Dr.soc., Prof. Talis Tisenkopfs is the Director of the Baltic Studies Centre in Riga and professor of sociology and director of PhD programme at University of Latvia.
His research focuses on innovation processes in agriculture and food systems, food security, food supply chains, and post-socialist transformation of agriculture and rural areas. Member of the COST Scientific Committee (2015–2019), vice-president of the European Society for Rural Sociology (2015-2017) and former independent expert on agricultural knowledge and innovation systems at European Commission, Directorate E: Biotechnologies, Agriculture, Food (2010-2011). Former editor-in-chief of Latvia Human Development Reports, published by UNDP. The Latvian team leader of 23 EU Framework and Horizon 2020 projects including AgriLink, ROBUST, PLAID, SALSA, SUFISA, TRANSMANGO and other. Member of the Expert Committee in Humanities and Social Sciences of the Latvian Council of Science (2013–2018). Supervisor of PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and Marie Sklodowska-Curie early career researcher within PUREFOOD (2010-2014) and SUSPLACE (2015-2019) training programmes.
Author and co-author of numerous international scientific journal publications. The Latvian Academy of Sciences Award in sociology (2011); the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Award for excellence in quality of analysis and policy impact of the Latvia Human Development Report (1999).
Experience with H2020 research and innovation projects, comparative policy analysis and multi-stakeholder collaboration in research and innovation.