BSC

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

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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.

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. 

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Farmer knowledge for more sustainable agriculture By Sandra Šūmane icon-clock 22 / 11 / 2017
Articles by Sandra Šūmane, Tālis Tisenkopfs, Ilona Kunda and co-authors have been published in Journal of Rural Studies and www.arc2020.eu. These articles point to the role of local and farmer knowledge in transition towards more sustainable agriculture.
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SALSA Newsletter No 1 (in Latvian) By Sandra Šūmane icon-clock 03 / 11 / 2017

The first national newsletter on the progress and initial results of the intenational SALSA project has been issued by BSC.

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What are the cultural connections between urban and rural? By Talis Tisenkopfs icon-clock 20 / 10 / 2017

BSC researcher Talis Tisenkopfs in an interview about key cultural connections between urban and rural territories and populations to be explored in the EU H2020 project ROBUST.

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What makes agricultural demonstration successful? By Anda Adamsone-Fiskovica icon-clock 20 / 10 / 2017

BSC researchers blog about H2020 project PLAID findings on success factors in agricultural demonstration.

 

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BSC features on Euronews By Talis Tisenkopfs icon-clock 20 / 10 / 2017

BSC researchers feature in Euronews science program Futuris on the Future of Food Technology.

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h1-before Team h1-after

Tālis Tisenkopfs

Dr.sc.soc., Senior researcher

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

Miķelis Grīviņš

Dr.sc.soc., Researcher

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

Anda Ādamsone-Fiskoviča

Dr.sc.soc., Researcher

Specialises in science and technology studies, public understanding of science, science communication, research and innovation policy, knowledge transfer

Sandra Šūmane

Dr.sc.soc., Researcher

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

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ROBUST

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Rural-Urban Outlooks: Unlocking Synergies 

2017-2021

Keywords: rural, urban, interaction, synergies, governance

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AGRILINK

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Agricultural knowledge: linking farmers, advisors and researchers to boost innovation

2017-2021

Keywords: innovation support services, participatory innovation, micro-AKIS, transdisciplinarity, living labs, farmers, policies, advisors

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PLAID

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Peer-to-peer learning: accessing innovation through demonstration

2016-2019

Keywords: innovation, agriculture, knowledge exchange, commercial farms, demonstration activities

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SALSA

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Small farms, small food businesses and sustainable food security

2016-2020

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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SUFISA

Sustainable finance for sustainable agriculture and fisheries

2015-2019

Keywords: food and nutrition security, sustainable finance, food supply chains, risk management, credit markets, agricultural policies

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TRANSMANGO

Attēlu rezultāti vaicājumam “transmango”

Assessment of the impact of drivers of change on Europe's food and nutrition security

2014-2018

Keywords: assessment, global drivers of change, food and nutritional security, scenarios, pathways

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GLAMUR

Attēlu rezultāti vaicājumam “glamur”

Global and local food chain assessment: a multidimensional performance-based approach

2013-2016

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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RETHINK

Attēlu rezultāti vaicājumam “rethink project”

Rethinking the links between farm modernisation, rural development and resilience in a world of increasing demands and finite resources

2013-2015

Keywords: farm modernisation, rural resilience, prosperity, knowledge and learning networks, governance

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SUPURBFOOD

Attēlu rezultāti vaicājumam “supurbfood”

Towards sustainable modes of urban and peri-urban food provisioning

2012-2015

Keywords: short food supply chain, urban and peri-urban agriculture, recycling, sustainability, policy, city-region, developing countries

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SOLINSA

Attēlu rezultāti vaicājumam “solinsa”

Agricultural knowledge systems in transition: towards a more effective and efficient support of learning and innovation networks for sustainable agriculture

2011-2014

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PUREFOOD

Urban, peri-urban and regional food dynamics: towards an integrated and territorial approach to food

2010-2014

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FOODLINKS

Attēlu rezultāti vaicājumam “foodlinks”

Knowledge brokerage to promote sustainable food consumption and production: linking scientists, policymakers and civil society organizations

2011-2013

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ETUDE

Enlarging the theoretical understanding of rural development

2007-2009

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IN-SIGHT

Strengthening innovation processes for growth and development

2006-2008

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SINER-GI

Strengthening international research on geographical indications: from research foundation to consistent policy

2005-2008

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COFAMI

Encouraging collective farmers marketing initiatives

2005-2008

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SUS-CHAIN

Marketing sustainable agriculture: an analysis of the potential role of new food supply chains in sustainable rural development

2003-2006

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PUBACC

Analysing public accountability procedures in contemporary European contexts

2001-2004

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Transforming rural communication

Transforming rural communication

2001-2003

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Making Agriculture sustainable Role of farmers networking and institutional strategies

Making agriculture sustainable: role of farmers networking and institutional strategies

1997-2000

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Publications in academic journals By BSC icon-clock 18 / 07 / 2017

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

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Research reports By BSC icon-clock 19 / 09 / 2015

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 By BSC icon-clock 16 / 09 / 2015

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

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Policy recommendations By BSC icon-clock 14 / 09 / 2015

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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