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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How to benefit from wild products? Miķelis Grīviņš icon-clock 21 / 07 / 2020

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!

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How much effort should you expend on sourcing food? Emīls Ķīlis icon-clock 25 / 02 / 2020

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

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Coordination of Cultural Life in Tukums: An Outsider's Take Emīls Ķīlis icon-clock 11 / 02 / 2020

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.

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Once Upon a Time in Tukums: Further Observations on a Cultural Strategy Emīls Ķīlis icon-clock 20 / 01 / 2020

Last week my colleague Miķelis and I went to Tukums to participate in a seminar where the strategic framework for the cultural strategy of Tukums municipality was presented. Well, I say “participate”, but in reality we were there as observers.

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Reflections on an Event: Working on Tukums Cultural Strategy Emīls Ķīlis icon-clock 29 / 11 / 2019

Frustration, territorial reforms and a valiant effort to work on a strategy for an entire municipality on a cold November morning in Tukums.

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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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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

Līna Orste

B.A., research assistant

Specialises in studies of sustainable consumption. Holds interest in themes related to materiality and affect

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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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Policy tools for Baltic Sea nutrient management



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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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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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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 22 / 10 / 2020

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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