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.
RestPoll is a new project which aims to permanently restore and connect pollinator habitats in Europe. The project began in October 2023 and will run for 4 years. It aims to provide society with tools to reverse wild pollinator declines and to position Europe as a global leader in pollinator restoration.
We are pleased to introduce Yuliia Hodnieva, an ERASMUS+ Internee who has recently joined the IN-HABIT project team at BSC after her academic journey from Nitra (Slovakia) to Riga.
This year, the BSC team has been joined by two researchers - Dr.geogr. Maija Ušča and Dr.sc.ing. Elīna Dāce.
BSC is looking for a 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).
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).
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.
Dr.sc.soc., Senior researcher
Specialises in rural development, small farms, agro-food systems and innovation
E-mail: talis.tisenkopfs [at] bscresearch.lv
Dr.sc.soc., 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] bscresearch.lv
Dr.sc.soc., Senior researcher
Specialises in science and technology studies and social studies of agriculture and food
E-mail: anda.adamsone-fiskovica [at] bscresearch.lv
Dr.sc.soc., Senior researcher
Specialises in rural innovation, agricultural knowledge systems, informal learning, short supply chains and small farm development strategies
E-mail: sandra.sumane [at] bscresearch.lv
Ph.D., Senior researcher
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 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] bscresearch.lv
Specialises in studies of agriculture, food systems and short food supply chains.
E-mail: maija.usca [at] bscresearch.lv
Project administrative officer
E-mail: lucija.ceicane [at] bscresearch.lv
Dr.sc.ing., Mg.sc.soc., 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] bscresearch.lv
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
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
Preparing multi-actor projects in a co-creative way
Keywords: agriculture, rural development, fisheries
Pathways towards a fair, inclusive and innovative data economy for sustainable food systems
Keywords: digitalisation, food, data economy, sustainability, monitoring
Maximising the CO-benefits of agricultural Digitalisation through conducive digital ECoSystems
Keywords: digitalisation, farmers, sustainability, demonstration, technology assessment
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
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
Some of our studies have been reflected in mass media. Here are some sources where our studies have appeared.
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.