Dr. Rūta Ubarevičienė

Geographer and sociologist. Analysing global and local spatial processes of the social and economic systems. Expert in socio-spatial change, social segregation and depopulation.


I am a researcher with a background in urban and regional geography as well as sociology. I have successfully defended 2 PhD thesis in these fields. My primary research interests are spatial inequalities, depopulation, internal migration and social segregation. I specialize in the use of spatial analysis and statistical techniques in my research. Currently I am working as a researcher at the Urbanism Department, Delft University of Technology and at the Institute of Human Geography and Demography, Lithuanian Social Research Centre.

Current Projects

Urban Socio-economic Segregation and Income Inequality: A Global Perspective. The editors: Maarten van Ham, Tiit Tammaru, Ruta Ubareviciene and Heleen Janssen

Book Project

EUSOCIALCIT – The Future of European Social Citizenship. Horizon 2020 , 2020 02 – 2022 02

International research project


Burneika D., Ubarevičienė R. & Baranuskaitė R. (2019). Soviet housing estates in Vilnius – socio-ethnic structure and future(-less?) perspectives, in Housing Estates in the Baltics: The Legacy of Central Planning in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, edited by D. Hess & T. Tammaru. Springer.
Gedvilaitė-Kordušienė M., Tretjakova V. & Ubarevičienė R. (2019). Bevaikystė Lietuvoje: tendencijos, normos ir regioninė diferenciacija [Childlessness in Lithuania: Trends, Norms and Spatial Differention]. Socialinė teorija, empirija, politika ir praktika, 18, 96-111.
Tretjakova V., Pociūtė-Sereikienė V. & Ubarevičienė R. (2018). Paauglių kūdikių gimstamumo kaitos tendencijos: Europos Sąjungos kontekstas ir regioninė diferenciacija Lietuvoje [Trends in Adolescent Fertility: EU Context and Regional Differentiation in Lithuania]. Lithuanian Journal of Statistics, 57(1), 41-55.
Ubarevičienė R. (2018). City systems in the Baltic states: the Soviet legacy and current paths of change. Europa Regional , 25(2), 15-29.
Burneika D., Baranauskaitė, A. & Ubarevičienė R. (2017). Social segregation and spatial differentiation of electoral alignment in Vilnius Metropolitan area. Geographia Polonica 90 (2), 87-110.
Ubarevičienė R., & van Ham, M. (2017). Population decline in Lithuania: who lives in declining regions and who leaves? Regional Studies, Regional Science 4 (1), 57-79.
Burneika D. & Ubarevičienė R. (2016). Socio-ethnic segregation in the metropolitan areas of Lithuania. Czech Sociological Review 52 (6), 795–819
Ubarevičienė R., van Ham M. & Burneika D. (2016). Shrinking regions in a shrinking country: The geography of population decline in Lithuania 2001-2011. Urban Studies Research.
Ubarevičienė R. (2016). Lietuvos gyventojų vidaus migracijų teritoriniai ypatumai XXI a. [Territorial features of internal migration of Lithuanian population in the XXI century]. Lietuvos socialinė raida [Social Development in Lithuania] 5. P, 9-24. Vilnius: Lithuanian Social Research Centre
Valatka V., Burneika D. & Ubarevičienė R. (2016). Large social inequalities and low levels of socio-economic segregation in Vilnius, in Socio-economic segregation in European Capital cities: East meets West, edited by T. Tammaru, S. Marcińczak, M. van Ham and S. Musterd. P, 313–332, London and New York: Routledge.
Burneika D., Ubarevičienė R. & Valatka V. (2015). Socio-economic segregation in growing urban regions of Lithuania. Filosofija. Sociologija 26 (4), 277-292.
Burneika D. & Ubarevičienė R. (2015). The economic crisis and development of Vilnius urban region – spatial aspects. Regional and Local development 2 (60), 81-96. EUROREG.
Ubarevičienė R. & Burneika D. (2015). Spatial transformation of the economy in the post-communist period: The case of the Vilnius urban region. Geographia Polonica, 1 (88), 143-157.
Pociūtė-Sereikienė G., Kriaučiūnas E. & Ubarevičienė R. (2014). Peripheralisation trends in rural territories: the case of Lithuania. Studies in Agricultural Economics 116, 122-130.
Burneika D., Daugirdas V., & Ubarevičienė R. (2014). Migration as a factor of development of the depopulating areas in East EU countries – The case of Lithuania. EUROPA XXI, 27, 79-95.
Ubarevičienė R. (2014). Lietuvos teritorijos apgyvendinimo kaita XXI a.: miestų-regionų formavimasis [The change of the settlement structure in the XXI century Lithuania: city-regions formation]. Lietuvos socialinė raida [Social Development of Lithuania], P. 92-112. Vilnius: Lithuanian Social Research Centre
Kriaučiūnas E., Ubarevičienė R. & Pociūtė-Sereikienė G. (2014). Lietuvos kaimo apgyvendinimo kaitos regioninės ypatybės 2001 – 2011 metais [Regional peculiarities of changes in rural settlement’s system in Lithuania during the period 2001-2011]. Lietuvos socialinė raida [Social Development of Lithuania], P. 78-91. Vilnius: Lithuanian Social Research Centre
Kriaučiūnas E., Krupickaitė D., Pociūtė-Sereikienė G. & Ubarevičienė R. (2014). Lietuvos kaimo gyvenviečių funkcijų kaitos regioninės ypatybės [Regional pecularities of rural settlements function change in Lithuania]. Geografijos metraštis 47, 70-87.
Burneika D., Ubarevičienė R., Pociūtė G. & Kriaučiūnas E. (2013). The impact of Vilnius city on the transformation trends of the sparsely populated EU east border region. Etniškumo studijos/Ethnicity studies 2, 50-69.
Ubarevičienė R., Burneika D. & Kriaučiūnas E. (2011). The sprawl of Vilnius city – establishment and analysis of growing urban region. Annales Geographicae 43-44, 98-109.
Burneika D. & Ubarevičienė R. (2011). The sprawl of Vilnius city – some consequences of rural-urban transformations. Annales Geographicae 43-44, 110-117.
Burneika D., Kriaučiūnas E., & Ubarevičienė R. (2010). The problem of research of actors of urban change in post- soviet cities – Vilnius case. Annales Geographicae 43-44, 42-53.


Burneika, D., Ubarevičienė, R., Valatka, V., Baranauskaitė, A., Pociūtė-Sereikienė, G., Daugirdas, V. & Krupickaitė, D. (2016). Lietuvos metropoliniai regionai: Plėtros ir segreacijos ypatumai XXI a. pradžioje [The metropolitan regions of Lithuania: Residential differentiation in the 21st century]. Monograph. Vilnius: Lithuanian Social Research Centre
Lietuvos socio-demografinės politikos “Baltoji knyga”. Gairės tolesnės demografinės politikos plėtrai [“White book” of socio-demographic politics in Lithuania. The guidelines for demographic policy]. Co-author. 2016. Vilnius: Lithuanian Social Research Centre & Ministry of social security and labour
Daugirdas, V., Burneika, D., Kriaučiūnas, E., Ribokas, G., Stanaitis, S. & Ubarevičienė, R. (2013). Lietuvos retai apgyventos teritorijos [Sparsely populated areas in Lithuania]. Monograph. Vilnius: Lithuanian Social Research Centre

Featured Books

Socio-spatial change in Lithuania
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Lithuanias' Sparseley Populated Areas
Cover photo of a book Lietuvos Retai Apgyvendintos Teritorijos

Coauthors & Collaborators

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Maarten van Ham

Delft University of Technology Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
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Kadi Kalm

Tartu University, Centre for Migration and Urban Studies

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Donatas Burneika

Lithuanian Social Research Centre
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Gintare Pociute

Lithuanian Social Research Centre

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Tiit Tammaru

Tartu University, Centre for Migration and Urban Studies
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Jolanta Aidukaite

Lithuanian Social Research Centre

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Lithuanian Social Research Centre
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Vaida Tretjakova

Lithuanian Social Research Centre


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