REGI is a unit of the Faculty of Education, Languages, and Design. It is the only scientific institution in the Baltics dealing with the development of regional studies as a new scientific area, implementing regional policy of the European Union and promoting the development and sustainability of the region.
Fields of science
Humanities and arts
Medical and Health sciences
REGI goal: carry out interdisciplinary studies in the fields of humanities and social sciences ensuring the study of Latgale region in the Latvian, European and global context; develop the scientific base of the institute; promote practical implementation, commercialization and integration of research results into the academic process, as well as education of the community.
REGI is a part of the general structure of the scientific activity of RTA and operates in accordance with the scientific strategy guidelines of RTA, which include short-term and long-term goals (Strategy of Scientific Activity 2019-2023).
Research at REGI covers the following fields:
Thus, research at REGI covers:
The scientific activity of REGI is closely related to the national science, technology and innovation development guidelines and goals for 2014–2020, which is a part of the Smart Specialisation Strategy in the national development planning system and promotes the achievement of the goals set forth in the national long-term and medium-term policy planning documents. Since the overarching goal of the science, technology and innovation policy is the development of the knowledge base and innovative capacity of Latvia and the coordination of the innovation system, REGI activity relies on three primary factors:
1) REGI uses external knowledge and technologies to strengthen its own innovations (active participation of researchers in conferences and international projects ensures the integration of external knowledge and technologies into its innovative research),
2) REGI creates value from innovation designed internally which is not used in its own work immediately (researchers with innovative ideas and scientific methodology are invited for the fulfilment of contract work at the international and national level, for example, the contract with Palgrave Macmillan publisher, the Latvian Language Agency, the Ministry of Education and Science, etc.). The innovation process is also available to people with experience in other interdisciplinary fields (e.g., State Research Programme INOSOCTEREHI; INTERREG LAT-LIT project POZCOPING etc.).