Laura Kirss

Management Board Member, Programme Manager
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Laura is an experienced education policy analyst and project manager. Her analyses and research have addressed various areas of education from general to vocational and higher education. As a valued education expert, she has had an opportunity to contribute to knowledge transfer and the shaping of educational policy in many areas. The analysis of socioeconomic conditions of student life, the school network of basic education, and talent management policy are some important examples of her work at Praxis.

Laura’s primary interests are in educational inequality, the shaping of educational policy and the effectiveness of educational programmes. Her work has also touched on research and youth work. She has taken part in many international research projects and has been named the Estonian representative for the European Commission network of independent experts on education.

Before joining Praxis in 2007, Laura was employed at the Ministry of Education and Research. She has also worked as a research assistant at the University of Tartu. Laura has an MA degree from the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Tartu, where she wrote her Master’s thesis on educational inequality. Laura has completed a scholarship programme at the international Open Society Institute and has taken part in various international training programmes. She is part of the international Network of Education Policy Centers NEPC and since 2014 is a Board Member at Praxis.

Laura can speak English and a bit of German and Russian. In her spare time, she likes to do sport and read crime novels.