Baltic Studies Centre (BSC) is a private non-profit research institute specialising in studies of sustainable rural and regional development, agro-food systems, farming, innovations and digitalisation.
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, science and technology studies.
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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Shall we weed vegetable gardens through augmented reality glasses? BSC researchers contribute to the European discussion on the Long Term Vision for Rural Areas and the role digitalisation will play in shaping rural futures.
In October, students of the undergraduate programme in sociology (University of Latvia) were engaged in the project SINFO to conduct three focus group discussions (FGD). In these discussions we wanted to gain a more in-depth understanding of issues raised in the public opinion survey.
In September-October 2020, BSC provided an opportunity for sociology bachelor students from the University of Latvia to participate in the organisation of focus groups with consumers within the framework of the project SINFO ("Social innovation in food provision: Pathways to sustainable production and consumption"), thereby contributing to student training and involvement in scientific research.
Have you ever wondered - can I commercialise berries, mushrooms or other wild products? Answer these two questions and you will receive an answer on how to do it!
My colleagues and I are currently working on a project called SINFO. The overall purpose of the project is to gain a better understanding of social innovation in food provision and think about how we could enable practical innovations towards sustainable food production and consumption in Latvia. One of the first things we did, whilst still working on the conceptual framework, was to create a database of sorts of all the initiatives in Latvia that are related to food in general and more sustainable approaches to consumption and distribution in particular. One of the initiatives we looked at is the internet platform svaigi.lv.
Last week Anda and I attended the third seminar dedicated to the cultural strategy of Tukums. As far as I understand, this will likely be the last seminar for a good while, unless additional input from stakeholders is necessary to develop the document. The next event in this series will probably be the presentation of the first draft of the cultural strategy, and it will take place sometime in June 2020.
Dr.sc.soc., Senior researcher
Specialises in rural development, small farms, agro-food systems and innovation
Specialises in sustainable food systems and food practices in Latvia, rural development and innovation. Also interested in education and methodological questions
Specialises in science and technology studies and social studies of agriculture and food
Specialises in rural innovation, agricultural knowledge systems, informal learning, short supply chains and small farm development strategies
Specialises in social studies of science, technology and expertise
Specialises in studies of sustainable consumption. Holds interest in themes related to materiality and affect
Specialises in urban studies and energy transition. Interested in topics of urban gardening, mobility, degrowth and activism
Specialises in sustainable rural development solutions, digitisation, knowledge transfer, community development strategies and implementation. Interested in social anthropology, illuminating the daily habits and attitudes of society
Critical Understanding of Predictive Policing
Keywords: law enforcement, digitalisation, public sector, police, innovation, citizens
Elaboration of environment-friendly crop growing technologies identified by the Green Deal and their implementation in horticultural production in Latvia
Keywords: green deal, innovation, horticulture, sustainability, technological solutions, soil fertility, greening, participatory research
Enacting user-centred knowledge and innovation partnerships for smart and sustainable territorial development
Keywords: knowledge partnerships, sustainable food systems, digitalisation, rural-urban linkages, participatory approach, cross-sectoral knowledge, responsible research and innovation
Connecting consumers and producers to rebalance farmers' position through ambassadors trainings
Keywords: Supply chain management, knowledge transfer, creativity management
Inclusive health and wellbeing in small and medium size cities
Keywords: Sustainable planning, Gender in urban planning and development, Social innovation, Innovation and diversity, Inclusive Health and Wellbeing, Partnerships, Disadvantaged neighborhoods, Small and Medium Size Cities
Digitisation: Economic and Social Impacts on Rural Areas
Keywords: regional development, rural development studies, social studies of science and technology, digital social innovation, scenario labs, socio-cyber-physical systems, responsible reesearch and innovation
Social Innovation in Food Provision: Pathways to Sustainable Production and Consumption
Keywords: social innovation, food provision, governance, sustainability, diets
Rural-Urban Outlooks: Unlocking Synergies
Keywords: rural, urban, interaction, synergies, governance
Agricultural knowledge: linking farmers, advisors and researchers to boost innovation
Keywords: innovation support services, participatory innovation, micro-AKIS, transdisciplinarity, living labs, farmers, policies, advisors
Innovations in Non-timber Forest Products: Towards Rural Development and Sustainability
Keywords: wild products, innovations, rural development, sustainability
Policy tools for Baltic Sea nutrient management
Keywords: policy instruments, nutrient management, Baltic Sea Action Plan, future scenarios
Peer-to-peer learning: accessing innovation through demonstration
Keywords: innovation, agriculture, knowledge exchange, commercial farms, demonstration activities
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
Sustainable finance for sustainable agriculture and fisheries
Keywords: food and nutrition security, sustainable finance, food supply chains, risk management, credit markets, agricultural policies
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
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
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
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
Agricultural knowledge systems in transition: towards a more effective and efficient support of learning and innovation networks for sustainable agriculture
Urban, peri-urban and regional food dynamics: towards an integrated and territorial approach to food
Knowledge brokerage to promote sustainable food consumption and production: linking scientists, policymakers and civil society organizations
Strengthening international research on geographical indications: from research foundation to consistent policy
Marketing sustainable agriculture: an analysis of the potential role of new food supply chains in sustainable rural development
BSC has published multiple academic articles during last decades. Click "Continue Reading" to get more information.
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.
Some of our studies have been reflected in mass media. Here are some sources where our studies have appeared.
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.