Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Miss Ieva Eskyte

Research Assistant

In addition to holding the position of Marie Currie Fellow at the international training network of Disability Rights Expanding Accessible Markets (DREAM), I am also a PhD student at the School of Sociology and Social Policy. I came to academia from a social work background, and graduated with a BA in 2008 before completing an MA in Social Work in 2010 at Vytautas Magnus University.

Research Interests

My current research and principal interests are founded on several inter-related strands. As a social worker, I am interested in social environment and interplays within society, which determine different possibilities and opportunities for/of different people. I am also passionate about exploring the forces which create social segregation, exclusion or otherwise restrict the participation in and relations with the closest environment and society in general. As the majority of my social work professional activities have been related with children and youth who are labelled as having social or behavioural problems, or as presenting social risk or belonging to deviance groups, I have become interested in the creation of equal relationships between people in different positions as well as in the creation of the allowing instead of the enabling environment. The second strand of my interest comes from my experience in the Academic Network of European Disability Experts (ANED) where I was an assistant to one of the experts. The width and the depth of the activities in this network revealed the close interconnection between disability and policy, as well as the impact of the latter on shaping not only political and administrative understanding of disability as a category but also in shaping the real experiences of real people. The last strand emerges from my studies in Germany on an International Business and Management courses as well as from my experience as a member of different social research groups. All these different experiences were the main drivers behind my new found interest in the relation between disabled people and the private market in the context of social policy and sociology. I am currently completing my PhD on ‘Effective Customer Policies for Disabled People in the Private Market’. My research is a component project of DREAM and belongs to cluster two: Harnessing Market Forces: Disabled People as Market Participants and Expanding Accessible ICT Markets.

Key Publications


  • Ruskus, J., Zvirdauskas, D., Zybartas S., Eskyte, I., Motieciene, R., Dorelaitiene, A. (2012) Primary, Pri-primary Education in Lithuania. State and Possibilities

Journal Articles:

  • Eskyte, Ieva (2013) ‘Disability and Social Work. One Feature and Three Positions’, Socialinis darbas. Patirtis ir Metodai, 11 (1): 81-93
  • Eskyte, Ieva (2009) ‘The Development of Social Participation in Daytime Child Care Centres’, Socialinis darbas. Patirtis ir metodai, 3 (1): 77-89
  • Eskyte, Ieva (2008) ‘The Process of Entering into and Developing the Relations with Children Who Live in Families at Social Risk’, Socialinis darbas. Patirtis ir metodai, 2 (2): 143-165

Major Researches:

  • Ruskus, J., Zvirdauskas, D., Eskyte, I., Zvirdauskiene, R. (2011) ‘The Interdisciplinary Competences of Pupils in Lithuania’
  • Ruskus, J., Eskyte, I. (2010) ‘Challenges and Possibilities in Seeking Social Partnership in the Integration Process of the Third World Countries’ Citizens in Lithuania’
  • Eskyte, I., Ruskus, J. (2009) ‘The Analysis of the Need of Social Day Services for People Suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease in Kaunas District’
  • Ruskus, J., Zvirdauskas, D., Zvirdauskiene, R., Eskyte, I., Motieciene, R., Jagelaviciute, E. (2009) ‘The Assessment of Quality Management in Pre-school and Pre-primary Education’
  • Ruskus, J., Eskyte, I., Motieciene, R. (2008) ‘Social Work Studies. Employers’ Opinion’

Major reports:

  • Ruskus, J., Eskyte, I., Ruolyte, R., Elijosius, E., Meliene, R., Vinikaityte, J., Milteniene, L., Geleziniene, R. (2010) ‘ANED Country Report on Equality of Educational and Training Opportunities for Young Disabled People’
  • Ruskus, J., Eskyte, I. (2009) ‘ANED Country Report on the Social Inclusion and Social Protection of Disabled People in Lithuania’
  • Ruskus, J., Eskyte., I. (2009) ‘ANED Country Report on the Implementation of Policies Supporting Independent Living for Disabled People’

Recent and Confirmed Conference Presentations:

  • Eskyte, I. (2014) ‘The ‘Blind area’ of the city: Drawing shopping-boundaries for people with vision impairments’. Design case presented at Universal Design Conference, 16-18 June, Lund, Sweden
  • Eskyte, I. (2014) ’Experiences of shopping: constructions of choice, control and vulnerability in retail stores’. Paper presented at Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, 19-20 May, Honolulu
  • Eskyte, I. (2013) ’Information Provision in the Mainstream Private Market: Business Practices and Disabled Customers’ Realities’. Paper presented at Human Rights and Disability: Between Choice and Control, 21st October, Kaunas, Lithuania
  • Eskyte, I. (2013) ’Making Customer Choice in the Disabled Private Market. The Case of Information Provision in Lithuania and the United Kingdom’. Paper presented at DREAM Network Event: European Assistive Technology Ecosystem, 24th – 26th October, Oslo, Norway
  • Eskyte, I. (2013) ’Shopping Disability in Lithuania’. Paper presented at the DREAM Network Event: Legal research Methodology, 39thJanuary – 1st February, Maastricht, Netherlands
  • Eskyte, I. (2013) 'Accessible Private Market for Disabled People? Crisis in Policy and Market Practices'. Paper presented at the 20th International Conference of Europeanists, 25th-27th June, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Eskyte, I. (2013) 'Shopping Accessibility: Between the Ideal and the Real'. Paper presented at the Nordic Network on Disability Research (NNDR) 2013 Conference in Disability Research, 30th-31st May, Turku, Finland
  • Eskyte, I. (2012) ‘Effective Consumer Policies for Disabled People in the Private Market’. Paper presented at the Sociology and Social Policy Postgraduate Research Conference, University of Leeds
  • Eskyte, I. (2012) ‘Disability and Social Work: Between Life-World Colonization and the Support to overcome Barriers’ Paper presented at the Social Work for Sustainable Social Development Conference, 27th – 29th September, Vytautas Magnus University, LT
  • Eskyte, Ieva. (2012) ‘Effective Customer Policies for Disabled People in the Private Market’. Paper presented at the Disability Studies Association Conference, 11th-13th September, Lancaster University, UK
  • Eskyte, Ieva. (2011) ‘A Portrait of a Person, who is Taking Care of Relative Suffering from Alzheimer‘s disease. From Clinical Towards Salutogenic Model’. Paper presented at the Family in Transitions: Challenges and Possibilities Conference, 12th – 13th May, Vytautas Magnus University, LT
  • Eskyte, Ieva (2010) ‘Comunity‘s Development-Based Management Application in the Development of the Pre-school and Pre-primary Education. Paper presented at the International Conference on Options for Changes in Pre-school and Pre-primary Education, 24th – 25th February, Ministry of Education and Science, Vilnius, LT
  • Eskyte, Ieva (2009) ‘The Process of Entering into and Developing the Relations With Children Who Live in Families at Social Risk’. Paper presented at the 2nd Conference on Social Work Experience and Reflection, 28th November, Vytautas Magnus University, LT

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