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Posted on May 10, 2018

Improving Quality Standards in Large Scale Surveys

Mareks Niklass, PhD in Sociology, is a Lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Latvia, and a Researcher at Advanced Social and Political Institute. He received the 2017 AABS Mudīte I. Zīlīte Saltups Fellowships Grant, to spend the month of October at NORC at the University of Chicago. NORC is a leading research institute responsible for the organization of survey studies like International Social Survey Program (ISSP) and General Social Survey (GSS) in the US. In May 2016, I became ISSP’s coordinator in Latvia. The purpose of my visit at NORC was to learn more about quality standards, fieldwork organization and non-response in large scale surveys like ISSP and GSS. In addition, the visit gave me an opportunity to get to know world-renowned scientists in the fields of survey methodology, behavioral economics, game theory and computational social science.  These contacts will lead to further cooperation with NORC. I was also able to attend the Donald J. Bogue Demography Workshop organized by NORC on issues of response and...

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Posted on May 1, 2017

Historical institutions → Culture → Socioeconomic development

  Alise Vitola is a post-doctoral researcher, graduated from the Riga Technical University, Latvia. She received a 2016 Mudīte I. Zīlīte Saltups Award for a research visit to Indiana University for her project “Institutions & Regional Development in the Baltic States”. In my research I focus on the regional institutional differences in the Baltic region. I explore the lasting effects of the historical institutions on the contemporary economic development and societal values by exploring a following sequence: Historical institutions → Culture → Socioeconomic development. Currently I study the long run effects of the historical German presence in the Baltic region. Are localities with a higher share of German historical population more inclined to be wealthy today? Did the German colonizers bring individualist values such as high levels of work ethic, self­initiative and trust? Furthermore, I explore the overlapping German, Swedish, Polish and Russian legacies as an additional basis for divergent development paths in the Baltic regions. With the AABS research grant I was able to visit the Indiana University,...

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Posted on Jun 16, 2015

A Passion for Better Science and Innovation

  Anete Vitola is the 2015 Mudīte I. Zīlīte Saltups Postgraduate and Post-Doctoral Fellowship. My research is about science and innovation policy. I have finalized my dissertation research on multi-level science and innovation policy mixes in the European Union. I’m interested in continuing my research in other contexts than the EU. While attention to science and innovation policy typically focuses on the national level, in the United States, it is often intergovernmental, involving state governments, industry labs, and university research units.  My plan for the short term research visit will be to interact with science and innovation policy researchers in the U.S. regarding this complex intergovernmental setting, and also to share the results of my dissertation research and plans for future research directions. I will perform my research at the School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech. Specific activities of the short term research visit will include interviews with researchers at School of Public Policy, at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The purpose of these interviews will be to...

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Posted on May 5, 2015

Congratulations to 2015 AABS Grant Recipients!

  AABS announces the recipients of 2015 fellowships: Research Grants for Emerging Scholars Mart Kuldkepp, Tartu University Jānis Grundmanis Postgraduate Fellowship for Study in the U. S. Elina Ruka, Columbia College, Chicago The Aina Birnitis Dissertation-Completion Fellowship in the Humanities for Latvia Indra Purs, Latvian University of Agriculture Mudīte I. Zīlīte Saltups Postgraduate and Post-Doctoral Fellowship Anete Vitola, University of...

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Posted on Jan 17, 2015

A Passion for Better Science and Innovation Policies

Anete Vitola, University of Latvia is the recipient of the 2015 Mudīte I. Zīlīte Saltups Postgraduate and Post-Doctoral Fellowship. My research is about science and innovation policy. I have finalized my dissertation research on multi-level science and innovation policy mixes in the European Union. I’m interested in continuing my research in other contexts than the EU. While attention to science and innovation policy typically focuses on the national level, in the United States it is often intergovernmental, involving state governments, industry labs, and university research units.  My plan for the short term research visit will be to interact with science and innovation policy researchers in the U.S. regarding this complex intergovernmental setting, and also to share the results of my dissertation research and plans for future research directions. I will perform my research at the School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech. Specific activities of the short term research visit will include interviews with researchers at School of Public Policy, at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The purpose of...

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Posted on Nov 15, 2014

The Baltic Countries in U.S. and French Foreign Policy

The 2014 recipient of the Saltups Fellowship for short-term study or research in the United States is Una Bergmane.  She recently updated AABS on how the fellowship supported her dissertation research. In the doctoral thesis that I’m completing at Sciences Po Paris (Paris Institute of Political Sciences), I compare the US and French foreign policy facing Baltic claims for independence in the crucial years of 1989-1991. My work is focused on the process of foreign policy making, thus I am analyzing how state and non-state actors shaped American and French answers to the Baltic Question. My work follows the first steps of Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian diplomacy in 1990/1991 and discusses the Baltic Diaspora’s contribution to the second Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian independence. The Saltups scholarship is instrumental in providing the funding for my last trip to the archives of the US George Bush Library in Texas and National Security archives in Washington before submitting my thesis this...

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