Katrin represents various sides of research, innovation and higher education fields. She has been in policy-making: The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications in Estonia; in policy-analysis, research and evaluation: Sussex University/SPRU, Tartu University, Technopolis Group; also, in policy-acting side: Tallinn University, EUCEN – The European Association of University Lifelong Learning and Continuous Education, business sector. She has worked for government and higher education institutions over 20 years.
Her works are based on knowledge triangle integration via multi-actors and multi-measures programmes (cluster initiatives, competences centres, micro credential programmes). She has contributed to strategic initiatives – the Estonian R&D&I strategies, the Estonian Health System R&D and Innovation Strategy, the Strategy “Estonia 2035”, Tallinn University Development Plan; but also, developed single programmes including green transition micro degree programme, innovation service EXU (Enterprise X University), technology competence centre programme in Estonia. She has launched and led an Open Academy of Tallinn University for eight years. She was elected to a Steering Committee of EUCEN in June 2023. She joined the European Future Innovation Systems Centre (EFIS) and holds a visiting researcher position of sustainable education at Tallinn University. Her lecturing topics include innovation indicators, green transition, innovation systems and policies, climate policy.
She was nominated to AcademiaNet – The Portal to Excellent Women Academics. She holds PhD in economic sciences, research performed at Tartu University and Sussex University. She received a Post-Graduate Diploma of European Studies at the University of Southern Denmark. Her main work languages are English and Estonian, she can also use Russian. She was born in Tartu and family comes from Setomaa, the southeast part of Estonia. She appreciates close family and community communication!