As of June 1 2017 Andris Šuvajevs has been appointed for 24 months as Early Stage Researcher by Latvia University at the project Social economy, social entrepreneurship. In the time to come he has to catch up the other ESR and the SUSPLACE project, although he cannot redo all we did so far. So he has to find his own way and see what he can do in 24 months. He will for sure be participating in the SUSPLACE Autumn School in Aveiro. Below Andris briefly introduces himself:
As the newly-appointed ESR at SUSPLACE, I will be exploring the notion of social economy and the practice of social entrepreneurship. Drawing from my previous academic experiences in Glasgow and Oxford, I will carry out an ethnographic consideration of, what are usually believed to be, alternative and supplementary economic practices that go beyond the normative visions and understandings of market rationality and capitalist relations of production.
The research will be carried out in my hometown Riga, Latvia. It will contain a significant historical dimension to it with Latvia being a classic post-socialist country engulfed in austerity politics. It thus hopes to contribute to the broader debates on economic theory, neoliberal morality and social value.