Vaida is no longer working at Nordregio. For contact or more information please contact [email protected]
Interested in human rights, environmental issues, innovation and the development of the Arctic region, Vaida works as a Communications Advisor for the Thematic Group for Innovative and Resilient Regions, Future Migration Scenarios for Europe, BioBaltic, NORDINFRA and Electric Aviation and the Effects on the Nordic Region projects.
MA in Media and Communication at Stockholm University, Sweden (2015-2017)
BA in Journalism at Klaipeda University, Lithuania (2010-2014)
Digital Content Management, Berghs School of Communication, Stockholm (2018)
Lithuanian (mother tongue)
Reporter at Lithuanian National Radio
Vaida Ražaitytė‘s spatial story
Once using Street View, a thought crossed my mind that we start our spatial journeys like the orange Google man being dropped on a random place in the world map. Sometimes we even might continue the journey like him.
My starting point was at a small Lithuanian town called Sasnava. From the first glance, it‘s just a regular small town – the main street is 3km length, around 550 people are living in houses, there is a red-brick gothic church, a school, couple of small privately owned shops, a library and a river. If I was born in Sasnava in the 19th Century, I would have met book smugglers who were secretly distributing Lithuanian books during the press ban. And if I was born at the beginning of the 20th Century, I might have been cheering for my relative who was participating in the Summer Olympics in the Netherlands. Nowadays the town is well known for its aerodrome that gathers aviation sports fans.
During the first decade of my life, the family house was facing endless fields, sometimes visited by agricultural machinery or parachuters who were accidentally blown away from the aerodrome. Nowadays, the house is situated right by the middle of Via Baltica E67 connecting Helsinki and Prague. An expanding infrastructure knocked on the doors, and since then, I barely remember a weekend without a destination.
When I turned 16, I found myself roaming around the streets of Bergisch Gladbach and Cologne with my host family and exchange school friends. Taking advantage of the age in Germany didn’t last too long as I had to come back to finish gymnasium. My next destination was Klaipeda – a port city in western Lithuania. I got enrolled in Journalism studies which opened doors to another exchange experience. The initial plan was to travel to Gotland. However, I ended up in Volda – a small Norwegian town, surrounded by mountains and fjords. Inhabited by 8000 locals and 10 000 international students, Volda was never a quiet and dreary place, especially when it gathered musicians, animators, journalists & friluftsliv lovers in one place.
I continued my journey back in Lithuania, this time in Vilnius, where I joined Lithuanian National Radio newsroom. Here, my experiments with time took place. For example, what could you do in 45 seconds? You could fill your cup of cappuccino from the coffee machine, you could read one news item, you could change the batteries of the audio recorder, oooorrr you can run three floors up, import the recording to the computer, enter the studio & start telling the story of a day.
Eventually, the hunger for new experience & knowledge was growing bigger and bigger. Therefore, I decided to stop testing the compactness of time and instead dive into the depth of topics such as Media & Politics, Human rights, Social welfare system and others. And here I am, for more than three years now! First attracted by the opportunity to do Master studies in Media and Communication at Stockholm University, then to join a wonderful Nordregio family and to explore the Nordic region, as well as to develop myself in the research communication field.
Related Research Projects
- PanBaltic SCOPE
- BONUS BASMATI – Baltic Sea Maritime Spatial Planning for Sustainable Ecosystem Services
- Integrating immigrants into the Nordic labour market
- BioBaltic – Nordic-Baltic cooperation within bio-circular-economy
- Accelerating wood construction across Nordics and Russia
- Re-start competence mobility in the Nordic Region
- Nordic transport infrastructure planning – institutional barriers and opportunities for coordination (NORDINFRA)
- Marint Gränsforum Skagerrak – external evaluation
- BeUBio – targeting youth in the Baltic Sea Region for the SDG:s and Bioeconomy
- Green innovation: Systems perspective and mission-oriented policies (GRINGO)
- Nordregio News 2 2017
- Nordregio News 3 2017
- Nordregio News 4 2017
- Latvia: towards a knowledge-driven bioeconomy
- Lithuania: creating symbiotic relations in bioeconomy
- Estonia: research-business partnerships in the bioeconomy
- Competence mobility: How can labour market mobility in the Nordic Region be increased?
- Tunisia: at the crossroad of worlds
- Senegal: Leaving to return
- Iraq: Lives in transition
- Nordregio celebrates its 25th anniversary
- BioBaltic: Nordic-Baltic Cooperation on circular bioeconomy
- Rediscovering the assets of rural areas
- Panel discussion “Youth journey towards a sustainable economy”
- Why is Nordic co-operation struggling during the pandemic?
- Open call for picture submission
- Future Migration Scenarios for Europe: wrapping up the first year
- Matching skills for future labour market
- Apply to the Nordic Arctic Co-operation Programme
- BONUS BASMATI: maritime planning for the future – new issue of Nordregio Magazine
- Results from Pan Baltic Scope: towards coherent maritime spatial plans
- New issue of Nordregio Magazine: Jobs for immigrants
- Exploring the bioeconomy status quo in the Baltics
- Understanding migration drivers for policy development
- New Secretary General Karen Ellemann visits Nordregio
- Which electric aviation routes would be most beneficial in the Nordics?
- Exploring the Nordic electric aviation horizon
- How to boost labour market mobility across the Nordics?
- COP26: Nordics are joining the COP with several events
- Redefining peripherality
- 6 July: Nordregio joins Almedalen Week 2021 online
- Choosing Green – a digital summit before COP26
- Strengthening cross-border communities: Lessons from Covid-19
- BONUS BASMATI: The final seminar
- Webbseminarium: Återhämtning efter covid-19 på Åland
- ESPON Workshop: The future of the Baltic Sea Region
- Kick-off: Future Migration Scenarios for Europe
- Arctic Circle Assembly 2019
- Maritime Spatial Planning Forum – Global meets Regional
- Pan Baltic Scope: 3rd Partner Meeting & 6th Planning Forum
- 2nd partner meeting of Pan Baltic Scope
- Pan Baltic SCOPE Opening Conference
- Nordregio Forum 2022: Changing Labour Markets and Greener Communities
- Digital launch of Nordregio Forum!