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The research direction within social sciences covering such topics as business sustainability and its sustainable development factors for long-term value creation, sustainable development of nations, drivers and barriers of sustainable development, circular economy, waste management, sharing economy, sustainable entrepreneurship, sustainability education, and other relevant topics.

The main focus on research related to SDG11 “Sustainable cities and communities”, and SDG12 “Responsible Consumption and Production”.


Research coordinator: Dr. Jelena Titko, Professor, Vice-Rector for Science and International Cooperation, EKA University of Applied Sciences; Researcher, The Institute of Economics, Latvian Academy of Sciences; Deputy Chairperson of the Association of Latvian Economists (Latvia).

Jeļena TitkoJ.Titko is an expert of the Latvian Council of Science in the field of Economics and Entrepreneurship and Education management; expert of the Lithuanian Research Council; the author of more than 70 scientific papers in the field of economics, business, management and education;  Member of the Scientific committee of the European Marketing and Management Association (EUMMAS).

She is an Editor-in-Chief of the journal “Economics and Culture” and a member of a scientific board of the journals "Business, Management and Economics Engineering", “Marketing and Management of Innovations”, “Scientia et Societas”, “Socio-Economic and Humanities Studies”, “SocioEconomic Challenges”, and “Business Ethics and Leadership”.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1333-0941 E-mail jelena.titko@eka.edu.lv

Dr. Dzintra Atstaja, Professor, BA School of Business and Finance (Latvia). ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9411-7212

Dr. Tatjana Tambovceva, Professor, Riga Technical University (Latvia). ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9516-1530

Dr. Pedro A. Martin-Cervantes, Professor, University of Almería (Spain). ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8375-1613

Dr. Tatjana Pimonenko, Associate Professor, Sumy State University (Ukraine). ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6442-3684

Dr. Indre Lapinskaite, Associate Professor, VILNIUS TECH (Lithuania). ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6272-1127

Dr. Viktorija Skvarciany, Associate Professor, VILNIUS TECH (Lithuania). ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8022-4124

Mg. Edgars Cerkovskis, Assistant Professor, EKA University of Applied Sciences (Latvia)

Dr. Anna Svirina, Assistant Professor, EKA University of Applied Sciences (Latvia). ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8598-558X

Dr. Armand Faganel, Associate Professor, University of Primorska (Slovenia). ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3618-4986

Dr. Marina Solesvik, Professor, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (Norway). ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6702-4643

Dr. Anna Jasinska-Biliczak, Assistant Professor, Opole University (Poland). ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1923-7345 

Dr. Kristine Uzule, Researcher, EKA University of Applied Sciences (Latvia). ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2633-6069

MBA Jelena Budanceva, Assistant Professor, EKA University of Applied Sciences (Latvia). ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5205-476X

Dr hab. Beata Bal-Domańska, Professor, Wroclaw University of Economics and Business (Poland). ORCID:  https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0395-4259

Dr. Jevgenija Dehtjare, Assistant Professor, EKA University of Applied Sciences (Latvia). ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6859-2327

Dr. Tomasz Bartlomowicz, Wroclaw University of Economics and Business (Poland). ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9986-0841

Ing. Radka Vaníčková, Ph.D., MBA, University of Economics and Management (Czech Republic). ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3559-5799

PhD. cand. Julija Mironova, Research Assistant, Assistant Professor, EKA University of Applied Sciences (Latvia). ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3090-6220



Research papers:

  • Tambovceva, T., Titko, J., Bumanis, G., Bajare, D. (2023). Barriers to Effective Construction and Demolition Waste Management in Latvia. In: Leal Filho, W., Dinis, M.A.P., Moggi, S., Price, E., Hope, A. (eds) SDGs in the European Region. Implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals – Regional Perspectives. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-91261-1_25-1
  •  Titko, J., Tambovceva, T., Atstaja, Dz., Lapinskaite, I., Solesvik, M., Svirina, A., Uzule , K. (2023). Attitude towards Sustainable Entrepreneurship among Students: Pilot Study in Latvia and Lithuania. TalTech Journal of European Studies, 13(1)/(37), 107-132. https://doi.org/10.2478/bjes-2023-0006 SCOPUS Q2, WOS:000994330900006
  • Titko, J., Svirina, A., Astike, K., Uzule, K., Shina, I., Zarina, V. (2023). Impact of country-level cultural development on the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals. Business, Management and Economics Engineering, 21(2), 269–278. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3846/bmee.2023.19423 SCOPUS Q2 WOS:001128597300002
  • Titko, J., Tambovceva, T., Atstaja, Dz., Lapinskaite, I., Solesvik, M. (2022). Attitude towards Sustainable Entrepreneurship among Students: Testing a Measurement Scale. In: Proceedings of the International Scientific Conference “Business and Management 2022”, May 12-13, 2022, Vilnius, Lithuania, 325-331. https://doi.org/10.3846/bm.2022.893 WOS:000887405800039
  • Tambovceva, T., Titko, J. Svirina, A., Tereshina, M. (2021). Deterrents to participation in Sharing Economy activities: Cross-Country Survey. SHS Web of Conferences Globalization and its Socio-Economic Consequences 2021, 129, 05014 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1051/shsconf/202112905014
  • Tambovceva, T., Titko, J. Svirina, A., Atstaja, Dz., Tereshina, M. (2021). Evaluation of the Consumer Perception of Sharing Economy: Cases of Latvia, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. Sustainability, 13, 13911. https://doi.org/10.3390/su132413911 SCOPUS WOS:000742134000001 Q2


Related projects:

  • “Boosting Circular Economy Competences for STEM Teachers” - Circular STEM. Ref. No. 2022-1-PT01-KA220-SCH-000086954
  • Advancing circular economy in partner countries by development and implementation of Master programme "Waste management" – UnWaste. Ref. No. 618715-EPP-1-2020-1-1-DE-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP
  • “Online Master Programme for Circular Economy” – CIRCECO. Ref. No. 2017-1-MK01-KA203-035392
  • "Innovation grants for students in the interdisciplinary areas of art, culture, economics and IT” - MaKE IT. Ref.No. No.

Master Theses:

  • 2024. Dilitha Pramod Malliyawadu. The influence of green practices in e-business on customer satisfaction in Sri Lanka.
  • 2023. Sigita Čudare. Factors affecting the development of the waste management system in Latvia. municipalities
  • 2023. Sandra Smona. Hindering and Contributing Factors of the Circular Economy.
  • 2023. Arturs Stavro. Factors affecting sustainability of Latvian retail companies.
  • 2023. Jineesh Rockey. The factors of green marketing affecting consumer purchase intention.
  • 2022. Piyankara Niroshan. Implementation of Circular Economy Principles into the Banking Businesses in Sri Lanka.



  • Cooperation within the International research group “Sustainable Development and Circular Economy” with the representatives of Riga Technical University (Latvian), BA School of Business and Finance (Latvia), University of Almería (Spain), Sumy State University (Ukraine), University of Primorska (Slovenia), Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (Norway), Opole University (Poland), Wroclaw University of Economics and Business (Poland).
  • Cooperation with Qn Alliance within the Research Hub “Sustainable innovations for a circular economy” https://qn-alliance.eu/q%e2%81%bf-research-hubs/
  • 2023. Cooperation with UAB “Iron Cat” (Lithuania) on the development of the Virtual Class “Circular Economy” within the project „Development of a virtual learning space as a tool for developing students′ critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity skills in the context of COVID19” (Ref. No. 2021-1-LT-01-KA220-HED-000023551)
  • 2022-2024. Cooperation with VILNIUS TECH (Lithuania), University of Primorska (Slovenia), Opole University (Poland) and Pontifical Bolivarian University (Colombia) within the framework of the cross-country research “Attitudes towards Sustainable Entrepreneurship among Students”
  • 2023. Cooperation with the Uppsala University (Sweden). Submission of the project porposal “Learning from the Sustainable Frontrunners and Pathfinders”. SE Baltic Sea Neighbourhood Programme
  • 2023. Cooperation with the Södertörn University (Sweden). Submission of the project porposal “Perpectives on sustainability and profit in the fashion industry - a Baltic co-operation platform” (coordinator:, Sweden). SE Baltic Sea Neighbourhood Programme



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