Faculty of Philosophy

fsf9/1 Universiteto, LT-01513 Vilnius
Tel. 266 7601
www http://www.fsf.vu.lt

Dean – Prof. Dr. Arūnas Poviliūnas



176 teachers (incl. 129 holding research degree), 32 research fellows (incl. 23 holding research degree), 82 doctoral students.

Institute of Asian and Transcultural Studies
Institute of Educational Sciences
Institute of Philosophy
Institute of Psychology
Institute of Sociology and Social Work


Educational policy in Lithuania: coherency issues within national and global ranges
Sociological analysis of social structure and change
Psychological factors of society, community and personality development
Research on social policy, innovative paradigms and models of social work and social services in response to societal changes and the aims to create welfare society
Nature, role and historical genesis of contemporary philosophy
Religion and culture
Traditional knowledge systems in Asia


Justas Bujokas. The epistemological skepticism of constructive empiricism.

Jonas Eimontas. Internet-based intervention for adjustment disorder: outcomes of a self-help modular program.

Lina Gervinskaitė-Paulaitienė. Mentalization in early adolescence and its associations with attachment, abuse and emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Sandra Kairė. We are in the same boat, yet I am from another culture: the lived experiences of learning in groups during mobility.

Simona Kontrimienė. Relationship between humanistic spirituality and parenting experiences.

Mindaugas Lankauskas. The construction of drug control: a case study of Lithuanian public discourse on cannabis.

Dovilė Petronytė-Kvedarauskienė. Development of relationship with authority and the problem of narcissism in psychotherapy.

Ignas Šatkauskas. Edmund Husserl’s phenomenology of attention: origin and genesis.


Constructionism 2018. Constructionism, computational thinking and educational innovation

Annual ESPAnet conference Transformation of European Welfare Systems: Challenges, Problems and Future Prospects

Transformations of Nature and Anthropological Difference: Ontology, Ethics, Art, 

Co-organizer an international seminar South Asia from the Lens of Student Politics, EHESS and Science Po, Paris 

15th IATSO conference Successfully Implementing Sexual Offender Treatment and Management: What is Helping and what is Hindering?


Želvys R. One hundred years of educational development in Lithuania. Constructionism 2018. Constructionism, Computational Thinking and Educational Innovation, VU, August 21–25.

Juozeliūnienė, I. and Budginaitė, I. Intergenerational solidarity and transnational familial care: the case of Lithuanian migrant families. XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology Power, Violence and Justice, Toronto, Canada, July 15–21.

Dranseika, V. On the Ambiguity of “the Same Person” presented at Reproducibility and Replicability in Psychology and Experimental Philosophy, June 14–16, University College London.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Deimantas Valančiūnas. Ghostless Ghost Films? The Appropriation of European Gothic in Bombay Cinema in the 25th European Conference on South Asian Studies, July 24–27, Paris, France.

Jusienė, R. Electronic media use related to emotional and behavioral problems in toddlers and preschoolers. 16th WAIMH World Congress, Rome, Italy, May 26–30.


Prof. Zenonas Norkus was appointed to the position of the Distinguished Professor of Vilnius University.

Milerius, N. Žiūrėti į žiūrintįjį: kinas ir prievarta (Viewing the Viewer: Cinema and Violence), A monograph.Vilnius: Jonas ir Jokūbas, 302 p.

Sabolius, K. (ed.), Gasiūnas, G., Jatautas, M., Tautvaišas, D., Černiauskaitė, N., Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonai, Gapševičius, M., laumes (Budvytytė, G. and Rybakova, V), Michelkevičius, V., Burokas, V. 2018. Materija ir vaizduotė. Hibridinė kūryba tarp meno ir mokslo (Matter and Imagination. Hybrid Creativity between Art and Science). Collective monograph. Vilnius: Vilniaus universiteto leidykla, 232 p.

Šerpytytė, R. 2018 [2017]. Realtà e negatività: Pareyson tra Heidegger e Gadamer, Annuario filosofico 33, Mursia: 52–67.

Assoc. Prof. I. Laurinaitytė: Baltic – American Freedom Foundation fellowship.



5 Universiteto, LT-01513 Vilnius
Tel. 268 7256

Director – Dr. Kristina Garalytė (from July 2018)
                  Dr. Vytis Silius (until July 2018)


Professors: Prof. Dr. A. Beinorius, Prof. Dr. D. Brandišauskas (part-time).
Associate professors:  Dr. K. Andrijauskas (part-time), Dr. L. Poškaitė, Dr. D. Švambarytė, Dr. D. Valančiūnas (part-time), Dr. R. Pranskevičiūtė-Amoson (part-time), Dr. V. Jaskūnas (part-time), Dr. V. Čiubrinskas (part-time).
Associate professor in partnership: H. Diab (part-time).
Assistant professors: Dr. K. Garalytė (part-time), Dr. V. Korobov, Dr. V. Silius (part-time), Dr. R. Chakraborty Paunksnis.
Teaching assistants: F. Belafatti (part-time), E. Jančenkas (part-time),
Lecturers: K. Dolinina (part-time), I. Driukienė (part-time), M. Ignotas, J. Ignotienė (part-time), O. Jankauskaitė (part-time), F. Alshamkh (part-time), Ž. Jomantaitė, M. Larbi, A. Litvinas, I. Nagytė (part-time), N. Statkienė, V. Vidūnas (part-time), T. Voicechovič, N. G. Vosyliūtė.
Doctoral students: A. Jefanovas, Š. Rinkevičius, I. Rūtė, D. Sabaliauskienė, J. Stankus, D. Valaitė.


Traditional sciences and knowledge systems in Asia
Religion and philosophy in Asia
Asian languages and literatures
Sociocultural anthropology of Asia
Visual and performative culture in Asia
Asian politics and international relations


International Research Projects

Between Choice and Determinism: Cultural Variations in Experiencing and Conceptualizing Free Will, Luck, and Randomness. The project co-funded from the EU Structural Funds. Team: Prof. A. Beinorius (team-leader), Dr. V. Silius, Dr. R. Berniūnas, lect. V. Dranseika.

The project aims at raising the interdisciplinary qualifications and academic excellence of researchers through a transcultural empirical study of the concepts and experiences of free will and choice in order to enrich European philosophical discourse and methodology. The task of the project is to carry out a transcultural textual-historiographical and empirical study in order to reveal the connection between the theoretical-intellectual traditions and everyday conceptions of free will and choice in different cultural contexts of contemporary Europe and Asia.

Roundtable discussion Whose “culture”? Which “identity”?, Vilnius University, December 12, 2018.


University of Iceland (Iceland)
University of Tartu (Estonia)
Ghent University (Belgium)
Sapienza University of Rome (Italy)
Russian Academy of Sciences (Russia)


Prof. Dr. A. Beinorius -

Prof. Dr. D. Brandišauskas -

Assoc. Prof. Dr. L. Poškaitė -

Assoc. Prof. Dr. R. Pranskevičiūtė -

Dr. K. Garalytė -


PhD candidate Justinas Stankus received the Fulbright scholarship to work as a visiting research fellow in Cornell University, USA for the academic year of 2018/2019.


A. Beinorius, V. Silius and V. Jaskūnas participated in the working group discussion organized by the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The topic of the meeting – Strategic guidelines of Lithuanian foreign policy in Asia and Pacific region.


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Deimantas Valančiūnas. Anapus čia ir dabar: Bolivudo religija (Beyond Here and Now: the religion of Bollywood), broadcast on the Lithuanian National Television (LRT).

Assist. Prof. Dr. Vytis Silius. Anapus čia ir dabar: suprasti Konfucijų (Beyond Here and Now: Understanding Confucius), TV show.

Prof. Dr. A. Beinorius, Assist. Prof. Dr. V. Silius, Dr. R. Berniūnas and V. Dranseika Ambicingas lietuvių tyrimas: ar esame laisvi savo valia? (Ambitious research project: are we free of our own volition?), radio program at “Start FM”.

Assoc. Prof. Deimantas Valančiūnas. Ryto allegro: ko nežinome apie Japonijos kiną (Morning allegro: what we do not know about Japanese cinema), the Lithuanian National Radio (LRT) program Ryto Allegro.

Lect. Jurgita Ignotienė. Jurgita Ignotienė: muzika Haruki Murakami kūryboje/ Jurgita Ignotienė: Music in the Works of Haruki Murakami, international Vilnius Book Fair 2018, broadcast by the Lithuanian National Television (LRT).



9 Universiteto, LT-01513 Vilnius
Ph: 8 5 268 7099 

Director – Assoc. Prof. Dr. Irena Stonkuvienė


Professors: Habil. Dr. V. Dagienė (part-time) Dr. L. Duoblienė, Habil. Dr. V. Targamadzė, Dr. I. Zaleskienė, Habil. Dr. R. Želvys.
Associate professors: Dr. B. Autukevičienė (part-time), Dr. M. Brėdikytė (part-time), Dr. T. Bulajeva (part-time), Dr. A. Meškauskienė, Dr. V. Grabauskienė, Dr. R. Makarskaitė-Petkevičienė, Dr. E. Sakadolskis (part-time), Dr. V. Schoroškienė, Dr. I. Stonkuvienė, Dr. A. Žemgulienė.
Assistant professors: Dr. V. Venslovaitė, Dr. Š. Nagrockaitė, Dr. S. Kairė.
Junior assistant professors: J. Garbauskaitė-Jakimovska (part-time), N. Venskuvienė (part-time).
Partnership assistant professor: V. Būdienė (part-time).
Lecturers: Dr. K. Kaminskas (part-time), G. Stonkuvienė (part-time), J. Vildžiūnienė (part-time), S. Žukas (part-time).
Doctoral students: K. Alshinbayeva, C. Barbierato, S. Bieliūnė, R. Bružienė, J. Garbauskaitė-Jakimovska, D. Gervytė, A.Giniotaitė, H. I. Tjatjitua Kaimu, S. Kairė, S. Kontrimienė, M. Orechova, J. Vaitekaitis.


Culture of education
Education policy
Transformations of education policy in Lithuania
Research of curriculum development
Education management in Lithuania
Studies of Lithuanian educational heritage
Dialogue between cultures in education
Problems of personal identity
Globalization and localization in education
Philosophy of education
Higher education
Gender differences in education and science
Childhood education
Didactics of childhood education
Technology enhanced learning


Projects Supported by University Budget

Educational Policy and Educational Culture. 2015–2019.

The main aim of the research in 2018 was to develop the analysis of the tendencies of educational politics in regard with the educational culture. Some data of theoretical and empirical research were published in research papers written by L. Duoblienė, V. Targamadzė, R. Želvys. The papers were published in Lithuanian and international journals. The staff of the Institute of Educational Sciences presented their research findings at different national/ international conferences held in Lithuania and foreign countries (Italy, Germany, Israel, China, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan et al). All the international visits were supported by Vilnius University and/or Lithuanian Research Council.

Main publications:

Duoblienė L. 2018. Pohumanistinis ugdymas. Dekoduoti (Posthumas education. Decoding). Vilnius: VU leidykla, 372 p.

Duoblienė, L. 2018. Crossing or erasing territorial borders: toward openness within school space. In L. Benade, M. Jackson (Eds). Transforming Education: Design and Governance in Global Ccontext. Singapure: Springer, p. 169–181.

Želvys, R., Stumbrienė, D., Jakaitienė, A. 2018. Re-contextualization of effectiveness and efficiency in post-socialist education. Education in Modern Society. BCES Conference Books, vol. 16, p. 119–124.

National Research Projects

Research Council of Lithuania. Multimodal Education: Philosophical Assumptions and Problems. (P-MIP-17-351). 2017–2020. Research leader: Prof. Habil. Dr. Prof. J. Rubavičienė (Baranova). Researcher: Prof. Dr. L. Duoblienė.

The aim of the project is to investigate the trajectories of relations between thought, image, word and sound in contemporary philosophy of education. The concept of multimodality was integrated into 21th century’s philosophy of education from communication theory. Multimodality describes communication practices in terms of the textual, aural, linguistic, spatial, and visual modes. The object of this project is to investigate mainly the philosophical sources justifying the possibility of such a turn by the analysis of the trajectories of relations between thought, image, word and sound.

Research Council of Lithuania. Effectiveness and Efficiency Analysis of Education Systems in EU Countries Employing Secondary Big Data.  Research leader Prof. Dr. A. Jakaitienė. Partner from the Institute of Educational Sciences – Prof. R. Želvys. 2018-2020.

The aim of the project is to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of EU countries’ education systems. An integrated secondary analysis of the data of international studies of educational achievements (PISA, TIMSS, PIRLS, 2003–2018) and macro-data of the EU countries is being planned. For a more thorough analysis of Lithuanian education merging the databases of the assessment of achievements in lower secondary education (PUPP) with the state maturity examination (VBE) is to be done.

Main publications:

Želvys, R., Dukynaitė, R., Vaitekaitis, J. 2018. Švietimo sistemų efektyvumas ir našumas kintančių švietimo paradigmų kontekste. Pedagogika, vol. 130, p. 32–45.

Želvys, R., Stumbrienė, D., Jakaitienė, A. 2018. Re-contextualization of effectiveness and efficiency in post-secialist Education. Education in Modern Society. BCES Conference Books, vol. 16, p. 119–124.

International Research Projects

EU Research and Innovation programm HORIZON 2020 project Dialogue and Argumentation for Cultural Literacy Learning in Schools (DIALLS) (Project no. 770045), http://dialls2020.eu/. 2018–2021. National project coordinator: Prof. Dr. I. Zaleskiene, Institute of Educational Sciences, Vilnius University.

The DIALLS consortium comprises 9 universities from across Europe and Israel, which have close networks of partnership schools (pre-primary, primary and secondary). The consortium is led by the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge.

DIALLS project activities centralise co-constructive dialogue as a main cultural literacy value, with the aim of promoting tolerance, inclusion and empathy by: 1) developing an understanding of young people’s cultural literacy in formal education through the teaching of dialogue and argumentation as a means to understand European identities, cultures and diversities; 2) providing comprehensive guidance for the development of cultural literacy in schools through the creation of a scale of progression to assess knowledge, skills and competences for pre-primary through to secondary-aged students; 3) promoting the emergence of young people’s cultural and civic identities in a student-authored manifesto for cultural literacy and a virtual gallery of their cultural artefacts. 

Developed and publicly available deliverables/publications in 2018:

Cultural Analysis Framework (https://dialls2020.eu/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/D2.2-Bibliography-of-Cultural-Texts.pdf

Bibliography of Cultural Texts (https://dialls2020.eu/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/D2.1-Cultural-Analysis-Framework.pdf

Nordplus Horizontal programme (project No. NPHZ-2016/10118): Developing Early Foreign Language Learning and Teaching in the Nordic/Baltic Context (ELL-NB). Coordinator - University of Copenhagen. Vilnius University is a partner organization. Coordinator Assoc. Prof. T. Bulajeva. 2016–2018.

The 2-year project aims at establishing educational collaboration among universities, teacher education centres and primary schools in four Nordic/Baltic countries Denmark, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden. The focus is on early English, French, German and Spanish including a general focus on plurilingualism. The aim of this new collaboration is to share and exchange national experiences systematically. The project addresses three thematic areas: initial and in-service teacher education course modules addressing early English, French, German and Spanish using new learning and teaching platforms; innovative teaching materials for early English, French, German and Spanish; the plurilingual perspective in early foreign language learning and teaching.

Nordplus Horizontal programme (project No. NPHZ-2018/10063): Culturally Diverse Approaches to Learning Mathematics and Computational Thinking (CDMathCT). Coordinator – Vilnius University. Coordinator Prof. V. Dagienė. 2018–2020.

The purpose of the project is to build a body of knowledge and enhance e-learning tool, which allows promoting innovative, interactive and inclusive learning of Mathematics and Computational Thinking through the systematic exchange of experience between Nordic-Baltic Partners countries with different cultural background. The project is enhancing and expanding teacher and researcher networks with a direct influence on improving learning of Maths and CT at schools. At the end of the project culturally connected and relevant approaches and resources for learning mathematics and computational thinking skills will be provided. These approaches should be easy to adapt and utilise in schools. A repository of concrete methods, examples and materials for teaching the topics will be provided via a global Internet resource.

ERASMUS + KA203 project Innovative Teacher Education through Personalised Learning (2018-1-LT01-KA203-046979). October 1, 2018–March 31, 2021. Coordinator and researcher: Dr. V. Venslovaitė. Researchers: Assoc. Prof. Dr. I. Stonkuvienė, Assist. Prof. Dr. S. Kontrimienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr. T. Bulajeva, Assist. Prof. Dr. Š. Nagrockaitė. Project partners: University of Ireland, Cork (Ireland), University of Iceland (Iceland), Vilnius University, Šiauliai University, Vytautas Magnus University.

The aim of the project is to develop, implement, test and transfer innovative practices of personalized learning within teacher education system(s). This aim will be achieved through the development and implementation of the conceptual framework of personalized learning, which will bring innovative changes to teacher education curriculum, methods, tools and assessment practices.

Erasmus + project: Improvement of Teaching Techniques by Eye Tracking in Technology Enhanced Classrooms (KA2 - Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices). Coordinator – Ankara University. Institutional coordinator – prof. Valentina Dagienė, Vilnius University. 2017–2020.

During technological changes, teachers are the primary users of technology in the classroom, and they are much more critical than the technology that is being used. Many previous studies revealed that teachers do not have the necessary skills for using these new technological devices and they try to escape from using technologies in their classes.The expected impact of our project is to fulfill this lack of knowledge of teachers. By using the results of this project; teachers will be enabled to make use of new technology in their lessons. The indirect beneficiaries of this project are children that are educated intechnology enabled classrooms, which become highly popular in many of the European countries. Key personnel of the P2 DamaSistem; Ozgur ESEN is currently studying PhD in Instructional Technology. Since these research results will be easily applied to the teaching practice, it will have a very high impact on education. So, the results of the project will be easily published in high impact journals and presented in high quality conferences and on the Erasmus+ dissemination platform.


University of Haifa (Israel)
KU Leuven University (Belgium)
University of Latvia (Latvia)
University of Cambridge (UK)
TU Dortmund University (Germany)


Prof. Dr. R. Želvys -

Prof. Dr. L. Duoblienė -

Prof. Dr. I. Zaleskienė -

Prof.  Dr. V. Targamadzė -

Prof. Dr. V. Dagienė -

  • editor-in-chief of the journal Olympiads in Informatics (Scopus, etc.);
  • Area editor (Computing Didactics) of the Baltic Journal of Modern Computing, https://www.bjmc.lu.lv (Clarivate Analytics Web of Science Core Collection; Scopus; etc.);
  • co-editor of Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), vol. 11169, 2018: Informatics in Schools: Focus on Learning, Programming. 11th international conference on informatics in schools: situation, evolution, and perspectives, ISSEP 2018, St. Petersburg, Russia, October 10-12, 2018: proceedings. Sergei N. Pozdniakov, Valentina Dagienė (Eds). Cham: Springer, p. 101–113. (Lecture notes in computer science, vol. 11169, doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-02750-6_8;
  • editorial board member of the journals International Journal of Digital Literacy and Digital Competence; International Journal of Instruction; Acta Paedaogica Vilnensia;
  • coordinator of the Nordplus Network on Innovative Computing Engineering Education Research;
    representative of Lithuania in Education Committee TC3 under the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP);
  • member of Steering Committee of International Olympiads in Informatics;
  • member of Joint Doctoral Committee of Education (Vytautas Magnus University; Vilnius University; Klaipėda University; Riomeris University; and Aveiro University), 2015–2019;
  • co-chair of the 11th international conference on Informatics in Schools ISSEP, October 10–12, Saint- Petersburg, Russia: http://issep2018t.ipo.spb.ru/;
  • chair of the international conference on Constructionism, Computational Thinking and Educational Innovation. August 20–25, Vilnius: http://www.constructionism2018.fsf.vu.lt/;
  • chair of international conference joint with XXX Olympiad in Informatics, September 1–8, 2018, Tsukuba, Japan.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. R. Makarskaitė-Petkevičienė -

  • member of the scientific methodological centre Scientia educologica of the Lithuanian Scientific Society;
  • member of Lithuanian Educational Research Association LETA, http://www.lera.lt/;
  • member of the Network Activity Committee Pre-primary and Primary Education http://www.lera.lt/tinklai/;
  • editorial board member of the journal Gamtamokslinis ugdymas (Natural Science Education), http://www.gu.puslapiai.lt/GUwww/indeks.htm;
  • editorial board member of the journal Švietimas: politika, vadyba, kokybė (Education: Policy, Management and Quality, http://gu.puslapiai.lt/SVIETIMAS_PVK.htm;
  • lecturer of Teacher Competencies Improvement and Development Centre, Vilnius University;
  • member of Vilnius Vyturys Primary School Council (representative of social partners).

Assoc. Prof. T. Bulajeva -

Assoc. Prof. Dr. V. Schoroškienė -

Assoc. Prof. Dr. A. Meškauskienė -

Assoc. Prof. Dr. I. Stonkuvienė -

Assist. Prof. Dr. Š. Nagrockaitė -

  • member of Lithuanian Educational Research Association (LETA), www.lera.lt;
  • member of the working group for the Internship Regulations at the Faculty of Philosophy;
  • member of the Association for Improvement of Schools, http://www.mtc.lt/lt/mtc- balsas/mokyklu-tobulinimo-asociacija;
  • work group member of School Curriculum Development Education 2030, OECD.

Assist. Prof. Dr. V. Venslovaitė -

Junior Assist. Prof. J. Garbauskaitė-Jakimovska -

  • member of Lithuanian educational research association (LERA), www.lera.lt;
  • organizational board member of the 4th interdisciplinary scientific-practical youth researchers conference Code: Youth;
  • member of Youth researchers network in Lithuania;
  • member of Youth workers association in Lithuania.


Assoc. Prof. Dr. A. Meškauskienė. Chair of the Motivation Assessment Commission for Education Studies, LAMA BPO, since 2016.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. R. Makarskaitė–Petkevičienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr. A. Meškauskienė, participans of the workshop dedicated to improving legal acts regulating tecahers’ activities, Ministry of Education and Science, November 26–28, Birštonas.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. R. Makarskaitė–Petkevičienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr. A. Meškauskienė, participans of the workshop dedicated to improving legal acts regulating tecahers’ competencies development, Ministry of Education and Science, December 3–4, Birštonas.


R. Želvys. Member of Working Group for Preparation of Strategic Guidelines for Education Development in Vilnius.


Prof. Dr. R. Želvys. Aukštojo mokslo politika ir universitetų misija (Higher Education Policy and Mission of Universities) Kultūros barai, 2018 m. Nr. 12.

Prof. Dr. L. Duoblienė. Kada baigsis globalus nesėkmingo mokytojo projektas? Futuristiniai svarstymai (Global unsuccessful teacher project: coming to the end? Futuristic projects) European Week in Lithuania Parlament, 2018.

Prof. Dr. L. Duoblienė. Formalus ir neformalus ugdymas: sąjungininkai ar separatistai? (Formal and nonformal education: separatists or colaborators?) Workshop of NFU Nacional Network. Trakai, 2018.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. R. Makarskaitė–Petkevičienė. Naujos galimybės šiandieniniam pradinių klasių mokinių gamtamoksliniam ugdymui (New opportunities for today’s science education of primary school pupils). Exhibition of Education Innovation Mokykla 2018.

Prof. Dr. V. Targamadzė. LRT Aktualijų laida, November 29, 2018, moderator V. Savukynas, https://www.lrt.lt/mediateka/irasas/1013707389/lrt-aktualiju-studija-2018-11-29-09-05.



9 Universiteto, LT-01513 Vilnius
Tel. 266 7617

Director – Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jonas Dagys


9 Universiteto, LT-01513 Vilnius
Tel. 2687189

Chair – Prof. Dr.  Rita Šerpytytė


Professors: Dr. R. Šerpytytė, Dr.  S. Jankauskas, Dr. J. Rubavičienė, Dr. T. Sodeika, Dr. G. Cuozzo (part-time).
Associate professors:  Dr. D. Bacevičiūtė (part-time), Dr. M. Gutauskas, Dr. N. Milerius, Dr. A. K. Pažėraitė, Dr. K. Sabolius, Dr. B. Ulevičius (part-time).
Assistant professors: Dr. V. Daraškevičiūtė (part-time), Dr. S. Maslauskaitė-Mažylienė (part-time).
Research fellow: Dr. T. N. Mickevičius.
Doctoral students: R. Baranovas, A. Buiko, A. Dovydėnas, A. Fediajevas, B. Gelžinytė, J. Grigas, D. Habdankaitė, A. Kaziliūaitė, T. Murašov, K. Rybačiauskaitė, M. Šulskus, G. Tatarūnaitė.


Premises of phenomenological and hermeneutical philosophy and possibilities of its development
Philosophical reflection of everyday world
Philosophy of cinema
Philosophical investigations of imagination
Basic problems of phenomenology
Religion and the challenges of the contemporary world
Philosophy of religion
Nihilism, secularization, postsecularization
Religion and visualization


Projects Supported by University Budget

Religion and Culture. Prof. R. Šerpytytė, 2015–2020.

Interdisciplinary research on religion. During the year 2018 the material for the publishing of scholarly journal Religion and Culture (vol. 16–17; 10 articles) was prepared and 6 articles were published, one paper at the international conference was presented:

Rubavičienė, J. [Baranova, J.]. Nudity of the Face and the Question of Spiritual Choice in Bergman’s Cinema, Everything represents: nothing is. Bergman revisited – a Centennial Conference (1918–2018). October 25–27, 2018, Evora University (Portugal), http://www.bergmanrevisited2018.uevora.pt/program/ .

Main publications:

Sodeika, T. 2018. Die Geburt der Religionswissenschaft aus dem Geiste der Reformation, in Fitschen, K., Schröter, M., Spehr, Ch., Waschke, E-J. (Hgg.) unter Mitarbeit von Sonnleithner, M. und Stöck, K. Kulturelle Wirkungen der Reformation – Cultural Impact of the Reformation. Kongressdokumentation Lutherstadt Wittenberg August 2017. Band II. Leipzig (Leucorea-Studien zur Geschichte der Reformation und der Lutherischen Orthodoxie [LStRLO] 37): 223–231.

Šerpytytė, R. 2018 [2017]. Realtà e negatività: Pareyson tra Heidegger e Gadamer, Annuario filosofico 33, Mursia, p. 52–67.

National Research Projects

Hybrid Creativity: Contemporary Art and Science. (S/TYR-3(6.51)-2016). Assoc. Prof. K. Sabolius. 2016–2018. The project is supported by

Lithuanian Council for Culture and Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania.
Introducing the combination of both scientific and artistic practices, as well as applying philosophical methodology, this research project analyses the elements of imaginary and creativity at the intersection between biotechnologies and contemporary art.

Main publication:

Collective monograph. Sabolius, K. (ed.)., Gasiūnas, G., Jatautas, M., Tautvaišas, D., Černiauskaitė, N., Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonai, Gapševičius, M., laumes, Michelkevičius, V., Burokas, V. 2018. Materija ir vaizduotė. Hibridinė kūryba tarp meno ir mokslo [Matter and Imagination. Hybrid Creativity between Art and Science]. Vilnius: Vilniaus universiteto leidykla, 232 p.

Reseach Council of Lithuania. Philosophical Sources and Problems of Multimodal Education (S-MIP-17-37). Prof. J. Rubavičienė, 2017–2019.

The concept of multimodality was integrated into late 20th– early 21st century’s philosophy of education from communication theory. Multimodality describes communication practices in terms of the textual, aural, linguistic, spatial, and visual modes. The object of this project is to investigate mainly the philosophical sources justifying the possibility of a turn towards multimodal education by the analysis of the trajectories of relations between thought, image, word and sound. The problem of the intersection between thought and image in the contemporary philosophy of education corresponds with the problem of the clash between modern and postmodern paradigms of upbringing.

In 2018, in the framework of this project, two papers at the international and national conferences were presented.

Main publication:

Rubavičienė, J. [Baranova, J.]. 2018. Deleuzian/Guattarian cartographies: Art outside galleries in new Vilnius map, Cogent Arts & Humanities 5(1), p. 1462544. Taylor and Francis online, [Web of Science Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)]. https://www.cogentoa.com/article/10.1080/23311983.2018.1462544.pdf

Post-secular Condition (DOTSUT – 029/2018). Prof. T. Sodeika. 2018–2022. Project is funded by EU Structural Funds programme’s priority axis 9 “Educating the society and strengthening the potential of human resources”, objective 9.3.3 “Strengthen the skills and capacities of public sector researches for engaging high level R&D activities”.

Although the postmodern culture can be considered as a post-secular culture, the character of this post-secularity is not yet sufficiently understood. It is not clear what form, in a changed cultural situation, could and/or should acquire the religious images, experiences and practices. The aim of this project is to find out, what forms are acquired by religious content in such areas of contemporary culture as ethics, aesthetics and political ideology, what role interreligious and inter-confessional dialogue plays (or could play) in the process of globalisation that prevails in contemporary world. A large part of the research is devoted to the analysis of the ontological foundations of above-mentioned manifestations of post-secularity.

Main publication:

Sodeika, T. 2018 [2015]. Heideggerio πόλεμος. Religija ir kultūra, vol. 16–17, p. 100–123.

Preparation for publication of the monograph Inheritance of Lithuanian Jewish Philosophical and Religious Thought (PR/GVF-186/2016). Assoc. Prof. A. K. Pažėraite. 2016–2018. The project is partially funded by the Good Will Foundation.

In 2018, the monograph presenting the peculiarities, nuances and significance of the heritage of religious and philosophical thought of Lithuanian Jews (historical lands of Lithuania, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania) was prepared.

Main publication:

Monograph. Pažėraitė, A. 2018. „Nesuk į kelią iš takelio“: Lietuvos žydų religinės ir filosofinės minties paveldas [Don’t throw a Smaller Road for a Bigger One: Inheritance of Lithuanian Jewish Philosophical and Religious Thought]. Vilnius: Vilnius University (forthcoming).

Preparation and publishing of N. Milerius’ monograph Visual Violence in Cinema. (no. S/HUM –4(6.49)/2016/LSS-250000-175). Assoc. Prof. Nerijus Milerius. 2016–2018. The project is supported by Lithuanian Council for Culture.

The aim of the project is to analyze the status of violence in meta-cinema, and to demonstrate how the philosophical problems of violence is reflected in the films made by M. Antonioni, S. Cubrick, M. Haneke, A. Amenabar and the others.

Main publication:

Monograph. Milerius, N. 2018. Žiūrėti į žiūrintįjį: kinas ir prievarta (Viewing the Viewer: Cinema and Violence). Vilnius: Jonas ir Jokūbas, 302 p.

Responsibility of Religious Person: Lithuanian Rabbinical Thought Between Rationalism and Hassidic Mysticism (S-MIP-17-35). Assoc. Prof. Aušra Kristina Pažėraitė, 2017–2019. The project is funded by the Research Council of Lithuania.

The project is focused on Lithuanian Judaism, in particular on Lithuanian Mussar movement. In the beginning of 20th century, in Lithuanian “corners”, such as Telšiai, Kelmė, Slobodka of Kaunas et al., in the Yeshiva worlds enclosed and Mussar literature studying rabbonim and students created alternative reality, the value of which became apparent after the Catastrophe. On the one hand, the rationalist (or mystic?) anthropology of Lithuanian Mussar thinkers enables identification of Jewish identity, as well as responsibility, as the most important feature of election. On the other hand, Hasidic perspective (in some aspects close to Christian outlook) enables to pose the question of responsibility of religious person in completely different way.

In 2018, on the basis of the project investigations, one chapter of the monograph was written, one public lecture and one paper at the international conference were presented.

Transformations of Nature in Late Modernity: Ontological and Anthropological Dimensions (No. S-MOD-17-5). Assoc. Prof. Mintautas Gutauskas. 2017–2019. The project is funded by the Research Council of Lithuania.

The aim of this project is to examine, using hermeneutical-phenomenological approach, the transformations of the relationship with nature and representations of nature as well as the human/animal distinction in Modernity. In 2018, on the basis of the project investigations, two academic events were organized and 10 papers at the international and national conferences were presented:

Main publication:

Daraškevičiūtė, V. 2018 [2015]. Modernybė ir gamta. Kur sugrįžti norėjo Rousseau? Religija ir kultūra, vol. 16–17, p. 64–77.

The Everyday and the Representation of War Trauma in Late Modernity (no. S-MOD-17-1/LSS-250000-273). Assoc. Prof N. Milerius. 2017–2019. The project is supported by the Research Council of Lithuania.

In 2018, in the framework of this project, three academic events were organized: a half-day symposium Everyday and the experience of war in late modernity; seminar The Everyday and War Trauma at Vilnius University (Faculty of Philosophy); a public lecture War Trauma as Cinematographic Spectre, or Who Haunts Creative Documentary?

Main publication:

Milerius, N. 2018. Kasdienybė kaip klasikinės filosofijos paraštinis fenomenas. Problemos, vol. 94, p. 9–21.

The Future of Humanity: New Scenarios of Imagination (DOTSUT-229 (09.3.3-LMT-K-712-01-0078). Assoc. Prof. Kristupas Sabolius, 2017–2021. Project is funded by EU Structural Funds programme’s priority axis 9 “Educating the society and strengthening the potential of human resources”, objective 9.3.3 “Strengthen the skills and capacities of public sector researches for engaging high level R&D activities”.

In 2018, on the basis of the project investigations, 6 papers at the international and national conferences were presented:

International Research Projects

The international research project ONLENHER – Ontology. Language. Hermeneutics (under the guidance of Dr. Maria Teresa Oñate Zubia). Prof. Rita Šerpytytė is a member of the international group of investigation ONLENHER at the National Distance Education University (UNED) in Spain. http://portal.uned.es/portal/page?_pageid=93,8843313&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&idContenido=5,8843313&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&idContenido=5 .

In 2018, the research was focused on the problems of contemporary hermeneutics.

International research project Seminario de las Tres Culturas, coordinated by the University of Seville (Spain) (under the guidance of Prof. Jacinto Choza, University of Seville, Spain). Prof. Rita Šerpytytė is a participant of this project since 2014.

In 2018, in the framework of this project, one conference was organized and one paper was presented:

Šerpytytė, R. “Marx, Derrida e la religione, ovvero sulla ontologia spettrale in Derrida”, XX Seminario de las Tres Culturas “L’universale e la differenze”, organized by the Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies of Luigi Pareyson, June 27–29, 2018, University of Turin, Italy, https://www.catedradehermeneutica.org/2018/06/29/seminario-de-las-tres-culturas/ .


Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies of Luigi Pareyson, Turin (Italy)
University of Turin (Italy)
University of Eastern Piedmont (Italy)
University of Lisbon (Portugal)
National Distance Education University (UNED) (Spain)
The Pontifical University of John Paul II Cracow (Poland)


Prof. R. Šerpytytė -

Prof. J. Rubavičienė (Baranova) -

Prof. T. Sodeika -

Prof. Gianluca Cuozzo -

Assoc. Prof. A. K. Pažėraitė -

  • authoress of Science and Encyclopaedia Publishing Institute;
  • directress of Lithuanian Jewish Culture Research Centre (in Lithuanian Culture Research Institute, former Culture, Philosophy and Arts Research Institute);
  • board member of the Lithuanian Society for the Study of Religion, http://en.religijotyra.lt/members/.

Assoc. Prof.  M. Gutauskas -

Assoc. Prof. D. Bacevičiūtė -

Assoc. Prof. K. Sabolius -

Assoc. Prof. N. Milerius -

Assist. Prof. V. Daraškevičiūtė -

Dr. S. Maslauskaitė-Mažylienė-

  • editorial board member of the scientific journal Religija ir kultūra (Religion and Culture), http://www.rstc.vu.lt.
  • member of the Lithuanian Art Historian Society, http://www.ldid.lt/en/members/;
  • member of the Lithuanian Artists’ Association;
  • member of International Council of Museums (ICOM).


Habdankaitė, D. Doctoral scholarship (academic achievement scholarship) of the Research Council of Lithuania.


Participation (Prof. R. Šerpytytė, since 2012) in the Commission on Ethics of Scientific Activities of the Research Council of Lithuania, (https://www.lmt.lt/lt/apie-taryba/komisijos-ir-darbo-grupes/lietuvos-mokslo-tarybos-mokslines-veiklos-etikos-komisija/2285).

Participation (Assoc. Prof. N. Milerius, since 2017) in the National Culture and Art Prize Commission at the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, https://lrkm.lrv.lt/lt/struktura-ir-kontaktai/tarybos-komisijos-ir-darbo-grupes/nacionaliniu-kulturos-ir-meno-premiju-komisija-1 .


Co-operation with Zentrum für Militärgeschichte und Sozialwissenschaften der Bundeswehr: Pažėraitė, Aušrelė. Kitchen und Religiöse Gruppen im Balikum, in Lemke, B. (Hrsg.) Wegweiser zur Geschichte. Baltikum. Paderborn: Ferdinant Schöningh Verlag, 2018, pp. 159–169.

Consultation provided to the Property Management and Public Procurement Division at the Ministry of Education and Science.


Milerius, N. Filosofas Nerijus Milerius: arba draudžiame prievartą, arba eksponuojame ją nekritiškai, 15min, https://www.15min.lt/kultura/naujiena/kinas/kino-filosofas-nerijus-milerius-arba-draudziame-prievarta-arba-eksponuojame-ja-nekritiskai-4-1060992 .

Sabolius, K. Pauliaus Gritėno interviu. Filosofas Kristupas Sabolius: „Nematau esminės kolizijos tarp proto ir vaizduotės“, 15min.,  https://www.15min.lt/kultura/naujiena/asmenybe/filosofas-kristupas-sabolius-nematau-esmines-kolizijos-tarp-proto-ir-vaizduotes-285-1080654 .

Sabolius, K. The Future of Humanity lies in the Power of Imagination, A Night of Philosophy in Helsinki 2, November 16, 2018, Helsinki http://www.nightofphilosophy.com/disputatio-5/ .

Sodeika, T. Public lecture Simone Weil: desperatiškas Dievo laukimas (Simone Weil: desperate waiting for God), Francophone Month 2018, French Cultural Centre of Kaunas University of Technology, Kaunas, https://en.ktu.edu/events/francophone-month-at-ktu/ .

Sodeika, T. Public lecture Krikščioniškas menas – contradictio in adiecto?(Christian art – contradictio in adiecto?); Lecture series Krikščioniškas menas sekuliariame pasaulyje (Chriastian Art in a Secular World), Church Heritage Museum, Vilnius, http://www.bpmuziejus.lt/en/mai/events-2.html, paskaitu-ciklas-krikscioniskas-menas-sekuliariame-pasaulyje.



9/1 Universiteto, LT-01513 Vilnius
Tel.  266 7617

Head – Prof. Dr.  Marius Povilas Šaulauskas


Professors: Dr.  A. Jokubaitis (part-time), Dr.  V. Radžvilas, Dr. M. P. Šaulauskas.
Associated professors: Dr. J. Dagys, Dr. K. Dubnikas, Dr. N. Kardelis, Dr. N. Radavičienė.
Assistant professors: Dr. R. Bikauskaitė, Dr. M. Gilaitis.
Lecturers: V. Dranseika (part-time), G. Kurlavičiūtė (part-time), M. Markuckas (part-time), Dr. M. Poškutė (part-time). 
Doctoral students: A. Alijauskaitė, M. Baltrimienė, D. Caturianas, S. Čelutka, V. Kalkauskaitė, G. Kurlavičiūtė, D. Markevičius, M. Markuckas, A. Noreikaitė, E. S. Mikalonytė, Ž. Pabijutaitė, V. Petuška, A. Plėšnys, P. Rimkevičius, V. Sinica, T. Snuviškis.


Philosophy in classical and modern civilizations
Modern – postmodern controversy
Information society studies
Analytical philosophy and hermeneutics
Postmodern philosophy
Social and political philosophy
Contemporary Christian philosophy


Projects Supported by University Budget

The History of Philosophy and Nowadays: Framework Methodological Controversies. Prof. M. P. Šaulauskas. 2016–2021.

The main research titles accomplished in 2018: analytical philosophy paradigms of science, consciousness, language and law; essential problems of axiological discourses; methodological controversy of contemporary politics and moral philosophy; the genesis of modern philosophy.

Main publications:

Dagys, J., Dranseika, V., Berniūnas, R. 2018 Proper names, rigidity, and empirical studies on judgments of identity across transformations. Topoi: An International Review of Philosophy. Dordrecht : Springer.

Mikalonytė, E. S., Dranseika, V., 2018. Muzikos konceptualizavimas erdvės ir judėjimo metaforomis. Psichologija, vol. 57, p. 54–73.

Pabijutaitė, Ž. Apie skirtumą tarp dviejų Barbarų. Problemos, vol. 93, p. 90–101.

National Research Projects

The Practice of Environmental Care in Lithuania. GER-003/2017/LSS-250000-1942. Prof. M. P. Šaulauskas. 2017–2018.

This project is aimed at examininig environmental care as a key element in contemporary welfare society by developing a theory that links the ethics of care with environmental concerns and to study specific manifestations of such care in Lithuania. The article “Ecological Citizenship: Care Habitus in the Public Sphere“ was submitted for printing to Lithuanian journal of philosophy “Problemos” and two empirical researches were accomplished – discourse analysis of the media representation of annual environmental action “Darom” and ethnographic research of the Antakalnis' urban garden.

Main publication:

Bikauskaitė, R., Bartkienė, A., Šaulauskas, M.P. 2018. Ecological citizenship: care habitus in the public sphere. Problemos, vol. 93, p. 143–155.

The mythophilosophical Lithuanian discourse: Mickūnas, Šliogeris, Vyčinas (UAB 3T-Transfers, MTS-250000-839). Prof. M. P. Šaulauskas. 2017–2020.

The project aims to identify basic parameters of the mythophilosophical Lithuanian discourse and thereby to enable the disclosure of its specificity both in terms of (a) Lithuanian philosophical heritage and (b) Lithuanian academic discourse of nowadays. The basic problematics of the project cover, (1) methodological principles of mythophilosophical Lithuanian legacy and their enactment in contemporary academic writings; (2) vital mythophilosophical attributes in the undertakings of Vincas Vyčinas, Algis Mickūnas and Arvydas Šliogeris.


University of Zurich (Switzerland)
Nitra University (Slovakia)
Jagiellonian University (Poland)
Institute of Philosophy at the Nikolaus Copernicus University, Torun (Poland)


Assoc. Prof. J. Dagys

Assoc. Prof. N. Kardelis

Assoc. Prof. N. Radavičienė

Prof. M. P. Šaulauskas


Dagys, J. Public lecture on the Theories of Names in Analytic Philosophy at the Faculty of Philology. November 19, 2018, Vilnius.
Mikalonytė, E. S., 2018. Apie grynosios muzikos prasmę. Kultūros barai, nr. 1, p. 38–42.


9/1 Universiteto, LT-01513 Vilnius
Tel. +370 5 266 7617

Head – Prof. Dr. Albinas Plėšnys


Professor: Dr. A. Plėšnys.
Associated professor: Dr. A. Mickevičius.
Assistant professors: Dr. J. Čiurlionis, Dr. L. Jakavonytė, Dr. M. Stoškus
Lecturers: M. Baltrimienė (part-time), Dr. T. Račiūnaitė (part-time), Dr. Mantas Radžvilas (part-time), Dr. J. Tuleikytė (part-time).
Doctoral students: J. Slipkauskaitė, V. Valinskaitė.


The impact of metaphysics on the rise of modern natural science
The impact of globalization on culture and transformation of values
Basic problems of philosophy of science
Science and values
The impact of social factors on process of scientific investigation


National Research Projects

The Value of Humanities: Global Arguments and Lithuanian Specifics. LIP-081/2016/LSS-250000-1131. Assoc. Prof. Dr. K. Kirtiklis. 2016–2018.

The project aims at philosophical and sociological research of importance and use of humanities on the intersection of global English-speaking and local Lithuanian discourses arguing for their value. We seek to refine the arguments for the value of humanities in Lithuanian context. This aims is pursued in two ways – analyzing the global English speaking discourse, as well as the assertions of the values of humanities in the local context of Lithuanian studies. In 2018, on the basis of the project investigations, two papers at the national conferences were presented: (1) Kova už humanitarinių mokslų sielą: vertė ar poveikis?(2) Kova su šešėliu arba Šventojo Gralio beieškantys humanitarai.

Main publications:

Šukaitytė, R. (ed.), Kirtiklis. K. (ed.), Socialinė tikrovės mediacija: kultūra, politika ir visuomenė, Vilnius: VU leidykla, 2018. 176 p.

Kirtiklis, K. 2018. Mediocentrinis požiūris į socialinę tikrovę: estetizavimas ar mediatizacija? Socialinės tikrovės mediacija: kultūra, politika ir visuomenė, p. 15–34.

Projects Supported by University Budget

Contemporary Philosophy and Philosophical Investigations of Culture. Prof. Dr. A. Plėšnys. 2015–2020.

Main publication:

Stoškus, M. 2018. Machiavelli’o Valdovas: dorybių galvosūkis. Problemos, vol. 94, p. 108–121.


European Humanities University, Vilnius (Lithuania)
Belarusian State University, Minsk (Belarus)


Assist. Prof. J. Čiurlionis

Assist. Prof. L. Jakavonytė

Assoc. Prof. A. Mickevičius

Prof. A. Plėšnys

Dr. J. Tuleikytė


Jakavonytė, L. Facebook Administrator of the Problemos web page on the social network Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/pg/Problemos-399724480086574/about/?ref=page_internal

Plėšnys, A. Public lecture Wittgensteino filosofija. Vadovų klubas, Vilnius

Plėšnys, A. Public lecture Prigimtinė teisė ir pilietinė laisvė. Stasio Šalkauskio išminties šventė, Šiauliai

Plėšnys, A. Public lecture Krikščioniškas socialinis mokymas - rimta alternatyva liberalizmui ir socializmui, Pro Patria

Plėšnys, A. Public lecture Be Dievo objektyvios moralės pagrįsti negalima, Pro Patria




3rd conference of Baltic Alliance for Asian Studies DYNAMIC ASIA: SHAPING THE FUTURE University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia, April 13–15, 2018. Report: Varieties of Causal Determinism in Cross-Cultural Research on Folk Theories of Free Will.

Reproducibility and Replicability in Psychology and Experimental Philosophy, June 14–16, 2018, University College London. Report: On the Ambiguity of “the Same Person”

Personification across Disciplines. Durham university, September 17–19, 2018. Report: On the Ambiguity of “the Same Person”

Nudging in Public Health - and Beyond. November 29–30, 2018, Aarhus University. Report: Transparent Nudging

11th international conference on Applied Ethics. December 15–16, 2018; Kyoto University. Report: Transparent Nudges in Biobanking and Learning Healthcare


Website for public philosophy Experimental Tuesday, (http://antradienioeksperimentas.lt)



9 Universiteto, LT-01513 Vilnius
Tel. 266 7605,

Director – Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vilmantė Pakalniškienė


Professors: Dr. A. Bagdonas, Dr. L. Bulotaitė, Habil Dr. D. Gailienė, Dr. G. Gudaitė, Dr. R. Jusienė, Dr. E. Kazlauskas, Dr. R. Kočiūnas, Dr. G. Valickas.
Associate professors: Dr. A. Adler, Dr. D. Bagdžiūnienė, Dr. R. Barkauskienė, Dr. R. Bliumas, Dr. D. Čekuolienė, Dr. M. Dovydaitienė, Dr. G. Gintilienė, Dr. S. Girdzijauskienė, Dr. N. Grigutytė, Dr. A. Kairys, Dr. I. Laurinaitytė, Dr. A. Laurinavičius, Dr. J. Lazauskaitė-Zabielskė, Dr. D. Nasvytienė, Dr. V. Pakalniškienė, Dr. B. Pociūtė, Dr. R. Sargautytė, Dr. P. Skruibis, Dr. R. Stanikūnas, Dr. K. Vanagaitė, Dr. I. Žukauskaitė.
Lecturers: Dr. R. Berniūnas, Dr. K. Čunichina, Dr. L. Gervinskaitė-Paulaitienė, Dr. V. Jurkuvėnas, Dr. E. Mažulytė-Rašytinė, Dr. V. Mikuličiūtė, Dr. D. Petkevičiūtė-Barysienė, Dr. L. Rakickienė, Dr. R. Rekašiūtė-Balsienė, Dr. O. Zamalijeva, Dr. P. Želvienė, D. Butkienė, K. Dragūnevičius.
Doctoral students: E. Baukienė, V. Cimalanskaitė, A. Dzimidienė, G. Gegieckaitė, O. Geležėlytė, I. Grauslienė, D. Grigienė, D. Jančiūrė, J. S. Jasiulionė, V. Klimukienė, K. Labanienė, J. Latakienė, T. Maceina, M. Miselytė, J. Narmontienė, K. Petraškaitė, R. Sadauskaitė, D. Šorytė, R. Tomkevičienė, M. Vaštakė, A. Žiedelis.



Prof. Dr. L. Bulotaitė, Prof. Dr. A. Bagdonas, Assoc. Prof. Dr. M. Dovydaitienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr. A. Kairys, Assoc. Prof. Dr. I. Laurinaitytė, Assoc. Prof. Dr. V. Pakalniškienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr. B. Pociūtė, Dr. V. Jurkuvėnas, Dr. L. Rakickienė; Dr. O. Zamalijeva, doctoral students: G. Ambrulaitienė, V. Klimukienė, R. Sadauskaitė, A. Žiedelis.


Assoc. Prof. Dr. D. Bagdžiūnienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr. J. Lazauskaitė-Zabielskė, Assoc. Prof. Dr. I. Žukauskaitė, Dr. R. Rekašiūtė-Balsienė, Dr. I. Urbanavičiūtė, doctoral student A. Dzimidienė.



Prof. Habil. Dr. D. Gailienė, Prof. Dr. G. Gudaitė, Prof. Dr. E. Kazlauskas, Prof. Dr. R. Kočiūnas, Assoc. Prof. Dr. R. Barkauskienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr. A. Adler, Assoc. Prof. Dr. D. Čekuolienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr. N. Grigutytė, Assoc. Prof. Dr. A. Laurinavičius, Assoc. Prof. Dr. R. Sargautytė, Assoc. Prof. Dr. P. Skruibis, Dr. P. Želvienė, Dr. I. Bieliauskienė, Dr. Eglė Mažulytė-Rašytinė, L. Gervinskaitė-Paulaitienė, Dr. M. Giedraitytė-Guzikauskienė, Dr. V. Klimaitė, Dr. I. Povilaitienė, Dr. R. Povilaitis, doctoral students: G. Gegieckaitė, O. Geležėlytė, J. Latakienė, K. Petraškaitė, D. Petronytė-Kvedarauskienė, M. Vaštakė.



Prof. Dr. G. Valickas, Assoc. Prof. Dr. K. Vanagaitė, Dr. K. Čunichina, Dr. V. Mikuličiūtė, Dr. D. Petkevičiūtė-Barysienė, doctoral students: V. Cimalanskaitė.



Prof. Dr. G. Gudaitė, Assoc. Prof. Dr. A. Adler, Assoc. Prof. Dr. N. Grigutytė, Dr. I. Bieliauskienė, doctoral student D. Petronytė-Kvedarauskienė.



Prof. Dr. G. Valickas, Dr. R. Berniūnas, Dr. K. Čunichina, Dr. V. Jurkuvėnas, Dr. V. Mikuličiūtė, Dr. D. Petkevičiūtė-Barysienė, Dr. T. Stumbrys, doctoral students: V. Cimalanskaitė, T. Maceina.



Assoc. Prof. Dr. D. Bagdžiūnienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr. J. Lazauskaitė-Zabielskė, Assoc. Prof. Dr. I. Žukauskaitė, Dr. R. Rekašiūtė-Balsienė, Dr. I. Urbanavičiūtė, PhD student M. Miselytė.



Prof. Dr. E. Kazlauskas, Assoc. Prof. Dr. N. Grigutytė, Dr. P. Želvienė, PhD student G. Gegieckaitė.



Assoc. Prof. Dr. A. Adler, Assoc. Prof. Dr. R. Barkauskienė, Assoc. Prof. D. Čekuolienė, Dr. L. Gervinskaitė-Paulaitienė.



Prof. Dr. D. Gailienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr. P. Skruibis, Dr. E. Mažulytė-Rašytinė, Dr. J. Rimkevičienė, PhD students: O. Geležėlytė, J. Latakienė.



Assoc. Prof. Dr. G. Gintilienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr. S. Girdzijauskienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr. D. Nasvytienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr. V. Pakalniškienė, Dr. L. Rakickienė, D. Butkienė. K. Dragūnevičius, doctoral students: E. Baukienė, K. Labanienė, D. Šorytė.



Prof. Dr. R. Jusienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr. I. Laurinaitytė, Assoc. Prof. Dr. R. Sargautytė, Dr. L. Rakickienė, Dr. O. Zamalijeva, PhD student E. Baukienė.



Professor: Assoc. Prof. Dr. R. Bliumas, Assoc. Prof. Dr. A. Daugirdienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr. R. Stanikūnas, Assoc. Prof. Dr. A. Švegžda, Dr. A. Radzevičienė.



Prof. Dr. A. Bagdonas, Assoc. Prof. Dr. A. Kairys, Assoc. Prof. Dr. V. Pakalniškienė, Dr. V. Jurkuvėnas, Dr. V. Mikuličiūtė, Dr. O. Zamalijeva, PhD student R. Sadauskaitė.



Assoc. Prof. Dr. I. Laurinaitytė, Assoc. Prof. Dr. A. Laurinavičius, Dr. K. Čunichina, PhD student V. Klimukienė.


Influence of Colour Contrast, Adaptation and Location of Stimuli in Visual Field on Colour Perception (on Colour Constancy)
Selection and Registration of Psychophysical Parameters for Estimation of Effectiveness of Human Being Activity
Procedural Justice in Criminal and Civil Proceedings
Development of Asocial Personality
Offender Risk Assessment and Rehabilitation
The Problems of Psychological Functioning of Students and Teachers in the System of Higher Education of Lithuania
Emotion and Behavioural Problems of Lithuanian Schoolchildren
Psychopathology of Early Relationships
Addiction Psychology: Early Detection and Intervention
Cognitive Development and Social Cognition in Adolescence
Career Psychology
Investigation of the DSH (deliberate self-harm) and effects of long lasting traumatisation
Research in existential-phenomenological psychology and psychotherapy in cross cultural context
Developmental psychopathology
Work and organizational characteristics as antecedents of employee work motivation, attitudes toward work and organization, job insecurity


Projects Supported by University Budget

Construction and Adaptation of Standartizized Instruments for Screening and Assessment. Assoc. Prof. G. Gintilienė. 2017–2020.

In 2018, the study on of Drawing Test for Creative Thinking (TCT-DP) adaptation and standardization was conducted. 497 Lithuanian primary schoolchildren of 8-10 years old from grades 2-4 participated in this study. Quota sample was based on the criteria of child’s age, gender and school location. Data revealed the good or excellent inter-rater reliability, accuracy of the ratings based on categories, minimally sufficient stability of the aggregate score of A and B forms, and inadequate internal consistency of these forms. Both A and B forms equally well differentiate the level of children’s creativity. The TCT-DP construct validity was confirmed by the stable increase of performance scores of 8-year-olds, 9-year-olds, and 10-year-olds. Exploratory factor analysis has highlighted that the creative potential of children aged 8-10 years old could be described by three factors - Originality, Adaptability and Risk taking.

Main publications:

Girdzijauskienė S., Nasvytienė D., Butkienė D., Gintilienė G., Dragūnevičius K. 2018. Piešimo testo kūrybiškam mąstymui (TCT-DP) psichometrinės charakteristikos 8-10 metų lietuvių vaikų imčiai. Psichologija, vol. 58, p. 38–56.

Labanienė, K. & Gintilienė, G. 2018. Pirmokų skaitymo įgūdžius numatantys girdimojo apdorojimo ir kalbiniai veiksniai: Ilgalaikio tyrimo rezultatai. Ugdymo Psichologija, vol. 29, p. 23–42.

Lesinskienė, S., Girdzijauskienė, S., Gintilienė, G., Butkienė, D., Pūras, D., Goodman, R. & Heiervang, E. 2018. Epidemiological study of child and adolescent psychiatric disorders in Lithuania. BMC Public Health, vol. 18, 8.

Factors and Outcomes of Psychosocial Interactions and Decision Making. Prof. Dr. G. Valickas. 2016–2020.

The legal and financial socialization of personality, peculiarities of the perception of the image of correctional institutions and officials, interactions of biopsychosocial functioning components of Lithuanian population, psychological factors that influence the peculiarities of alcohol consumption of young people, decision making while purchasing goods were explored. Reserch methodology was developed - adapted and standardized tools for assessment of memory, personality and mental disorders.

Main publications:

Dikčius, V., Pikturnienė, I., Šeimienė, E., Pakalniškienė, V., Kavaliauskė, M., & Reardon, J. 2018. Who convinces whom? Parent and child perceptions of children’s engagement in parental purchase decisions. Journal of Promotion Management, vol. 24, p. 1–18.

Pranckevičienė, A., Jurkuvėnas, V. & Bunevičius, A. 2018. Priešoperaciniai žodinės atminties sunkumai sergant galvos smegenų meningioma ir jų vertė prognozuojant funkcines neurochirurginio gydymo išeitis subjektyvių ir objektyvių sveikatos rodiklių kontekste. Lietuvos psichologų kongresas Psichologija Vakar, šiandien, Rytoj, May 17–19, 2018, Klaipėda: Kongreso Pranešimų Santraukos, p. 34–35.

Sellbom, M., Laurinavičius, A., Ustinavičiūtė, L., & Laurinaitytė, I. 2018. The Triarchic Psychopathy Measure: An examination in a Lithuanian inmate sample. Psychological Assessment, vol. 30(7), e10–e20, doi: 10.1037/pas0000603.

Principles of Cognitive Processing. Dr. R. Stanikūnas. 2016‒2020.

Many experiments have demonstrated that the rhythms in the brain influence the initial perceptual information processing. We investigated whether the alternation rate of the perception of a Necker cube depends on the frequency and duration of a flashing Necker cube. We hypothesize that synchronization between the external rhythm of a flashing stimulus and the internal rhythm of neuronal processing should change the alternation rate of a Necker cube. Knowing how a flickering stimulus with a given frequency and duration affects the alternation rate of bistable perception, we could estimate the frequency of the internal neuronal processing. Our results show that the perception time of the dominant stimulus depends on the frequency or duration of the flashing stimuli. The duration of the stimuli, at which the duration of the perceived image was maximal, was repeated periodically at 4 ms intervals. We suppose that such results could be explained by the existence of an internal rhythm of 125 cycles/s for bistable visual perception. We can also suppose that it is not the stimulus duration but the precise timing of the moments of switching on of external stimuli to match the internal stimuli which explains our experimental results. Similarity between the effects of flashing frequency on alternation rate of stimuli perception in present and previously performed experiment on binocular rivalry support the existence of a common mechanism for binocular rivalry and monocular perception of ambiguous figures.

Main publication:

Vaitkevicius, H., Vanagas, V., Soliunas, A., Svegzda, A., Bliumas, R., Stanikunas, R., & Kulikowski, J. 2018. Fast cyclic stimulus flashing modulates perception of bi-stable figure. PeerJ, vol. 6, p. 1–19.

Risk and Coping Factors of Psychosocial Stress and Psychological Disorders and the Effectiveness of Support. Prof. D. Gailienė. 2016–2020.

Research data on posttraumatic reactions, selfdistructive behavior, effectiveness of an internet-based modular self-help intervention, adjustment disorder reserch data were presented in dissertations, conference presentations and scientific articles.

Main publications:

Eimontas, J., Gegieckaite, G., Dovydaitiene, M., Mazulyte, E., Rimsaite, Z., Skruibis, P., Zelviene, P., & Kazlauskas, E. 2018. The role of therapist support on effectiveness of an internet-based modular self-help intervention for adjustment disorder: A randomized controlled trial. Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, vol. 31, p. 146–158. doi:10.1080/10615806.2017.1385065.

Gudaitė, G. 2018. Psychotherapy research in times of change. London: Taylor & Francis.

Kazlauskas, E., Gegieckaite, G., Hyland, P., Zelviene, P., & Cloitre, M. 2018. The structure of ICD-11 PTSD and complex PTSD in Lithuanian mental health services. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, vol. 9, 1414559, doi:10.1080/20008198.2017.1414559.

Psychological, Social and Organizational Factors of Employee Performance and Well-Being in Contemporary Organizations. Assoc. Prof. D. Bagdžiūnienė. 2017–2021.

Types of employee behavior in organizations was analysed, empirical research methods were developed, factors of behavior and well-being at work were systematically examined.

Main publications:

Lazauskaitė-Zabielskė, J., Urbanavičiūtė, I., & Rekašiūtė Balsienė, R. 2018. From psychosocial working environment to good performance: The role of work engagement. Baltic Journal of Management, vol. 13(2), p. 236–249.

Urbanavičiūtė, I., Kairys, A., Paradnikė, K., & Pociūtė, B.M. 2018. Capturing serendipity in careers: An evaluation of the planned happenstance career inventory with Lithuanian undergraduates. Journal of Career Development, vol. 00(00), p. 1–14.

Urbanavičiūtė, I., Lazauskaitė-Zabielskė, J., Vander Elst, T. & De Witte, H. 2018. Qualitative job insecurity and turnover intention: The mediating role of basic psychological needs in public and private sectors. Career Development International, vol. 23(3), p. 274–290.

National Research Projects

Children’s and Adolescents’ Internet Use in Lithuania: Possibilities and Risks Tendencies in EU Context. (S-MIP-17-1/LSS-250000-1087). Assoc. Prof. N. Grigutytė. 2017–2020.

The aim of the project is to evaluate changes of the 9–17-year-old children’s Internet use in Lithuania and other EU countries since 2010 and to reveal the mechanism of children's Internet use on their psychological functioning. Project objectives: 1) to determine the overall and country specific trends of Internet use of the 9–17-year-old children; 2) to discover the mechanism of 9–17-year-old children’s Internet use and psychological functioning.
Activieties, which were held in the project: Analysis of the literature to reveal assumptions and current outcomes of children’s Internet; the selection of constructs of the survey; finalizing questionnaires with partners and translation of the instrument to Lithuanian language. Selection of the survey implementing company, which would implement children’s and their parents’ survey, arrangement of data collection.

Main publication:

Grigutytė, N., Pakalniškienė, V., Raižienė, S. ir Povilaitis, R. 2018. Lietuvos vaikų naudojimosi internetu 2010 ir 2018 metais ypatumų palyginimas. Psichologija, vol. 58, p. 57‒71.

Electronic Media Use and Young Children’s Health. Contract No GER-006/2017/LSS-250000-1939. Prof. Dr. R. Jusienė. 2017–2018.

This project aims to analyze the use of modern IT devices (also e-media) among preschool-age children (aged 1.5 to 5 years old) and its effect on children’s physical and mental health; also to provide the empirically based recommendations for health care professionals and educators, teachers, caregivers, and parents about the protective and risk factors of electronic media use in early childhood. For these purposes, we implemented the large-scale longitudinal study. The study consisted of two waves. In year 2018, the second wave was conducted. The results of the study were presented at international and national conferences, seminars for parents and specialists, in public media. The results were published in one peer-reviewed article in the Lithuanian language and submitted for publishing in 2 peer-reviewed international journals (Web of Science) in English language. The preliminary results of the study were presented and analyzed in the scientific-practical interdisciplinary discussion in February 2018, and the final results were presented in the final conference in December 2018. The research based recommendations, prepared by the researchers of the project, are approved by education and health care specialists as valuable and informative.
The first stage of the study was conducted, and complete data of 962 children (aged 1.5 to 5 years old) were analyzed. Preliminary results were presented at international and national conferences, published in Health Sciences in Eastern Europe (Sveikatos mokslai) and submitted for publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Study and project are continuously announced at website www.mediavaikai.lt.

Main publications:

Laurinaitytė, I., Jusienė, R., Rakickienė, L., Praninskienė, R. 2018. Išmaniųjų įrenginių naudojimas ir mažų vaikų sveikata: ar laikas sunerimti? Psichologija vakar, šiandien, rytoj: Lietuvos psichologų kongresas, 2018.05.17–19, Klaipėda: kongreso pranešimų santraukos.

Praninskienė R, Jusienė R, Laurinaitytė I, Rakickienė L, Petronytė L, Urbonas V. 2018. Šiuolaikinių informacinių technologijų naudojimas ir ikimokyklinio amžiaus vaikų miegas. Neurologijos seminarai, vol. 22 (75), p. 49–56.

Psychosocial Working Conditions and their Impact upon an Employee in Work/Life Domains. MIP-15284. Principal investigator Dr. J. Lazauskaitė-Zabielskė. 2015–2018.

The project is aimed at analyzing psychosocial working conditions and their positive and negative impact upon employees in the work/life context. This topic is particularly relevant in light of modern organizational psychology, which emphasizes not only task performance, but also employees’ well-being. In total, 2501 employee from various organizations and various occupational groups were surveyed. The results showed that certain psychosocial factors and their combinations could predict organizational and personal outcomes, including work engagement, exhaustion, performance, and work-life balance. The study highlights the ways organizations can manage working conditions in order to achieve high performance and employee well-being.

Main publications:

Lazauskaitė-Zabielskė, J., Urbanavičiūtė, I., Rekašiūtė Balsienė, R. 2018. Meistriškumo dirbti strategijų vaidmuo išsekimo ir darbo išteklių sąsajoms: pedagogų imties tyrimas. Psichologija, nr. 56, p. 20‒36.

Lazauskaitė-Zabielskė, J., Urbanavičiūtė, I., Rekašiūtė Balsienė, R. 2018. From psychosocial working environment to ood performance: the role of work engagement. Baltic Journal of Managemen, vol. 13(2).

Lazauskaitė-Zabielskė, J. & Urbanavičiūtė, I. 2018. Įsitraukimas į darbą: Nuo optimalių darbo sąlygų iki darbuotojo gerovės. Vilnius: Vilniuaus universiteto leidykla.

Risk and Protective Factors as Predictors of Delinquent Juveniles’ Behaviour. (S-MIP-17-112/SS-250000-1647). Assoc. Prof. A. Laurinavičius. 2017‒2020.

According to the research plan several activities were organized: during research group meetings the list of research instruments was finalized. The methodological seminar took place, iterrater reliability was confirmed. Preparation of methodological package has started. Probation officers were contacted and introduced with research purposes and peculiarities of their participation in the research.

Main publication:

Laurinavičius, A. & Ustinavičiūtė, L. 2018. Breach of community punishment in Lithuania. In The Enforcement of Offender Supervision in Europe: Understanding Breach Processes. Miranda Boone, Niamh Maguire (eds.). Abingdon: Routledge; Taylor & Francis Group Ltd, p. 211‒221.

Psychosocial Functioning and Mentalization of Delinquent Adolescents Receiving Minimal Care Means. (GER-004/2017/LSS-250000-1941). Assoc. Prof. Dr. R. Barkauskienė. 2017‒2018.

The main goal of the project is to analyze and compare psychosocial functioning and mentalization of adolescents assigned to Minimal Care Means (MCM) and adolescents in population sample and to formulate empirically based recommendations for professionals and institutions working with adolescents in the minimal care system. In the year 2018, data analyzes and dissemination of the results were performed. Project team delivered 7 presentations at international and national conference, prepared 2 international publications and 1 scientific study. Recommendations for stateholders as well as professionals were prepared and approved.

Main publication:

Barkauskienė R., Gervinskaitė-Paulaitienė L., Čekuolienė D., Adler A. 2018. Minimalios priežiūros priemones gaunantys paaugliai: mentalizacija, psichosocialinis funkcionavimas ir trauminė patirtis. Mokslo studija. Vilnius: Vilniaus universiteto leidykla.

PostDoc research project Effects of Childhood Trauma: Stress and Resilience (STAR-A) (2017–2019). This research is funded by the European Social Fund under the No 09.3.3-LMT-K-712-02-0096 “Development of Competences of Scientists, other Researchers and Students through Practical Research Activities” measure. (PI Dr. P. Zelviene, scientific advisor Prof. Dr. E. Kazlauskas).

Suicidality in Health Care System: Help-seeking and Quality of Care (S-MIP-17-113).

Research in suicidology usually explores the effectiveness of a single type of intervention. There is a lack of studies encompassing a wider context and analyzing the complex influences of the healthcare system on the suicidal person. Moreover, research about the effectiveness and quality of care is particularly needed in post-soviet countries, because the vast majority of studies are made in a very different cultural context: West and North Europe, North America. So the results of this research will be relevant to other post-soviet countries.The project is noteworthy because of its practical value. In addition to raising scientific questions in the suicidology field, it aims to form practical recommendations to improve the health care system.The project implementers are qualified psychologists, with experience in suicide research. The researchers are practicing clinicians and have skills in communicating with vulnerable groups such as suicidal people and those bereaved by suicide.

International Research Projects

Job Insecurity in the Work/Life Context: Testing its Effects upon Employees’ Work Performance and Well-Being. (APP-9/2016/LSS-250000-473). Dr. I. Urbanavičiūtė. 2016–2019.

The project is aimed at investigating employee job insecurity and is carried out in collaboration with researchers from Leuven University (Belgium). The project team completed the first phase of data collection. In May, the findings were presented at the EAWOP congress in Dublin (Ireland). Currently, two manuscripts are being prepared in collaboration with the project partner. In October, a meeting with the project partner took place in Leuven to discuss the progress of the project.

Main publication:

Urbanavičiūtė, I., Lazauskaitė - Zabielskė, J, Vander Elst, T. & De Witte, H. 2018. Qualitative job insecurity and turnover intention: The mediating role of basic psychological needs in public and private sectors. Career Development International, vol. 23(3), p. 274‒290.

Mutual funds Taiwan-Latvia-Lithuania cooperation project School-Aged Children’s Internet Use in Relation to Socioemotional Development and Parenting Practices in Latvia, Lithuania and Taiwan: a Longitudinal Study. S-LLT-18-3. Prof. Dr. Roma Jusienė (principal researcher of Lithuanian team). 2017‒2020.

In 2018, joint meeting of the main researchers from each country was held in Taipei, Taiwan. The research methods, process, data collection were discussed and finalized during this meeting and several additional virtual meetings and numerous communication via e-mail. The first stage (measurement Time 1) of child Internet use, parenting practices, and child socioemotional and behavioral adjustment of more than 200 children aged 8 to 9 years old and their parents in each country was conducted. The joint data set established.

Systematic Approaches for Equality of Gender (SAFER). Association for the Prevention and Handling of Violence in the Family (PIC: 918274654, located in Nicosia, CY) REC-RDAP-AWAR-AG-2016.

Objectives of the SAFER project are to prevent, encourage reporting and combat gender-based violence (GBV) against children fostering a systematic approach in cultivating life skills, building healthy relationships, adopting and maintaining values and increasing resilience and personal strength. The project aims at sensitizing and raising awareness of primary school teachers, students, parents and relevant stakeholders regarding GBV; and supplying teachers with relevant classroom material enabling them to discuss GBV in their classroom, challenge existing gender stereotypes and ultimately prevent GBV. Multiple methods are grouped in two large thematic categories: a) developing and utilizing awareness raising procedures aiming at sensitization; b) development of innovative training materials for teachers to identify and prevent GBV. The main target: 100 Primary Teachers in each country (total number 600). Beneficiaries: Children 8‒12 years old.

SUCCESS (Strategies to Utilise and Cultivate positive Characteristics & Employability Skills in Schools).

The objectives of SUCCESS is to combine the principles, methods and techniques of Positive Psychology (PP) with basic Employability Skills to supply schools counselors (SUCCESS target group) with the necessary resources to enhance important skills facilitating the smooth transitions from high school to University and to labour market. By creating an innovative training package for school counselors will assist students building their basic employability skills and positive characteristics based on positive psychology principles that have already been applied successfully in educational contexts. 


Oslo University (Norway)
Special Education and Psychology Centre (Lithuania)
University of Manchester (UK)
University of Zurich (Switzerland)
Vilnius city municipality (Lithuania)


Prof. L. Bulotaitė -

Prof. D. Gailienė -

Prof. G. Gudaitė -

  • executive committee member of International Association for Analytical Psychology, member of Academic Committee and chair Research and Evaluation group in IAAP. www.iaap.org;
  • Chair of program committee of joint IAAP/VU conference Research in Psychotherapy and culture: Exploring Narratives of Identity. Vilnius University, 11‒12 May.

Prof. E. Kazlauskas -

Prof. R. Kočiūnas -

  • general secretary of East European Association for Existential Therapy, www.existentialtherapy.eu;
  • editorial board member of the journal Psichologija (Psychology), www.leidykla.vu.lt;
  • editorial board member of the Journal of Baltic Psychology (Latvia), http://www.lu.lv/apgads/izdevumi/elektroniskie-izdevumi/zurnali-un-periodiskie-izdevumi/baltic-journal-of-psychology/;
  • editorial board member of the journal Existential Analysis (Great Britain), www.existentialanalysis.co.uk;
  • editorial board member of the journal Psychotherapy (Russia);
  • editorial board member of the international journal Existential Tradition: Philosophy, Psychology, Psychotherapy, www.existradi.ru;
  • editorial board member of the journal Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy (Russia);
  • editorial board member of the international journal Existentia: Psychology and Psychotherapy;
  • editorial board member of the journal Theory and Practice of Psychotherapy (Canada).

Prof. G. Valickas -

Assoc. Prof. D. Bagdžiūnienė -

Assoc. Prof. R. Barkauskienė -

  • member of Lithuanian Psychological Association (www. psichologusajunga.lt);
  • member of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities, www.iarld.com;
  • member of the European Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (www.esspd.eu).

Assoc. Prof. R. Bliumas -

Assoc. Prof. D. Čekuolienė -

Assoc. Prof. M. Dovydaitienė -

Assoc. Prof. G. Gintilienė -

Assoc. Prof. N. Grigutytė -

Assoc. Prof. S. Girdzijauskienė

Assoc. Prof. A. Kairys -

Assoc. Prof. I. Laurinaitytė -

  • member of the Lithuanian Psychological Association;
  • member of Committee on Ethics;
  • member of Forensic Psychology Committee;
  • member of the Board of Ethics of The European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA), http://www.efpa.eu/ethics/board-of-ethics;
  • member of the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology;
  • memer of the International Association of Applied Psychology;
  • member of the Lithuanian Group Analytic Society;
  • member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the International Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders (IATSO);
  • editorial board member of the journal Socialinių mokslų studijos (Societal Studies), http://www.mruni.eu/lt/mokslo_darbai/sms/apie_leidini/.

Assoc. Prof. A. Laurinavičius

Assoc. Prof. J. Lazauskaitė-Zabielskė -

  • member of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology, www.eawop.org;
  • board member of Baltic Area Alliance Board at European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology;
  • member of International Society for Justice Research, www.isjr.org;
  • vice-president of Lithuanian Psychological Association, http://www.psichologusajunga.lt/;
  • member of the Lithuanian Psychological Association, www.lps.vu.lt/;
  • associate member of European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology, http://www.eaohp.org/;
  • member of European Network for Positive Psychology, www.enpp.eu/;
  • member of Lithuanian Society of Young Researchers.

Assoc. Prof. V. Pakalniškienė -

Assoc. Prof. B. Pociūtė -

Assoc. Prof. R. Sargautytė -

Assoc. Prof. P. Skruibis -

Assoc. Prof. R. Stanikūnas -

Assoc. Prof. K. Vanagaitė -

Assoc. Prof. I. Žukauskaitė -

Dr. K. Čunichina

Dr. E. Mažulytė-Rašytinė -


Paulius Skruibis. St. Christopher’s award for social and civic activities in Vilnius City. Awarded by the Mayor of Vilnius.


Assoc. Prof. A. Laurinavičius was actively involved in a process of preparation of Law of Psychology, he has participated in a number of meetings with members of Parliament providing the information regarding the new law. Consultations and expert opinions were provided to members of Law and Law Enforcement Committee of Parliament of Lithuania.

Assoc. Prof. A. Kairys. Member of steering board of National science program Healthy Ageing

Assoc. Prof. P. Skruibis. Participation in working group for suicide prevention program established by Vilnius City Municipality

Assoc. Prof. S. Girdzijauskienė. Member of the General Education Council of the Ministry of Education and Science and a member of Working group on The Code of Ethics for Teachers of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport.


Consultation for Commission for Suicide and Violence Prevention at Parliament of Republic of Lithuania regarding portrayal of suicide in mass media (Assoc. prof. P. Skruibis)

Suggestions for national suicide prevention program under development of Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania (Assoc. prof. P. Skruibis)
Consultations on Matura paper assessment for National Examination Centre of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport (Assoc. prof. S. Girdzijauskienė)


Adler A. "In your sight I discover myself: reflective fatherhood and adoption." XIV Meeting of Adopted Families “Let's Get together” organized by the State Child Rights Protection and Adoption Service under the Ministry of Social Security and Labor.

Barkauskienė R., Adler A., Čekuolienė D., Gervinskaitė-Paulaitienė L. “Adolescents receiving minimal care: traumatic experience, mentalization and psychosocial functioning”. presentations at the Center for Special Education and Psychology. Methodical Day for Members of the Child Welfare Commissions.

Jusienė R., various interviews in articles and TV shows about Modern Information Technology and Health of Young Children: For example:
http://lsveikata.lt/sveika-visuomene/kaip-itraukia-kompiuteriniu-zaidimu-liunas-7818 or www.lrt.lt/televizija/laidos/1210/laba-diena-lietuva#/limit/15

Lazauskaitė-Zabielskė, J. 3+1 būdas savo darbą paversti svajonių darbu. Spectrum, 27, p. 10‒13.

European Researchers’ Night
Researchers offered various activities to the public – open lectures, debates, workshops, demonstration of labs, hands-on experiments, investigative city tours – in the fields of psychology, social policy, social work, sociology and education sciences.
Number of participants – about 500
Link: https://www.fsf.vu.lt/naujienos/fakulteto-ivykiai/2167-tyrej-naktis-2018-vu-filosofijos-fakultete



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Director – Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rūta Žiliukaitė



Professors: Habil. Dr. Z. Norkus (head), Dr. A. Poviliūnas, Dr. I. Juozeliūnienė.
Associate professors: Dr. R. Žiliukaitė, Dr. L. Žilinskienė.
Assistant: Dr. D. Čiupailaitė.
Lecturers: I. Gaižauskaitė, D. Stumbrys, A. Širvinskienė, R. Juras.
Doctoral students: I. Budginaitė-Mačkinė, A. Girkontaitė, G. Martinkėnė, M. Pivoriūtė, T. Šarūnas, V. Urbonaitė-Barkauskienė, K. Vaicekauskas, J. Valenčius, D. Galdauskaitė, G. Januševskaitė.



Professors: Dr. A. Dobryninas (head), Dr. V. Giedraitis.
Associate professors: Dr. L. Žilinskienė, Dr. A. Čepas, Dr. J. Aleknevičienė.
Assistants: Dr. A. Pocienė, Dr. M. Šupa.
Doctoral students: E. Visockas, R. Gaičevskytė, J. Žekaitė.



Professor: Dr.L. Žalimienė.
Associate professors: Dr. J. Buzaitytė-Kašalynienė, Dr. I. Gajdosikienė, Dr. V. Gevorgianienė, Dr. L. Gvaldaitė, Dr. D. Petružytė, Dr. E. Šumskienė (head).
Assistants: Dr. J. Mataitytė-Diržienė, Dr. U. Orlova.
Lecturers: D. Beliukevičiūtė, E. Ruschhoff, A. Vareikytė.
Doctoral students: I. Adomaitytė-Subačienė, J. Charenkova, R. Genienė.



Professors: Dr. B. Gruževskis, Dr. R. Lazutka.
Associate professors: Dr. E. Dunajevas, Dr. D. Skučienė (head).
Assistants: Dr. J. Navickė, Dr.L. Šumskaitė.
Doctoral students: D. Mažeikaitė, G. Skubiejūtė.


Post-communist social transformation in Lithuania in the comparative perspective
Comparative historical sociology
Sociology of science
Sociology of family and intimate lives
Urban sociology
Rational choice approach in sociology
Sociology of health and illness
Theoretical analysis of deviation and social control
Punishment and reintegration policy
Violence and its perception in the society
Methodological innovations in criminology
Corruption and anti-corruption activity
Policy analysis of social inclusion
Social economy
Analysis of social policy, social security, pensions
Development of social services in Lithuania
Social inclusion, social support for vulnerable people
Social prevention, rehabilitation and integration
Community development and empowerment
Migration, intercultural learning and communication
Labour market policy
Evaluation of the effectiveness of programs and services
Promoting youth participation
Human rights in mental health
Disability, stigma, stereotypes and discrimination
Development of social work education and profession
Gender equality and social work


Projects Supported by University Budget

Sociological Analysis of Social Structure and Change. Prof. A. Poviliūnas. 2017–2021.

Research in the field of the history of sociology and analysis of the theoretical discourse was continued. The catching-up development of post-communist countries was analysed in the long-run synchronic and diachronic comparative perspective. Comparative historical sociological research was continued. The issues of migration and family life were analysed. The members of the Institute were participating in the research programmes of criminology and deviance. The Lithuanian social policy and social policy discourse were critically analysed. Analysis of dynamics of value orientations conducted.

Main publications:

Dobryninas, A. 2018. Chapter. 25. Criminology in Lithuania: Restoring Paradigms. The Wiley Handbook of the History and Philosophy of Criminology. Ruth Triplett, (Ed.),. Wiley, p. 406‒421.

Žilinskienė, L. and Ilic, M. 2018. Changing family values across the generations in twentieth-century Lithuania in Contemporary Social Science, Routledge. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21582041.2018.1516297.

Norkus, Z. 2018. The glory and demise of monetary nationalism in the post‐communist Baltic states, Nations and Nationalism, vol. 24(4), p. 871‒892, https://doi.org/10.1111/nana.12404.

Research on Social Policy, Innovative Paradigms and Models of Social Work and Social Services in Response to Societal Changes and the Aims to Create Welfare Society. Dr. L. Žalimienė. 2015‒2018.

The peculiarities and changes in social policy in Lithuania and the comparative level of the EU were analyzed, the achievements of professionalization of social work in Lithuania were evaluated, the change of mental health and welfare paradigms, process of deinstitutionalisation of care services in Lithuania were analysed. Another branch of research has been focused on income distribution factors, Lithuanian labour market policy were discussed. Results of research were published at national or international scientific journals, presented on national or international conferences and their proceedings, or used in preparation of practical recommendations for social policy, social work practice or teaching aids. 

Main publikacions:

Lazutka, R., Juška, A. & Navickė, J. 2018. Labour and Capital Under a Neoliberal Economic Model: Economic Growth and Demographic Crisis in Lithuania, Europe-Asia Studies, vol. 70(9), p. 1433‒1449, doi: 10.1080/09668136.2018.1525339.

Šumskienė, E., Petružytė, D., Klimaitė, V. 2018. Biomedical and psychosocial interventions in the mental health care system in Lithuania: Leaving the psychiatrist’s clinic – with at least a couple of prescriptions. Arch Psychiatr Psychother, vol. 20(1): p. 67‒75, doi: 10.12740/APP/86615.

Zalimiene, L., Gevorgianiene, V. 2018. Social work education in Lithuania: struggling for professional identity. Lithuania. In: Social work in XXI Century St.: Challenges for academic and professional training. Madrid, Dykinson, p. 279‒300, doi: 10.2307/j.ctv6hp39z.

National Research Projects

Historical Sociology of Modern Restorations: a Cross-Time Comparative Study of Post-Communist Transformation in the Baltic States (Contract No Nr. DOTSUT-31 (09.3.3-LMT-K-712-01-0006)/LSS-250000-54)), funded by European Social Fund according to the activity „Improvement of researchers’ qualification by implementing world-class R&D projects“ of Measure No. 09.3.3-LMT-K-712. Prof. Z. Norkus (2018-2022). Data collected and analyzed, 2 papers published, 5 presentations made on international and national scientific conferences, 22 data sets of historical statistics data published in the Lithuanian online data in human studies and social archive LiDA (http://lidata.eu/en/index.php?file=files/eng/data/Baltic.html ).

Main publications:

Norkus, Z. 2018. The glory and demise of monetary nationalism in the post‐communist Baltic states. Nations and Nationalism, vol. 24(4), p. 871‒892. https://doi.org/10.1111/nana.12404 .

Norkus, Z. 2018. The economic output growth of Baltic countries in 1913–1938: a quantitative cross-country comparison. Journal of Baltic Studies, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01629778.2018.1492945.

Global Migration and Lithuanian Family: Family Practices, Circulation of Care and Return Strategies. (Contract No P-MIP-17-330). Prof. I. Juozeliūnienė (2017‒2019).

Research data on families and migration collected in Lithuania (2005‒2017) was summarized and secondary data analysis was performed; Lithuanian situation was compared internationally. Representative study of Lithuania’s population (N=1000) and quota study of the four groups of population with different experience of transnational child care (N=300) and elderly family member’s care (N=100) were carried out. The research team analyzed which way migration experience influence family configurations, family practices, family conceptualization, intergenerational solidarity, personal networks, intention to have children, family memory, circulation of care, trust in authorities and state support. Return migration expert interviews (applying visual methodology) were performed.

Main publications:

Juozeliūnienė, I. and I. Budginaitė. 2018. How Transnational Mothering is Seen to be ‘Troubling’: Contesting and Reframing Mothering. Sociological Research Online, special section: Troubling Families, p. 1‒20, doi: 10.1177/1360780417749464.

Juozeliūnienė, I., Budginaitė, I., I. Bielevičiūtė. 2018. Transnational families in Lithuania: multi-dimensionality of social relationships and their reorganization. In Crespi, I., Meda, S., Merla, L. (eds.). Multi-ethnic and transnational families in Europe. Gender and generations. Palgrave MacMillan, p. 165‒181.

Income Smoothing Over the Life Course from a Social Investment Perspective in the Baltic Countries (Contract No GER-009/2017). Assoc. Prof. D. Skučienė. (2017‒2018).

In 2018, a draft of publication was prepared and submitted to publisherL D. Skučienė, R.Lazutka, A. Čižauskaitė, J. Markevičiūtė„The role of social benefits for reducing poverty and income inequality during life course of groups of „new“ social risks“ was prepared, 4 conference papers presented at international conferences.

The Last Soviet Generation in the Contexts of Changing Modernity (Contract No. S_MOD_17_14). Project leader Assoc. Prof. L. Žilinskienė (2017‒2019).

80 biographical interviews with the representatives of three generations covering the dates of birth: 1960–1969, 1970–1979 and 1980+, were collected. The collected empirical material is used as grounds for the analysis of the life scenarios of these generations, the peculiarities of the course of life, typical generational adaptation models, values attitudes of different generations and the contexts of changes in behaviour during transition from the Soviet to post-Soviet modernity, perceptions of the self-identity of the generation and its limits and the memory of the Soviet and post-communist transformations as one of the features of a generational identity. Five papers at internationa conference were presented.

Main publication:

Žilinskienė, L. and Ilic, M. 2018. Changing family values across the generations in twentieth-century Lithuania in Contemporary Social Science, Routledge, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21582041.2018.1516297 .

Research Council of Lithuania. Researchers’ Teams project with foreign partners: “Comparative Study of Value Change in Contemporary Lithuania and Poland” (Contract No. Nr. P-MIP-17-492) Assoc. Prof. R. Žiliukaitė (2017‒2019).

The project is aimed at analysis of the similarities and differences in the trajectories of change of religious, family, work, social and political values between Lithuanian and Polish societies over the last thirty years and the impact of values (cultural context) on these countries' social policies and their relations based on the data from four European Values Study (EVS) waves (1990, 1999, 2008 and 2017). In 2018 drafts of two publications were prepared, five papers at international conferences and two papers at national conferences were presented.

Social Integration Challenges of Children with Cochlear Implants in Lithuania (S-MIP-17-111). Head of the project Dr. Prof. Eugenijus Lesinskas, (2017–2019).

Project is aimed at the analysis of social integration problems of children with cochlear implants by using bio-psycho-social theoretical approach and combining different research methods. The results of the projects will be use to define preconditions to optimize social integration of children with hearing loss. The empirical part of the project is based on few databases: public health statistics, health policy documents and legislation, children’s with cochlear implants audiological research data, survey and semi-structured interview data.

Main publication:

Mataitytė-Diržienė, J., Stumbrys, D., Byčkova, J. and Lesinskas, E. 2018. Kochlearinė implantacija Lietuvoje: paplitimas ir sistemos apžvalga. Socialinė teorija, empirija, politika ir praktika, vol. 17, p.132‒148.

Spread of National Scientific Literature on Social Welfare-publishing Journal STEPP. LIP-072/2016. 2016‒2018. Prof. L.Žalimienė 2016‒2018. Head of the Project State Lithuanian Studies and Dissemination Programme for 2016‒2024.

During 2016‒2018 six volumes of the Journal were published, they contained 45 scientific papers in total.

International Research Projects

EUROMOD - Microsimulation Tool for Modelling the Impact of Policy Measures. Funded by the European Commission, coordinated by the University of Essex. Dr. J. Navickė (principal researcher). The project aims to regularly update and maintain EUROMOD – a tax-benefit microsimulation tool for the 28 EU member states. As an output of the project in 2017 an annual report on Lithuania was prepared, the Lithuanian component of the model and data updated up to 2017. Funded by the European Commission.

Contractual Research

The analysis of Lithuania’s situation was carried out and Reports for European Social Policy Network (ESPN) were prepared.

Main publications:

Lazutka, R., Poviliūnas, A., Žalimienė, L. 2018. Lithuanian social policy in the last decade has downplayed the issue of unequal access to education. ESPN Flash Report; 2018/55, Brussels: European Commission, 2 p. Internet access: http://ec.europa.eu/social/BlobServlet?docId=19991&langId=it .

Lazutka, R., Poviliūnas, A., Žalimienė, L. 2018. On-going discussions about the financing of the statutory funded pension in Lithuania: ESPN Flash Report 2018/29. Brussels: European Commission, 2 p. Internet access: https://ec.europa.eu/social/BlobServlet?docId=19708&langId=en .


Utrecht University, School of Law, Willem Pompe Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology (Netherlands)
East Carolina University, Department of Sociology (USA)
Tartu University, Institute of Social Studies (Estonia)
University of Warsaw, Institute of Sociology (Poland)
University of Applied Sciences for Social Work, Education and Nursing, Department of Social Work (Germany)
Complutense University, Department of Social Work (Spain)
City University, Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences (Hong Kong)


Prof. A. Dobryninas

  • member of Steering Committee of European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control;
  • editorial board member of the journal Sociologija (Sociology), http://www.ku.lt/sociologija/;
  • editorial board member of the journal Kriminologijos studijos (Studies in Criminology), http://www.vu.lt/leidyba/lt/mokslo-zurnalai/kriminologijos-studijos;
  • editorial board member of the journal Teisės problemos (Legal Issues);
  • editorial board member of the journal Archiwum Kryminologii (Warsaw, Poland).

Prof. B. Gruževskis

Prof. I. Juozeliūnienė

  • member of the Family Research Committee (RC 06) of the International Sociological Association (ISA), www.rc06-isa.org;
  • member of the Sociology of Families and Intimate Lives (RN 13) of the European Sociological Association (ESA), www.europeansociology.org;
  • member of the Science Council of the Lithuanian Social Research Centre, http://www.lstc.lt/centre_s_c.php;
  • member of Lithuanian Sociological Association, http://www.sociology.lt;
  • organizer of the session "Testing concepts, methods and methodologies to study families across borders and cultures: new/ classical tools and mobility discourses“ (with Ria Smit, Johanesburg, South Africa) at the XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology „Power, Violence and Justice“, Toronto, Canada, July 15‒21, 2018.

Prof. R. Lazutka

Prof. Z. Norkus

Prof. A. Poviliūnas

Prof. L. Žalimienė

Assoc. Prof. J. Buzaitytė-Kašalynienė

Assoc. Prof. A. Čepas

Assoc. Prof. E. Dunajevas, Assoc. Prof. D. Skučienė, Assoc. Prof. V. Gevorgianienė

Assoc. Prof. L. Gvaldaitė

Assoc. Prof. E. Šumskienė – 

Assoc. Prof. B. Švedaitė-Sakalauskė

Assoc. Prof. D. Petružytė

Assoc. Prof. L. Žilinskienė -

Assoc. Prof. R. Žiliukaitė

Dr. L. Šumskaitė

D. Beliukevičiūtė


Romas Lazutka. Expert on pensions of the European Social Policy Network. European Commission. 2018. https://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?langId=en&catId=1135#navItem-1

Šumskienė, E. Participation in human rights monitoring visits to closed instutitions (together with the Seimas Ombudsman office and National Human Rights Institution).

Petružytė, D. Participation in a working group initiated by Vilnius City Municipality Administration to create a 2019‒2024 aid program for the integration of social risk persons without permanent residence and beginners. (cfr. Vilnius City Municipality Administration Director’s Order No. 5/198 30-3419 / 18 (2.1.1E-TD2).

Gvaldaitė, L. Participation in a working group on the creation of basic family services (https://socmin.lrv.lt/lt/naujienos/paslaugos-seimai-visose-lietuvos-savivaldybese).

Seniutis, M. Participation in a working group initiated by Vilnius City Municipality Administration to create a 2019‒2024 aid program for the integration of social risk persons without permanent residence and beginners. (cfr. Vilnius City Municipality Administration Director's Order No. 5/198 30-3419 / 18 (2.1.1E-TD2).


Gevorgianiene, V. Consultations to preschool educators of Klaipeda region on the cooperation with the families. Klaipeda, November 30.

Kašalynienė, J. Consultation for Youth Department at Ministry of Social Security and Labour on the quality of social work with young people who are not in employment, education or training. Consultation for Youth Department at Ministry of Social Security and Labour on the preparations for the new National Programme of Youth Policy for the period of 2020‒2028.

Čiupailaitė, D. Marketing research. Customer “MP agency”: preparation of research instrument, data collection, analysis: Septemer 28‒October 01 – research of consumers attitudes towards product packaging; November 05‒‒10 – research of consumers attitudes towards sales promotion; November 05‒10 – research of consumers attitudes towards advertisement.


Laboratory of Social Sciences
Titles of activities: What is the role of religion in contemporary society?; How happens ethnicity?; What does it mean to be immigrant in the society?; Experiencing urban; Experiencing gender; Language in the society and society in language; About happiness.

Four public discussions Forum of Socionomists
Professional Burnout: Get to Know, Recognize, Overcome; Development of Social Work Profession in Creating Social Business; Social work: new topics, new methods; State investment into children: the trajectory of change.

Norkus, Z. Lecture Goverment finance in the interwar and restored independent Lithuania: the Outline of a Comparison at the international conference organized by Lithuanian State Tax Inspectorate The Way of State Tax Inspectorate: History, Facts, Values, dedicated to celebrate the centenary of Lithuania’s indepence and the Day of Fiscal Worker

Gruževkis, B. Public Lecture Cycle Social Sensitivity: Educate or Invest?, Tauragė, Kėdainiai, Anykščiai (April‒November).

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