INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH (HESPI) of Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences (ViA HESPI) is established in 2013 as agency and in 2015 reorganised as a unit of the university. The  Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences is recorded in Scientific Register of the Republic of Latvia since 15 July, 2015.

ViA HESPI has elaborated Development Plan 2014-2019 with main focus on developing research activities in regional development and planning, sustainable development, development of high added values products based on local resources as well as to strengthen research institution capacity and cooperation with stakeholders in the region, Latvia and neighbour countries, EU. 



To perform open and creative scientific activity based in professional academic and applied research, to make its results public and include them in the study programmes of Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, as well as promote the applicability of these results in smart community development on international, national, regional and local level.


Research areas


Sustainable economics and knowledge society:

  • development of economics and regional management
  • circular economy and environment
  • human resources development and inclusion policy
  • research of natural and cultural heritage

Communication ecosystems and technologies