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Katrin Männik

Visiting Research Fellow in Sustainable Education @ School of Educational Sciences and Head of Cooperation of KEKO cluster at Tallinn University

Areas of expertise:

Business internationalisation, industry-university collaboration, sustainability in education and economy, green transition, green skills, innovation systems and policies, climate policy research.

Katrin has a PhD in economic sciences (University of Tartu, University of Sussex). She completed the microcredential programme on green transition management of Tallinn University in 2022/23. Katrin acts as a head of the environmental changes’ cluster - KEKO and as a visiting research fellow on sustainable education at Tallinn University. She is a member of the steering committee of EUCEN, the European Universities Continuous Education Network, and a board member of EFIS, the European Future Innovation Systems Centre. She has formerly led the Open Academy of Tallinn University, established a local unit of international research and consultancy company Technopolis Group and performed as a senior consultant, also worked in an innovation team of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications. Her works relate to knowledge diffusion, industry-university collaboration, clusters, smart specialisation, innovation systems and policies, green skills, a concept of microcredentials. Recently she has supported to work out two microcredential programmes: green transition management, sustainable human resources management. She was a principal investigator for the Tallinn University working load of the European Horizon EIT HE knowledge transfer project “Fostering knowledge transfer from universities to business – innovation to unicorn“ (2020-2023).

Cluster related projects:

  • The State Shared Service Centre. The Framework Research Partnership for Ministries to Achieve the EU 2030 Climate Aims. Principal investigator (2023-2025)

  • Erasmus/Education and Youth Board. Bridging STEAM practices and home economics in teacher education (STEAMKitchen) 2024-2026

  • Education and Youth Board. Developing Green Skills Horizontally. In the framework of the RRF scheme „Green Skills for supporting green transition in businesses“ (2023-2024)

  • Horizon Europe Programme, EIT HE Initiative: Innovation Capacity Building for Higher Education “Fostering Knowledge Transfer from universities to business – innovation to unicorn”. Principal Investigator for Tallinn University workload. (2020-2023)

  • The State Shared Service Centre. TLU TEE EXU (Enterprise x University) to implement a strategic partnership programme. Principal Investigator. (2020-2023)

  • The Ministry of Education and Research/Foundation Archimedes/The State Shared Service Centre. Institutional Development Programme for Research and development and higher education institutions (ASTRA). Responsible for developing the concept and implementing the activities with businesses. (2016-2021)

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