Interdisciplinary Research Institute (IRI)

Registered in the Latvian register of scientific institutions: 27.03.2013.

Director of the Institute: Prof., Dr. Skaidrīte Gūtmane.

6 senior researchers and 2 researchers are working at the institute.

Contacts:; phone (+371) 29 266 532.


Main directions of the corporate research:

Values of international cooperation:

  • Application of the integrative theology method in interdisciplinary research
  • Research of relations between various fields of knowledge
  • Building active research nets and knowledge transfer using original platforms
  • Cooperative platforms for incarnation of the values of the Church

Cooperating institutions – universities and academies:

  • Academy of European Culture and Art (NE)
  • Bethlehem University (PA)
  • Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski (BU)
  • Diaconia University of Applied Sciences (FI)
  • ECAC (European Continental Art Centre, NE)
  • EUROCS (European Organization for Civic Responsibility) (BE)
  • EASSW (European Association of Schools of Social Work) (NE)
  • EZA (European Center for Workers’ Questions) (D)
  • Finnish Theological institute (FI)
  • Ansgar University College and Theological Seminary (NO)
  • IASSW (International Association of Schools of Social Work)
  • IDC (International Deaconate Center) (D)
  • IMH Institute of Mental Health (Semmelweis University) (HU)
  • Orthodox Academy of Crete (GR)
  • Sankt Georgen Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology (D)
  • Ignatius Loyola College (LT)
  • IXE Group – Initiative of Christians for Europe (FR)
  • Jerusalem University (IL)
  • Kolpingo University of Applied Sciences (LT),
  • Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences (LT)
  • Mullsjo Folkhogskole (SE),
  • Semaines Sociales de France (FR)
  • Semmelweis University (HU)
  • Babes-Bolyai University (RO)
  • Oradea University (RO)
  • University of Tartu (EE)
  • Klaipeda University (LT)
  • Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts, Kaunas Art Academy (LT)
  • Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas (LT)
  • Институт Синергийной антропологии (RU)
  • Российский Государственный Социальный университет (RU)

Research centers and networks:

  • ANSE – European Association for Supervision
  • NACSW – Association of Christian Social Workers
  • EUROCS (Research Organization of European Civic Society) (BE)
  • HIVA (Higher Institute for Labor Studies) (BE)
  • EZA (European Center for Workers’ Questions) (D)
  • Global Association of Social Workers
  • IDC (Internationales Diakonatszentrum – International Deaconate Center) (D)
  • CIRIUS (The Danish Centre for International Cooperation and Mobility in Education and Training) (DK)
  • IXE Group – Initiative of Christians for Europe (FR)
  • Semaines Sociales de France (FR)
  • Association of Christian Artists (NE)
  • ECAC (European Continental Art Centre) (NE)
  • Scandinavian Association for Social Work

Church organizations

In Latvia:

  • Latvian Orthodox Church
  • Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Roman Catholic Church in Latvia

International Church organizations:

  • Christian Trade Unions Europe
  • ECEN – The European Christian Environmental Network
  • European Christian Convention
  • IXE Group – Christian Initiatives for Europe
  • SAM – Swedish Alliance Mission
  • International Bible School Association (Minneapolis, USA)
  • Skarpnack Lutheran Church in Stockholm (Sweden)
  • Peñasquitos Lutheran Church (San Diego, USA)
  • RENOVABIS – Catholic Church in Germany for Eastern Europe (Germany)