Kristina Reinsalu

Kristina Reinsalu

Director, e-Democracy | e-Governance Academy

Kristina Reinsalu is currently the Head of the e-Democracy domain at the e-Governance Academy. She has been involved in several local and international research and practical projects related to open governance and the use of ICT in implementing its principles, focusing in particular on e-participation and tools for its implementation at the local level. She has also been researcher and lecturer on social communication at the Institute of Media and Communication at the University of Tartu.


Kristina’s latest projects include `How Good Governance Works in Practice: New e-Governance initatives in Georgia`, ‘Open governance in Estonian local governments’, ‘Implementation of the principles of open government in engaging citizens in decision-making processes in Moldova’, ‘Participatory budgeting in the City of Tartu’, ‘eCitizen II – Towards citizen-centred e-government in European cities and regions’ and the ‘Electoral Compass’ produced for Estonia’s parliamentary elections.


Kristina holds an MPR in Public Relations and a PhD in Media and Communications. She has had articles published in various international scientific journals.

 

 

Why do you believe innovations in participatory democracy are important?

Based on my long experience working with cities as external engagement expert, I can assure that the biggest challenge is how to engage community residents in civic life beyond elections? I have experienced this in my home City of Tartu which was the first city in Estonia implementing PB, that this innovative initiative can very effectively contribute in facing this challenge. It can be a real “heal” for the local democracy and can have bigger impact on local democracy and participation practices of community.

 

What do you hope to see at the 2018 Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference?

Most of all I do hope to get lot of inspiration and new ideas to not get stuck in my own experience and scenarios. Yet, I am also really happy about the opportunity to share my 5-yrs experiences of introducing the concept of PB in my country and consulting many PB in implementing it. I am sure that the challenges and problems are quite similar everywhere in implementing PB, but I am sure there are new innovative ideas and approaches for solutions which I still haven´t heard. I am looking forward to it.