Irma joined PPMI in 2010. She has a strong track record of conducting studies and evaluations of various public policy initiatives, coordinating international experts’ teams and providing advice to decision makers at national and European level. Irma has been involved in more than fifteen studies and evaluations, contracted by the European Commission, Eurofound, International Organisation for Migration, Lithuanian Research Council, and national ministries. Currently, she acts as a deputy scientific coordinator of the Network of experts in social dimension in education and training (NESET), represents PPMI in the research consortium “Towards a European framework for community engagement of higher education” and is involved in CEEYouth comparative study of young migrants from Poland and Lithuania as one of co-investigators. Prior to joining PPMI, Irma began her carrier by gaining professional experience in the area of equal opportunities gained at the Unit of Equal Opportunities and Equity (DG Education and Culture, European Commission) and the Office of Equal Opportunities Ombudsmen (Lithuania).
Key areas of expertise
- Policy areas: education, migration, social inclusion, employment, family policies, gender equality, equal opportunities
- Methods: qualitative and quantitative research methods, including desk research, in-depth and semi-structured interviews, qualitative data analysis with NVivo, MAXQDA and Atlas.ti, systematic literature reviews with EPPI Reviewer 4, statistical analysis with SPSS, R, Mplus
- Project management: building multinational research teams, coordinating research networks, leading research teams, contract management
- PhD candidate in Sociology at Vilnius University, since 2014
- MA in Sociology and Social Anthropology (with distinction), Central European University, Budapest, 2010
- MA in Political Sociology, SciencesPo, Paris, 2009
- BA in Political Science, Vilnius University, 2008
- “Structural equation modelling with Mplus”, Mplus Cambridge university course, Cambridge, September 2017
- “Care as fulfilment or burden? Family support and the reconciliation of care and life within different contexts”, COST Action IS1311 INTERFASOL, Dortmund, June 2017
- “Multidisciplinary perspectives in intergenerational family solidarity research”, COST Action IS1311 INTERFASOL, Milan, May 2016
- “Advanced qualitative data analysis using NVivo 10 software”, ECPR Winter School in Methods and Techniques, Vienna, February 2014
- “Comparative European Political Sociology”, Lisbon, February 2009
- Network of experts on social aspects of education and training – NESET (European Commission, DG Education and Culture, 2019-2021)
- CEEYouth: The comparative study of young migrants from Poland and Lithuania (Lithuanian Research Council and Polish Research Council, 2018-2021)
- Towards a European framework for community engagement of higher education (European Commission EACEA, 2018-2022)
- Study on the distance learning opportunities for Lithuanians living abroad (Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania, 2018-2019)
- Educational measures to support the children of Lithuanian return migrants in Lithuanian municipalities (Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania, 2017-2018)
- Structural evaluation of the final beneficiaries of the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania, 2017-2018)
- Network of experts on social aspects of education and training – NESET (European Commission, DG Education and Culture, 2015-2018)
- Study on how initial teacher education prepares student teachers to deal with diversity in the classroom (European Commission, DG EAC, 2015-2016)
- Sustainable work throughout the life course: national policies and strategies (Eurofound, 2014-2015)
- Friends or foes: the integration of return migrants into the labour market and society in Lithuania (Lithuanian Research Council, 2013-2015)
- Provision of research services for “Assessing Childcare in Europe” (Eurofound, 2013-2014)
- Study of the impact of Comenius Regio (European Commission, DG Education and Culture, 2012-2014)
- Evaluation of the human resource development and social cohesion in Lithuania and assessment of the prospects for 2014-2020 (Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania, 2012-2013)
- Annual monitoring review on migration, employment and labour market integration of migrants and research questions on access to labour market information, 2010-2011 (IOM Independent Network of Labour Migration and Integration Experts, 2012)
- Vicious circle? Return migration and circular migration of Lithuanian population (Lithuanian Research Council, 2011-2012)
- Analysis and follow-up of mutual learning in the context of peer review in the Social Protection and Social Inclusion Programme (European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, 2011-2012)
- Sharmahd, N., J. Peeters and I. Budginaitė, “Early childhood education and care assistants in Europe: pathways towards continuous professional development and qualification”, European Journal of Education, Special issue: Innovative approaches towards continuous professional development in early childhood education and care. A European perspective, 2018, pp. 1-12.
- Peleman, B., A. Lazzari, I. Budginaitė, H. Siarova, H. Hanuari, J. Peeters, C. Cameron, “Continuing professional development and ECEC quality”: findings from a European systematic literature review”, European Journal of Education, Special issue: Innovative approaches towards continuous professional development in early childhood education and care. A European perspective, 2018 (forthcoming).
- Budginaitė, I., H. Siarova, D. Sternadel, G. Mackonytė and S. Spurga, Policies and practices for more equality and inclusion in and through education: Evidence and policy guidance from European research projects funded under FP6 and FP7, NESET report, Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2016.
- Peeters, J., N. Sharmahd and I. Budginaitė, Professionalisation of Childcare Assistants in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC): Pathways towards Qualification, NESET report, Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2016.
- Budginaitė, I. et al., Sustainable work throughout the life course: national policies and strategies, Publications Office of the European Union, Eurofound report, Luxembourg, 2016.
- Budginaitė, I. and R. Mašidlauskaitė, „Ar laukiami diasporos vaikai Lietuvoje? Tėvų ir mokytojų patirtys“, [“Welcome home? Parents and teachers experiences educating returnees’ children in Lithuania”]. Politologija, Vol. 2, No. 78, 2015, pp. 94-128.
- Peeters, J., Cameron, C., Lazzari, A., Peleman, B., Budginaitė, I., Hanuari, H. and Siarova, H., Early childhood care: working conditions, training and quality of services – A systematic review, Eurofound report, 2015.
- Budginaitė, I., „Politiniai grįžtamosios migracijos veiksniai: politikos priemonės ir jų sėkmė”, Barcevičius, E. ir D. Žvalionytė (eds.). Užburtas ratas? Lietuvos gyventojų grįžtamoji ir pakartotinė migracija, Vaga, 2012, pp. 167-213 [“Political factors that influence migrants’ decisions to return to their home countries: policies and their success”, in Vicious Cycle? Analysing Return and Repeated Migration of Lithuanians (2012)].
- Budginaitė, I., „Visuomeniniai grįžtamosios migracijos veiksniai: grįžusių migrantų įvaizdis viešojoje erdvėje ir visuomenės požiūris”, Barcevičius, E. ir D. Žvalionytė (eds.). Užburtas ratas? Lietuvos gyventojų grįžtamoji ir pakartotinė migracija, Vaga, 2012, pp. 214-270 [“Social factors that influence migrants’ decisions to return to their home countries: image of return migrants in public discourse and public perception”, in Vicious Cycle Analysing Return and Repeated Migration of Lithuanians (2012)].
- Žvalionytė, D. and I. Budginaitė, Country report: Lithuania. 2010-2011 Annual Monitoring Review on Migration, Employment and Labour Market Integration of Migrants and Research Questions on Access to Labour Market Information. IOM Independent Network of Labour Migration and Integration Experts, IOM report, 2012, pp. 191-200.