Liepaja University has been registered as one of the scientifical institutions in Latvia. The scientifical institution functions as four research institutes in the University, also several research centres and laboratories. The research activities are coordinated by the LiepU Scientific Council and Dr.philol. Ieva Ozola, Vice- Rector responsible for research.
Institute of Educational Sciences (IES)
Director Dina Bethere, Dr. paed.
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LiepU Institute of Educational Sciences started functioning on 1 September 2007. The IES common research theme is “Education Quality Dimensions in the Knowledge Society (2007 – 2012)”, which in compliance with different trends in education are dealt with by three research centres:
· Alternative Education Centre
· Personality Development Research Centre
· Social Work Research and Study Centre
- Sociological Research Centre
Kurzeme Institute of Humanities (KIH)
Director Anita Helviga, Dr. philol.
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LiepU Kurzeme Institute of Humanities started its activity on the 1st of September 2007. KIH has the following research fields:
· Latvian Folklore Studies
· History of Latvian Literature
· History and Theory of the Theatre and Cinema
· History and Theory of Music
· Latvian Diachronic and Synchronic Linguistics
In KIH there functions Folklore and Language Centre.
The aim and mission of the KIH is scientific research of Latvian cultural heritage, especially in Kurzeme region, research of language and current culture process. To activate and popularize regional cultural heritage. Scientists of KIH are involved in National Research programme „Letonika”, „National Identity” etc.
Institute of Science and Innovative Technologies (ISIT)
Director Armands Grickus
LiepU Institute of Science and Innovative Technologies (previous name: Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Information Technologies) started functioning on the 1st of November 2006. Its specialisation is high performance computing methods and production of mathematical models on mathematics, physics, environment and economic-physics themes.
Institute of Management Sciences (IMS)
Director Inese Lūsēna-Ezera, Dr.sc.administr.
LiepU Institute of Management Sciences (IMS) started its work on the 1st of September 2008. The IMS aim is to develop management science in compliance with the present-day European and World research experience, accentuating introduction of innovations in different branches of national economy, with a special focus on the intellectual capital impact on the development of Kurzeme region.
IMS objectives and research fields:
1. University of Liepaja contribution of the economics development of Kurzeme region;
2. Local government sector management at the territorial reform;
3. Local government supports the development of business models;
4. Educational leadership;
a. Curriculum management;
b. Application of the principle of team work;
c. Change management education
5. Knowledge management.
Institute takes part in several projects financed by Latvia-Lithuania Cross Border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013 and Europe Social Fund and Europe Regional Development Fund.
Faculty of Humanitarian sciences and Arts:
- Art Research Laboratory (MPLab)
Head Anna Priedola, Mg.art.
Art Research Laboratory was established on the 1st of November 2006 as a structural research unit of LiepU Faculty of Humanities. Its aim is to carry out scientific research in the field of new media, art, culture and education and to develop dynamic, innovative and friendly research environment. Through cooperation with the New Media Culture Centre “RIXC” Art Research Laboratory actively participates in formation and development of new media art in Liepāja.
Faculty of Management and Social Sciences:
- Psychological support Center
Faculty of Pedagogy and Social work:
- Speech Therapy Center
Head Gundega Tomele
Head of the Speech and Voice research laboratory Baiba Trinīte
- Music Therapy Center
Head Līga Enģele