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.
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.
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.
At the beginning of May, the In-Habit project held a meeting at the reopened renovated Āgenskalns market in Riga.
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.
The EU-funded COCOREADO project launches a European training network of 40 ambassadors of fair and novel food chains. The ambassadors will be trained and supported in their innovative ideas and initiatives. The ambassadors’ training programme is coordinated by the Baltic Studies Centre.
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”.
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.
Dr.sc.soc., Senior researcher
Specialises in rural development, small farms, agro-food systems and innovation
E-mail: talis.tisenkopfs [at] bscresearch.lv
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] bscresearch.lv
Specialises in science and technology studies and social studies of agriculture and food
E-mail: anda.adamsone-fiskovica [at] bscresearch.lv
Project administrative officer
Specialises in technical assistance and sustainable spaces of work
Specialises in rural innovation, agricultural knowledge systems, informal learning, short supply chains and small farm development strategies
E-mail: sandra.sumane [at] bscresearch.lv
Specialises in social studies of science, technology and expertise
E-mail: emils.kilis [at] bscresearch.lv
Mg.sc.soc., Research assistant
Specialises in qualitative research methods, teaching, and innovative food supply chains
E-mail: ilze.mileiko [at] bscresearch.lv
Mg.sc.soc., PhD candidate; Research assisstant
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.
Promoting collaboration for sustainable and circular use of bioresources across agriculture, forestry, and aquaculture
Keywords: circular economy, bioresources, cross-sectoral collaboration, business models, interdisciplinarity
Critical Understanding of Predictive Policing
Keywords: law enforcement, digitalisation, public sector, police, innovation, citizens
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
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
Connecting consumers and producers to rebalance farmers' position through ambassadors trainings
Keywords: Supply chain management, knowledge transfer, creativity management
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
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
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
Social Innovation in Food Provision: Pathways to Sustainable Production and Consumption
Keywords: social innovation, food provision, governance, sustainability, diets
Rural-Urban Outlooks: Unlocking Synergies
Keywords: rural, urban, interaction, synergies, governance
Agricultural knowledge: linking farmers, advisors and researchers to boost innovation
Keywords: innovation support services, participatory innovation, micro-AKIS, transdisciplinarity, living labs, farmers, policies, advisors
Innovations in Non-timber Forest Products: Towards Rural Development and Sustainability
Keywords: wild products, innovations, rural development, sustainability
Policy tools for Baltic Sea nutrient management
Keywords: policy instruments, nutrient management, Baltic Sea Action Plan, future scenarios
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
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.
BSC has published a handbook [in Latvian] about directions for development and cases of sustainable food systems, digital solutions, and rural-urban interlinkages.
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.
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.
Some of our studies have been reflected in mass media. Here are some sources where our studies have appeared.