My research interests lie in the interpersonal and intercultural aspects of human communication with a special focus on the communication of identity in various contexts e.g. education and migration. I am currently working as a lecturer in the Faculty of Society and Science at Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences where I teach various undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of communication, media, and culture. On 2009 I received Fulbright Student Fellowship for studying towards PhD at Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, USA. There I am currently in the final stage of my doctoral studies. I have MA in Intercultural Communication from the University of Jyväskyla in Finland.
Liene Ločmele
Chair of the organizing committee
With over a decade of project management and MICE experience from both the corporate world and non-profit sector, event manager Elīna Sokolova-Luca brings a wealth of skills to this university project. Her role is focused on providing support to Vidzeme University colleagues who wish to host a conference or event with an emphasis on implementing sustainable practices in every part of the event. She develops a blueprint that covers all aspects of the following events: day conferences, summer schools, graduation ceremonies, incentive events for employees of university, non-formal educational events for the civic society and marketing events to attract new students.
Elīna Sokolova-Luca
Feliciana is a senior researcher in the Institute of Social, Economic and Humanitarian Research(HESPI) Vidzeme University of Applied Science and Emeritus professor at ViA(Latvia). In 1989-2006 she was assistant professor/associate professor at the Department of Political science University of Latvia and the head of Master study program in political science (1999-2005). Her research interests include Latvia’s and European social policy and welfare state, policy analysis and policy process in Latvia. Feliciana has participated in different Council of Europe and EU projects. In 2003-2005 Rajevska was Latvian team leader in project “Poverty, Social Assistance and Social Inclusion in Latvia and Estonia” funded by the Research Council of Norway. From 2010 to 2014 Rajevska was a head of project National Identity and Human Social Security in National Research Program “National Identity”, from 2015 to 2018 she was a head of research project “Trajectories of sociopolitical transformation in post-crisis Latvia”. From 2019 her research activities are connected with research project “Values in action”.
Feliciana Rajevska
Senior researcher in the Institute of Social, Economic and Humanitarian Research(HESPI)
Jānis Buholcs is an associate professor at Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, where he teaches courses on media economics, media ethics, and online information environment. He also writes for media and participates in the Ethics committee of the Latvian Association of Journalists. Jānis' research interests include journalism studies, online civic participation, and architecture of social media.
Jānis Buholcs
Associate professor at Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences
Agnese Dāvidsone, PhD, holds a doctoral degree from University of Tartu, Estonia. Her main research field is media and digital literacies, trust and civic participation in digital environments, social media usage practices for private and professional purposes. With her enthusiastic academic team at ViA, she has established innovative study programs such as the Master's program in Media and information literacy, and the Master's program in Strategic Communication and Governance that respond to the digitalized and mediated life challenges that people face worldwide. She is actively publishing in recognized scholarly journals, and her publications on digital literacy, media literacy and teacher agency in relation to digital technology use include articles in Nordic Journal of Digital Literacy, Technology Pedagogy and Education Journal, Cyberpsychology and chapters in edited volumes.
Agnese Dāvidsone
Assistant professor, researcher and the head of communication, media and governance studies at Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences
Linda Veliverronena holds PhD in media and communication from University of Tartu, Estonia. She works as an assistant professor in Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences (Latvia) and as a researcher in the Institute of social, economic and human research of Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences. Her main research interests focus to the audience engagement studies and cultural heritage communication, consumer behaviour.
Linda Veliverronena
Assistant professor at Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences
Jana Trahimoviča is a lecturer and diplomat. From 2003 – until present (with some intervals) diplomat in the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Latvia, State President's Protocol Division (2003-2011); Parliament (the Saeima) of Latvia (2011-2013); Secretariat of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (2013-2016): Russia Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2016-2017); and 2017 until present – State Protocol, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
She is also a Protocol and etiquette expert, lecturer for academic audience and other in such fields as protocol, etiquette, intercultural etiquette, international and intercultural communication, strategic communication, public diplomacy, cultural diplomacy (Master's study programme “Diplomacy”, University of Latvia, Master's study programme “International management and cultural diplomacy”, The University of Economics and Culture, Master's study programme of Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, Latvian School of Public Administration, etc.).
Jana Trahimoviča
Lecturer and diplomat
Inese Vaivare is working with the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals since 2015 at national, European and global scale. She promotes national and local level multistakeholder cooperation, drafts reviews and recommendations, organises educational and awareness raising campaigns related to SDGs. As per her duties, she prepares opinion papers from the NGO perspective for government national positions to EU. Inese was co-presenter with the Minister of Economics on the national implementation of SDGs in 2018 in UN HLPF, New York. She also shares Latvian and European experience on SDGs implementation in events across the globe - Nepal, Chile, Russia, Switzerland, US, and runs relevant trainings and lectures on the sustainable development for youth workers, social workers, teachers, private sector, librarians and other target groups.
Inese Vaivare