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Talis Tisenkopfs

Talis Tisenkopfs
Baltic Studies Centre

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Farm advice as a key instrument of more inclusive European agricultural policies? Europe’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has broadened its objectives to integrate social issues related to cohesion, labour conditions, occupational health and inclusion. At the same time, farm advisory services have gained further importance in the CAP (Box 1). How...
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Although the Common Agricultural Policy of the European Union has broadened its objectives to integrate social issues, several hard‐to‐reach groups of farmers and workers continue to be ignored by advisory services and associated policies. Connecting with these groups has a strong potential to increase the economic and social cohesion of European a...
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Supporting new entrants in farming is an increasingly important political and practical issue in European agriculture. This article looks at a specific group of new entrants – career changers – who move into agriculture from other occupational and educational backgrounds. As they bridge several worlds, they are often important innovators. One of th...
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The complexity of contemporary territorial development challenges – such as uneven growth trajectories triggered by monocentric development, social and economic inequalities, depopulation of rural and remote territories, environmental degradation – calls for addressing them in a systemic, multi-level and cross-sectoral manner. Collaborative and par...
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Small farms are a key part of the system of food flows that happen outside of marketing channels, and which is a crucial source of food for to the most vulnerable part of the world population living in the rural or connected to the rural through family and other social links. Food Self-Provisioning (FSP) is the largest share of these informal flows...
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Increasing attention has been paid to the importance of balanced rural–urban interaction to sustainable regional development. Yet, our knowledge on the elements of network governance for such interaction is scarce. The aim of this paper is to study what kind of network governance arrangements currently exist, how they can be improved, and whether e...
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Small farms dominate the European agricultural landscape, but they are much less represented in agricultural decision-making structures than larger farms. The weak political representation of small farms diminishes the degree to which their needs are addressed in public agricultural policies and support measures. This underrepresentation has been c...
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For more than two decades market conditions for European producers have changed significantly due to liberalization and increasing price volatility. The objective of this article is to analyze how farming systems in five European countries (Denmark, Greece, France, Latvia, and the United Kingdom) have reacted to the emerging instability of the milk...
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This paper describes and reflects on the experiences of four regional living labs working on common themes of cultural connections between urban and rural areas, specifically: (i) coordination of cultural life, (ii) local and regional identities, and (iii) sustainable valorisation of cultural resources. The paper is based on case studies from four...
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ROBUST believes that creating strong, mutually supportive linkages between rural and urban areas is key to realising smart, circular and inclusive development for a sustainable Europe. This report shows how culture can be used to create and strengthen synergies between rural and urban areas. 'Culture' is a broad concept that can have several meanin...
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In contemporary societies there is a continuous process of creation and destruction of ethics. Shared norms are fuzzy, as actors tend to share core principles but interpret them differently. In this paper we analyse three cases of ethical dispute in the agri-food sector by employing the distinction between matters of fact and matters of concern pro...
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Rather than having a consistent food policy, countries often tend to regulate food from the margins of other policy domains such as agricultural, environmental, welfare or educational policies. Regulatory interventions perceive food as an instrument rather than a domain with its own specific set of policy issues and view food provision as an activi...
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The contribution of small farms to local food supply, food security and food sovereignty is widely acknowledged at a global level. In the particular case of Europe, they often are seen as an alternative to large and specialised farms. Assessing the real role of small farms has been limited by a lack of information, as small farms are frequently omi...
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The widespread transformations in farming practices during recent decades across many parts of Europe – increased capital intensity, scale enlargement, specialization, intensification and mechanization have been accompanied by a quite dramatic shift towards more standardized agricultural information and knowledge. Previous research reveals that tra...
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This paper explores the connections between farm modernisation, rural development and the resilience of agricultural and rural systems. The paper starts by ascertaining why agricultural and food systems need to change systemically. Evidence from case studies in fourteen countries is used to explore the possibilities for, and drivers and limitations...
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The economic hardship of rural communities and the interest multinational processors have shown in local wild blueberries has facilitated the quick growth of the wild blueberry trade in Latvia. With this trade, rural areas have witnessed the emergence of new market structures and new roles supporting the sector. However, despite the growing number...
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In this article we apply the bricolage concept to compare the organisational dynamics of two alternative food networks (AFNs) in Riga and Bristol respectively. The concept “bricolage” refers to the free use of any materials at hand. Bricoleurs accept that these materials might not be ideal, but nevertheless use them as long as they offer characteri...
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The report explores structures and opportunities for small and medium-size agricultural holdings that are not well incorporated in the mainstream market. The resilience potential and trajectories of small farms is analysed in conjunction with innovation and valorisation of local knowledge. The scale of the case is nation-wide (whole of Latvia), wit...
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This paper focuses on the phenomenon of multifunctional urban food initiatives (MUFIs) and how, using food as a vehicle, they provide integrative solutions for a number of social, environmental and economic problems in European cities. Through an in-depth investigation of three MUFIs in the UK, Latvia, and Belgium, the paper aims to increase unders...
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This paper focuses on the phenomenon of multifunctional urban food initiatives (MUFIs) and how, using food as a vehicle, they provide integrative solutions for a number of social, environmental and economic problems in European cities. Through an in-depth investigation of three MUFIs in the UK, Latvia, and Belgium, the paper aims to increase unders...
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The goal of this paper is twofold: to comparatively analyze the social performance of global and local berry supply chains and to explore the ways in which the social dimension is embedded in the overall performance of food supply chains. To achieve this goal, the social performance of five global and local food supply chains in two countries are a...
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This paper summarizes the main findings of the GLAMUR project which starts with an apparently simple question: is “local” more sustainable than “global”? Sustainability assessment is framed within a post-normal science perspective, advocating the integration of public deliberation and scientific research. The assessment spans 39 local, intermediate...
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This article traces changes in household food consumption patterns comparing the late Soviet period and the present day based on household interviews and interpretive analysis. We reconstruct and visualize four foodscapes from households of varying socioeconomic contexts, based on their memories of food consumption prior to the breakup of the Sovie...
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This article critically reflects on the literature that addresses the complexity of food systems, which is often caught in application of simplistic binary oppositions of local vs. global, short vs. long, sustainable vs. intensive, etc. It then goes on to show, through a case study analysis of food-system discourses in Latvia how the binary opposit...
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This report forms part of the deliverables from a project called "IMPRESA" which has been awarded financial support by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme. The project aims to evaluate the impact of EU research on agriculture, collecting data on recent trends in investment in agricultural research, and developing a framework c...
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Purpose: The paper explores the role of boundary work and boundary objects in enhancing learning and innovation processes in hybrid multi-actor networks for sustainable agriculture (LINSA). Design/Methodology/Approach: Boundary work in LINSA is analysed on the basis of six case studies carried out in SOLINSA project under a common methodology. In d...
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Networks are increasingly viewed as entities of learning and innovation in agriculture. In this article we explore learning as issue framing in two agricultural innovation networks.We combine frame analysis and social learning theories to analyse the processes and factors contributing to frame convergence and hence improved practical collaborative...
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Learning as Issue Framing in Agricultural Innovation Networks TALIS TISENKOPFS, ILONA KUNDA and SANDRA ŠŪMANE Baltic Studies Centre, University of Latvia, Kokneses prospekts 26-2, Riga, LV 1014, Latvia ABSTRACT Purpose: Networks are increasingly viewed as entities of learning and innovation in agriculture. In this article we explore learning as iss...
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Cities have witnessed unprecedented growth during the last half of the century. This growth has resulted in several social, economic, ecological and other problems the global society faces today. The growing interest among urban and peri-urban inhabitants of food related problems and willingness to participate in the search for new ways of how to b...
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In this paper we explore alternative trajectories of agricultural modernization and rural resilience. We do this at a time when the agricultural sector must respond to an increasing scarcity of natural resources, challenges like climate change, urbanization, demographic change, food security, con-sumer demands, distributional issues in food value c...
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There is growing recognition that the technological and organizational solutions the agricultural sector has undertaken in the past are not always compatible with the constraints and opportunities that the rural economy and society will face in the future. This has generated an increased emphasis on transition towards new business, and technologica...
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This article addresses the re-birth of co-operative and other mutual ini-tiatives in Central and East Europe after the collapse of socialism and its central-ized attempts to impose forms of co-operation on the countryside. The central theoretical question is: how is collectivity rebuilt and why does this process face great difficulties in post-comm...
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The article looks at the post-socialist countryside as a created field constructed through the discourses and practices of different actors. Despite the fact that small-scale holdings are the major outcome of agricultural reform, and subsistence oriented farmers constitute the bulk of the rural population, there are a variety of other actors in the...
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In 1998 Human Development Report explored the relathionship and interaction between the individual, state, and the private sector.
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Atskatoties uz aizvadīto 1998. gadu un izvērtējot, ko tas devis Latvijas tautas attīstībai, varam secināt, ka šis gads sev līdzi nesis arvien skaidrāku izpratni par vērtībām, kuru pieņemšana un iedzīvināšana mmsu sabiedrības ikdienā nostiprina Latvijas kā demokrātiskas Eiropas valsts identitāti. Sabiedrībā padzi∫inājies dialogs par ce∫iem, kā izvei...
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This article attempts to investigate the formation of children's ethnicity through analysis of childhood life stories. Examining childhood memories of people of different nationalities living in Latvia, the article focuses on certain questions. How does ethnicity appears to a young child? How do children come to understand the meaning of their own...

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The Project is aimed at generating and consolidating cross-sectoral and transdisciplinary knowledge through a participatory multi-actor approach to promote user-centred solutions in regional food systems, rural-urban interfaces, and rural digitalisation. The Project builds upon the quadruple helix framework and will integrate evidence-based findings from previous Horizon2020 (AgriLink, DESIRA, PLAID, ROBUST, SALSA) and national (SINFO, TRUSt) projects carried out by BSC to collaboratively design viable and applicable solutions for smart and sustainable territorial development. This will be achieved by a) synthesising findings from various projects and translating them in a user-oriented form, b) organising thematic cross-sectoral and multi-actor workshops with representatives of researchers, industry, government organisations, civil society, and students, and employing participatory role-playing games that will lead to the alignment of different stakeholder interests and joint novel insights. The Project will advance scientific knowledge on collaborative approaches for sustainable development, generate impacts in targeted fields of Latvia's smart specialization and development (sustainable food systems, sustainable management of natural resources, balanced territorial development) through improved stakeholders’ networking, joint knowledge base and practice guides, and develop Responsible Research and Innovation capacity of students and post-doctoral researchers.
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The project SINFO is based on a combination of two major strands of research - innovation studies and food studies. The main objectives of the project are (i) to improve scientific understanding of social innovation in food provision, and (ii) to explore conditions, frameworks and scenarios for enabling practical innovations towards sustainable food production and consumption in Latvia.
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The SYSTEMIC network will bring together scientists and practitioners from different disciplines and expertise on different parts of the food system to explore cross-cutting solutions, identify knowledge gaps and develop pathways for a food system transformation, which is climate-resilient and able to cope with societal challenges.