Research clusters are active groups of researchers, representing various areas of science, who carry out common research or integrate studies and research, bringing together the scholarly potential of one or several units. The formation of clusters was launched in 2008, as a response to the Lithuanian and European research development programmes to enhance interdisciplinary scientific research. Currently 3 research clusters are active at the faculty.
European Public Sphere: Politics, Communication, Discourse
The idea of European Public Sphere – of media-sustained imaginary spaces where all of the diversities and commonalities of multicultural Europe are expressed and celebrated – is an appealing and thought-provoking concept and one that continuously attracts the attention of scholars, policy-makers, writers, and journalists from all over Europe. Therefore, the goal of the research cluster „European Public Sphere – Politics, Communication, Discourse“ at VMU is to find commonalities and intersections among those very diverse fields of Europeanization studies ranging from journalism, communication studies and identity issues, to regional studies, comparative politics and international relations. At the same time, this research perspective seeks to address new questions and includes these into the comparative research agenda. Read more.
Processes of International Relations and Security: Lithuania in Global Arena
The cluster aims to develop research on Lithuania’s foreign and security policy, international politics and security processes, the role of Lithuania in international processes, present the obtained research results to the institutions and wider society. Cluster members intend to develop a research methodology suitable for the analysis of Lithuanian foreign and security policy, and its activity in the international processes and predictions of future developments in Lithuanian foreign and security policy. Read more.
Inter-disciplinary Area Studies
The purpose of the cluster research is to carry out investigation into the processes within and between the different world regions in the political, economic, social, cultural, historical, intercultural, anthropology and other aspects. Read more.