Comparing Vital Capitals: An anthropological analysis of the global value chains of sea buckthorn and raspberries

Project Details


The current research project, which is carried out in Serbia, Latvia, and neighboring countries, triangulates multi-local archival research with participant observation and expert interviews to follow the berry fruits from the plantations to the end-consumers. The study compares how rules, norms and desires are assembled, negotiated and aligned to ensure the high quality, safety, and competiveness of globalized European products. It queries modernisation paradigms that operate on center-periphery models of innovation, by tracing how the main impulses of sustainable berry commodity chains may emanate from peripheral rural spaces inside and outside the EU, and their values translated and channeled by European Union centers.
Effective start/end date1/02/1931/07/22


  • Other funding source: €6,690.31
  • European Regional Development Fund: €113,734.99
  • Latvia State Budget funding: €13,380.59

Smart Specialization Area

  • Biomedicine, medical technologies and biotechnology

Field of Science

  • 1.6 Biological sciences


  • economy
  • EU
  • (in)formality
  • norms
  • politics
  • practice
  • quality
  • regulation
  • Serbia
  • state relations