Regional needs assessment: an approach to demographic and migration research

Elīna Apsīte-Beriņa (Coresponding Author), Baiba Bela, Māris Bērziņš, Dina Bite, Zaiga Krišjāne, Juris Krūmiņš, Ženija Krūzmētra, Velta Lubkina

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This study exposes approaches to "collective creativity" by adopting a regional needs assessment through the World Café method. A multidisciplinary team of researchers and stakeholders
worked together to identify needs within the region by using the World Café method and enhancing participation in policy-making. The paper aims to describe regional needs assessment as a useful
approach for studying demographic and migration challenges in the regions of Latvia. The formal outcomes of the project are policy recommendations which have been used for the elaboration of planning documents at the national, regional and local level. Moreover, this approach also fostered positive collaborative practices among scientists and policymakers, including scientists who come from various disciplines and found a common platform for the solution of problems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew geographies of wellbeing
Subtitle of host publicationnature, resources, populations and mobilities
Place of PublicationRīga
PublisherLatvijas Ģeogrāfijas biedrība
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameFolia Geographica = Ģeogrāfiski raksti
ISSN (Print)1407-5229


  • demographic and migration challenges
  • regions
  • Latvia
  • needs assessment

Field of Science*

  • 5.4 Sociology

Publication Type*

  • 3.2. Articles or chapters in other proceedings other than those included in 3.1., with an ISBN or ISSN code


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