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Andris Saulītis received his MA in Social Anthropology from The New School (New York, USA) and PhD in sociology from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy (thesis title: Can a Nudge Make Debtors Budge? Four Field Experiments on Payment Reminders). He focuses on household financial behaviour and experimental methodology. He works on both qualitative and quantitative projects to study individual behaviour and how social contexts influence financial decisions.

Courses taught

I teach graduate level courses only

  • 2021 Fall        Anthropology of Consumption (MA in Social Anthropology)
  • 2021 Spring    (In)visible practices: Current Trends in Economics (MA in Social Anthropology)
  • 2020 Fall        Trends and Problems of Modern Society (MA in Health Communication)
  • 2020 Fall        Anthropology of Consumption (MA in Social Anthropology)
  • 2019 Spring    Research Methods in Anthropology  (MA in Social Anthropology


Projects at RSU

State Performance and Biosocial Relatedness (RELATE.LV)

2018–2020
The main goal of RELATE.LV is to provide detailed and empirically based understandings of the interplay between biosocial relatedness (kinship) and the way the nation state is “done” or performed. My task in this scientific project is to gather insights into household economic behavior, focusing on insolvency process and debt management practices.


Horizon 2020 project "INFORM: Closing the gap between formal and informal institutions in the Balkans"

2018–2019
The INFORM project is set to study interactions between formal and informal institutions in the Western Balkan societies in the fields of politics, economics and everyday life, as well as to track the influence of these institutions on the implementation of EU rules and regulations. Emphasizing the importance of interactions between formal and informal institutions, the project aims to produce original research and policy recommendations.

Divorced Fathers in Latvia

2017
The project investigates at divorced fathers in Latvia. The findings are based on both qualitative and quantitative data. On the one hand, interviews were held with the divorced fathers, as well as with the stakeholders, who are involved in the implementation of the family law and, particularly, the divorce process in Latvia. On the other hand, the research quantitatively analyzed the Latvian court decisions on visitation rights from the period 2012-2016. Taken together, the research reveals a broad and extensive insight on the situation of divorced fathers in Latvia.

Publications

Saulītis A., Mieriņa I. 2019. Latvian Emigrants in the United States: Different Waves, Different Identities?. In: Kaša R., Mieriņa I. (eds). The Emigrant Communities of Latvia. IMISCOE Research Series. Springer, Cham., pp. 203-229.

 

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Anda Rožukalne
Head of the Department, Academic Staff
Sergejs Kruks
Head of Study Programme, Academic Staff
Sandra Mihailova
Academic Staff, Head of Study Programme
Ritma Rungule
Head of Study Programme, Academic Staff
Ivans Jānis Mihailovs
Head of Study Programme, Academic Staff
Alnis Stakle
Head of Study Programme, Academic Staff
Taņa Lāce
Academic Staff
Vita Savicka
Academic Staff
Ruta Siliņa
Head of Study Programme, Academic Staff, Board Member
Sanita Šuriņa
Academic Staff, Scientific assistant (acting) – doctoral student, Researcher
Diāna Kiščenko
Researcher, Head of Study Programme
Ieva Puzo
Senior Researcher, Head of Study Programme