Some of our finished research projects

Challenges and Prospects of Cross Border Cooperation in the context of EU Enlargement (CBCED)
An FP6 project with consortium of seven partners. The project identified sources of threat and opportunity for entrepreneurship in a broadly based selection of different types of border regions. Research was carried out in 2006-2008.


The Baltic Sea region as Finland's economic environment
This report, commissioned by the Secreteriat of the Economic Council, examined the Baltic Sea region as Finland's economic environment from various perspectives. It shows how Finland benefits from the Baltic Sea region in terms of trade, investments and immigration. The report describes the current status and future outlook for the region, especially from the point of view of Russia's future development. Report on the website of Prime Minister's Office.


Development of Russian external economic relations
The research on the development of Russia's external economic relations, funded by the Finnish Ministry of Education, concentrated on the following themes: the impact of EU enlargement on the economic relations between the EU and Russia, the development of economic relations between Finland and Russia, and the internationalisation and foreign investments of Russian enterprises.


The Pan-European Institute was the administrative coordinator in this EU-financed project, with the aim of accomplishing research on entrepreneurial learning, comparing results with a survey of formal and informal entrepreneurship training programmes, providing results in print and web, and proposing a model programme for European vocational examination of entrepreneurship. The project was carried out in 2004-2007.


Growth Triangles in Regions Bordering the Enlarged European Union
The objective of this project was to examine European regional development processes in order to draw conclusions about the factors that facilitate and/or impede growth-triangle type of developments in Europe. Project introduction (pdf).


Industrial Restructuring in the NIS: experience of and lessons from the new EU Member States
An FP6 project with several partners, coordinated by WIIW. The principal aim of this project (INDEUNIS) was to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of the recent experience with economic transition, industrial restructuring and integration in both new member states of the EU and the selected newly independent states, in particular with respect to the role played by trade integration, foreign direct investments and European integration.


The international dimension of the innovation system in Russia – improving functionality via networking
Developing the functionality of the Russian innovation system is a central objective related to a diversification strategy of the economy. Increased international networking and cooperation in the Russian innovation system can add more value to both the functionality and consequently the competitiveness of Russian innovation potential. The main objective of this project was to study the utilisation and impact of present and possible future international linkages and networks of the Russian innovation system. The project aimed at contributing towards refining and possibly enriching theories concerning the internationalisation of innovation systems with an emphasis on networks and linkages in general, and particularly those concerning Finnish-Russian cooperation.


The New Role of Russian Enterprises as Actors in International Business Arena
This research project funded by the Academy of Finland was designed to study the impact of the outward and inward internationalisation on the microeconomic transformation in Russia, and analyse the consequences of this microeconomic catching up to the future role of Russian firms abroad. The research project focused on six themes, three of which were studied as doctoral dissertations and three as other academic research. The research was carried out in 2004-2008. Project introduction (pdf).


Russia as a source and target of foreign investments
The main aim of this project, financed by the Ministry of Education in Finland, was to find out how the internationalisation of Russian firms impacts Finnish businesses. The research project had two main parts: the first part examined foreign investments in Russia, and the second part studied Russian investments abroad.


Security and Development Research within the Wider Europe Initiative Security Cluster
In 2010–2011 the Pan-European Institute carried out a research project “Security and Development Research within the Wider Europe Initiative Security Cluster”, which was funded by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The research project focused on following the security development in Eastern Central Europe (Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus), South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia), and Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan). During the research project, two “Regional Security Reports” were published, in which the security development of the abovementioned regions was analysed from political, socio-economic and energy security point of views. The Pan-European Institute also organised two workshops at the Turku School of Economics, one focusing on the socio-economic development and the other on energy security of the regions in focus, in which there were visiting experts from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, and Ukraine.


Survey on expertise of Russian staff employed by Finnish construction companies and their subsidiaries in both Finland and Russia
The objective of the research was to study the expertise of Russian construction staff employed by Finnish construction companies, and to consider the expertise with relation to Finnish construction companies’ needs. The Russian training system in the field of construction business and construction economics was reviewed. The perspective for the survey twofold: 1) the expertise of Russian construction staff employed in Finland, and 2) the expected expertise of Russian construction staff working in Russia for the Finnish construction company. The research section conducted in Russia concentrated on the St. Petersburg area. The research was finished during summer 2007. Report (pdf).


SNARA (the Survey Networking Activity in Russia)
The project was funded by the Ministry of Education and was realised in cooperation with CSC (the Finnish IT centre for science). The primary objective of SNARA was to set up and maintain a dynamic partner network with Russia within higher education and research. The project aims at supporting and stimulating the future Finnish-Russian cooperation in the key sectors of mutual interest - in the field of ICT and higher education.