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Trending? Social media attention on Russia’s war in Ukraine

20 February 2024
As Russia's invasion of Ukraine unfolds, global interest peaks. This brief, by SITE researchers Maria Perrotta Berlin and Jonathan Lehne, examines X (formerly Twitter) trends in 62 nations, shedding light on public engagement amidst geopolitical upheaval. Insights into when and why the conflict captures international attention are explored, offering nuanced understanding of global consciousness dynamics.

What is the evidence on the Swedish “paternity leave” policy?

05 February 2024
Since 1995, Sweden has allocated increasing parental leave to both parents, encouraging fathers' involvement. Pamela Campa, researcher from SITE, analyzes Sweden's parental leave policies, revealing diverse impacts on parental roles and gender attitudes.

Ukrainian refugees: Who returns and why?

02 February 2024
Following the Russian invasion, 60% of the 17 million Ukrainian refugees have returned home. Family connections, educational prospects, and a commitment to rebuilding are key drivers, according to a recent study by Ilona Sologoub, VoxUkraine editor and FREE Network affiliate.

How to undermine Russia’s war capacity: Insights from SITE 2023 Development Day

19 January 2024
The Stockholm Institute for Transition Economics (SITE) invited researchers and stakeholders to SITE's 2023 Development Day conference to discuss how to undermine Russia’s capacity to wage war. This policy brief shortly summarizes the featured presentations and discussions.

The impact of rising gasoline prices on households in Sweden, Georgia, and Latvia – Is this time different?

15 December 2023
SITE and FREE Network researchers delve into Europe's rising fuel costs, post-geopolitical shifts. Focused on gasoline and diesel prices, the study assesses household impacts, advocating nuanced policy responses to address economic challenges in the wake of global energy crises.

Democratic backsliding and electoral autocracies: Research shared at the 2023 Academic conference

12 December 2023
On October 13th, 2023, the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) and the Forum for Research on Media and Democracy in Eastern Europe (FROMDEE) hosted an academic conference on “Democratic Backsliding and Electoral Autocracies”. This brief provides a short summary of the keynote lecture and research presentations featured at the conference.

The EU gas purchasing mechanism: A game-changer or a storm in a teacup?

06 November 2023
In a landmark move amid energy volatility, the EU adopts AggregateEU for joint gas procurement. This brief, written by SITE researchers Chloé Le Coq and Elena Paltseva, evaluates challenges in gas market dynamics following the energy crisis, addressing design issues of this innovative mechanism.

Ukraine and NATO – Evidence from public opinion surveys

30 October 2023
A recent survey in Ukraine indicates unprecedented 89% support for NATO membership, showcasing a historic shift in attitudes across regions. This brief, by Anna Anisimova (SITE), explores the evolution of pro-NATO sentiment, regional divides, and the impact of Russian aggression on public opinion.

Does foreign aid foster female empowerment?

16 October 2023
A 2023 study by SITE researchers explores the overlooked link between foreign aid and female empowerment. Using aid project data and surveys, it reveals a modest but significant positive effect on various aspects of women's empowerment. Read the policy brief to learn more!

Insights and research shared at the 2023 FREE Network retreat in Visby

05 October 2023
On 8-10 September, 2023, the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) and the FREE Network hosted the annual Retreat in Visby to discuss its institutes’ respective work of research areas, from politics to climate change to consumer behavior and joint efforts within the Network.
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