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

A video about BSC's dissemination, exploitation, communication and outreach activities can be found here.

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Autumn school-hackathon “Collaboration for smart and sustainable territorial development” BSC icon-clock 04 / 11 / 2021

BSC in cooperation with BA School of Business and Finance and the masters programme in sociology of the University of Latvia, invites the master and doctoral students to the online autumn school-hackathon “Collaboration for smart and sustainable territorial development”.

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New network of pan-European ambassadors to change food systems BSC icon-clock 10 / 09 / 2021

From 14th of September 2021, EU Horizon project COCOREADO starts to develop a pan-European ambassadors’ network. The project opens a call to select individuals passionate about food and agriculture who would bring forward the project’s ambition of rebalancing the food supply chain and reconnecting farmers and consumers in Europe. The 40 selected people, ambassadors, will take part in the project’s training program aimed to enable them to facilitate sustainable changes in food systems.

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Book of abstracts of the BSC conference "Latvia on the Road to Sustainable Food Production and Consumption" published Anda Ādamsone-Fiskoviča, Tālis Tisenkopfs icon-clock 09 / 08 / 2021

The book of abstracts of the papers presented at the interdisciplinary conference "Latvia on the Road to Sustainable Food Production and Consumption" organised by BSC on 11 June 2021 is now made avaialble in both Latvian and English.

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BSC contributes to the European discussion on the Long Term Vision for Rural Areas Tālis Tisenkopfs icon-clock 16 / 02 / 2021

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.

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First look at SINFO focus group discussion data Līna Orste icon-clock 05 / 11 / 2020

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.

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BSC contributes to student training at the University of Latvia Tālis Tisenkopfs icon-clock 29 / 10 / 2020

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.

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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 and social studies of agriculture and food

Krista Pētersone

Project administrative officer

Specialises in technical assistance and sustainable spaces of work

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

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Promoting collaboration for sustainable and circular use of bioresources across agriculture, forestry, and aquaculture


Keywords: circular economy, bioresources, cross-sectoral collaboration, business models, interdisciplinarity

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Critical Understanding of Predictive Policing


Keywords: law enforcement, digitalisation, public sector, police, innovation, citizens

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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

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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

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Connecting consumers and producers to rebalance farmers' position through ambassadors trainings


Keywords: Supply chain management, knowledge transfer, creativity management

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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

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An integrated approach to the challenge of sustainable food systems: adaptive and mitigatory strategies to address climate change and malnutrition


Keywords: Food security, climate change, food production, consumption, nutrition, and public health

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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

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


Keywords: wild products, innovations, rural development, sustainability

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Policy tools for Baltic Sea nutrient management


Keywords: policy instruments, nutrient management, Baltic Sea Action Plan, future scenarios

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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


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

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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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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 09 / 12 / 2021

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

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Research reports BSC icon-clock 31 / 08 / 2021

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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Media articles BSC icon-clock 05 / 07 / 2021

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

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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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