Merili joined the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute at the ICDS in December 2021. Her research focuses on European Union affairs. She is most interested in the interplay between domestic and international politics and how various dynamics affect societies in Europe and the Middle East.
She has previously worked as a journalist and a podcast producer for Postimees, the largest-circulation Estonian daily. She has also conducted internships at the Center for European Policy Analysis in Washington, DC and at the Permanent Mission of Estonia to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.
She has a BA degree in contemporary history and an MA degree in international relations and European Union affairs from the University of Tartu. She has also studied the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and US foreign policy at George Mason University.