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Dr. Rūta Vaičiūnienė


Dr. Rūta Vaičiūnienė

Senior Research Fellow,
exercising functions of the
Head of the Department,
LA CHILD, Smeak Projects
Senior Research Fellow

At the Law Institute of Lithuania since 2015


2015 PhD. in Social Sciences, Sociology. (PhD. thesis “Incarcerated Men’s Adaptation to Imprisonment in the Lithuanian Correctional Houses”)
Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania.

 2010 MA in Sociology
Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania.

2008 BA in History (Cultural History and Anthropology)
Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania


Research interests

Sociology of deviance, sociology of imprisonment and prison studies; critical criminology, sociology of gender; masculinity studies.



  1. Slade Gavin, Vaiciuniene Ruta. In comparative perspective: The effects of incarceration abroad on penal subjectivity among prisoners in Lithuania. European Journal of Criminology. 2018, Vol. 15(2): pp. 217–234.

  2. Vaiciuniene Ruta, Virsilas Vaidas. The Implementation and Application of Social Rehabilitation in Lithuanian Correctional Institutions. Vilnius: Law Institute of Lithuania. 2017, ISBN 978-9986-704-49-2                      

  3. Vaiciuniene Ruta. Prisoners’ Resocialisation in the Context of Prisons Subculture and Carceral Collectivism. In Sentencing and The Execution of Sentences: An International Comparison. Trends and Perspectives in Lithuania (ed. Gintautas Sakalauskas). Vilnius: Law Institute of Lithuania. 2017. pp. 181-204.

  4. Vaiciuniene Ruta, Tereskinas Arturas. Transformations in Prison Subculture and Adjustment to Imprisonment in Post-Soviet Lithuanian Penitentiary Institutions. East European Politics and Societies and Cultures. 2017 31 (3): pp. 659–679.

  5. Andrikienė Laima, Vaiciuniene Ruta. Gender Inequality in Lithuania. Analysis and Evaluation Based on the Gender Equality Index 2015 (by EIGE). Culture and society: journal of social research. Vytautas Magnus University. 2016 7 (1): 33 - 52.

  6. Vaiciuniene Ruta, Tereskinas Arturas. Adaptation to Imprisonment in Lithuanian Men's Prisons. In C. Damboeanu (ed.). Sociological Studies on Imprisonment. A European Perspective. Bucharest: Tritonic. 2015, p. 71–114. ISBN: 978-606-749-076-3.

  7. Tereskinas Arturas, Petkeviciute Ruta, Buciate- Vike Jurga, Indriliunaite Rasa. Men in the Economies of Disappointment: Between Good Life and Social Exclusion. Vytautas Magnus University: Versus Aureus. 2016. 129- 209. ISBN 9786094671913.

  8. Petkeviciute Ruta, Indriliunaite Rasa. The Inter-institutional Drift of Homeless Men. In Social Exclusion and Good Life in Lithuania (ed. Arturas Tereskinas, Jurga Bucaite- Vilke) Vytautas Magnus University: Versus Aureus. 2015 167- 211 ISBN 9786094671081.

  9. Petkeviciute Ruta. Incarcerated Masculinities: from Hypermasculinity to Masculine Front Management”. Culture and society: journal of social research. Vytautas Magnus University. 2014 5 (3): 11- 33.

  10. Petkeviciute Ruta. Social Exclusion and Criminalization: the Case Study of Homeless Ex-convicts. Culture and society: journal of social research. Vytautas Magnus University. 2014 5 (2): 85-104.

  11. Tereskinas Arturas, Petkeviciute Ruta. Fantasies of Good Life and Prison Masculinities: The Case of Alytus Correctional Facility”. Gender Studies and Šiauliai University. 2013 (1): 28- 38

  12. Petkeviciute Ruta. Masculinities in the Context of the Lithuanian Convict Subculture and Polish Convict Podculture”. Culture and society: journal of social research. Vytautas Magnus University 2010 1(2): 147- 169



European Society of Criminology, member since 2011

Lithuanian Sociological Association since 2011

European prison research group member since 2011

Lithuanian Association of Criminology, since 2013