|Dr. Elo Süld (PhD) is the head of the Asia centre who has been at the centre since its establishment in 2016. Currently, she is organizing the day-to-day work of the center, initiating new partnerships, projects to bring Asia and the Middle East closer to Estonia at both the academic and societal levels. In her research, Süld focuses on the Qur'an, Islamic religious diversity and comparative theology and is lecturer at School of Theology and Religious Studies.
Email: elo.suld [ät] ut.ee
|Tiit Tammaru (PhD) is a professor of population and urban geography at the University of Tartu and the development manager of the Asia Centre, where he helps to think about activities and strengthen the centre's research. His own research focuses on migration and cities. He is one of the editors of ‘Socioeconomic Segregation in European Cities: East Meets West’ (Routledge, 2016) and ‘Urban Socioeconomic Segregation and Income Inequality: A Global Perspective’ (Springer, 2021). Tiit is waiting for doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows interested in the population and social problems of Asian cities and spatial development at the Asian Center.
Email: tiit.tammaru [ät] ut.ee
|Heidi Maiberg is the head of communication at the Asia Center. In her daily work, she makes sure that information about activities of the Center reaches out to wider public within University and beyond. In addition, she builds up the communication strategy of the Center and acts as a main contact point. In her academic life, she focuses on deradicalisation of extremists at Royal Holloway University of London.
Email: heidi.maiberg [ät] ut.ee
Urmas Hõbepappel is the analyst at the Asia Centre and a lecturer at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies. His scholarly interests focus on history and identity politics, nationalism, contacts between Orient and Occident, and Chinese politics and society. He is the co-author of book ‘The Origins of Estonia-China Relations’. He has lived in China for five years.
Email: urmas.hobepappel [ät] ut.ee
|Eva Liias (PhD) is the coordinator of Japan at the Asian Centre. She is developing the field of Japanese studies in Tartu and her main duties are developing Japan-related projects, organizing Japan-specific events (such as summer schools or doctoral schools) and establishing new relationships and collaborations with universities. Also, she is the programme director of Contemporary Asian and Middle Eastern Studies MA programme. Eva completed Japanese studies and Chinese studies at the University of Tübingen and defended her doctoral thesis in Japanese studies at the Free University Berlin. Her research areas are society, education and labor market in Japan and Japan-China relations.
Email: eva.liias [ät] ut.ee