Baltic Studies Centre (BSC) is a private non-profit research organisation in the field of social sciences and the leading social science institute in Latvia in the implementation of EU research and innovation projects. The main areas of BSC expertise include: food system and food supply chain analysis; agricultural knowledge and innovation systems; agricultural and rural development processes and policies; social, economic and political solutions for sustainable development. Highly skilled and motivated research personnel, professionalism in science, international networking and openness to new ideas and collaboration form the basis of BSC’s scientific performance.

BSC undertakes multidisciplinary and action-oriented research strategies and cooperates with producer organisations, policy makers, municipalities, SMEs, and other research and advisory organisations nationally and internationally. BSC is experienced with multi-actor projects in which researchers work together with non-academic partners to pursue practical innovations along with scientific investigation. The methods used in these projects include: living labs, innovation case studies, co-design of new projects and initiatives, exchange visits, stakeholder workshops, scenario labs, etc. These new forms of knowledge co-production help to materialise the objectives of the EU and national science, technology and innovation development policy towards practical innovations and development.

BSC will lead WP2, Agenskalns food hub in Riga, as well as contributing to other work packages.