Ongoing Projects

SUSPLACE

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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

Project “LIVINGMEMORIES” is an interdisciplinary social science and humanities project, which focuses on problematic social memory, as well as on the imprints of conflicts and protest movements on memory and identity.

Visit project’s webpage: http://www.livingmemories-era.net/

Within the project research groups from University of Helsinkups from University of Helsinki, which is the leading partner, Perm National Polytechnic University, University of Tartu, Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main, Koç University in Istanbul and University of Latvia are working together. The task of the research group of University of Latvia will be to analyze 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. The leader of University of Latvia team is Professor, Dr. hist. Vita Zelče. This is the first social science and humanities project that is implemented in the program ERA.NET RUS PLUS (EU-FP7). This is the European Union’s 7th Framework Program, which focuses on the promotion of European Union member state scientific cooperation with Russian scientists.

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.

More information: http://www.siforage.eu & http://www.mutualearning.net/cms/

“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.

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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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