REGI is a unit of the Faculty of Education, Languages, and Design. It is the only scientific institution in the Baltics dealing with the development of regional studies as a new scientific area, implementing regional policy of the European Union and promoting the development and sustainability of the region.

Fields of science

Social sciences

  • Educational sciences
  • Economics and business
  • Psychology

Humanities and arts

  • Languages and literature
  • History and archaeology
  • Philosophy, ethics and religion
  • Arts

Medical and Health sciences

REGI goal: carry out interdisciplinary studies in the fields of humanities and social sciences ensuring the study of Latgale region in the Latvian, European and global context; develop the scientific base of the institute; promote practical implementation, commercialization and integration of research results into the academic process, as well as education of the community.

REGI is a part of the general structure of the scientific activity of RTA and operates in accordance with the scientific strategy guidelines of RTA, which include short-term and long-term goals (Strategy of Scientific Activity 2019-2023).

Research at REGI covers the following fields:

  • Social sciences: Education; Sociology and Social Work, 
  • Humanities and Arts: Linguistics and Literature.

Thus, research at REGI covers:

  • Humanities, which include Linguistics and Literature;
  • Social Sciences – Personality Socialization Studies (PSPV), which include Education; Sociology and Social Work.

The scientific activity of REGI is closely related to the national science, technology and innovation development guidelines and goals for 2014–2020, which is a part of the Smart Specialisation Strategy in the national development planning system and promotes the achievement of the goals set forth in the national long-term and medium-term policy planning documents. Since the overarching goal of the science, technology and innovation policy is the development of the knowledge base and innovative capacity of Latvia and the coordination of the innovation system, REGI activity relies on three primary factors:

  1. Open innovation, which is based on two primary ideas:

1) REGI uses external knowledge and technologies to strengthen its own innovations (active participation of researchers in conferences and international projects ensures the integration of external knowledge and technologies into its innovative research),

2) REGI creates value from innovation designed internally which is not used in its own work immediately (researchers with innovative ideas and scientific methodology are invited for the fulfilment of contract work at the international and national level, for example, the contract with Palgrave Macmillan publisher, the Latvian Language Agency, the Ministry of Education and Science, etc.). The innovation process is also available to people with experience in other interdisciplinary fields (e.g., State Research Programme INOSOCTEREHI; INTERREG LAT-LIT project POZCOPING etc.).

  1. Open science, which ensures access to the scientific process where special focus is given to dissemination of knowledge using digital and cooperation technologies (e.g.: FLPP DocTDLL and LV-UA project, see; open access to publications, etc.).
  1. Openness to the world as promotion of international cooperation among researchers, which provides access to innovation and promotes its transfer and adaptation. Thus, foreign scientists are involved in the work of REGI: Dr. G. Marzano – Italy; Dr. A. Krouglov – UK; Dr. H. F. Marten – Germany, etc.


Professor, Dr.paed.,
Velta Ļubkina


Lecturer, Mg.oec.,
Anita Puzule
Rezekne Academy of Technologies © Atbrīvošanas aleja 115, Rēzekne, Latvia. Phone: 28325368;