Our implemented applied research projects

2016
Aug
2016
Mar
Scientific research: Opportunities of self-governments to influence development of local economy - EKOSOC-LV

Contracting authority: The Latvian association of Local and Regional Governments. Research team: A.Līviņa, V.Valtenbergs, I.Liepiņa and master student R.Rozenbergs, an external researcher Inga Vilka, Linda Veliverronena, Jaris Vaeliverronen.

Summary of the research 

2016
Jan
2015
Nov
Research “Preparation of input to the VASAB review "Development of Cities in the Baltic Sea Region"” - EKOSOC-LV

Contracting authority: The State Regional Development Agency. Research team: V.Valtenbergs, I.Druva-Druvaskalne, A.Līviņa, A.Klepers and an external researcher J.Turlajs (Ltd. Jāņa seta).

Research report is available here!

2015
Jun
2015
Feb
Research „Implementation of local development strategy and contribution for the territory development organised by „Cēsu district rural partnership”" - EKOSOC-LV

Contracting authority: Cēsu district rural partnership”. Research team: A.Broka, S.Rozentāle, A.Līviņa and an external expert K.Ročāns.

2015
Apr
2014
Nov
Report of challenges, economic development potential of small and medium sized towns and it impacts on common development territorial development in scale of Latvia, European Union - EKOSOC-LV
Contracting authority: Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia. Involved researchers: V.Valtenbergs, A.Līviņa, our student L.Bērzkalne, an external researcher I.Vilka and sub-contracting authority European Urban Knowledge Network (Belgium).
 
2014
Oct
2014
Jun
Research about outcomes of Local research strategy of Madona County Fund from 2009-2013 - EKOSOC-LV

Contracting authority: Madona County Fund.  Research team: S.Rozentāle, A.Līviņa.

2014
Sep
2014
Jun
Elaboration of future cooperation modeli for tourism route Via Hanseatica - EKOSOC-LV

Contracting authority: Vidzeme Planning Region. Research team: J.Buholcs, B.Paškevica and A.Līviņa, sub-contracting authority Ltd. „Nocticus” A.Klepers, I.Kucina.

On-going research

2017
Sep
Integrated Design of Techno-Social Systems: Next Generation of Tourism Monitoring in Latvia - EKOSOC-LV

 

 

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The aim of the research project is the development of ICT-based, new, productive technological algorithms for measuring economic effects of tourism for two digital application prototypes as a single and new digital computing tool in research e-environment.

The project is an industrial study, which will result in generating algorithms and technological solutions to achieve a productive and efficient performance of a prototype, integrating traditional (including mobile) and large data sets. The main objectives of the research:

  • The feasibility study of the research field, during which a conceptual, scientifically substantiated strategic and tactical model of the research is developed;
  • The development of the prototype architectural model and the prototype itself;
  • A pilot test of the prototype with its first publication in the planned research e-environment, performing monitoring of the operation of technological algorithms, problem identification and the investigation of their development possibilities and adjustments;
  • A repeated test of the prototype in the planned research e-environment, evaluating its operation and performance according to various parameters;
  • The conclusion of the research with the description of the prototype algorithm and technological solutions, and performance results.

During the research several popular science, international scientific publications and presentations of the research results, as well as international mobility events are planned.

Project partner: Ltd. "Sapere Aude".

The research project is implemented with the post-doctoral research support (ERDF).

Project Manager: HESPI Researcher Dr.oec. Iluta Berzina (iluta.berzina(at)va.lv).

Project Number : 1.1.1.2/VIAA/1/16/110

 

2017
Sep
Leveraging ICT Product Innovations by Enhancing Codes of Modern Art - EKOSOC-LV

 

 

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The scientific objective of the project is research in the field of ICT and modern art in Latvia in order to find new ideas to benefit ICT rooted in the contemporary cultural tradition that has already lasted over one hundred years and which embodies the basic intellectual codes of today.

The aim of this project is to form a new methodology of ICT products’ creation using knowledge of the theory of modern art (hereinafter – TMA) and its subsequent postmodernity expression, paving the way for a novel approach to culturally based digital production. The planned action is to experimentally create models, prototypes and examples of ICT as bearers of intellectual capital and analyze existing products while forming this kind of methodology. The impact of the new ICT methodology is a transfer of knowledge about contemporary artworks into ICT.

Thus, it is an impact on the Latvian digital society as knowledge about modern art that is insufficient at present. The major deliverable of this project will be a new methodology for the translation of art codes into ICT products, taking into account that the ICT and TMA are specifically segregated / unconnected fields and today’s interdisciplinary scientific approach demands their crosscutting.

Key words: knowledge society, knowledge value chain, modernism, hidden culture codes, ICT product development, intellectual capital, creative industries.

Project partner: Ltd. "Sapere Aude".

The research project is implemented with the post-doctoral research support (ERDF).

Project Manager: HESPI Researcher Dr.art. Ieva Gintere (ieva.gintere(at)va.lv)

Project Number : 1.1.1.2/VIAA/1/16/106

2017
Sep
Tourism Intelligence Latvia - EKOSOC-LV

 

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The aim of the research project is using advantages of ICT development to create GIS solutions-based tourism intelligence platform of market information, providing analyses and forecasts of pan-Baltic Big Data representing cross-sectoral industry performance in multi-destination levels to improve competitiveness of Latvia in export markets and facilitate regional development.

Tourism Intelligence Latvia (TourInteLV) is a project using participatory research, integrated across the fields of ICT and GIS mapping, the social sciences and complexity science, to empower stakeholders from tourism industry to make strategic and responsible decisions for their future. The project will bring together, on a pan-Baltic level, Big Data with new modelling and new form of interaction leading to a comprehensive understanding of tourism connectivity and society involved in travel and its co-evolution with technology. It is aimed to provide one-stop platform for market intelligence to strengthen competitiveness of businesses and destination management organizations (DMO), especially on a regional level. Even more ubiquitous communication and sensing blur the boundaries between the physical and digital spheres, creating unparalleled opportunities for better understanding the socio-economic processes of tourism in holistic spatial extent. Data from public statistics, open or professional sources and data available from geo-located mobile devices will be integrated in the maps and visualizations. Technology melds maps with data and well-designed information to see the human geography and raising mobility in a smarter way. New public resource will help for public institutions and enterprises to aggregate, access query and understand vast amounts of data and forecast promoting innovative approaches.

The objectives of the research:

  • To establish solid theoretical base for goal-oriented applied research including human geography, social sciences and complexity science with participatory research methods, ICT and GIS modelling techniques for in-depth analyses of tourism phenomena.
  • To analyse reliable Big Data sources and possibilities of smart converting them into customized and accurate information flow for industry development needs, arranging legal issues about usage of data.
  • To develop holistic GIS solutions based tourism intelligence platform model with accurate well-designed visualizations and customized forecast options.
  • Develop adaptive ICT based tool for measuring of tourism flow in space, time and customer behaviour context supplementing insight of quantitative information reached in the first objectives.
  • Disseminate research results and promote strategic usage of them among the industry and involve in active participation.

Planned results: A research project implemented internationally and discussed in the industry with an up-to-date theoretical basis for solving the problem. A developed socio-technical systems model and ICT solution with practical application, scientifically substantiated and developed with precise involvement of large-scale data.

The research project is implemented with the post-doctoral research support (ERDF).

Project Manager: HESPI Researcher Dr.geogr. Andris Klepers (andris.klepers(at)va.lv).

Project Number : 1.1.1.2/VIAA/1/16/100

2017
Sep
MAximised MoBility and Accessibility of Services in Regions Affected by Demographic Change (MAMBA) - EKOSOC-LV

Research project "MAximised MoBility and Accessibility of Services in Regions Affected by Demographic Change" (MAMBA) is implemented in within Interreg Baltic Sea Region programme.

Project summary: Demographic change and limited public finances endanger the accessibility of services, goods and social life in remote and rural areas of the Baltic Sea Region (BSR), contributing to an ongoing process of peripheralisation. in this context it becomes increasingly difficult for regional and local authorities to ensure Individual "people-to-service" mobility (i.e. enabling inhabitants to reach services and public goods) as public transport options are thinned out and services are concentrated In urban centres which are difficult to reach for villagers. At the same time, services which rely on mobility (e.g. home care, delivery services), i.e. "service-to-people" mobility, are becoming difficult to sustain in sparsely populated regions. Furthermore, there are prob!emetic patterns and structures of mobility that aggravate the situation: Mobility is often sector-specific and purpose-oriented (delivery, welfare, public transport etc.), and there is usually no sound concept for coordination of different mobility options, involving both transport operators and service providers. MAMBA aims to address these issues by giving both dimensions, people-to-service and service-to-people mobility, a new perspective through improved integration of mobility structures. To this end, different forms of regional and local °Mobility Centres" (MC) will be created in nine regions throughout the BSR that are all affected by demographic change, austerity and other socio-economic challenges. Based on specific mobility needs in these regions,The MCs will integrate eAsting mobility options by introducing enhanced management capacities in transport administration, providing digital and non-digital information systems for residents, creating platforms for public and private enterprises to pool transport services and facilitating cooperation between public transport actors and service providers. Selected new mobility solutions (e.g. rural carpooling, fieetsharing or mobility ass service (MaaS) wit be Initiated by the MCs as pilot actions. The transnational MAMBA partnership will exchange knowledge and test and evaluate different operational concepts for MCs which are transferable to other regions. These will be promoted to public authorities, transport and service providers through a publicly accessible knowledge database and a "rural mobility compendium". As the involvement and commitment of residents Is paramount for the sustainable success of innovative mobility solutions, MAMBA partners will monitor the acceptance of services provided or facilitated by the MCs. Furthermore, MAMBA aims to promote residents' participation In rural mobility design and to strengthen civil society by compiling a "manual for self-organized mobility" directed at grass-roots mobility Initiatives throughout the BSR. The findings regarding legal, economic and sociocultural barriers are also pointed out to policy-makers at the regional and national level with a guidance document.

Project partners: Diaconie of Schleswig Holstein (Germany), Nordregio (Sweden), Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences HESPI (Latvia), Vidzeme Planning Region (Latvia), County of Ploen (Germany), County of Cuxhaven (Germany), Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia (Finland), South Ostrobothnia Health Technology Dmelopment Centre (Finland), Regional Council of North Karelia (Finland), Vejle Municipality (Denmark), Municipality of Trelleborg (Sweden), Bielsko District (Poland), Bielsko-Biala Regional Development Agency (Poland), Institute for Climate Protection, Energy and Mobility-Law, Economics and Policy (Germany), Road Transport Administration (Latvia).

More information on the project:

HESPI director and researcher Agita Līviņa (agita.livina@va.lv)

2018
May
Study of National Parks Target Groups (Visitor Behaviour) - EKOSOC-LV

Study of National Parks Target Groups (Visitor Behaviour) is carried out within international LEADER cooperation project “Implementation of sustainable tourism development principles in national park/ protected area regions" (Project Nr.17-00-A019.333-000002)

Main task of the study is to carry out visitor survey in Gaujas National Park and Slītere National Park within "Travelers Day 2018".

Project period: May 2, 2018 - December 2, 2019.

Total budget: EUR 3630.

More information on the project: HESPI researcherIluta Bērziņa (iluta.berzina@va.lv)

2017
Aug
Integration of Third Country Nationals by Involving Mass Media - EKOSOC-LV

 

 

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The project "Integration of Third Country Nationals by Involving Mass Media" is implemented with the support of Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.

The aim of the project: to improve the information quality and the availability of content on third-country nationals provided by the mass media, thus preparing and engaging the media in a constructive dialogue and the development of mutual understanding between third-country nationals and the local community.

Project period: August 1, 2017 – December 31, 2018

Total budget: EUR 162 487,03

Target group: Representatives of Latvian mass media (journalists and editors)

Main activities:

  • to create and implement a media content management system: assessment of training needs of media workers, training plans, code of ethics, editorial guidelines;
  • to develop and implement a training program for three different groups (24 academic hours for each group);
  • to organize an experience exchange visit abroad for media representatives on the European media practice in reflecting third-country nationals;
  • to create and distribute media content that confirms the application of the content management system created in the project.

Cooperation partners:

  • Ltd. Publishing House „Rīgas Viļņi”
  • JSC „Radio SWH”
  • JSC „TV Latvija”
  • Ltd. „Vidzemes televīzija”, Latvian Regional Television „Re:TV”
  • Latvian Television
  • Ltd. „Cēsu Druva”
  • Ltd. LETA
  • Association „Latvian Platform for Development Cooperation"

More information on the project: HESPI researcher Agnese Dāvidsone (agnese.davidsone@va.lv)

More information on the project and project activities is available here!

 

2018
Sep
Project “Cult-RInG” – Cultural Routes as Investment for Growth & jobs - EKOSOC-LV

The project “Cultural Routes as Investment for Growth & jobs” is implemented with the support of ERDF.

The overall objective of the Cult-Ring project is to highlight the value of investments in European Cultural Routes, in terms of their contribution to Growth & Jobs, with capitalisation of good practices, policy learning, policy implementation, development of new Cultural Routes, monitoring and capacity building.

Within the project ViA HESPI has agreed to develop the section "Development of Cultural Routes 2019-2025" of Vidzeme Tourism Development Strategy.

Project period: September 5, 2018 - December 28, 2018.

Total budget: EUR 39688,00

More information on the project: HESPI director and senior researcher Agita Līviņa (agita.livina@va.lv)

2017
Jun
Practical Approach for Teaching Circular Economy - EKOSOC-LV

The project “Practical Approach for Teaching Circular Economy” is implemented with the support of Nordplus programme.

Project period: 15.06.2017. - 01.10.2018.

The aims of the project are to develop a joint curriculum for teaching circular economy, find out best pedagogical practices and connect labor market to development work and teaching of circular economy. Created different sized circular economy modules and best pedagogical solutions will be gathered into a common toolbox. Modules and didactic solutions can thereby be used in appropriate combinations for specific purposes.

The coordinating institution: Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Finland. 

Partner institutions:

EE-TTK University of Applied Sciences, Estonia

LV-Liepaja University, Latvia

LV-Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, Latvia

LT-Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

On September 27 – 28, 2017, Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences researchers A. Liviņa, V.Zaķis and Knowledge and Technology Centre (ZTC) project manager L.Fišere organized an international seminar for the participants of the project on the topical issues and challenges of circular economy in order to prepare an intensive study course on the circular economy. The first day of the seminar was held at the company ZAAO waste landfill in Daibe, where the company's project manager Mārtiņš Niklass introduced the participants with the company and highlighted the problems and challenges in the circular economy development. Natālija Cudecka-Puriņa from the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development explained the twists and turns in the policy development of circular economy. While the professor of Riga Technical University Tatjana Tambovceva (jointly with the professor of Banking Institution of Higher Education Dzintra Atstāja) presented the study on the circular economy in the content of business management study programmes in Latvia. Thus, triple helix model was used in practice.

The second day of the seminar took place at Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences Smart Lab with the main task of developing the content for the international study course, defining the knowledge and skills to be acquired. The work was led by ViA researcher Jana Simanovska and ViA student Armands Aivo Astukevičs helped by taking the notes during the brainstorm.

The University of Liepaja attended the seminar in a large number, as it provided the opportunity for acquiring knowledge and experience to four Master's students, including two students from Pakistan. Students were especially pleased with the opportunity to visit businesses.

The next project partners’ meeting will take place on November 13 – 15, 2017, in Kaunas in order to learn the most appropriate methods of teaching circular economy.

The programme for the seminar in ViA

Project meeting was held on 23 -25 January 2018 in Tallinn, Estonia. V.Zaķis and M.Leščevica took part in meeting. The main purpose of the meeting was to elaborate project proposal of intensice study course on circular economy for the next call of Nordplus programm. During the meeting, we had opportunity to visit company

Estonian Cell.

The programme for the meeting in Tallinn.

2018
Apr
Youth to youth about environment - EKOSOC-LV

The project “Youth to youth about environment” is implemented with the support of The Administration of Latvian Environmental Protection Fund.

                                     

The aim of the project:to implement activities in an educational and creative way that would strengthen the connection of Latvia's youth (both general education pupils and students of vocational schools and universities) with nature, linking the understanding of natural values in specially protected nature territories in Latvia with the protection of the diversity of nature and a modern vision of solutions to environmental problems.

Project period: April 20 – October 1, 2018.

Total budget: EUR 7340,64.

Main activities:

  • Creation of video about the educational campaign "The Man in the Environment"
  • Creation of a video about the project " Youth to youth about environment ";
  • An interactive event "Back in the Stone Age" and a bicycle expedition in nature “"Climate change in nature – then and now" (surroundings of Lake Lubāns, Lubana region - May 2018);
  • Educational and creative event in nature "Waste as a resource" (in the Līču-Laņģu cliffs and Lielajā Ellītē,  Priekuli region - September 2018);
  • Educational and creative event in nature "Waste as a resource" (Engures Nature Park, Engure Region - September 2018);
  • Cognitive event in nature "Nature diversity and landscapes" (in the valley of the Pededze River, surroundings of Litene - May 2018);
  • Cognitive event in nature "Nature diversity and landscapes" (in Gauja National Park - September 2018);
  • A research about young people's environmental awareness.

More information on the project: HESPI director and senior researcher Agita Līviņa (agita.livina@va.lv)

2018
Jul
Hiking Route Along the Baltic Sea Coastline in Latvia – Estonia - EKOSOC-LV

 

 

 

The project “Hiking Route Along the Baltic Sea Coastline in Latvia – Estonia” is implemented with the support of ERDF.

Project goal is to develop a hiking tourism route along the Baltic sea coastline in Estonia and Latvia. The Project product will fit into European long distance hiking network as part of the route E9.

Project period: July 17, 2018 - October 31, 2018.

Total budget: EUR 2900,00.

More information on the project: HESPI director and senior researcher Agita Līviņa (agita.livina@va.lv)

2017
Jun
Economic Policy Analysis of the USSR Occupation Period - EKOSOC-LV

Full title of the project: Information collection, evaluation and analysis, data entry, verification and revision for the identification of the number of victims and mass graves of the USSR totalitarian communist occupation regime,  for gathering information on repressions and mass deportations and for the calculation of the losses caused to the Latvian state and its people.

Project manager: HESPI researcher Dr. hist. Gatis Krūmiņš

2017
Jan
New Forms of European Citizenship in Migration Era - EKOSOC-LV

The project is funded by the programme “Europe for Citizens” (EACEA).
The involved staff: HESPI researcher A.Karaseva, ViA lectureres V.Silkāne un L.Ločmele.

European project NECME “New forms of European citizenship in migration era” has started in 16 different European countries. The project, funded under the Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union, involves 17 Civil society organizations from 16 different countries, and is coordinated by the Italian Foundation “Giovanni e Francesca Falcone”, managed by relatives and colleagues of the anti-mafia judge Giovanni Falcone who was killed in 1992. The project is aimed to explore how migration phenomena is affecting European civil society in terms of new experiences of civic engagement and active citizenship.

To had better understanding of the current situation, an international survey was launched, and almost 4000 responses were collected in all project partner countries. The results of the survey are available here: http://www.fondazionefalcone.it/files/1080_Press%20Release%2021%20April%...

The survey, elaborated by Palermo (Italy) and Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences (Valmiera – LV), made it possible to record and analyze the perception of migration and migrants in European society, also focusing on how migrants are victims of organized crime or are involved in it.

“Consistent migration flow during last years have influence on European Civil society – said Maria Falcone, president of the “Falcone Foundation” – and all of us must take an active role to overcome xenophobic, intolerant and discriminating behaviors.

Through the involvement of different stakeholders (teachers, representatives of associations and European agencies, administrators of public institutions, journalists, law enforcement, …) and the adoption of different methodologies, participants of the project will be stimulated to act, as single citizens or as organized civil society, to facilitate migrant inclusion in European society and will create synergies between civil society and public bodies, also by promoting the role of volunteering.

Besides the survey project partners will meet several times to gain better understanding of how the integration of immigrants can be achieved through the active commitment of public institutions working at local level and of organized civil society and volunteers.

More information on the project:

HESPI researcher Agnese Karaseva (agnese.karaseva@va.lv)