Finland

Rolle Alho is an Academy of Finland postdoctoral fellow at the University of Helsinki. His research interests lie at the cross-roads of migration, ethnic relations, and the labour markets. Currently is Alho responsible for teaching two master level courses at the University of Helsinki that he has set up personally: Politics of Immigration and Sociology of Work. I have also conducted research and lectured on e.g., the following topics: temporary migration, transnationalism, migration and social security, multiculturalism, globalisation, and international student mobility.

In 2017 Alho was granted a three-year grant from the Academy of Finland for his research project: Whose Interests? A comparative study on trade unions responses to migration and migrants in Finland, Ireland, and Portugal.

At the conference Rolle Alho will introduce his new book ´Mobility, Migration and Transnational Connections between Estonia and Finland´.

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Olle Järv

Olle Järv, Postdoctoral Researcher of University of Helsinki, Finland/ Estonia

Olle Jörv holds a joint PhD in human geography and regional planning (2013) from the University of Tartu and Ghent University. As a human geographer, his broad interdisciplinary research interests focus on human mobilities in spatial, temporal and social contexts from the individual to the aggregate level. He is particularly interested in how big data such as mobile phone and social media data can be used to examine individual spatial mobilities and behaviour, and how this can be interpreted and implemented in spatial planning and policy. In recent years, he has examined ways to integrate big data with accessibility modelling and what explains socio-spatial differences in human mobility. Olle is currently working on a new project “Crossing Social and Spatial Borders as an Everyday Life: Big Data to Reveal Transnational People, Their Mobilities and Spaces”.

At the conference Jörv will give a presentation about people crossing state borders in Europe and the Nordics and introduce the new mobility trends and study methods.

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Tuomas Martikainen

Director of the Migration Institute of Finland, Finland

Tuomas Martikainen is the Director of the Migration Institute of Finland. His own work has focussed on immigrant integration and the role of religion in migration.

At the conference Martikainen will chair the panel discussion focusing on Rolle Alho´s new book ´Mobility, Migration and Transnational Connections between Estonia and Finland´.

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Raul Eamets

Professor of the University of Tartu, Dean of Faculty of Social Scienses, Estonia

 Raul Eamets is professor of macroeconomics at the University of Tartu, Estonia. Currently he is Head of the Institute of Economics and Chairman of the Council of EuroCollege at the University of Tartu. He is also director of the PhD Programme at the faculty of Economics. His main interests are in the area of labour market flexibility issues like labour market flows, firm entry and exit, educational economics, flexicurity, industrial relations, employment protection and labour policy issues. His publications include articles in Post-communist Studies, European Journal of Industrial Relations, Transfer and Baltic Journal of Economics.

Raul Eamets will be the moderator at the conference.

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Jussi Jauhiainen

professor at University of Turku and University of Tartu, Finland

Jussi S. Jauhiainen is professor of geography at the University of Turku, expert on urban and regional development, and visiting profesor at the University of Tartu in which he has worked for more than a quarter of century.

At the conference Jauhiainen will give a presentation about three broader periods of cross-border cooperation between Finland and Estonia (in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries), the emegence of transnational population sharing their time both in Finland and Estonia, and what kinds of future opportunities exist for an intensive cross-border cooperation between Finland and Estonia.

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Tiit Tammaru

Professor of the University of Tartu, Academician, Estonia

Tiit Tammaru is an Estonian geographer, professor of urban and population geography at the University of Tartu and an academician at the Estonian Academy of Sciences. His research interests include migration, residential mobility, housing, ethnic segregation across different life domains (family, neighbourhood of residence, workplace), relations between social inequalities and socioeconomic segregation, as well as comparative segregation studies.

At the conference Tammaru will focus on Estonians in Finland, cross-border mobility and return migration.

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Donatas Burneika

Head of the Institute, senior researcher, Lithuanian social research centre, Institute of Human geography and demography, Vilnius University, Lithuania

Donatas Burneika is the head the Institute of Human Geography and the chief researcher at the Demography Lithuanian Social Research Centre. He also a professor of Department of Geography and Land management at Vilnius University and holds the honourary title of Ambassador of Regional Studies Association for Lithuania. 

At the conference Burneika will give a presentation on the role of "BaltoScandian" directions in the geography of Lithuanian migrations, where he will focus on the main trends and directions of migrations from Lithuanian regions and structural factors determining them.

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Mikko Lagerspetz

Professor at Åbo Akademi University, Finland

Mikko Lagerspetz is Professor of Sociology at the Åbo Akademi University, Finland. He has previously worked at the Estonian Institute of Humanities and Tallinn University, and was President of the Estonian Association of Sociologists in 1998-2003. Much of his scientific work is related to the development of civil society in Estonia and more generally, in Central and Eastern Europe.

At the conference Lagerspetz will take part of the panel discussing Rolle Alho´s new book ´Mobility, Migration and Transnational Connections between Estonia and Finland´.

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Zaiga Krisjane

Professor, Dean of the Faculty of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of Latvia, Latvia

Dr. Zaiga Krisjane is a Professor and Dean at the Faculty of Geography and Earth Sciences (University of Latvia). She has an extensive research experience at both national and EU level in field of migration studies, urban and population geography. Her field of expertise at the Latvian Council of Science is social and economic geography. She is also a Corresponding Member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences. Currently, she is the principal investigator of the National research project “Towards sustainable development and inclusive society in Latvia: response to demographic and migration challenges (DemoMig)”, which is part of the National Research Program: “Latvian heritage and future challenges for the country's sustainability” (2018-2021). Prof. Zaiga Krisjane was the team leader in the Horizon2020 funded project “YMOBILITY - Youth mobility: maximising opportunities for individuals, labour markets and regions in Europe” (2015-2018). She was a consultant of the research projects funded by the European Commission. She was granted the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for experienced researchers at the Bamberg University (Germany), for her work on trans-regional migration studies (2011-2013).

At the conference Krisjane will give an overview of the Latvian experience with cross-border mobility.

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Sigrid Kaasik-Krogerus

Lecturer at University of Helsinki, Finland

 Sigrid Kaasik-Krogerius is a lecturer for Estonian Language and Culture at the Faculty of Arts Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies.  She has worked in the research project Legitimation of European Cultural Heritage and the Dynamics of Identity Politics in the EU (EUROHERIT), funded by the European Research Council. From 2015‒2018 she was a member of the Jean Monnet Module East within Europe funded by the Erasmus+ at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki. Kaasik-Krogerus specialises in media and communication, identity politics, heritage, and European studies in the context of the EU and especially Central and East European countries.

At the conference Kaasik-Krogerus will be a part of the panel discussion about the book ´Mobility, Migration and Transnational Connections between Estonia and Finland´. In the panel she will be focusing on Estonian-Finnish relations in the media.

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Uffe Palludan

Director of Palludan Future, Denmark

Uffe Palludan is founder and director of the company Palludan Fremtidsforskning (Palludan Future). Palludan holds a Master of Economics from Copenhagen University. He is specialised in regional development, transportation and future analysis and has written many books on the topic of welfare state, transportation, the Øresund Region and the Baltic Sea region. In addition to books Palludan has published more than 100 future analysis/reports for the public and private clients in Denmark and Sweden and is a recognized speaker in both the Nordics and in Europe. Palludan has been a strategic adviser for Copenhagen Airports and Port of Copenhagen. His previous work experience also includes AKF - Local Government Research Institute, The Danish State Railway, Copenhagen Business School as an external lecturer, The Danish Ministry of Finance, CIFS - Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies and Director of Research for both the city of Malmö and Copenhagen.

Uffe Palludan has developed the Øresund-vision. At the conferece Palludan will speak about what can Finland and Estonia learn from the Øresund case.

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Claes Håkansson

Senior Adviser at the Nordic Council of Ministers, Denmark

Claes Håkansson works as senior adviser at the Nordic Council of Ministers where he is the team leader for the Secretariat of the Freedom of Movement Council: Claes has been responsible for the organization and development of the work at the Freedom of Movement Council. Claes has a solid experience in cross-border cooperation on a regional level: not only as one of the founders of cross-border information service Øresunddirekt but also through his contribution to developing the regional cross-border cooperation at Öresund Committee (now known as Greater Copenhagen). Moreover it might be interesting to know that Claes, who has a degree in Economics, has devoted 15 years of his life to commuting between Malmö and Copenhagen.

At the conference Håkansson will be talking about border obstacles.


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