International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

The Human Resources and Financing for Science in Latvia, 2001 – 2012
Gatis Krūmiņš

Development of science in Latvia over last decade was lagging behind in comparison with other European Union countries and significantly lagging behind in comparison to neighboring countries Estonia and Lithuania. Number of researchers has experienced a slow growth and in-depth analysis of researcher employment trends over past decade shows decline in full time employment – most of the researchers are involved in science on a temporary project basis. Especially unstable conditions for research are in a private sector, where multiple fold fluctuations can be observed on annual basis in contrast with neighboring country Estonia, where number of researchers employed in a private sector is on a steady upward trend. Author considers the structure of financing as one of the core causes for instability of researchers employment – majority of financing is being attracted through the EU support mechanisms, mainly targeted at short term activities. Statistical data confirms the deficiency of a private sector undertaking a significant role in investing in long term research, while fragmented involvement of public financing has not been sufficient for ensuring a long term development.

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