Author:
Ingmar Pastak

Centre for Migration and Urban Studies

Centre for Migration and Urban Studies (CMUS) brings together researchers who are interested in how would it be nicer to live in cities. The main research areas include migration, housing conditions and interpersonal relations in settlements or city districts and how they connect with urban planning and policy and thereby influence the development of cities.

Cities are the main drivers of innovation and economic growth, but are also in the forefront when it comes to tackling social and ethnic inequalities. Cities are also diverse where long-term residents, immigrants, and commuters only working in the city, as well as people with very different skills, preferences, and lifestyles come together making them more and more diverse both socially and ethnically.

CMUS links researching migration, residential mobility, housing and neighbourhood change:

  • to macro-societal factors such as economic changes, housing policy and planning;
  • to people`s daily activities in different life domains, such as schools, work-life, family, and leisure.

In our research we take a closer look at topics such as internal migration, neighbourhoods and spatial isolation, and meeting places for people from different nationalitites. The working group is led by associate professor of human geography Anneli Kährik (anneli.kahrik@ut.ee).

 

Projects

Collaboration

For students

Bachelor's and Master's theses defended in the Department of Geography
 

2012 and earlier  2013 and later

People

Kadri Leetmaa
Department of Geography
Chair of Human Geography
Associate Professor in Human Geography
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Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences
Department of Geography
Head of Office
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Kadri Leetmaa
Department of Geography
Chair of Human Geography
Associate Professor in Human Geography
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Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences
Department of Geography
Head of Office
+372 737 5968
Tiit Tammaru
Department of Geography
Chair of Human Geography
Head of Chair, Academician, Professor of Urban and Population Geography, Research Professor
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+372 737 6842
Tiit Tammaru
Department of Geography
Chair of Human Geography
Head of Chair, Academician, Professor of Urban and Population Geography, Research Professor
Vanemuise 46-242
+372 737 6842
Kadi Kalm
Department of Geography
Chair of Human Geography
Research Fellow of Human Geography
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Kadi Kalm
Department of Geography
Chair of Human Geography
Research Fellow of Human Geography
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Ingmar Pastak
Department of Geography
Chair of Human Geography
Research Fellow of Human Geography
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Ingmar Pastak
Department of Geography
Chair of Human Geography
Research Fellow of Human Geography
Vanemuise 46-242
Anneli Kährik
Department of Geography
Chair of Human Geography
Associate Professor in Urban Geography
Vanemuise 46-243
+372 737 5968
Anneli Kährik
Department of Geography
Chair of Human Geography
Associate Professor in Urban Geography
Vanemuise 46-243
+372 737 5968
Madli-Johanna Maidla
Department of Geography
Chair of Human Geography
Programme Director, Programme Director, Programme Director, Specialist
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+372 737 6842
Madli-Johanna Maidla
Department of Geography
Chair of Human Geography
Programme Director, Programme Director, Programme Director, Specialist
Vanemuise 46-242
Elina Maarja Suitso
Department of Geography
Chair of Human Geography
Junior Research Fellow of Human Geography 0.2 p
Vanemuise 46-243
+372 737 5968
Elina Maarja Suitso
Department of Geography
Chair of Human Geography
Junior Research Fellow of Human Geography 0.2 p
Vanemuise 46-243
Karin Torpan
Department of Geography
Chair of Human Geography
PhD Student
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Karin Torpan
Department of Geography
Chair of Human Geography
PhD Student
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Daivid Leonard Knapp
Department of Geography
Chair of Human Geography
PhD Student
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Daivid Leonard Knapp
Department of Geography
Chair of Human Geography
PhD Student
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Janis Zalite
Department of Geography
Chair of Human Geography
Junior Research Fellow of Human Geography
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Janis Zalite
Department of Geography
Chair of Human Geography
Junior Research Fellow of Human Geography
Vanemuise 46-243
Annika Väiko
Department of Geography
Chair of Human Geography
Technician 0.4 p
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Annika Väiko
Department of Geography
Chair of Human Geography
Technician 0.4 p
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  • Pille Metspalu, PhD 

Pille is a recognized planning expert, a founding member of the Estonian Planners Association and the head of the general and regional planning department of Hendrikson & Ko and a leading planning specialist. Pille defended her doctoral thesis in 2019 with the title "The changing role of the planner. Implications of creative pragmatism in Estonian spatial planning".

  • Leen Rahnu, PhD 

Leen is a researcher at Tallinn University's Institute for Population Studies and a senior researcher at University of Turku.

  • Kati Kadarik, MSc

Kati is a doctoral student and researcher at Uppsala University. Her research interests include migration, residential segregation, and economic and social integration.

  • Keiu Telve, PhD 

Keiu is the executive director of Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom. In 2019 she defended her doctoral thesis titled "Family Life Across The Gulf: Cross-Border Commuters' Transnational Families between Estonia and Finland".

  • Daniel Hess, PhD

Daniel is a professor and head of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Buffalo (USA). His main research topics are transport, land use and residential areas. In 2016 - 2017 Daniel researched the legacy of socialist planning in Estonia and was the leader of the CMUS working group.

  • Kristi Anniste, PhD

Kristi is a labor and social policy analyst at the Praxis Centre for Policy Studies. In 2014 she defended her doctoral thesis on the topic "East-West migration in Europe: The case of Estonia after regaining independence".

  • Enel Pungas, PhD

Enel is the head of the population operations department of the Ministry of the Interior. In 2018 she defended his doctoral thesis on the topic "Differences in Migration Intentions by Ethnicity and Education: The Case of Estonia".

  • Mari Nuga, PhD 

In 2014 Mari defended her doctoral thesis titled "Soviet-era summerhouses. On homes and planning in post-socialist suburbia". She is currently doing a post-doctorate at Umea University.

  • Kristiina Kukk
  • Öguz Kus
  • Jasna Mariotti

Jasna is a architecture lecturer at Queen's University Belfast.

  • Petra Spackova
  • Coline Daimler
  • Maris Berzins
  • Jana Temelova
  • Jakub Novak
  • Hill Kulu, PhD

Hill is Professor of Human Geography and Demography at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.

  • Ann Marksoo
Doktorantuur

Career conference „To new hights with a PhD degree!“

Professor Ülo Mander

Ülo Mander was elected as member of the Academy of Sciences in global change

Opening conference of the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Land Use

Opening conference of the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Land Use