Dr. Ramūnas Vilpišauskas

Jean Monnet Chair Professor

Ramūnas Vilpišauskas is a professor at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University (IIRPS VU), where he has been teaching since 1996. Since October 2020, he holds a distinctive position of Jean Monnet Chair. Between 2009 and 2019 prof. Vilpišauskas was the director of IIRPS VU. 2002-2004 prof. R. Vilpišauskas was also teaching EU-related courses and conducting research abroad as a visiting fellow in Global Affairs Institute (Canada), Syracuse University (the USA), Carleton University (Canada).

He developed relevant practical experience of policy advice working as a Chief Economic and Social Policy Advisor to the President of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus during his second term in 2004-2009 (for three years in 2006-2009 also working as a Chief of staff of the President). In addition, professor has been providing public policy expertise for various institutional commissions and advisory bodies of Lithuania and the EU. He has also contributed to the preparation of the main European strategic documents of Lithuania (Lithuania’s European Policy Strategy prepared by the Strategic Studies Center, Lithuanian European Policy Guidelines for 2008-2013, Guidelines for increasing Lithuania’s influence and competitiveness in the European Union, commissioned by the Prime Minister’s Office in 2010, concept paper for the working group of the Parliamentary Committees of European Affairs and Foreign Affairs on the future of the EU in 2017, and others).

Ramūnas Vilpišauskas graduated from Vilnius University (BA, Faculty of Economics), Institute of International Relations and Political Science (MA and PhD), Lancaster University (MA). He studied or trained at the University of Oslo (Norway), the European University Institute (Italy), the University of Columbia (USA) (Fulbright Scholarship), and other foreign higher education institutions. The professor received the Swedish Institute’s Management Program Diploma (program for Strategic and Executive Management and Leadership Skills Development), and Carleton University’s International Trade Policy and Negotiation Certificate.

Research projects

Selected conference papers

  • “Flexibility as small state strategy: explaining Lithuania’s adjustment successes” (co-author), paper presented at the biennial conference of the European Union Studies Association (EUSA), Denver, May 9-11, 2019;
  • “Susceptibility of Ukrainian and Belorussian actors to external actors’ approaches: puzzling patterns of transition” (co-author), paper presented at the biennial conference of the European Union Studies Association (EUSA), Denver, May 9-11, 2019;
  • “Lithuania’s position in Brexit negotiations”, presentation at the conference ESRC funded project (UK in the changing Europe) Negotiating Brexit: Where now?, London: British Academy, October 23, 2018;
  • “Trade and economic cooperation dynamics of the associated countries: results, trends and outlook”, presentation at the 2nd Association Exchange Forum, Kiev, September 19-21, 2018;
  • “Markets, money and welfare”, presentation at the conference of the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute Nordic-Baltic visions for Europe: does the EU unite or divide the Nordic-Baltic region?, Tallinn, September 7, 2018.

Courses taught

Political economy of European integration

Emerging regions of the world

Global issues and the EU

EU public policies

Contemporary challenges of the EU

Political economy

Research interests

European economic and political integration


International political economy

Analysis of changes in public policy and the role of the state

Institutional and economic reforms


Vilpišauskas, R. (2021) “Lithuania: Euroscepticism—Present on the Margins.” In: Kaeding, M., Pollak, J., Schmidt, P. (eds) Euroscepticism and the Future of Europe. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-41272-2_22

Vilpišauskas, R., Jakniūnaitė, D., Jaroszewicz, M., Jonavičius, L. (2020) “Susceptibility of Ukrainian and Belarusian domestic actors to external actors’ approaches: puzzling patterns of transition”, East European Politics, 37:1, 65-88. https://doi.org/10.1080/21599165.2020.1745190

Nakrošis V, Vilpišauskas R, Barcevičius E. (2019) “Making change happen: Policy dynamics in the adoption of major reforms in Lithuania”, Public Policy and Administration, 34:4, 431-452. https://doi.org/10.1177/0952076718755568

Vilpišauskas, R. (2019) “Lithuania and the EU: Pragmatic Support Driven by Security Concerns.” In Kaeding, M., Pollak, J., Schmidt, P. (eds) The Future of Europe. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, 69-71. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-93046-6_18

Vilpišauskas, R., (2019) ”Lithuania and the European Union”. In Oxford Encyclopedia of European Union Politics. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190228637.013.1113

Vilpišauskas, R. (2016) “European Union or Eurasian Union? Dilemma for the Eastern Partnership countries and the limits of EU’s influence.” In Gstohl, S. (ed.) The European Neighborhood Policy in a Comparative Perspective: Models, Challenges, Lessons, London: Routledge, 259-281.

Nakrošis, V., Vilpišauskas, R., Kuokštis, V., (2015) “L’assainissement des finances publiques et les réformes structurelles en Lituanie entre 2008 et 2012: Entre grandes ambitions et gestion de crise mouvementée”, Revue Internationale des Sciences Administratives, 81:3, 549-569. https://doi.org/10.3917/risa.813.0549

Nakrošis V, Vilpišauskas R, Kuokštis V. (2015) “Fiscal consolidation and structural reforms in Lithuania in the period 2008–2012: from grand ambitions to hectic firefighting”, International Review of Administrative Sciences, 81:3, 522-540. https://doi.org/10.1177/0020852315581786

Nakrošis, V., Bacevičius, E., Vilpišauskas, R. (2015) “Lietuvos Respublikos vyriausybės veiklos prioritetai: kaip analizuoti jų įgyvendinimo procesą ir rezultatus?.” Politologija 77(1), 3-48. https://doi.org/10.15388/Polit.2015.77.7373

Vilpišauskas, R. (2015) “Eurozone crisis and European integration: Functional Spillover, Political Spillback?“ In Chang, M., Menz, G., Smith, M. P. (eds.) Redefining European Economic Governance, London: Routlegde, 167-180.