As part of that agenda, we have pioneered efforts to develop human capital within the region by building innovative, independent think tanks. More recently we have also broadened our geographical reach, and now produce research and policy advice that can benefit all emerging market economies.
Research meets policy
Our ambition is to serve as a bridge between the academic community and policy makers. To promote communication and the sharing of ideas we regularly organize policy oriented conferences and seminars. Through SITE, policy makers, scholars as well as representatives of major international financial institutions get an avenue to present new findings and political initiatives to a wide audience from the Swedish government, private businesses, media, and academics as well as members of the international diplomatic circle in Stockholm.
Building institutions for change
In fulfilling our mission, we have been involved in building independent think tanks in the former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe, to strengthen the link between high-quality research and policymaking. After founding CEFIR, in Moscow, we have gone on to create unique policy centers led by talented young leaders in Riga, Kiev and Szczecin. Most recently we helped set up the Belarusian Economic Research and Outreach Center.
Transition meets development
Despite tremendous advances in recent years, there is still much to be understood about economic, political and legal institutions and how to change them. In research, transition and development are joining forces to develop means of measuring institutional change in emerging markets. SITE is part of this process, engaging national governments, industry, international financial institutions, nongovernmental organizations, and fellow academics in a vibrant dialogue about making institutions more effective.