Anda Laķe, LAC professor, Doctor of sociology (Dr.sc.soc) is the Vice-Rector of the Academy in Scientific Work and the Head of the Scientific Research Center. She started working at the Latvian Academy of Culture in 1997 as a lecturer at the Department of Culture Sociology and Management. In 2004 - 2016 she was the Head of the Department, currently she is a Head of a sub-program “Culture Sociology of and Management” of the LAC academic Bachelor study program “Art”. Since 1986, when she graduated from the Philosophy Department of the Faculty of History and Philosophy of the Latvian State University and obtained the qualification of a philosopher / lecturer, she has worked as a lecturer at several Latvian universities and at the same time participated and managed academic, scientific and applied research projects. A significant part of her professional activities is related to the field of adult continuing education, as since 1998 she has been a lecturer at the School of Public Administration and has been organizing seminars for many municipalities and NGOs. A.Laķe is an expert of the Latvian Council of Science in Humanities and Social Sciences, cultural sociology, political sociology, policy impact assessment and social research methodology. Professor Laķe supervises and reviews doctoral theses developed in social sciences and humanities, advises students and practitioners on issues of methodology and methods of academic and applied research, as well as development of policy impact assessment and planning documents.
A, Laķe is a member of Latvian, Scandinavian, European and International Sociologists’ Associations; she regularly participates in the congresses and conferences of these organizations. Her research interests include social research methodology, interdisciplinarity in research, policy analysis and policy impact assessment methodology, preservation of cultural heritage and traditions; the development of cultural and creative industries, as well as the quality of education and youth issues. The research activity of recent years is closely related to the research of current problems in the field of culture, involving a number of Latvian cultural organizations, as well as the management of research projects, commissioned by the Ministry of Culture or participation in them. In recent years, the most significant research works have been “A study on the distribution of funding from the State Culture Capital Fund” commissioned by the SCCF, “Riga - European Capital of Culture 2014 Program Impact Assessment ”, (Foundation“ Riga 2014 ”) in 2014 -2015, “Determining common methodological principles and criteria for the formation of the Latvian Cultural Canon" (Ministry of Culture) in 2013, study “Medium - term cultural policy planning document National Cultural Policy Guidelines 2006 –2015. National mid-term impact assessment ”(Ministry of Culture) in 2012. The latest scientific activities include a study “Reading habits of Latvian residents” (2017), commissioned by the Association of Publishers, a research-project “Valka region education development program 2017-2022” (2017), commissioned by Valka County Council “, and “ The Song and Dance Celebration Tradition as a Brand of the Singing Nations of the Baltic Countries: Similarities and Differences ( 2017), implemented with Prof. Rūta Muktupāvela. In the field of academic research, the most important activities of A.Laķe include participation in the international research project CoHERE (“ Critical Heritages: Performing and Representing Identities in Europe ”) and project management of the State research program “Sustainability of Latvian Cultural Traditions in an Innovative Environment (Habitus) ” (LAC 2014-2017, MES funding). Scientific and applied research activities are complemented by the organization of LAC scientific conferences (Cultural Crossroads, ZinātMāksla) and work on the publication of the LAC collection of scientific articles Cultural Crossroads (being a member of the editorial board of the collection). A.Laķe is the curator of the annual Latvian School Youth Competition Culture Canon (LAC competition in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and the State Education Content Center).