Science & research projects

EEA and Norway grants

During 2016 department staff and PhD students has opportunity to participate in EEA and Norway grants Scholarship programme EEZ/NFI/S/2015/024 ”Mobility in political science and sociology”.

The overall goal of the Project was to increase the teaching and research capacity in institutions of higher education in Latvia and Norway. This project was tailored to increase the quality and the volume of student and teaching staff mobility between the partner institutions in the thematic area of political science, public administration and sociology.

Project No:

VIAA identification Nr. EEZ/NFI/S/2015/024
University of Latvia Reg. Nr. NORV2015/36

Leading partner: University of Latvia (LU)

Partners: Oslo and Akerhus University College of Applied Sciences (HIOA), Ostfold University College (HIOF)

Implementation period: 01.08.2015. - 30.04.2017.

Project leader: Iveta Reinholde, assoc. professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences

It was expected, that staff and student mobility will result in long term impact on both sides like development of joint study courses; curriculum development for joint study programme and life-long learning modules as well as joint research activities.

To strengthen and to expand synergy and cooperation among Latvia and Norway, the mobility programme covered such an issues like Baltic Sea Area, Arctic Region, public administration, policy analysis, human security, social welfare programmes, urban-rural relations, regional development.

During the project, results were achieved:

  • Mobility of students and staff between partner universities were conducted. In total, 32 professors and 8 students were involved in mobility.
  • The international symposium “Urban governance in Europe: Preparing for diversity, social sustainability and migration”, was held in Oslo, September 28-30, 2016 with participation of teachers from the partner universities. The symposium provided wide academic debate on various topics covered during mobility visits.
  • As a result of the symposium, the call for papers to Special Issue of “Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration” was announced for participants of the symposium and wider public. The guest editors represents partner universities of the project: Åge Johnsen/Monica Kjørstad (Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences), Iveta Reinholde (University of Latvia, Riga), and Margarita Barañano (Complutense University of Madrid). It is expected that special issue will be published by December 2017 since by May 2017 all submitted papers were reviewed by blind review.
  • During the project there were several workshops and seminars intended to spread knowledge accumulated during mobility. There were workshops on game theory for young professionals and on EU Global strategy. The workshop for secondary schools in Latvia – “Novadu spēles” was organized in order to spread the results of mobility to Latvian schools in the interactive and creative way.
  • The valuable research design seminar and individual consultations for PhD students of University of Latvia were delivered by professors from Oslo and Akerhus University College.
  • The teacher involved in the mobility were active in developing the brand new study BA programme “European integration and global development” to be offered already in autumn 2017. The study programme included the new courses designed during and after mobility.

The project created basis of knowledge and experience in order to establish a stable international basis for programmes of excellence that are envisaged for especially well-prepared and motivated applicants and students.  It is vital to note that research collaboration within the framework of this Project provided younger researchers with an excellent opportunity to work side by side with more experienced colleagues from the two countries, which will further contribute to the transfer of knowledge.

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Susplace

Sustainable place-shaping is framed within a relational approach to place. Places are seen as the in time and space differentiated outcomes, shaped at the intersection of unbound ecological, political-economic and socio-cultural ordering processes.

The ASPRI is supervising two ESR research projects - on place branding and on social economy and social entrepreneurship.

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SUSPLACE is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network funded by the European Commission. SUSPLACE will train 15 Early Stage Researchers in innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to study and further enhance sustainable place-shaping practices. The project runs four years from October, 1 2015 until September 30, 2019. The 15 Early Stage Researches are appointed for three years, starting from April 1, 2016.

SUSPLACE brings together six academic and seven non-academic partners from seven European countries and is coordinated by the Rural Sociology Group of Wageningen University.

Sustainable place-shaping is framed within a relational approach to place. Places are seen as the in time and space differentiated outcomes, shaped at the intersection of unbound ecological, political-economic and socio-cultural ordering processes. Places are mutually shaped and reshaped and interconnected by these (trans)formation processes. Although places do have some endurance, they are dynamic and always under construction.

Transformation processes have so far provoked many unsustainabilities in and across places, such as inequalities, exclusion, poverty, economic shrinkage, resource depletion, ecological hazards and food insecurity. Nowadays we witness a wide array of citizens’ initiatives developing sustainable practices and building the capacities to transform their place according to their ideas, needs and demands.

The ASPRI is supervising two ESR research projects - on place branding and on social economy and social entrepreneurship. Two ESRs - Alanna Higgins and Elgars Felcis started their work under guidance of professor Tālis Tisenkopfs and associate professor Baiba Bela.

LIVINGMEMORIES

Researchers of 6 universities from Finland, Russia, Estonia, Turkey, Latvia and Germany have joined in interdisciplinary project about the problematic in social memories, prints of conflicts and protest movements in memory and identity. More information

Vita Zelče, professor of FSS and director of Social Memory Reseach Centre, is currently taking part in “LIVINGMEMORIES”. Researchers of 6 universities from Finland, Russia, Estonia, Turkey, Latvia and Germany have joined in interdisciplinary project about the problematic in social memories, prints of conflicts and protest movements in memory and identity. Project is part of the program aimed at encouraging EU and Russian scientists’ cooperation.

Research group of University of Latvia analyzed society’s life after violent conflicts, the occupation, the Holocaust and repressions that led to the traumatic experience and the formation of new ways of living and practices of maintaining and reproducing memory.
Within the project researchers of partner universities published several collective monographs and scientific articles in the international and local journals and developed recommendations for the improvement of memory politics.

MISOCO

Finished

The programme seeks to explore the critical elements of international migration and the incorporation of immigrants in the society of destination.

The general aim of the Master programme in International Migration and Social Cohesion was to educate students and create international dialogue among students, professionals and policy makers who will understand advanced issues of contemporary international migration  and who will be able to translate perceived societal problems into relevant social scientific research questions in order to contribute to the solution of such problems. More specifically, the programme seeks to explore the critical elements of international migration and the incorporation of immigrants in the society of destination.

MISOCO offered studies in three Universities during the Master course, interdisciplinary training, and direct cooperation with organizations and networks working in the field. This Master has five cohorts of students from 2010 until 2016.

SUSTINNO

Innovation and sustainable development: Latvia’s post-crisis experience in a global context. More information

Project “Social dimension of sustainability and social innovation” is project under State research programme SUSTINNO. The project goals are in-depth analysis of Latvia’s post-crisis social problems, the options to overcome these problems and their impact on sustainable social and regional development, with a particular focus on contribution of social innovation to population’s securitability and community’s resilience. As well as in-depth study of reduction of poverty, social exclusion and inequality, analysis of the legal framework that sets obligations to ensure sustainable development and the governance system's ability to deal with the social problems effectively.

SIforAGE

Social innovation on active and healthy ageing for sustainable economic growth. By introducing the evidence-based policymaking, through training activities with policymakers, the aim is to address future shaping of ageing research programs and funding schemes. By developing the supporting tools and mechanisms for the active and healthy ageing, the aim is to empower society, especially older people.

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“Social innovation on active and healthy ageing for sustainable economic growth” (SIforAGE) is a European project of the VII Framework Programme, Science-in-Society 2012-2016) which aims at promoting Active and Healthy Ageing (AHA) in society, by strengthening cooperation between researchers, product- and service-developers, policy-makers, civil society organisations, and society in general. By introducing the evidence-based policymaking, through training activities with policymakers, the aim is to address future shaping of ageing research programs and funding schemes. By developing the supporting tools and mechanisms for the active and healthy ageing, the aim is to empower society, especially older people.

SIforAGE is carried out by a consortium of 17 highly experienced and knowledgeable partners including, among others, research institutions, universities, local and regional authorities, market oriented consultants and civil society organisations.

ASPRI researchers Dr. Anna Stepčenko, associated professor Dr. Baiba Bela and assistant professor Dr. Līga Rasnača have been involved in the development of social innovation incubator, research activities on engagement and evidence based policy making, as well as in the mutual learning activities with policy makers.

BOBCATSSS

Annual conference for library and information science students. Organized by students themselves, every year it is held in another country. More information

BOBCATSS, first held in 1993, is an annual student symposium with themes relating to library and information science. Organized by students, every year it is held in another place.
Our Information and library students have actively participated in BOBCATSSS since 2000. Students make all kinds of researches and projects in different formats (papers, workshops, posters and pecha-kucha).
In Lyon 2016 our students Elīna Sniedze and Lelde Petrovska won the best workshop award for their workshop „Roleplaying in libraries. Promoting reading for children".

CHIBOW

Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) supports a new generation of researchers to advance the knowledge base of the lived experiences of Children Born of War (CHIBOW) in a variety of 20th century conflict and post-conflict situations.

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