Below you will find current research projects that concern Lithuania.

Ethnobotany of Europe: A Journey Across Folk Wild Plant Uses in the European Continent

Duration: 2015 - ongoing

Project leader: Ingvar Svanberg & Renata Sõukand (Tartu University)  | Project page

Laboratories of Marketization: A Historical Reassessment of Economic Reforms at the Soviet Union´s Western Fringes, 1987-1991

Duration: 1 October 2014 - 30 September 2017

Project leader: Fredrik Stöcker | Project page

This project reassesses the dynamics of economic reform in the Baltics and Ukraine during perestroika. Focusing on the cooperation between reform-minded bureaucrats, private entrepreneurs and Western advisors and investors, the project aims at uncovering the various mechanisms that lay behind the development of ‘embryonic capitalisms’ in the western Soviet borderlands.

Compliance with Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights and Domestic Change in Post-Soviet States

Duration: September 2013 - June 2018

Project leader: Ausra Padskocimaite | Project page

The focus of the PhD project is the domestic implementation of the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights in post-communist states. The aim of the dissertation is to understand under what conditions domestic implementation of the judgments is effective, i.e. leads to positive legal changes in the specific area of human rights.

Research Network: Eastern-European Ethnobiologists

Duration: 2010 - ongoing

Project leader: Ingvar Svanberg | Project page

In October 2010 a significant workshop called »Old treasures in the new Europe«, with representatives from many European countries, was organized in Padise, Estonia. This was a new beginning for ethnobiological research in northern, eastern and south-eastern Europe. A new network of dedicated, mostly young, scholars from various countries has emerged. In October 2011 we met again, this time in the village of Királyrét in northern Hungary, thus attracting further scholars from a wider circle of countries in the eastern and south-eastern parts of Europe. A third meeting was held in Kików near Busko Zdrój, Poland, in October 2013. The network that emerged from these three meetings has been vital and has created co-operation, and opportunities for the co-authoring of many scientific publications.