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
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.
It’s been six months since the TRUST project started. A lot has been done since then. Just in April, we were asked to talk about our findings in Hague Erasmus University, Wageningen University and Research and in "Food Urbanism" conference held in Tartu. #postdoclatvia #wildproducts
The BSC team has been busy since the last entry. We have continued working on our research projects, but there are also a number of activities that we would like to highlight.
The BSC team has succesfully conducted several interviews, and BSC researchers have given presentations on the institute's activities.
I recently jotted down a few thoughts on the responsibilities of being a living lab monitor as part of the Agrilink project. I somehow managed to combine my interest in Linux and science studies with my work on the Latvian living lab.
I have been given the role of monitor as part of AgriLink living lab project, and I have recently started a blog to document the process of understanding living labs and creating one in Latvia. I have committed to writing at least one blog post per week. They will generally be on the short side (300-400 words), but I intend to post more lengthy reflections after stimulating project meetings or any other interesting events.
You can find my blog at: http://livinglablv.blogspot.com/
The post-doctoral study "Innovations in Non-timber Forest Products: Towards Rural Development and Sustainability (TRUSt)” has been running for three months now.
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, public understanding of science, science communication, research and innovation policy, knowledge transfer
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
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
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
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 journal 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.