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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Research position in an EU project on data economy in European food systems BSC icon-clock 15 / 11 / 2022

BSC is looking for PhD student or a PhD degree holder to be employed in the EU Horizon Europe project "Pathways towards a fair, inclusive and innovative Data Economy for Sustainable Food Systems" (Data4Food2030).

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Research position in an EU project on digital ecosystems in agriculture BSC icon-clock 11 / 11 / 2022

BSC is looking for a PhD student or a PhD degree holder to be employed in the EU Horizon Europe project "Maximising the CO-benefits of agricultural Digitalisation through conducive digital ECoSystems" (CODECS).

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BSC starts a new EU project on digitalisation – Data4Food2030 BSC icon-clock 06 / 10 / 2022

BSC starts a new Horizon Europe project on digitalisation – Data4Food2030 “Pathways towards a fair, inclusive and innovative Data Economy for Sustainable Food Systems”. The project kick-off meeting took place in Lisbon on 29th of September 2022.

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First CIRCLE face-to-face meeting in Riga Tālis Tisenkopfs icon-clock 12 / 06 / 2022

On June 9-10, 2022, the CIRCLE project consortium met in Riga for the first face-to-face meeting to discuss the ongoing research and plan the next steps. 

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In-Habit in the renovated Āgenskalns market Sandra Šūmane icon-clock 16 / 05 / 2022

At the beginning of May, the In-Habit project held a meeting at the reopened renovated Āgenskalns market in Riga.

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ESRS2022 congress satellite event on circular bioeconomy in Riga: Call for papers BSC icon-clock 16 / 03 / 2022

In cooperation with the European Society for Rural Sociology (ESRS) the Baltic Studies Centre organises an ESRS2022 congress online satellite event "Rethinking circularity: an interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral perspective on circular practices in bioeconomy” on June 21-22, 2022.

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h1-before Team h1-after

Tālis Tisenkopfs, Senior researcher

Specialises in rural development, small farms, agro-food systems and innovation 

E-mail: talis.tisenkopfs [at]

Miķelis Grīviņš, Senior researcher

Specialises in sustainable food systems and food practices in Latvia, rural development and innovation. Also interested in education and methodological questions

E-mail: mikelis.grivins [at]

Anda Ādamsone-Fiskoviča, Senior researcher

Specialises in science and technology studies and social studies of agriculture and food

E-mail: anda.adamsone-fiskovica [at]

Sandra Šūmane, Senior researcher

Specialises in rural innovation, agricultural knowledge systems, informal learning, short supply chains and small farm development strategies

E-mail: sandra.sumane [at]

Emīls Ķīlis

Ph.D., Senior researcher

Specialises in social studies of science, technology and expertise

E-mail: emils.kilis [at]

Ilze Mileiko, Research assistant

Specialises in qualitative research methods, teaching, and innovative food supply chains

E-mail: ilze.mileiko [at]

Oksana Žabko, PhD candidate; Research assistant

Specialises in the sociology of work, especially in the assessment of the skills imbalances to the labour market’s needs and adult education opportunities, social policy evaluations, as well as masters the principles of the circular economy.

E-mail: oksana.zabko [at]

Maija Ušča

Dr.geogr., Researcher

Specialises in studies of agriculture, food systems and short food supply chains.

E-mail: maija.usca [at]

Lūcija Ceicāne

Project administrative officer

E-mail: lucija.ceicane [at]

Elīna Dāce,, Researcher 

Specialises in circular bioeconomy, waste management, environmental life cycle assessment, and systems’ modelling. Also interested in greenhouse gas emissions, climate change adaptation and policy scenarios. 

E-mail: elina.dace [at] 

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PLUS Change

Participatory land use strategies: Meeting biodiversity, climate and social objectives in a changing world


Keywords: Climate research, Transformations, Systems Change, Behaviour Change, Governance, Land Use Modelling, Interventions, Planning and Policy

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Preparing multi-actor projects in a co-creative way


Keywords: agriculture, rural development, fisheries 

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Pathways towards a fair, inclusive and innovative data economy for sustainable food systems


Keywords: digitalisation, food, data economy, sustainability, monitoring

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Maximising the CO-benefits of agricultural Digitalisation through conducive digital ECoSystems


Keywords: digitalisation, farmers, sustainability, demonstration, technology assessment


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Strengthening of the Capacity of Doctoral Studies at the University of Latvia within the Framework of the New Doctoral Model

Strengthening of the Capacity of Doctoral Studies at the University of Latvia within the Framework of the New Doctoral Model


Keywords: support of young scientists, renewal of academic staff

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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 research 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 21 / 09 / 2023

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

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Handbook "Cooperation for Smart and Sustainable Territorial Development" Sandra Šūmane icon-clock 30 / 12 / 2021

BSC has published a handbook [in Latvian] about directions for development and cases of sustainable food systems, digital solutions, and rural-urban interlinkages.


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Policy recommendations BSC icon-clock 30 / 12 / 2021

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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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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