Public Administration Capabilities for Digital and Sustainable Transition

Welcome to PADST, an innovative EU-funded project led by the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance at TalTech. Our mission is clear: to enhance research excellence in the realms of public administration, digital transformation, and sustainable transitions. As we embark on this transformative journey, we are committed to modernizing our capabilities in research, teaching, and knowledge transfer.

Collaborating closely with esteemed partners such as KU Leuven, Universiteit Utrecht, and University College London, PADST is not just a project; it’s a collaborative force. Together, we strive to elevate research standards, enrich organizational capacities, and refine educational methods.

Join us in shaping the future of public administration and sustainable transition. PADST is more than a project; it’s a dynamic alliance driving innovation and progress.


  • 🌟 Call for Papers

    Special Issue of Information Polity: Teaching Digital Governance. 📚 Guest edited by Erna Ruijer and Veiko Lember, this special issue delves into the challenges and opportunities of digital transformation in the public sector. We’re seeking contributions on topics like digital competencies for public officials, citizen engagement in the digital era, and the integration of AI…

  • New Article Alert: Exploring the Twin Transition

    We’re thrilled to announce the publication of the latest research by our esteemed PADST consortium partner, Professor Albert Meijer from Utrecht University School of Governance. Titled “Perspectives on the Twin Transition: Instrumental and Institutional Linkages Between the Digital and Sustainability Transitions,” this article offers groundbreaking insights into the evolving relationship between e-governance and sustainable development.…

  • Public Value Creation with Artificial Intelligence

    On December 1st, Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) celebrated the successful defense of Colin Pascal van Noordt’s PhD thesis, “Public Value Creation with Artificial Intelligence Technologies in Public Administration.” This groundbreaking research delves into the transformative potential of AI in the public sector, exploring its role in enhancing efficiency, effectiveness, and the creation of public…

  • PADST Engages in Transformative Conversations on Public Administration Competencies

    PADST project Principal Project Lead, Professor Veiko Lember, recently participated in an insightful session focused on the evolving landscape of public administration. The discussions delved into the crucial competencies that civil servants need to cultivate in this new era. The event featured a dynamic panel with two engaging presentations followed by a stimulating debate among…

  • Recap of ERA 2024 Knowledge Day and Brokerage Event

    In a bid to catalyse collaboration and fortify our research management and administration capabilities, the PADST Project Administrator (RND, TalTech) recently attended the ERA 2024 Knowledge Day and Brokerage Event. This insightful gathering brought together experts and enthusiasts from the research community. The event gave our team the tools needed to contribute actively to the…

  • Seminar Recap: Exploring Governance Challenges in Estonian E-Residency

    We recently had the privilege of hosting Dr. Matti Ylönen from the University of Helsinki in an engaging guest seminar. Dr. Ylönen, a University Lecturer in World Politics, provided valuable insights into the governance challenges of monitoring and supervising Estonian e-residents. Speaker Background: Dr. Matti Ylönen leads a research project titled “Big Tech and the…

  • EGPA 2023 Conference Highlights

    The PADST project made a significant impact at the 45th annual Conference of the European Group for Public Administration (EGPA’23) held in Zagreb, Croatia from 5th to 8th September. This event provided a unique platform for PADST members to showcase their project’s initial academic outputs. They actively contributed to the conference by chairing four sessions…

  • Inaugural PADT Summer School

    We’re thrilled to share the highlights of the first-ever PADST Summer School, which took place in the serene surroundings of Vihula Manor from June 19th to June 21st. The event brought together twenty early-career researchers from diverse backgrounds, all eager to delve into the fascinating intersections of public administration, digitalization, and sustainability. The primary goal…