Dr Triin Lauri

Triin Lauri is Departmental Lecturer in Comparative Social Policy at Department of Social Policy and Intervention. Triin’s research is focused on comparative social policy with a particular interest in education policy and social investment policies. She holds a PhD in Government and Politics and a Master’s degree in Political Science from the Tallinn University (Estonia). She is a member of the international collaborative research project “World Politics of Social Investment” (WoPSI) and worldwide network “Comparative Methods for Systematic cross-case analysis” (COMPASS). She is the member of management board of COST Action “Transdisciplinary solutions to cross sectoral disadvantage in youth (YOUNG-IN)” and the leader of its Working Group 5, “Knowledge-based social investment policy for youth”. 

Triin has been working as an Associate Professor of Public Policy and researcher in the Centre of Excellence Interdisciplinary Life Course Studies in Tallinn University (TLU). In her earliest research activity Triin mainly focused on education policy and the governance and effects of school choice in particular. Recently her concern has broadened to include the wider spectrum of welfare policies, especially the ones headed as social investment policies. Furthermore, in her latest analysis Triin has captured both, the policy and politics of social investment.


Toots, Anu; Lauri, Triin. (forthcoming). The Politics of Social Investment in the Baltic States: Human Capital Investment as a New Element on the Social Policy Agenda and the Politics of Reform. Chapter 6 in (Eds. Garritzamnn, Häusermann, Palier). The World Politics of Social Investment (Volume II): The Politics of Varying Social Investment Strategies. Oxford University Press.

Lauri Triin, Saar, Ellu. (forthcoming). Configurations of educational access: set-analytic comparison of asymmetric inequalities in six European countries. International Journal of Comparative Sociology.

Lauri T, Põder K, Ciccia R (2020) Pathways to gender equality: A configurational analysis of childcare instruments and outcomes in 21 European countries. Soc Policy Admin. 2020;1–20. https://doi.org/10.1111/spol.12562

Põder, Kaire; Lauri, Triin (2019). Global Ideas, National Values and Local Policies: A Case of Estonian School Choice Policy Design. In: Pauline Dixon and Steve Humble (Ed.). School Choice around the World … and the Lessons We Can Learn. ISBN 978-0-255-36779-0, The Institute of Economic Affairs, London: Westminster. https://www.amazon.com/School-Choice-around-World-Lessons/dp/0255367791

Toots, Anu; Lauri, Triin (2017). Varieties of social investment policies on two sides of the Baltic Sea: Explaining routes to endurance. Social Policy & Administration, 51 (4), 550−576. spol.12313.: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/spol.12313

Põder, Kaire; Lauri, Triin; Veski, Andre (2016). Does school admission by zoning affect Educational Inequality? A Study of Family Background Effect in Estonia, Finland, and Sweden. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 1-21: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00313831.2016.1173094

Lauri, Triin (2015). Governing the school choice: from market mechanisms to equity enabling configurations. Doctoral Theis. Institute of Political Science and Governance, Tallinn University] https://erb.nlib.ee/?kid=44747020

Toots, Anu; Lauri, Triin (2015). Institutional and contextual factors of quality in civic and citizenship education: Exploring possibilities of qualitative comparative analysis. Comparative Education, 4 - 24. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03050068.2014.985926

Lauri, Triin; Toots, Anu (2015). Paradigmatic shift in welfare state theory and policy responses: Does Estonia fit in? In: Vetik, R. (Ed.). Estonian Human Development Report 2014/15. Escaping the Traps? (20−25). Tallinn: Eesti Koostöö Kogu. https://www.kogu.ee/vana/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/EIA-ENG_OK-1.pdf

Põder, Kaire; Lauri, Triin (2014). Will Choice Hurt? Compared to What? School Choice Experiment in Estonia. Journal of School Choice: International Research and Reform, 8 (3), 446−474. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15582159.2014.942177?journalCode=wjsc20

Põder, Kaire; Lauri, Triin (2014). When Public Acts Like Private: the failure of Estonia’s school choice mechanism. European Educational Research Journal, 13(2): 220-234. https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ1029856

Lauri, Triin; Põder, Kaire (2013). School choice policy – seeking to balance educational efficiency and equity: A comparative analysis of 20 European countries. European Educational Research Journal. European Educational Research Journal, 12(4): 534-552. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.2304/eerj.2013.12.4.534

Lauri, Triin (2013). School choice as the problem of educational governance in a pluralistic frame. Italian Journal of Sociology of Education, 5 (2): 160-188. https://ijse.padovauniversitypress.it/issue/5/2

Põder, Kaire; Kerem, Kaie, Lauri, Triin. (2012). Efficiency and equity of education system and school choice policy: Bridging qualitative and quantitative approaches.  Journal of School Choice, 7 (1), 1-36. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15582159.2013.759837