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 presentation video about BSC can be found here. Please also see a video on BSC's dissemination, exploitation, communication and outreach activities here.

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Exploring Bee Fauna in Latvian Grasslands Maja Raemakers icon-clock 02 / 07 / 2024

Maja Raemakers, an intern from the Wageningen University in the Netherlands, offers her insights and reflections on studying wild pollinators in Latvia as part of the RestPoll project.

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Thriving Through Collaboration: Reflections from the PLUS Change Project BSC icon-clock 20 / 06 / 2024

At the end of May, the Baltic Studies Centre participated in the first General Assembly of the PLUS Change Project in Brussels. Senior researcher Elina Dace shares her reflections on the significance of the event in promoting collaborative research and her experience leading a co-creative session on sustainable land use.

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BSC Joins the Memorandum of Understanding to Establish a Biorefinery Ecosystem in Latvia BSC icon-clock 19 / 06 / 2024

On 18 June, senior researcher Elina Dace joined representatives from 22 companies, state institutions, and research organisations in signing a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a new Biorefinery Ecosystem in Latvia, marking a significant step towards the development of a sustainable bioeconomy.

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Baltic Studies Centre Researchers Celebrate the Upcoming Conclusion of the COCOREADO Project BSC icon-clock 28 / 05 / 2024

On 24 April, Baltic Studies Centre research assistant Ilze Mileiko and senior researcher Miķelis Grīviņš participated in the final conference of the COCOREADO project “Building a sustainable food future together" to share results with project partners, ambassadors and other conference participants.

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International conference "Promoting collaboration for a sustainable and circular bioeconomy" BSC icon-clock 27 / 03 / 2024

Register and join the final online conference of the CIRCLE project - an official side event of the World Circular Economy Forum - on April 10!

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Workshop 1 held in Practice Cases BSC icon-clock 01 / 03 / 2024

The PLUS Change workshops have begun in Practice Cases, starting with Three-Countries Park (Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands) and Kaigu Peatland (Latvia). This first round of workshops brings together relevant stakeholders to introduce the project and start discussions on key land use challenges in each of the Practice Case areas.


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Emīls Ķīlis

Ph.D., Senior researcher, Director

Specialises in social studies of science, technology and expertise

E-mail: emils.kilis [at]

Tālis Tisenkopfs, Senior researcher, Board member

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

E-mail: talis.tisenkopfs [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]

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]

Elīna Dāce,, Senior 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] 

Maija Ušča

Dr.geogr., Researcher

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

E-mail: maija.usca [at]

Ilze Mileiko, Research assistant

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

E-mail: ilze.mileiko [at]

Jessica Girardi

MSc in Agriculture, Research assistant

Specialises in organic agrifood production and agroecosystem management, use of botanicals as biocontrol products in plant protection. Also interested in medicinal and aromatic plants production, small-farm systems, and social farming.

E-mail: jessica.girardi [at]

Lūcija Ceicāne

Project administrative officer

E-mail: lucija.ceicane [at]

Miks Brasliņš

Project Assistant

E-mail: miks.braslins [at]

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Pan-European Food Systems Science Network (FoSSNet)  

2024 - 2028 

Keywords: Education, social sciences, interdisciplinary, gender equality, food Systems, food systems science, transition, sustainability, inclusivity, FOKIS, knowledge and innovation systems 

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Restoring Pollinator habitats across European agricultural landscapes based on multi-actor participatory approaches


Keywords: pollinators, restoration, agricultural landscape transformation, conservation, co-designing, biodiversity, living-lab network, pollinator-friendly policies

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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 20 / 05 / 2024

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 20 / 05 / 2024

Some of our studies have been reflected in mass media. Here are some sources where our studies have appeared. 

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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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