Newly recruited ESR Andris Šuvajevs has started June 1

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 … Read more

Using GIS in social science research

By Alanna K. Higgins Recently, I completed an online class titled “Fundamentals of GIS” run by UC Davis through Coursera. I wanted to learn about GIS (Geographic Information Systems) for my SUSPLACE research looking at the interactions between the social economy and alternative food initiatives. You may be asking yourself what use GIS is for … Read more

Early Stage Researcher position ‘Social Economy, Social Entrepreneurship’ vacant again

The SUSPLACE Early Stage Researchers (ESR) position ‘Social economy, social entrepreneurship’ is vacant again. The current ESR accepted another position. We are looking for an Early Stage Researcher to be appointed for the remaining 24 months. The ESR position is hosted by the Latvia University – Faculty of Social Sciences. The position is open for … Read more

ESRS Autumn School 2016 – Researching Globalization in a Rural Context

By Alanna K. Higgins From the 3rd to 7th of October I – along with my fellow ESRs Lorena Axinte, Catia Rebelo, and Alessandro Vasta – attended the biennial ESRS Autumn School. This year’s school was facilitated by Prof. Michael Woods and the Global-Rural Research group from Aberystwyth University. The School focused on examining globalization … Read more

Presenting on social economy concepts in Latvia

By Alanna K. Higgins Earlier this week, I gave a talk entitled “Social Economy: A Primer” at a local training course co-hosted by Zala Briviba and the Latvian branch of the EU project “Sustainable and Solidarity Economy” (SUSY). The course “When money is not essential? Local and global solutions of social and solidarity economy” was … Read more

XIV World Congress of Rural Sociology: Debating peasantries, envisioning real utopias, and the all-important interdisciplinary perspective

By Alanna Higgins From the 10th to 14th of August, over 700 delegates met at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada for the XIV World Congress of Rural Sociology. The theme of the conference was “Sustainable and Just Rural Transitions: Connections and Complexities”; with 78 regular sessions and panels, excursions, and other events happening throughout the … Read more