Rural Depopulation and the Governance of Education
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In the light of rural depopulation and decreasing number of school children, the overall objective of the project is to provide scientifically reliable information on processes in rural communities in Latvia and Norway, particularly on education governance in shrinking communities.

The project aims to explore and compare different models of education governance, and evaluate their efficiency in adequately ensuring the education needs of children and needs of communities in shrinking rural areas.

The scientifically reliable information, acquired in our project, will have a potential of applicability in the development of the policies of the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development and local municipalities in Latvia and Norway.

The joint development of theoretical framework and comparable methodology, scientific publications co-authored by researchers in Latvia together with researchers from Norway, the discussion of research results in scientific conferences and in wider audiences, will strengthen research capacity in Latvia and increase application of research results through research cooperation between Norway and Latvia.


Project profile

Full title:
Rural Depopulation and the Governance of Education: Comparative Study of Latvia and Norway

Implementation period:
September 2015 – February 2017

Project director:
Inta Mieriņa, Dr. sc. soc. / Inese Šūpule, Dr. sc. soc. (November 2015 – May 2016)


Contract number:


  • € 279,345 jointly funded by
  • European Economic Area grants / Norway grants (the funding programme administrator in Latvia – State Education Development Agency) and The Republic of Latvia (92,5%);
  • Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, University of Latvia and Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research (7,5%).



Norway grants | Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, University of Latvia | Norwegian Institute of Urban and Regional Research


Information about Norway Grants in Latvia



Added: 07.09.2015     Last changes: 08.01.2017
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