2012 Ragnar Nurkse Visiting Professorship in Development Policies

Development Policies and Globalization course that was this year taught by Professor Andrew Massey (University of Exeter, UK), the second-ever holder of Ragnar Nurkse Visiting Professorship, attracted about 25 students, out of whom the majority came from outside TUT.

The 14 non-TUT attendants represented a wide range of Estonian development-related organizations including Humana Estonia, the Estonian Roundtable for Development Cooperation, the Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of Agriculture.

The course lasted from May 10th until May 22nd 2012 and discussed a variety of topics related to economic development and globalization including outsourcing, the role of technology, innovation, modernization, multi-level governance, and New Public Management. It also included a faculty seminar for the Department of Public Administration in which Professor Massey discussed some of his recent work on the similarities between concepts “Social Innovation” and “Public Governance”.

Andrew Massey is a Professor in the Department of Politics and director of the Master of Public Administration programme at the University of Exeter. His main research interests are government and civil service modernization, public sector management and EU reform and he has a long-standing interest in energy policy, professionalism, ethics and accountability. Professor Massey’s recent work has explored issues of global governance and the delivery of public services, including the concept of an international civil service linked to the United Nations.

The first holder of Ragnar Nurkse Visiting Professor in Development Policies was Jayati Ghosh (Jawaharlal Nehru University, India) who taught in Tallinn in May 2011. Economist and one of the pioneers in classical development economics Ragnar Nurkse (1907-1959) was probably the most internationally recognized Estonian scientist of the 20th century.