Senior research fellow Juhan Kivirähk is responsible for sociological research at ICDS. His investigations focus on the attitudes of the Estonian population towards state defence issues and the transformation of those attitudes during the period that includes Estonia’s accession to NATO: from 2000 until the present.
J.K. has more than 20 years experience in the field of public opinion and social research. He started his career as a sociologist and opinion researcher in the department of audience research at the Information and Computing Centre of the Estonian Television and Radio Committee (1984-1988). He was one of the founders of two Estonian market and opinion research companies (Emor Ltd in 1990 and Survey Research Center Faktum in 2002). J.K. has worked in the management of three research companies (research director in Emor 1990-1995 and Turu-uuringute 1998-2002, director in Survey Research Center Faktum 2003-2005). During the years 1995-1998 J.K. worked for six months as a counsellor to the Minister of Internal Affairs, for six months as a journalist at the daily newspaper Sõnumileht and then for two years as a counsellor to the Prime Minister and Director of the Government’s Press Office.
J.K. graduated from the University of Tartu in economic cybernetics (1980) and was a post-graduate student at the Institute of Socio-economic Problems in Leningrad (1984 – 1988).
Juhan Kivirähk regularly writes opinion articles in Estonian newspapers. He is a member of the Union of Estonian Sociologists since 1990 (President 1993 – 1995 and current member of the board of the Union). JK has also been a member of WAPOR since 1992.
J.K. was born on 2nd July, 1957 in Tallinn. He is married and has two children – a son and daughter.