Our implemented applied research projects

2019
Oct
2019
Jul
Analysis of existing support instruments and development of proposals for the tourism sector within the BRANDTour project of the Interreg Europe programme - EKOSOC-LV

The in-depth expertise study "Analysis of existing support instruments and development of proposals for the tourism sector within the BRANDTour project of the Interreg Europe programme" foresees an analysis of the situation of existing support instruments and the development of conceptual proposals for policy development in the tourism sector within the BRANDTour Interreg Europe programme.

Aim of the study: The study is intended as an in-depth expertise study, which consists of three parts:

1) an assessment of the support instruments (including financial) developed and implemented during the current programming period (2014-2020), their impact and the results achieved;

2) research and analysis of good practices from the BRANDTour project;

3) development of conceptual proposals for the development of tourism sector and for the introduction of BRANDTour good practices to be implemented in Latvia.

Time of implementation: July - September 2019

Total budget: EUR 11 877.36

More about the project: Agita Līviņa, Senior Researcher, Director of HESPI (agita.livina@va.lv)

2018
Dec
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
Dec
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)

2018
Nov
2018
Feb
Vidzeme Tourism Development Strategy 2018-2025 - EKOSOC-LV

Interreg Europe program project CHRISTA - Culture and Heritage for Responsible, Innovative and Sustainable Tourism Actions (project no. PGI00057) is implemented with the support of ERDF.

Within the framework of the project ViA HESPI has agreed to develop Vidzeme Tourism Development Strategy 2018-2025 (Procurement No. VTA 2018/1 INTERREG EUROPE).

Project period: February 5, 2018 - November 30, 2018.

Total budget: EUR 19735,10

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

2018
Oct
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
Oct
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)

2018
Oct
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.

2017
Nov
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
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)

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
Nov
2014
Nov
5.2.6. Social and political transformations in Latvia in the post-crisis period - EKOSOC-LV
Project manager - Dr.sc.pol. Felicana Rajevska, Institute of Social, Economic and Humanities Research of Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences.
Involved researchers from our instituion are A.Broka, D.Stāvausis and master students.
2014
Nov
2014
Nov
5.2.8. Cultural environment development, preservation of the nature diversity and urbanisation processes within the context of the balanced development of Latvia - EKOSOC-LV
Project manager - Dr.sc.pol., Dr.oec. Agita Līviņa, Institute of Social, Economic and Humanities Research of Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences.
Involved researchers from our instituion are J.Buholcs, J.Kalnačs, B.Paškevica, L.Veliverronena, J.Smaļinskis, I.Grīnfelde and our master students.
2014
Nov
2014
Nov
5.2.2. The Development of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Latvia in compliance with the Smart Specialisation Strategy - EKOSOC-LV
Project manager - Dr.oec.. Nataļja Lāce, Riga Technical University.
Involved researcher from our instituion is M.Leščevica and our master student.
2014
Nov
2014
Nov
5.2.3. Processes of Latvian rural and regional development and possibilities within the framework of economy - EKOSOC-LV
Project manager - Dr.habil.oec. Baiba Rivža, Latvia University of Agriculture.
Involved researchers from our instituion are S.Rozentāle, G.Krūmiņš, M.Ore, V.Melbārde and external researcher I.Krūmiņa.
 
The project results include a publication "Smart people: region process analysis"  in 9th International Scientific Conference “New Challenges of Economic and Business Development – 2017: Digital Economy”: Riga, Latvia, May 18-20, 2017. Proceedings of Reports. Riga: University of Latvia, 2017, pp. 347 - 356
 
2014
Nov
2014
Nov
5.2.9. Impact of social awareness changes on sustainable provision of ecosystem services - EKOSOC-LV
Project manager - Dr.biol. Inese Kokina, Daugavpils University.
Involved researchers from our instituion are A.Klepers and I.Druva-Druvaskalne.
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.