Estonian Association of Sociologists

The Estonian Association of Sociologists, with the acronym ESL, is a non-governmental and non-profit organization created in 1999.
Estonian Association of Sociologists

History of Estonian Association of Sociologists (ESL)

Estonian Association of Sociologists, with the acronym ESL known as ‘Eesti Sotsioloogide Liit’ in the Estonian language, is Estonia’s official national-level association. Estonian Academic Association of Sociologists, which functioned during the 1990-1999 period, is the predecessor sociological association of ESL. The new reorganized organization ESL is a non-governmental and non-profit organization created in 1999.

Mission of ESL

ESL is a platform for all Estonian sociologists and serves as an umbrella organization for issues that affect all Estonian sociologists. The experts in interdisciplinary subjects of social science like political science and anthropologists are also an important part of ESL activities.

Estonian Association of Sociologists

International Collaborations of ESL

As part of international cooperation, ESL has actively engaged as a member of the European Sociological Association and International Sociological Association.

Activities of ESL

  • Information exchange via the official website of ESL.
  • Annual general meetings
  • Discussions and other events

Code of Ethics of the ESL

On December 7, 2021, the ESL General Assembly ratified the Code of Ethics. General guidelines and perspectives on ethical concerns about a sociologist’s professional activity in Estonia are included in the code of ethics.

Membership of ESL

ESL has regular membership and student membership, the two categories of paid membership. Honorary membership is also included in ESL. Applicants must understand the ESL bylaws before submitting a membership application to the board to join the ESL.

Estonian Association of Sociologists Conferences

ESL participates in the Annual Conference of Estonian Social Sciences actively. The Estonian sociologists actively engage with sociologists from Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Sweden, and Finland in sociological activities.


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