Lukas Ivanauskas

PhD candidate
Research areas
European studies
Comparative politics and political sociology
Political theory

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Lukas Ivanauskas received his both BA (Political Science, 2019) and MA (Contemporary Politics, 2021) degrees with Cum Laude Diplomas at IIRPS VU. His Master’s Thesis “Is There an Alternative to Atheistic Contemporary Politics? (A)theistic Political Considerations of Alexandre Kojève and Carl Schmitt” (supervisor prof. A. Jokubaitis) was recognized as the best in the Contemporary Politics study program.

As an exchange student, he spent a semester at the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po, France) in 2017. Since 2021, Lukas has been preparing his dissertation on how the different modes of political reasoning – philosophy, theology and science – shape our perceptions of the political life (supervisor prof. Alvydas Jokubaitis).

Lukas is a shareholder of the independent Baltic research and policy center AfriKo where he is responsible for research activities. In 2021, he was elected to the Board of National Non-Governmental Development Cooperation Organisations’ Platform of Lithuania.


Researcher and project coordinator of the Baltics-EU-Africa Trialogue project (2021-2022). The Trialogue project is funded by the Active Citizens Fund.

Selected conference papers

Lukas Ivanauskas, Eugenija Kovaliova, Mantė Makauskaitė, “The Baltics in Africa: Between Policy Takers and Policy Makers” presentation in the international conference “Viva Africa 2019”, Olomouc (Czech Republic), 28 November 2019.

Lukas Ivanauskas, Eugenija Kovaliova, Mantė Makauskaitė, “Baltic states in Africa: North-South, South-South or what?” presentation in the international conference “ECAS 2019 Africa: Connections and Disruptions”, Edinburgh (United Kingdom), 14 July 2019.

Research interests

Modes of Political Reason

Political Philosophy

Political Theology

Philosophy of Social Sciences

EU-Africa policy

Africa policy of Baltic countries


Ivanauskas, L., Kovaliova E., Makauskaitė M., Narkutė G. (2020). „Evolution of Icelandic and Czech development cooperation in the context of OECD DAC membership: Potential directions for the Baltics.“ AfriKo. Online access: https://www.afriko.lt/wp-content/uploads/OECD_DAC_Potential-directions-for-the-Baltics.pdf