19 / 09 / 2015

Conference in Rome discusses agriculture in an urbanizing Society

Author: Miķelis Grīviņš

Researchers from Baltic Studies Centre have presented results from Latvia in the Second International Conference on Agriculture in an Urbanizing Society in Rome. The Conference was focusing on reconnecting agriculture and food chains to societal needs and was aiming to advance the scientific state of the art in research on multifunctional agriculture, local food chains and urban-rural relations by bringing together scholars from a wide range of disciplines (sociology, economics, spatial planning, land-use planning, regional planning, urban planning, crop sciences, animal sciences, soil sciences, architecture, etc.) from many parts of the world.

During the four days of conference around 400 papers were presented in 25 working groups. From Baltic Studies Centre three researchers were participating: Talis Tisenkopfs, Ilona Kunda and Mikelis Grivins. Talis Tisenkopfs was presenting joint paper co-authored with Mikelis Grivins, Ilona Kunda and Sandra Sumane - "Food security challenges and responses: A comparative analysis of Latvia and Lithuania". Ilona Kunda was presenting paper co-authored with Mikelis Grivins and Talis Tisenkopfs - "Bricolage, urban agriculture and multilingual trajectories of city dvelopment". Mikelis Grivins presented a paper co-authore with Talis Tisenkopfs, Zaklina Stojanovic and Bojan Ristic - "Comparative analysis of social performance of global and local berry supply chains".

Abstracts of the presented papers can be found here:

More information about the conference can be found here: