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2010 – 2015

PhD, Art Academy of Latvia

PhD thesis: "Design for sustainable social well-being Paradigm shift in Design."

PhD thesis summary: ISBN: 978-9934-541-02-5;

PDF ISBN: 978-9934-541-03-2; 2015, © Aija Freimane.


2003 – 2005

Social Sciences MA in Art, Culture / Art management, City University London, culture, policy & management (creative industries) department.

Topic: The impacts of politics on the Visual Arts before and after perestroika.


1995 – 2003

Humanities MA degree in Art, Art Academy of Latvia.

Topic: Creative organization and artist status in Latvia and Europe.


1998 – 2002

University of Latvia, Institute of International relations, higher professional education, Head of External Relations Unit.

Topic: International cooperation opportunities in the field of culture and art within the framework of international regulation. Republic of Latvia - European Union - UN.


1995 – 1997

Art Academy of Latvia,

professional degree in Arts, Textile art.



Non Academic Education



Licence to Supervise Research Degrees at TU Dublin, Researcher Career Development Program, TU Dublin


Academic Writing and Publishing, Continuing Professional Development Program, TU Dublin Learning, Teaching & Technology Centre


Universal Design for Learning, Continuing Professional Development Program, TU Dublin Learning, Teaching & Technology Centre


Researcher Career Development Programme 2021/22European Research Council Starting Grant – Self-Paced Programme developed by Dr. Lotte Jaspers, Yellow Research, TU Dublin


Certified Research Ethics & Integrity trainer, The Embassy of Good Science, VIRT2UE & EnTIRE


The MAXQDA Learning qualitative and mixed methods data analysis program, Berlin, Germany 

October 2019

Online course of MAXQDA qualitative and mixed methods data analysis program


Conference “Bioeconomy – challenges for innovation”, Cesis, Latvia


The Riga StratCom Dialogue conference, Riga, Latvia


Seminar "Management of Change", Riga, Latvia

Effective management and staff competences, 8 h



Conference "Smart Future", Riga, Latvia



Conference "Children are not born with prejudice", Riga, Latvia


The Riga StratCom Dialogue conference, Riga, Latvia



Conference "UX Riga", Riga, Latvia



Workshop "Universal design in graphic and packaging design", Valmiera, Latvia

Workshop lead by Swedish design bureau FUNKA, 6 h

01.12.2016 - 18.01.2017

Program "Methodology and development of competence-based learning"

Teachers professional qualification, 36 h


03. – 07.06.2015

Cumulus conference "The Virtuous cycle", Milano, Italy.


07. – 12.10.2012

Doctoral course: The Role of Hypothesis in Experimental Design Research, Design School Kolding,

Denmark (5 ECTS).


14. – 17.05.2013

Conference and workshop pf the project "RegioCraft", Cascais and Lisabona, Portugal.

In this project the local partnerships between design and craft cooperation partner countries were identified and a partnership between the LMA and ZPR was established.


24. – 26.05. 2012

CUMULUS Northern World Mandate, Helsinki, Finland.


31.10 – 04.11.2011

IASDR2011, the 4th World Conference on Design Research, Delft, The Netherlands.


19. – 21.05.2011

Crossing talents! Transversality in Design, Paris, France.


18. – 19.05.2011

1st International Symposium for Design Education Researchers (DRS), Paris, France.


25. – 29.10.2010

European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production (14th ERSCP) and Environmental management of Sustainable Universities (6th EMSU) Delft, The Netherlands.



Universal design in Community planning Nordic School of Public Health, Gothenburg (4 ECTS).



World Design Research Conference:

Changing the Change, Turin, Italy.



EU Project Management Courses,

School of Public Administration.



The Value of Culture, Amsterdam - Maastricht Summer University.



Project Management, School of Public Administration.



EU Guidelines, School of Public Administration.

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