Kaunas Faculty

Kaunas Faculty

Sukurta: 13 May 2022

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Muitinės 8, LT-44280 Kaunas
Tel. 423 222
E-mail:
http://www.knf.vu.lt

Dean – Assoc. Prof. Dr Kęstutis Driaunys

 

STAFF

79 teachers (incl. 62 holding research degree), 11 research fellows (incl. 9 holding research degree), 22 doctoral students.

DEPARTMENTS OF THE FACULTY

Institute of Languages, Literature and Translation Studies
Institute of Social Sciences and Applied Informatics

RESEARCH AREAS

Modelling and management of social and economic development of Lithuania
Poetics, rhetoric and linguistics: fundamental and applied research into literary and non-literary texts
Identification processes, data analysis and visualisation, artificial intelligence, the modelling of processes and systems, mathematical logic and discrete structures, innovative teaching methods; the technologies of images and signals, parallel calculations, system engineering, estimate experiments, application of information technologies

DOCTORAL DISSERTATIONS MAINTAINED IN 2021

D. Balevičienė. Relation between Cultural Diversity Management and Organizational Innovativeness.
I. Ščiukauskė. The Impact of the Employer Brand Equity on the Consumers Perceived Service Brand Equity and Behavioural Intentions.

MAIN CONFERENCES ORGANISED IN 2021

MultiMeDialecTranslation 8 – Dialect Translation in Multimedia (https://www.knf.vu.lt/en/research/scientific-events/18-en/science/2460-multimedialectranslation-8-dialect-translation-in-multimedia).
16th Prof. Vladas Gronskas’ international scientific conference (https://www.knf.vu.lt/gronskas-conference-2021).
14th International Conference on Culture and Creativity (https://www.knf.vu.lt/culture-and-creativity).
26th International Conference Information Society and University Studies - IVUS 2021 (https://www.knf.vu.lt/ivus2021).
4th Workshop on Blockchain and Smart Contract Technologies (BSCT 2021) (https://bisconf.org/2021/bsct/).
12th Workshop on Applications of Knowledge-Based Technologies in Business (AKTB 2021) (https://bisconf.org/2021/aktb/).

BEST REPORTS DELIVERED AT CONFERENCES ABROAD

  • Danguolė Mikulėnienė, Daiva Aliūkaitė. The Translation of the Naive Estimator’s Narrative to the Dialectological Discourse: Bridging Diverse Perspectives. International conference MultiMeDialecTranslation 8 – Dialect Translation in Multimedia at Kaunas Faculty of Vilnius University, 6th–7th May 2021. https://www.knf.vu.lt/en/research/scientific-events/18-en/science/2460-multimedialectranslation-8-dialect-translation-in-multimedia#keynote-speakers
  • Jūratė Radavičiūtė. The liberating playfulness of signs in Undine Radzeviciute’s novel The Library of Beauty and Evil. International conference Playfulness: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cultural Literacy. Organiser “Cultural Literacy in Europe“. 13th–14th May 2021. https://issuu.com/culturalliteracyeverywhere/docs/abstracts_v1.0
  • Danguolė Satkauskaitė, Jurgita Astrauskienė. Double Trouble: Translation of Puns in Lithuanian Dubbing. 13th International Conference and Exhibition on Language Transfer in Audiovisual Media Languages & the Media 2021. Organiser: ICWE GmbH, Berlin. 20th–24th September 2021. https://languages-media.com/conference_programme_2021.php
  • Célio Gonçalo Marques, Giedrius Romeika, Renata Danielienė and Hélder Pestana. FuseIT: Development of a Martech Simulation Platform. 5th International Workshop on Information and Knowledge in Internet of Things (IKIT 2021) in conjunction with the 15th International Conference on Information Technology and Applications (ICITA 2021), Dubai, UAE. 13–14 November 2021.
  • Pušinaitė-Gelgotė, R., Novelskaitė, A., Pučėtaitė, R. Human capability in the organizational context: Gender pay gap, working conditions, and gender. BASEES Regional Conference: Globalizing Eastern Europe – New Perspectives on Transgrasional Entanglements. 21–24 April 2021, Leipzig.

MAIN SCIENTIFIC ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2021

Jadvyga Krūminienė, Indrė Višinskaitė. From Deconstruction to Dissent: Intra/intersemiotic Translation in Grigori Kozintsev’s Shakespeare Adaptations. Vilnius University Press.
Bankauskaitė, Gabija, & Huber, Loreta. Trauma, Narrative and History: Representation of Traumatic Experience in the Works of Algirdas Landsbergis. Interlitteraria: Literature and the Political: Multilingualism and Exophony in Contemporary Baltic and German-Language Culture. Miscellanea. 2021, 26(1): 309–323. https://doi.org/10.12697/IL.2021.26.1.21

Gabrėnaitė, Eglė, & Triaušytė, Monika. The Rhetoric of Lithuanian MeToo Discourse. Informacijos mokslai. 2021, 92; 46–64. https://doi.org/10.15388/Im.2021.92.51

Štreimikienė, Dalia; Mikalauskienė, Asta. Willingness to pay framework climate change mitigation in households. Boca Raton, FL. 2021. 178 p.

Štreimikienė, Dalia; Mikalauskienė, Asta. Climate change and sustainable development mitigation and adaptation. Boca Raton. 2021, 238 p.

 

INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGES, LITERATURE AND TRANSLATION STUDIES

Muitinės 12, LT-44280 Kaunas
Tel. 422 926
E-mail:
Director – Prof. Dr Danguolė Satkauskaitė

STAFF

Professors: Dr D. Aliūkaitė (part-time), Dr G. Bankauskaitė, Dr L. Huber (part-time), Dr D. Mikulėnienė (part-time), Dr.D. Satkauskaitė (part-time).
Senior researchers: Dr H.-H. Droessiger (part-time), Dr E. Kiškina, Dr I. Stepukonienė (part-time).
Associate professors: Dr R. Baranauskienė, Dr S. Biržietienė, Dr E. Gabrėnaitė (part-time), Dr S. Juzelėnienė, Dr J. Kerevičienė, Dr E. Keturakienė, Dr J. Krūminienė, Dr R. Kudirka, Dr I. Mickienė, Dr Ž. Nemickienė, Dr L. Niedzviegienė, Dr S. Šarkauskienė, Dr D. Urbonienė (part-time), Dr A. Vitkūnė.
Teaching assistants: Dr E. Alosevičienė (part-time), J. Astrauskienė, Dr V. Linkevičiūtė (part-time), Dr J. Radavičiūtė (part-time).
Researchers: Dr E. Alosevičienė (part-time), Dr A. Kairaitytė-Užupė, Dr A. Kalėdienė, Dr I. Koverienė (part-time).
Lecturers: G. Dubauskienė (part-time), L. Fedorčenkienė (part-time), L. Kamičaitytė (part-time), J. Valnickienė (Kaušylaitė), A. Kuzmickienė (part-time), R. Mačiulskienė (part-time), J. Skovorodko, Dr. I. Šležaitė.
Doctoral students: L. Abraitienė, G. Gibavičienė, D. Burbienė, M. Stankienė, J. Motiejūnienė, A. Peccini, D. Vaišvlylaitė.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Cognitive Aspects of Media and Political Discourse Analysis
Sociolinguistic Research of Dialectal Speech
Perceptual Analysis of Dialectal Discourse
Cultural Significance of Dialects
Exploration of Toponyms and Anthroponyms
Visual Metaphors: Methodological Approaches
Terminological Basis of Translation Studies
Translation of Culture-bound Units
Interdisciplinary Approach to Audiovisual Translation
Development, Characteristics and Perception of Voice-over
Issues of Subtitling for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Strategies and Problems of Audio Description
Theatre and Opera Surtitling as a Multimodal Construct
Polysemiotic Cohesion in Film Dubbing
Fictional Worlds within Conceptual Categories: From Etymology to Pragmatics
Literary Discourse of Contemporary English and American Literature
Interpretative Understanding of Literature: Hermeneutical Approach
Inter-textual Criticism: Shifts of Reading Horizons
Modernist Poetics: History, Fantasy and Fiction
Generic Deconstruction as Reflected in Literary Discourse
Historical Awareness in the Lithuanian Poetry of the 19th Century
Contemporary Reception of Literary Heritage and Literary Criticism
Poetics, Stylistics and Rhetoric in Fictional Texts and Public Discourse
Heritage of Cultural Groups from the Perspective of Digital Humanities

RESEARCH PROJECTS CARRIED OUT IN 2021

Projects Supported by the University Budget

Multimodality in Public Discourse. Assoc. Prof. Dr S. Juzelėnienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr S. Šarkauskienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr Baranauskienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr S. Biržietienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr D. Urbonienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr Ž. Nemickienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr E. Gabrėnaitė, Assoc. Prof. A. Vitkūnė.

The project aims at investigation of multimodal texts in various public areas such as advertising, films etc. In 2021 the research focused on multimodal metaphors in audiovisual products, expression of multimodal humour, multimodal logotypes as well as implementation of these aspects in education. Moreover, rhetorical argumentation in social networks was investigated.

Main publications:

Gabrėnaitė, E., & Triaušytė, M. The rhetoric of Lithuanian MeToo discourse. Informacijos mokslai. 2021, 92: 46–64. https://doi.org/10.15388/Im.2021.92.51.

Šarkauskienė, S., Juzelėnienė, S. & Baranauskienė, R. Problem based approach: multimodal metaphor in video clips. EDULEARN21 : 13th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, online. 5–6 July 2021, Proceedings, 5583–5591.

Baranauskienė, R., Mickienė, I. & Juzelėnienė, S. Multimodality in logotypes as game based language teaching and learning. EDULEARN21: 13th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, 5–6 July 2021, Proceedings, 4760–4766.

 Audiovisual Translation Research. Prof. Dr D. Satkauskaitė, Prof. Dr H.-H. Droessiger, Prof. Dr L. Huber, Prof. Dr J. Krūminienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr J. Kerevičienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr L. Niedzviegienė, Dr E. Alosevičienė, Dr J. Astrauskienė, PhD Student L. Abraitienė.

The research carried out under this project deals with theoretical frameworks, research methodologies and applications of audiovisual translation. The main focus of the research was on classification and clarification of audiovisual translation terminology, translation of culture specific items for dubbing, semiotic cohesion in subtitling as well as aspects of accessibility of audiovisual products.

Main publications:

Krūminienė, J. & Višinskaitė, I. From Deconstruction to Dissent: Intra/intersemiotic Translation in Grigori Kozintsev’s Shakespeare Adaptations. Monograph. 2021. Vilnius University Press.

Huber, L. & Kairys, A. Culture specific items in audiovisual translation: issues of synchrony and cultural equivalence in the Lithuanian dub of “Shrek the Third”. Kalbų studijos. 2021, 1(38): 5–16. https://doi.org/10.5755/j01.sal.1.38.24743.

Kerevičienė, J. & Astrauskienė, J. Audiovizualinio vertimo terminų vartosenos variantiškumas [Variability in the Use of Audiovisual Translation Terminology]. Respectus philologicus. 2021, 39: 148–160. https://doi.org/10.15388/RESPECTUS.2020.39.44.84.

The Interaction of Text and Context. Prof. Dr G. Bankauskaitė, Prof. Dr L. Huber, Assoc. Prof. Dr S. Biržietienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr E. Keturakienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr S. Šarkauskienė, Dr J. Radavičiūtė, Dr I. Stepukonienė, PhD Student D. Vaišvylaitė, Dr G. Vaitonytė.

The research focused on the literature of the 20th century, investigating the concepts of cultural and historical trauma, representation of traumatic experiences in literature, images of gender stereotypes in literary texts as well as in periodicals and advertisements of interwar Lithuania. Moreover, the phenomenon of book smuggling as a symbol of Lithuanians' resistance to Russification in the 19th century has been investigated.

Main publications:

Bankauskaitė, G. & Huber, L. Trauma, Narrative and History: Representation of Traumatic Experience in the Works of Algirdas Landsbergis. Interlitteraria: Literature and the Political: Multilingualism and Exophony in Contemporary Baltic and German-Language Culture. Miscellanea. 2021, 26(1): 309–323. https://doi.org/10.12697/IL.2021.26.1.21.

Bankauskaitė, G. & Kikilaitė, A. Holivudo kultūros atspindžiai tarpukario Lietuvos periodikoje [Reflections of Hollywood Culture in the Periodicals of Interwar Lithuania]. Aktuālas problēmas literatūras un kultūras pētniecībā [Current issues in literary and cultural research: conference proceedings volume], EdS. Edgars Lāms: Folklora. Kultūrvēsture. Tulkošana. Komunikācija. 2021, 163–180. https://doi.org/10.37384/aplkp.2021.26-2.163.

Keturakienė, E. Literary portrait of Motiejus Valancius in the biographical novel The Shepherd by Juozas Jasaitis, Український інформаційний простір [Ukrainian Information Space]. 2021, 2(8): 129–136. https://ukrinfospace.knukim.edu.ua.

Language Varieties and Language Attitudes: Approaches of Perceptual Dialectology, Sociolinguistics, etc. Prof. Dr D. Aliūkaitė, Prof. Dr D. Mikulėnienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr I. Mickienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr R. Baranauskienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr R. Kudirka, Assist. Dr V. Linkevičiūtė, PhD Student M. Stankienė.

The tasks for 2021 focused on different aspects of language varieties and language attitudes studies. Researches focused (1) on the discourse of dialectology aimed at the interpretation of the aesthetic value of dialectality; (2) on the analysis of mental maps and their value; (3) on the conflict communication discourse and critical discourse analysis; (3) on the the urbanonyms as the semiotic signs related to the culture and history of a nation analysis; (4) on the adverbs in Lithuanian slang analysis.

Main publications:

Aliūkaitė, D. Tarmiškumo estetinė vertė: paprastųjų kalbos bendruomenės narių vaizdiniai. [The Aesthetic Value of Dialectality: Images of Ordinary Language Community Members]. Acta Linguistica Lithuanica. 2021, LXXXV, 262–292.

Linkevičiūtė, V. Joe Biden’s Conflict Communication Discourse with Vladimir Putin: the Geneva Case (2021). Eastern Journal of European Studies. 2021, 12: 244–262. https://doi.org/10.47743/ejes-2021-0212.

Linkevičiūtė, V. Review of Sorina Chiper’s book “Discourse studies in practice”. Respectus Philologicus. 2021, 40: 181–186. https://doi.org/10.15388/RESPECTUS.2021.40.45.103.

Culture and Digital Humanities. Dr E. Kiškina, Dr A. Kairaitytė-Užupė, Dr A. Kalėdienė.

The objectives of the research were to gather, digitize and investigate heritage phenomena of cultural groups, to carry out analysis of Soviet-era youth hippie groups, to examine folk piety narratives about saints in Lithuanian culture of the middle of the 20th to the beginning of the 21st century.

Main publication:

Kairaitytė, A. (2021). Liaudiškasis pamaldumas: naratyvai apie šventuosius XX a. vidurio – XXI a. pradžios Lietuvos kultūroje [Folk piety narratives about saints in Lithuanian culture of the middle of the 20th to the beginning of the 21st century]. Monograph. Vilnius University Press. 157 p.

International Research Projects

Cost action. Leading Platform for European Citizens, Industries, Academia and Policymakers in Media Accessibility (LEAD-ME OC-2019-1-24171). Prof. L. Huber. 2020–2024.

The project aims to help all stakeholders in the field of Media Accessibility and cross-cutting topics in Europe to meet the legal milestones requested by the recently passed European legislation. LEAD-ME will boost a cultural change and the creation of a new mind-set when designing tools for professional and private activities for all European citizens of all abilities and disabilities.

National Research Projects

State Commission of the Lithuanian Language. Linguistic Features of Lithuanian Slang (No. K-16/2019/(1.78)SU-1397). Assoc. Prof. Dr R. Kudirka. 2019–2021.

The aim of the project is to describe in detail and systematically the adverbs, adjectives, verbs and nouns of the Lithuanian language in the aspect of origin, formation and pronunciation. Research methods: structural, morphological, derivative, and etymological analysis.

Main publication:

Kudirka, R. Lietuvių kalbos žargono priesaginiai būdvardžiai ir subūdvardėję dalyviai. Respectus Philologicus. 2021, 40: 35–47. https://doi.org/10.15388/RESPECTUS.2021.40.45.90.

Research Council of Lithuania, Lithuanian Studies and Dissemination Programme (2016–2024). An Open-Access Database and Research of Self-Published Informal Lithuanian Youth Press (fanzines). Assoc. Prof. Dr E. Kiškina. 2021–2023.

The aim of the project is to collect and digitize a comprehensive archive of informal Lithuanian youth press, self-published during the Soviet occupation and in the first decade of Lithuania’s independence (1968–2000), mainly focusing on gathering a collection of fanzines.

Research Council of Lithuania, NRP Welfare Society. Inclusive Culture: the Study on Accessibility of Audiovisual Products for the Visually and Hearing Impaired. Assoc. Prof. Dr L. Niedzviegienė. 2021–2022.

The project is dedicated towards the analysis of the opportunities for socially vulnerable groups – the visually and hearing impaired – to fully participate in the Lithuanian cultural life: watch movies, attend performances, participate in events, etc. This project aims at assessing the quality and benefits of the audiovisual products which have already been made accessible in Lithuania. Moreover, needs of blind and deaf viewers will be identified and guidelines for the adaptation of audiovisual products will be provided.

Development of Scientific Competences of Scientists, other Researchers and Students through Practical Research Activities (Postdoctoral Fellowships). Translation of Culture Specific Items in Contemporary Lithuanian Dubbed Films (No. 09.3.3-LMT-K-712-23-0178). Dr J. Astrauskienė, Prof. Dr D. Satkauskaitė (supervisor). 2021–2023.
The research aims to analyse the strategies and procedures of the translation of culture-specific items in selected Lithuanian-dubbed animated films released in 2015–2020.

Research Council of Lithuania. Henry Parland’s Semiosphere (No. 09.3.3-LMT-K-712-23-0109). Dr G. Vaitonytė, Prof. Dr S. Radzevičienė (supervisor). 2021–2023.

The purpose of the project is to study Henry Parland’s semiotic continuum, in which the Parlandian meaning is formed. The tasks of the research are as follows: to analyse communication processes within texts and contexts, to investigate the mobility of Parland’s semiosphere, to determine the effect of the Parland phenomenon on cultural memory, to define Parland’s semiotic continuum.

MAIN R&D&I (RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION) PARTNERS

Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain)
University of Warsaw (Poland)
University of Łódź (Poland)
Bologna University (Italy)
Institute of Lithuanian Language (Lithuania)
State Commission of the Lithuanian Language (Lithuania)
Lithuanian Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired (Lithuania)

OTHER RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

Prof. Dr D. Aliūkaitė

Dr J. Astrauskienė

Prof. Dr G. Bankauskaitė

Assoc. Prof. Dr R. Baranauskienė

Assoc. Prof. Dr S. Biržietienė

Prof. Dr H. H. Drößiger

Prof. Dr L. Huber

Assoc. Prof. Dr S. Juzelėnienė

Assoc. Prof. Dr E. Keturakienė

  • member of the Association of Lithuanian Comparative Literature, htttp:/www.llla.lt.

Prof. Dr J. Krūminienė

Assoc. Prof. Dr Ilona Mickienė

Assoc. Prof. Dr Ž. Nemickienė

Assoc. Prof. Dr L. Niedzviegienė

Assoc. Prof. Dr S. Šarkauskienė

Assoc. Prof. Dr D. Urbonienė

Assoc. Prof. Dr E. Gabrėnaitė

MOST IMPORTANT NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL AWARDS RECEIVED FOR R&D ACTIVITIES

CONSULTATIONS PROVIDED BY THE UNIT TO THE PUBLIC OR ECONOMIC ENTITIES

  • Laura Niedzviegienė. A practical training „Vizualiosios medžiagos garsinis vaizdavimas (GV)” [Audio Description of Visual Material] for the staff of the Lithuanian Library for the Blind. 11 June 2021.
  • Jurgita Kerevičienė and Laura Niedzviegienė. A practical training about accessibility of information for people with visual or hearing impairment for specialists of human rights and stuff of „Nepatogus kinas“ [Inconvenient Films]. 18 June 2021.
  • Laura Niedzviegienė. A training course "Audiodescription in visual arts" together with Kristina Meilūnaitė and Lina Puodžiūnė at Kaunas Cultural Centre of Various Nations, 19–23 October 2021, https://www.facebook.com/KaunasCulturalCentre/posts/4453149894768312.

MOST IMPORTANT RESEARCH DISSEMINATION ACTIVITIES


THE INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES AND APPLIED INFORMATICS (SMTII)

Muitinės 8, LT-03225 Kaunas
Tel. 422 477
E-mail:
Head – Dr Giedrius Romeika

STAFF

Professors: Distinguished Prof. Dr V.V. Fomin, Dr Habil. R. Čiegis, Dr E. Jasinskas (part-time), Dr V. Jurėnienė, Dr A. Mikalauskienė, Dr K. Rudžionienė, Habil. Dr D. Štreimikienė, Dr A. Lopata, Dr D. Krikščiūnienė, Dr V. Sakalauskas, (part-time), Dr R. Kanapickienė (part-time), Dr T. Limba (part-time).
Associate professors: Dr G. Gipienė, Dr E. Freitakas, Dr I. Kiaušienė, Dr R. Klimaitienė, Dr A. Novelskaitė (part-time), Dr R. Pučėtaitė (part-time), Dr R. Pušinaitė-Gelgotė, Dr A. Rimkutė, Dr I. Šarkiūnaitė, Dr L. Bikulčienė (part-time), Dr K. Driaunys, Dr S. Masteika, Dr V. Rudžionis, (part-time), Dr A. Chaževskas (part-time).
Assistant professors: Dr P. Astromskis (part-time), Dr R. Bartkutė (part-time), Dr I. Griesienė (part-time), Dr G. Romeika (part-time), Dr M. Valukonis, Dr P. Aniūnas (part-time), Dr. R. Danielienė, Dr V. Moskaliova, Dr A. Ramanauskaitė (part-time), Dr M. Sarvutytė-Gailiūnienė (part-time), Dr I. Šikšnelytė-Butkienė (part-time), Dr I. Mikalauskas (part-time), Dr M. Vaitonis, Dr K. Korovkinas (part-time); Dr E. Kisielius (part-time).
Lecturers: J. Vilkevičiūtė (part-time), K. Kubilevičius (part-time), I. Veitaitė (part-time).
Teaching assistants: D. Balevičienė (part-time), I. Ščiukauskė (part-time), P. Boreika (part-time), P. Danielius (part-time), A. Ūsas (part-time), O. Pavlova (part-time), U. Pavlovaite (part-time).
Research professors: Prof. Dr R. Čiegis (part-time), Prof. Dr V. Fomin (part-time), Prof. Dr D. Štreimikienė (part-time).
Senior researcher: Dr A. Novelskaitė (part-time).
Researchers: Dr Laurynas Dovydaitis, Dr Šikšnelytė-Butkienė (part-time), Dr. R. Danielienė (part-time).
Doctoral students: S. Jurgelėnas (on academic leave), P. Boreika (on academic leave), I. Vitkauskaitė, D. Balevičienė, I. Ščiukauskė, A. R. Medeišienė, M. Vijūnas (on academic leave), S. Mirinavičienė, A. Ūsas, L. Matusevičienė (on academic leave), P. Danielius, N. Makrickienė (on academic leave), O. Pavlova, S. Jurėnė, V. Janavičienė, U. Pavlovaitė, M. Norvaišaitė, I. Urbonavičiūtė, M. Kamali Saraji, M. Kasradze, A.Kukytė
Professors of practice: Dr C. Frattima, Dr D. Dilijonas.
Associate professors practice: M. Dubnikovas, Dr. M. Ambraziūnas.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Innovation management
Human resource management
International human resource management
Sustainable development of tourism
Business models
Social entrepreneurship, young social entrepreneurs
Social enterprises
Sustainable development, social acceptance of technologies, economic trends, innovations, technological advances
Research of corporate finance in Central and Eastern Europe
Evaluation, accounting and reporting on intellectual capital
Theoretical and practical aspects of taxation
The problems of commercial bank and central bank in Central and Eastern Europe
Research of accounting quality in small and medium-sized enterprises
Development of cultural industries in Lithuania
Cultural tourism industry
Cultural heritage industry
Activities and management of cultural centres
Creative cities and clusters
Culture and consumption, peculiarities of contemporary cultural needs in Lithuanian society
Educational issues in cultural organization management
Gender issues
Organizational ethics and corporate social responsibility
Research ethics
Organizational communication
Strategic management
Organizational behaviour and development
Enterprise modelling methods, requirements engineering, enterprise data and knowledge modelling, management of information processing and CASE tools
Decision support systems in financial and currency markets, portfolio management and loan risk analysis, logistic capital accumulation models, financial anomalies and bubbles
Intelligent computational models for integrated research of marketing, e-commerce, e-banking, e-learning and social network information
Complex evaluation of customer behaviour
Dynamic process modelling by applying fuzzy cognitive models
Designing the Quality and Cost containment coherence framework for prudent modelling of innovative health care systems
Development, integration, and implementation of high frequency trading models in financial markets on high-performance computing platforms
Implementing the smart contracts via online transactions and other peer-to-peer-based solutions for the sharing economy in online market places
Development block chain or public ledger via peer-to-peer technology based solutions in autonomous decentralized organizations
Artificial intelligence for speech recognition and analysis technologies (Lithuanian language)
Intelligent models for marketing systems, social networks, e-business, e-learning and e-government

RESEARCH PROJECTS CARRIED OUT IN 2021

Projects funded by the University

Sustainability Assessment. Prof. Dr Habil. D. Štreimikienė, Prof. Dr Habil. R. Čiegis, Assoc. Prof. Dr I. Kiaušienė, Prof. Dr A. Mikalauskienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr R. Pušinaitė-Gelgotė, Assist Prof. Indrė Šikšnelytė-Butkienė, Assist. Prof. Dr Ingrida Griesienė, Assist Prof. Rasa Bartkutė, Assist.Prof. I. Mikalauskas, PhD students: S. Jurgelėnas, Mahyar Saraji Kamali, Mariam Kasradze.

The sustainability assessment methodology for sustainability assessment of countries and regions was developed. This methodology integrates sustainability assessment of the most important branches of economy including energy sector. The developed methodology was empirically tested in energy sector. The most important sustainable energy indicators were identified and framework for linking these indicators in the chain of mutual impacts was developed. The sustainability assessment of energy sector development in the Baltic Sea Region was performed by applying developed methodology and several multi-criteria decision aiding tools.

Main publications:

Šikšnelytė-Butkienė, I. A systematic literature review of indices for energy poverty assessment: a household perspective. Sustainability. 2021, 13(19): 10900.

Sarwar, S., Štreimikienė, D., Waheed, R., Mighri, Z. Revisiting the empirical relationship among the main targets of sustainable development: Growth, education, health and carbon emissions. Sustainable Development. 2021, 29(2): 419–440.

Balezentis, T., Streimikiene, D., Shen, Z. Towards carbon free economy and electricity: The puzzle of energy costs, sustainability and security based on willingness to pay. Energy. 2021, 214: 119081.

Solving and Improving Accounting and Financial Problems. Prof. Dr K. Rudžionienė, Prof. R. Kanapickienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr G. Gipienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr Eduardas Freitakas, Assoc. Prof. Dr Rūta Klimaitienė, Assist. Prof. Dr Agnė Ramanauskaitė, Assist. Prof. Dr Mantas Valukonis, Assist. Prof. Dr P. Aniūnas, PhD students: Lina Matusevičienė, Mindaugas Vijūnas, Inga Urbonavičiūtė.

Investigations are carried out in the following directions:

  • analyses of accounting quality in Lithuanian companies, to investigate financial and non-financial information disclosure and quality of this information, to identify problems and to offer solutions;
  • investigating financial markets, the development of financial institutions in Lithuania, to research the practice of risk management, assessment, to offer improve these areas.

Main publication:

Kanapickienė, R., Keliuotytė-Staniulėnienė, G., Teresienė, D., Budrienė, D., Valukonis, M. Vyriausybių taikomos COVID-19 pandemijos padarinių minimizavimo priemonės: netiesioginė finansinė pagalba verslui [Measures taken by governments to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic: indirect financial support to business]. Buhalterinės apskaitos teorija ir praktika. 2021, 23: 2.

Entrepreneurship Development. Prof. Dr E. Jasinskas, Distinguished Prof. Dr V.V. Fomin, Assoc. Prof. Dr I. Šarkiūnaitė, Assist. Prof. Dr G. Romeika, PhD students: I. Ščiukauskė, I. Vitkauskaitė, A. Ūsas, O. Pavlova, A. Kukytė, V. Janavičienė.

The activities of the research group are related to various levels of entrepreneurship development: human resource management, strategic development of organizations, innovation management, business environment, consumer behaviour. All of the above-mentioned research areas are closely related to the paradigm of sustainable business development, evaluating current and future challenges, global organizations and local business management solutions.

Main publications:

Kovanovienė, V., Romeika, G., Baumung, W. Creating value for the consumer through marketing communication tools. Journal of Competitiveness. 2021, 13(1): 59–75.

Düdder, B., Fomin, V., Gürpinar, T., Henke, M., Iqbal, M., Janavičienė, V., Matulevičius, R., Straub, N., Haiqin, W. Interdisciplinary blockchain education: utilizing blockchain technology from various perspectives. Frontiers in Blockchain. 2021, 4: 578022.

Kukytė, A., Jasinskas, E. The management of a virtual project team in an international company: the perspective of virtual project team leaders. Tiltai. 2021, 86(1): 168–185.

Cultural Industries and Innovations. Prof. Dr V. Jurėnienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr R. Pučėtaitė, Assoc. Prof. Dr A. Rimkutė, Assist. Prof. I. Griesienė, Assist. Prof. Dr M. Sarvutytė-Gailiūnienė, PhD students: D. Balevičienė, I. Vitkauskaitė, S. Jurėnė, U. Pavlovaitė.

The group carries out research on creative industries and their influence on organizational and national competitiveness as well as individual, social and national identity and image making. It focuses on reputation management in social media, peculiarities of communication management for branding of companies, cities and states. Another aspect of their research encompasses the impact of cultural diversity on organizational innovativeness and its outcomes such as artistic innovations or cultural enterprises. Cultural diversity is approached both from organizational and communities (countryside and urban, communities of practice in organizations) perspectives. This gains momentum considering the recent social issues of immigrant flows to Europe, emigration rates from Lithuania and cultural activities of Lithuanian Diasporas worldwide. From a diversity perspective, women studies constitute a specific area of the group‘s research. The group plans to provide research-informed advice to public bodies on economic (innovation), cultural and migration policy development.

Main publications:

Balevičienė, D. Cultural diversity management models and organizational innovativeness [Моделі управління культурною різноманітністю та інноваційністю організацій]. Інтелект ХХІ. 2021, 2: 5–12.

Balevičienė, D., Huber, L. General aspects and perspectives of immigrant diversity in organizations. European Integration Studies. 2021, 15: 208–220.

Organizational Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Social Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management. Assoc. Prof. Dr R. Pučėtaitė, Assoc. Prof. Dr A. Novelskaitė, Assoc. Prof. Dr R. Pušinaitė-Gelgotė, PhD students: R. A. Medeišienė, M. Norvaišaitė.

Research of the relationship between socially responsible human resource management practices and turnover intentions moderated by supervisor’s gender, construction of unity and fragmentation in organisational culture through discourses of trust and distrust were explored in Finnish organisations. Results of an international intensive course “Cases in Organizational Ethics” were presented in a research publication. Empirical data for an international project “CSR research and teaching in Central and Eastern Europe” led by Sussex University (UK) were collected. Research proposal on dignity management in public organisations was submitted to Research Council of Lithuania.

Main publication:

Tauginienė, L. (comp.). Managing Social Responsibility in Universities. Organisational Responses to Sustainability. Tauginienė Loreta, Pucėtaitė Raminta (Eds.). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. 2021, 140 p.

Intelligent Decision Support Systems and Knowledge-Based Applications in Finance, e-Business, Marketing, Health Care. Prof. Dr V. Sakalauskas, Prof. Dr D. Krikščiūnienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr S. Masteika, Assist. Prof. Dr M. Vaitonis, Assist. Prof. Dr K. Korovkinas, PhD students: P. Danielius, S. Jurėnė.

The focus was on big data visualization that is based on dimensionality reduction methods. Research was focused on proposed a multi-level method for data clustering and visualization. It divides the whole data mining process into separate steps and applies particular dimensionality reduction method considering the analysed data volume and type. The methods are selected according to their speed and accuracy. Therefore, ongoing research of comparison of the selected methods according to these two criteria was presented. Three groups of datasets containing different kind of data are used for methods evaluation. The factors that influence speed or accuracy are determined.

Main publications:

Swedberg, K., Cawley, D., Ekman, I., Rogers, H. L., Antonic, D., Behmane, D., Björkman, I., Britten, N., Buttigieg, S. C., Byers, V., Börjesson, M., Corazzini, K., Fors, A., Granger, B., Joksimoski, B., Lewandowski, R., Sakalauskas, V., Srulovici, E., Törnell, J., Wallström, S., Wolf, A., Lloyd, H. M. Testing cost containment of future health care with maintained or improved quality – The COST CARES project. Health Science Reports. 2021, 4(2): e309.

Krikščiūnienė, D., Sakalauskas, V., Imbrazas, A. Grey Wolf Optimization Model for the best Mean-Variance based stock portfolio selection. Innovations in bio-inspired computing and applications: proceedings of the 11th international conference IBICA 2020, 16–18 December 2020, Abraham, A., Sasaki, H., Rios, R., Gandhi, N., Singh, U., Ma, K. (Eds.). 2021.

Cyber Security Research. Assist. Prof. Dr R. Danelienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr K. Driaunys, Assoc. Prof. Dr V. Rudžionis, Assist. Prof. Dr V. Moskaliova, Dr L. Dovydaitis.

Main publication:

Rudžionis, V. E., Danielienė, R. Norgaila, E., Driaunys, K., Moskaliova, V. Phishing awareness: goals and reality [Проблеми кібербезпеки інформаційно-телекомунікаційних систем: Збірник матеріалів доповодідей та тез]. Київ, 15–16 квітня 2021, 43–48.

Research Projects

Responsible Research and Innovation Networked Globally (RRING). Project funded under H2020-EU.5.f. Grant agreement ID: 788503. Assoc. Prof. A. Novelskaitė. 2018–2021.

The overall project aim is to bring RRI into the linked up global world to promote mutual learning and collaboration in RRI. This will be achieved by the formation of the global RRING community network and by the development and mobilisation of a global Open Access RRI knowledge base. RRING will align RRI to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a global common denominator.

SPEAR – Supporting and Implementing Plans for Gender Equality in Academia and Research. Funding from the European Commission under H2020-SWAFS-2018-2020 under the grant agreement No. 824544. Assoc. Prof. A. Novelskaitė.

SPEAR’s central objective is to support and implement GEPs based on a step-by-step guide to GEP implementation devised by the European Institute for Gender Equality. SPEAR employs this guide with a unique methodological path committed to creative, open, mitigating, processual, accountable, SMART, and sustainable changes (SPEAR’s COMPASS).

COST action CA 15122: European Network for Cost Containment and Improved Quality of Health Care http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/ca/CA15222. Prof. Dr D. Krikščiūnienė, Prof. Dr V. Sakalauskas.

This COST Action aims at supporting the scientific research and technology development necessary for a breakthrough in the field of cost-containment in healthcare while also maintaining the quality of health care. So far, the EU R&D agenda has under-examined this aspect while in nearly every COST Member Country rising costs of healthcare are becoming a major societal problem.

COST Action CA19117: Researcher Mental Health (ReMo) https://www.cost.eu/actions/CA19117. Assoc. Prof. A. Novelskaitė, Assoc. Prof. R. Pučėtaitė, PhD student A. R. Medeišienė.

ReMO focuses on wellbeing and mental health within academia, a theme of strategic importance for the European Research Area.

Fuse IT (Future Competences Pathways for Marketing and ICT Education) ERASMUS+ KA2: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices. Vilnius University- project coordinator. https://www.knf.vu.lt/en/fuseit#about-the-project.

The project addresses the education and labour market requirements for professional skills and knowledge for students and graduates in university (including life-long learning activities). It will analyse, design, develop and implement an up-to-date curriculum, e-learning materials, blended learning environment, ICT knowledge and skills self-evaluation and certification system simulations.

Safeguarding against Phishing in the age of 4th Industrial Revolution (CyberPhish) ERASMUS+ KA2: 2020-1-LT01-KA203-078070. Vilnius University- project coordinator. 02 November 2020–01November 2022.

The project addresses the education and labour market requirements for cybersecurity/phishing skills and knowledge for students and graduates in university (including life-long learning activities).The overall project objectives are to analyse, design, develop and implement an up-to-date curriculum, e-learning materials, blended learning environment, knowledge and skills self-evaluation and knowledge evaluation system simulations for students and other users in order to prevent from phishing attacks, raise competencies in this area for identification and prevention of threats.

Training the Educators to Facilitate the Teaching and Assessment of Abstract Syllabus by the Use of Serious Games (TEGA), ERASMUS+ KA2: 2020-1-UK01-KA203- 079248. Vilnius University - project partner.

The project aims to support the game-based teaching/learning by training the higher educator facilitators in teaching abstract concepts; to include people with learning disabilities, non-native langue speakers and more reserved personalities and also to include all types of learner types (Visual, Audio, Reading and Kinaesthetic); to provide a consistent training mapped against the European framework.

Transnational Cooperation Initiative Fostering Developing forward Thinking Skills of Students, Teachers and Workforce in Sustainability-Relevant Sectors Posed by Business 4.0 Trends through Innovation in Business & Engineering Education and Training (SMART skills 4.0). ERASMUS+ KA2: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices. Vilnius University- project partner.

The project’s aim is to support the development of forward thinking skills of students, teachers and workforce by designing, deploying and scaling-up the Educational Initiative (future-oriented curricula) facilitating innovation in business & engineering education and training, intercultural knowledge exchanges in various sustainability-relevant sectors of Business 4.0 and enhancing civic and responsible behaviour.

The Swedish Institute. Baltic Sea Region Climate Change Curriculum (BSRCCC) (SV3-1297). Project coordinator: Baltic University Programme’s coordinating secretariat, Uppsala University. VU researchers affiliated with the project: Prof. R. Čiegis. 01 September 2019–31 December 2020 (extended to 2021).

The Swedish Institute. Internationalizing Teaching with a Gender Perspective in the Baltic Region (09212-2020). Assoc. Prof. A. Novelskaitė. 2021–2022.

The purpose of this project is internationalizing undergraduate teaching in the Baltic Sea region by developing teaching methodologies inspired by gender research in Sweden, Russia and Lithuania.

National Research Projects

Research Council of Lithuania. Consumer Satisfaction through the Emotional Intelligence of the Museum as a Product Provider. Student’s summer internship programme. Supervisor: Prof. V. Jurėnienė.

Research Council of Lithuania. Evaluation of the Results and Impact of Reading Promotion Programs. Student’s summer internship programme. Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. A. Rimkutė.

Research Council of Lithuania. Accessibility of Art in the Region for People with Disabilities. Student’s summer internship programme. Supervisor: Assist. Prof. I. Griesienė.

Research Council of Lithuania National Science Program Modernity in Lithuania. (Un) Modernization of Modern Society: Changing Values in the Aspect of Gender Equality (P-MOD-21-11). Prof. V. Jurėnienė. 01 March 2021–31 December 2022.

MAIN R&D&I (RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION) PARTNERS

University of Latvia (Latvia)
Birmingham City University (United Kingdom)
Swedish School of Social Sciences (Sweden)
University of Jyväskylä, School of Business and Economics (Finland)
University of Tampere, School of Management (Finland)
University of Tartu (Estonia)
Poznan University of Economics (Poland)
Reutlingen University (Germany)
Cordoba University (Spain)
Intellerts BV Utrecht (Netherlands)
Tampere University of technologies (Finland)
Altacom (Estonia)
Bankera Center of Financial Technology (Lithuania)
Hostinger International
RMD Technologies (Lithuania)

OTHER RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

Prof. Dr R. Čiegis

Prof. Dr V. Fomin

Prof. Dr E. Jasinskas

Prof. Dr D. Krikščiūnienė

  • editor-in-chief of International Journal of Marketing Principles and Practices (IJMPP) (Online), http://www.theiimp.org/editorial-team/;
  • associated editor of International Journal of Computer Information Systems and Industrial Management Applications, http://www.mirlabs.org/ijcisim/editorial.php;
  • associated editor of the international journal Electronic Commerce Research and Applications, http://www.journals.elsevier.com/electronic-commerce-research-and-applications;
  • member of the editorial committee of the International Journal on Advances in Intelligent Systems (IARIA), http://www.iariajournals.org/intelligent_systems/;
  • Co-chair of the programme committee of workshop of international conference Workshop on Applications of Knowledge-Based Technologies in Business (AKTB) at International Conference on Business Information Systems (BIS), http://bis.kie.ue.poznan.pl;
  • member of the programme committees of the BIS, International Conference on Business Information Systems, http://bis.kie.ue.poznan.pl;
  • external member of Lab of Software Architectures and Information Systems (Lasaris), Faculty of Informatics of Masaryk University in Brno; https://sites.google.com/site/lasarisgroup/members;
  • membership in organizations:
  • IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society;
  • International Institute of Marketing Professionals (Canada);
  • Machine Intelligence Research Labs (MIR Labs) (USA);
  • Lithuanian Union of Statisticians (LSS);
  • Lithuanian Computer Society (LIKS);
  • SAP University Alliance
  • EU Research Project Application Evaluation Expert:
  • Horizon 2020 3rd Call Big Data for public health policy making;
  • COST OC-2016-1-21024 - European Network on Big Data Analytics for Decision Support;
  • Horizon 2020 Maria Sklodovska Kiuri programme in the group on Mathematics, Information Science and Engineering.

Prof. Dr V. Sakalauskas

Prof. Dr A. Mikalauskienė

  • member of the Association for Energy Economics, http://aee.lt/;
  • Technical Committee member of the Lithuanian Department of Statistics, http://www.lsd.lt/standards/tb.php;
  • member of International Institute of Social and Economic Sciences (IISES);
  • member of Economics Development Research Center (IEDRC).

Prof. Dr D. Štreimikienė

Prof. Dr K. Rudžionienė

  • member of the Association of Lithuanian Accounting Educators and Researchers;
  • editorial board member of the journal Accounting Theory and Practice.

Prof. Dr V. Jurėnienė

Assoc. Prof. Dr I. Šarkiūnaitė

  • editorial board member of the scientific journal Leisure Time Research, http://laisvalaikiotyrimai.lsu.lt/index.php/en/;
  • Chair of organizing and scientific committees of Annual Prof. Vladas Gronskas’ International Scientific Conference.

Assoc. Prof. Dr R. Klimaitienė

  • member of the Association of Lithuanian Accounting Educators and Researchers.

Assoc. Prof. Dr I. Kiaušienė

Assoc. Prof. Dr A. Rimkutė

Assoc. Prof. Dr R. Pučėtaitė

Assoc. Prof. Dr A. Novelskaitė

  • editorial board member of the journal Informacijos mokslai (Information Sciences), https://www.zurnalai.vu.lt/IM/about/editorialTeam;
  • researcher at the Network of Equal Opportunities of the Ministry of Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania;
  • member of Ethics Commission at Research Council of Lithuania.

Assoc. Prof. Dr Saulius Masteika

  • associated partner of Marie Curie Actions EU project Training in Modern Quantitative Methods and High-Performance Computing for Finance, http://www.hpcfinance.eu/;
  • associated partner of Tampere University of Technology in research project Efficient Numerical Methods on High-Performance Computing Platforms for the Underlying Financial Models;
  • member of the programme committee of Workshop on Applications of Knowledge-Based Technologies in Business (AKTB in conjunction with International Conference on Business Information Systems (BIS) Poznan, Poland;
  • editorial board member of the journal Transformations in Business and Economy.

Assoc. Prof. Dr V. Rudžionis

Assist Prof. A. Ramanauskaitė

  • member of Lithuanian Chamber of Auditors (LCA), www.lar.lt;
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) by IIA Lithuania, www.theiia.org;
  • Certified Auditor (CA) by LCA, www.lar.lt.

Assist. Prof. Dr M. Valukonis

Assist. Prof. Dr Dovilė Balevičienė

Assist. Prof. Dr Giedrius Romeika

  • expert at Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (SKVC), field of Management, Marketing;
  • member of the programme committee of Workshop on Applications of Knowledge-Based Technologies in Business (AKTB) in conjunction with BIS, Poznan, Poland, http://bis.kie.ue.poznan.pl;
  • member of organizing and scientific committees of the Annual Prof. Vladas Gronskas’ International Scientific Conference.

Assist. Prof. Dr Indrė Šikšnelytė-Butkienė

Lecturer I. Veitaitė

  • editorial board member of proceedings of international conference Information Society and University Studies (CEUR Workshop Proceedings 2020, 2021).

MOST IMPORTANT PARTICIPATION CASES OF RESEARCHERS IN WORKING GROUPS OR COMMISSIONS SET UP BY STATE AUTHORITIES, STATE AND MUNICIPAL INSTITUTIONS AND ORGANISATIONS, AND BUSINESS ENTITIES

  • Prof. Dr Dalia Štreimikienė: expert of The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; expert of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
  • Prof. Dalia Krikščiūnienė: EU Research Project Application Evaluation: Expert Horizon Europe Widening participation and strengthening the European Research Area.
  • Disting. Prof. Dr Vladislav V. Fomin: expert of Latvian Academy of Sciences (www.lza.lv).
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr Raminta Pučėtaitė: evaluator of candidates to the doctoral programme Neuro-Innovation, University of Eastern Finland, funded by the EC Horizon 2020 RIA programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 101034307 (https://sites.uef.fi/neuro-innovation/).
  • Assoc. Prof. Aurelija Novelskaitė: member of Commission of Equal Opportunities for Women and Men (Ministry of Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania).
  • Assoc. Prof. Saulius Masteika: expert of Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology- MITA, governmental institution, responsible for implementation of innovation policy in Lithuania. Research fields: Fintech and blockchain applications in finance, private and public sectors.
  • Assist. Prof. Dr Ignas Mikalauskas: member of the working group for the renewal of the National Energy and Climate Action Plan in the field of energy, industry, transport, agriculture and forestry, waste / circular economy (Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania).

CONSULTATIONS PROVIDED BY THE UNIT TO THE PUBLIC OR ECONOMIC ENTITIES

  • Assist. Prof. Dr I. Griesienė. Trainings on the topic “Image of the Organization” for the organizers of event Kaunas - European Capital of Culture 2022.
  • Assist. Prof. Dr I. Griesienė, Assist. Prof. Dr G. Romeika. Research Development of a Methodology for Assessing the Expectations and Expectations of Existing Users of Cultural Services.
  • Assist. Prof. Dr I. Griesienė, Assist. Prof. Dr G. Romeika. Research Development of Virtual Guide User Profiling Methodology.
  • Assoc. Prof. K. Driaunys. Cyber security status and staff competency assessment services to 8 organizations.

MOST IMPORTANT NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL AWARDS RECEIVED FOR R&D ACTIVITIES

  • Prof. Dr Habil. Dalia Štreimikienė - Vilnius University Rector’s Award for Significant scientific achievements.

MOST IMPORTANT RESEARCH DISSEMINATION ACTIVITIES