Academic profile

Daiva Repečkaitė

MA with distinction in Sociology and Social Anthropology from Central European University (Hungary)

BA with distinction in Political Science from Vilnius University, best VU Pol.Sci. thesis 2007 award (Lithuania)

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Email: research@daivarepeckaite.com

Research interests:

  • Gender, ethnic and national stereotypes in the media and advertising;
  • Migration and ethnic categorization;
  • Discourses on EU-China relations;
  • EU education, research and innovation policy, particularly from the perspective of international cooperation.

Regional expertise:

  • East Asia,
  • Central and Eastern Europe,
  • Middle East (Israel).

Work experience in research:

  • Junior researcher at Vytautas Magnus University since February 2014;
  • Associated expert at European Network of Experts on Gender Equality;
  • Researcher at Public Policy and Management Institute (Vilnius, September 2008 – January 2012), senior researcher (January 2012 – January 2014);
  • Visiting research fellow at University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences (March-May 2009).

Teaching experience:

  • Assistant lecturer, Vilnius University, November 2012 – December 2013 (course title: Introduction to Social Theories)
  • Assistant lecturer, Vilnius University, February-June 2011 (course title: Politics of Memory: Central and Eastern Europe in a Comparative Perspective (in English))

Research outputs:

  • Publications on education and youth policy:
  • Academic article “Reframing European doctoral training for the new ERA” in European Journal of Higher Education;
  • Public Policy and Management Institute, “FP7 Marie Curie Actions Interim Evaluation” for European Commission Directorate-General for Education and Culture (2013);
  • Public Policy and Management Institute, “Interim Evaluation of Erasmus Mundus II (2007-2013)”  for European Commission Directorate-General for Education and Culture: final report, 2012;
  • LSE Enterprise, TARKI and Public Policy and Management Institute, “Feasibility study on student lending‘ for European Commission Directorate-General for Education and Culture (2011);
  • Public Policy and Management Institute, “Interim Evaluation of the Lifelong Learning Programme (2007-2013)”: final report and annexes for European Commission Directorate-General for Education and Culture (2011).
  • Public Policy and Management Institute, Study “Sharing the costs of vocational education and training: An analysis of schemes in the newer EU Member States”. Cedefop Panorama series, 182. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2009;
  • Publications on employment and equal opportunities:
  • PPMI Group and Public Policy and Management Institute, “Evaluation of the impact of EU structural support on the implementation of the horizontal priority “gender equality and non-discrimination”” (final report in Lithuanian; summary in English);
  • Public Policy and Management Institute, Study “Promotion of gender equality, non-discrimination and accessibility for disabled persons” for the European Commission DG Regional Policy (2009);
  • Public Policy and Management Institute, Study “Greening of industries in the EU:Anticipating and managing the effects on quantity and quality of jobs” for Eurofound (2013)
  • Publications on migration:
  • Repeckaite, Daiva. “Forced Multiculturalism in the Neighbourhood: Ethnic Privilege and Boundary-making in South Tel Aviv.” Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 2013, 13: 179–200. doi: 10.1111/sena.12025
  • Repečkaitė, Daiva. “Diaspora space as heard and observed” pp. 250 -260 in R. Cabecinhas & L. Abadia (eds) (2013), Narratives and social memory: theoretical and methodological approaches. Braga: Communication and Society Research Centre;
  • Public Policy and Management Institute, “Labour mobility within the EU: the impact of return migration” for Eurofound (2012);
  • Public Policy and Management Institute, “Evaluation of the effectiveness of Economic migration regulation strategy” for the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour, Lithuania (2008);
  • Repečkaitė, Daiva. “Japan’s immigration policy: closed front door and performative migration.Politologija, 2009, 4(56): 103-126;
  • Repečkaitė, Daiva. “Being JapPino: outstanding status and networking practices among Filipinos in Tokyo.Socialiniai mokslai, 2009, 4(66): 98-105.
  • Publications on media images and stereotyping:
  • Repečkaitė, Daiva, “Austerity against the Homo Sovieticus: Political control, class imaginings, and ethnic categorization in the Vilnius riots of 2009.” Focaal, 2011, 59: 51-65;
  • Repečkaitė, Daiva, “Between Dragons and Bridges: Production of Relational Knowledge about China.” Köln: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2011.
  • Conference papers:

  • Patchwork of projects or coherent strategy? Equal opportunities in the implementation of EU structural assistance in Lithuania at 2nd joint EU Cohesion Policy Conference “Challenges for the New Cohesion Policy 2014-2020: An Academic and Policy Debate” (Riga, 04-06/02/2015)
  • Battle for hearts and minds: European Neighbourhood Policy and East Asian interests at the section ‘Emerging Powers and Central and Eastern Europe: Missed Opportunities or Overestimated Perspectives?’, 4th International Congress of Belarusian Studies (Kaunas, October 3-5, 2014).
  • New ERA for doctoral education: students no more at European Research Area Collaborative Research Network conference “Governance of the Europe of Knowledge” (Cambridge, April 10-11, 2014)
  • Professionalization of Social Engagement Meets Disengaged Citizens at British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies Annual Conference (Cambridge, April 5-7, 2014)
  • Expert views: crafting expertise on China in European media at Baltic Alliance for Asian Studies (BAAS) Vilnius Conference 2014 (Vilnius, April 3-4, 2014)
  • Is europeanization of higher education inclusive? at summer school “Horizontal Europeanization – Field Specific Processes and Social Stratification” (Oldenburg, August 25-29, 2013)
  • The ethnicity of Soviet nostalgia: ethnicized violence, exclusion and riots in Vilnius at the CEU Sociology graduate conference ‘The Politics of Inequality and Difference: Critical Approaches in Anthropology and Sociology’ (Budapest, June 12-13, 2009)
  • Three Cents per Minute for a Woman: Passive Femininity in Lithuanian Commercials at the international interdisciplinary conference “Culture and media: local and global aspects” (Vilnius, May 22-23, 2009)
  • ‘Natural’ national family: the Lithuanian case at the international conference ‘Lithuania and Belarus: policies of normalisation’ (Vilnius, May 8, 2009)
  • Home in the language: identity-building and cultural practices of Russian-speaking Israelis at the CEU Anthropology graduate conference ‘Entity, Construction, Relation: Critical Approaches to Time/Space, the State and Knowledge Production in Sociology and Social Anthropology’ (Budapest, June 12-13, 2010)
  • Reluctant neighbors: Ethnicity, housing problems and mobilization in Tel Aviv at Regional Studies Association Research network “The impact of global economic crisis on capital cities” Seminar “Crisis and cities: a dual world of capital cities” (Warsaw, September 23, 2011)
  • Forced Multiculturalism in the Neighbourhood: Ethnic Privilege and Boundary-making in South Tel Aviv at the 22nd Annual ASEN Conference “Nationalism, Ethnicity and Boundaries” (London, March 27-29, 2012)
  • ‘Diaspora space’ as heard and observed at the international seminar “Narratives and social memory: theoretical and methodological approaches” (Braga, June 29-30, 2012)
  • Repairing Zionism vs. Importing Soviet Values: Russian-Speakers Between East and West at the Association for Israel Studies annual meeting (Los Angeles, June 23-26, 2013)
  • Imagery of the Russian-speaking immigrants in Israel at the 5th global conference “Strangers, aliens & foreigners” (Oxford, September 5-7, 2013)
  • Projects:

  • Israeli Government scholarship for study of new immigrants from ex-USSR (Tel Aviv, 2009-2010).
  • Japan Foundation scholarship for research project „Japanese attitudes towards migration and migrants: space, gender and perceptions of threat” (Tokyo, March-April)
  • Case study of Anykščiai (North-Eastern Lithuania) within the framework of the project ‘Jewish heritage in towns’ by the Center for Studies of the Culture History of East European Jews (Vilnius-Anykščiai, July-August 2006).
  • ‘Civil society of the town X’: research assistant for the survey, in-depth interviews and data processing within the framework of students’ academic internship programme by the Lithuanian Science Council at the Culture, Philosophy and Arts Institute (Vilnius-undisclosed town, July-August 2005).
  • ‘Welfare and democracy: social-economic differences and democracy satisfaction in Lithuania’: research assistant for the qualitative study on behalf of the ESTEP and the Institute of International Relations and Political Science (Vilnius).

Other education

  • “Media, democratization and international development: foundations for a more robust research agenda”: summer school organised by Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Center for Media and Communication Studies at the Central European University (Budapest, June 28-July 15, 2009). Fieldwork with a focus on minority media.
  • Erasmus exchange programme at Gothenburg University (Sweden, August 2005-January 2006). Area of focus: gender and politics in Sweden and Lithuania.

Research methods:

  • In-depth interviews,
  • Discourse analysis,
  • Statistical methods (SPSS, basic Stata),
  • Qualitative comparative analysis.

Languages spoken:

  • Lithuanian – native
  • English – fluent (12 years of studying, IELTS score in 2006 – 8 (out of 9));
  • German – intermediate communication skills, good reading skills (7 years of studying);
  • Russian – good communication, reading skills, intermediate writing skills (self-taught);
  • Japanese – intermediate spoken communication skills, basic reading and writing skills (2 years of studying);
  • Swedish – good written communication skills, intermediate oral communication skills (3 months of studying);
  • Hebrew – intermediate.