Baltic Studies Centre (BSC) is a private non-profit research institute specialising in studies of sustainable rural and regional development, agro-food systems, farming and innovations

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Baltic Studies Centre (BSC) is a private non-profit research organisation in the field of social sciences. Since establishment in 1991 BSC has carried out over 40 research projects including 15 EU Framework Programme projects. The areas of BSC expertise include sociology, sustainable agriculture, food supply chains, innovation networks, peri-urban agriculture, community development, public policy analysis.

BSC undertakes action oriented research strategies and cooperates with producers’ organisations, policy makers, municipalities, SMEs, and other research and advisory organisations nationally and internationally. This helps to focus the research on the needs of practitioners and enhance practical innovations. 

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DESIRA kicks off in Pisa BSC icon-clock 04 / 09 / 2019

DESIRA (Digitisation: Economic and Social Impacts on Rural Areas) is a Horizon 2020 Project coordinated by the University of Pisa. It aims to improve the capacity of society and political bodies to respond to the challenges that digitisation generates in rural areas, agriculture and forestry, and to provide a comprehensive assessment of both opportunities and threats.

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A few more thoughts on being a living lab monitor Emils icon-clock 08 / 04 / 2019

A quick update on the challenges of building a protype for the AgriLink WP3 living lab in Latvia.

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A quick update #4 BSC icon-clock 18 / 10 / 2018

The BSC team has started autumn with a variety of research activities and intense work on several research projects.

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ESRS autumn school - call for abstracts BSC icon-clock 07 / 09 / 2018

European Society for Rural Sociology (ESRS) Autumn School to be held in Riga, Latvia. The objective of the Autumn School “Social Innovation in and for Sustainable Food Provision” is to advance scientific knowledge of PhD students in rural sociology and related disciplines (e.g. agriculture and food studies, nutrition and public health) about the role social innovation plays in contemporary food provision. Abstracts have to be sent to: by the 20th of September.

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A quick update #3 BSC icon-clock 18 / 07 / 2018

The BSC team has spent the summer months actively working on several research projects, but researchers have also found time to relax and participate in the Latvian Song and Dance Festival and an informal work event in Vilksala.

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International workshop on System Innovation towards Sustainable Agriculture (SISA-3) BSC icon-clock 12 / 07 / 2018

The 3rd international workshop on System Innovation towards Sustainable Agriculture (SISA-3) is to be held in Riga on 6-8 November 2018 co-organised by the Baltic Studies Centre. The deadline for submitting abstracts has been extended to 15 July.

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h1-before Team h1-after

Tālis Tisenkopfs, Senior researcher

Specialises in rural development, small farms, agro-food systems and innovation 

Miķelis Grīviņš, Researcher

Specialises in sustainable food systems and food practices in Latvia, rural development and innovation. Also interested in education and methodological questions

Anda Ādamsone-Fiskoviča, Researcher

Specialises in science and technology studies, public understanding of science, science communication, research and innovation policy, knowledge transfer

Sandra Šūmane, Researcher

Specialises in rural innovation, agricultural knowledge systems, informal learning, short supply chains and small farm development strategies

Emīls Ķīlis

Ph.D., Researcher

Specialises in social studies of science, technology and expertise

h1-before PROJECTS h1-after


Digitisation: Economic and Social Impacts on Rural Areas


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Policy tools for Baltic Sea nutrient management



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Social Innovation in Food Provision: Pathways to Sustainable Production and Consumption


Keywords: social innovation, food provision, governance, sustainability, diets

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Innovations in Non-timber Forest Products: Towards Rural Development and Sustainability


Key words: wild products, innovations, rural development, sustainability

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Rural-Urban Outlooks: Unlocking Synergies 


Keywords: rural, urban, interaction, synergies, governance

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Agricultural knowledge: linking farmers, advisors and researchers to boost innovation


Keywords: innovation support services, participatory innovation, micro-AKIS, transdisciplinarity, living labs, farmers, policies, advisors

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Peer-to-peer learning: accessing innovation through demonstration


Keywords: innovation, agriculture, knowledge exchange, commercial farms, demonstration activities

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Small farms, small food businesses and sustainable food security


Keywords: food and nutrition security, sustainability, food chains, small farms, small food businesses, food systems, transdisciplinarity, multi-actor, systemic, advanced spatial analysis, policy, EU, Africa

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Sustainable finance for sustainable agriculture and fisheries (Horizon 2020. Call: H2020-SFS-2014-2. Topic: SFS-19-2014)


Keywords: food and nutrition security, sustainable finance, food supply chains, risk management, credit markets, agricultural policies

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Attēlu rezultāti vaicājumam “transmango”

Assessment of the impact of drivers of change on Europe's food and nutrition security


Keywords: assessment, global drivers of change, food and nutritional security, scenarios, pathways

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Attēlu rezultāti vaicājumam “glamur”

Global and local food chain assessment: a multidimensional performance-based approach


Keywords: local food supply chains, global food supply chains, EU policies, sustainability, real costs of food, performance, multicriteria, access to food

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Attēlu rezultāti vaicājumam “rethink project”

Rethinking the links between farm modernisation, rural development and resilience in a world of increasing demands and finite resources


Keywords: farm modernisation, rural resilience, prosperity, knowledge and learning networks, governance

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Attēlu rezultāti vaicājumam “supurbfood”

Towards sustainable modes of urban and peri-urban food provisioning


Keywords: short food supply chain, urban and peri-urban agriculture, recycling, sustainability, policy, city-region, developing countries

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Attēlu rezultāti vaicājumam “solinsa”

Agricultural knowledge systems in transition: towards a more effective and efficient support of learning and innovation networks for sustainable agriculture


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Urban, peri-urban and regional food dynamics: towards an integrated and territorial approach to food


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Attēlu rezultāti vaicājumam “foodlinks”

Knowledge brokerage to promote sustainable food consumption and production: linking scientists, policymakers and civil society organizations


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Enlarging the theoretical understanding of rural development


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Strengthening innovation processes for growth and development


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Strengthening international research on geographical indications: from research foundation to consistent policy


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Encouraging collective farmers marketing initiatives


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Marketing sustainable agriculture: an analysis of the potential role of new food supply chains in sustainable rural development


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Analysing public accountability procedures in contemporary European contexts


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Transforming rural communication

Transforming rural communication


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Making Agriculture sustainable Role of farmers networking and institutional strategies

Making agriculture sustainable: role of farmers networking and institutional strategies


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Academic publications BSC icon-clock 26 / 04 / 2019

BSC has published multiple academic articles during last decades. Click "Continue Reading" to get more information.

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Media articles BSC icon-clock 26 / 04 / 2019

Some of our studies have been reflected in mass media. Here are some sources where our studies have appeared. 

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Research reports BSC icon-clock 31 / 12 / 2018

In our studies we have been participating in a large number of research projects. Here are the links to most of research reports. Click "Read more" to continue.

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Policy recommendations BSC icon-clock 14 / 09 / 2015

Many of our studies have been practically oriented and have had policy recommendations as one of outputs. Here are some of the policy recommendation documents.

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