Ardi has a MA degree in International Relations and European Studies from Central European University (2013), a MSc degree in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam (2012) and a BA degree in Political Science, with a minor in Contemporary History, from the University of Tartu (2010). Ardi spent 2015/2016 academic year at KULeuven in Belgium as an exchange PhD student at the Department of Economics. In 2018, he was doing research at Yale University for six months as a Juris Padegs Visiting Research Fellow at the European Studies Council at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. Apart from his academic work, Ardi has also put his skills into practice. In 2017, during the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Ardi worked in Brussels as an assistant to the Department of Agricultural Policy at the Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU. In 2019, he was for five months an intern at the Policy Perspectives Unit of the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission. Ardi's PhD dissertation focuses on the political economy aspects of the European Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform. His other research interests include diverse topics such as Eurocrisis, European Union politics, European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), EU-Russia relations, Estonian politics, Hong Kong politics, economic history of the world, mutual- and pension fund returns and their management fees, behavioural economics, international trade, political economy of international trade, development policy, political economy of industrial policy, economic- and privacy aspects of intellectual property rights.