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.
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.
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.
Frustration, territorial reforms and a valiant effort to work on a strategy for an entire municipality on a cold November morning in Tukums.
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.
A quick update on the challenges of building a protype for the AgriLink WP3 living lab in Latvia.
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
Social Innovation in Food Provision: Pathways to Sustainable Production and Consumption
Keywords: social innovation, food provision, governance, sustainability, diets
Innovations in Non-timber Forest Products: Towards Rural Development and Sustainability
Key words: wild products, innovations, rural development, sustainability
Rural-Urban Outlooks: Unlocking Synergies
Keywords: rural, urban, interaction, synergies, governance
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 (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
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.
Some of our studies have been reflected in mass media. Here are some sources where our studies have appeared.
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.
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.