Institute of Sociology is a structural unit of the Lithuanian Social Research Centre.
The origins of the Institute’s activities can be traced back to 1977 when a division of sociology was set up at the then Institute of Philosophy, Sociology and Law of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences. In 1990, the Institute of Philosophy, Sociology and Law was reorganised into the Lithuanian Centre for Philosophical and Sociological Research. In 2002, the Lithuanian Centre for Philosophical and Sociological Research was once again reorganised into the Institute for Social Research with three sociology divisions. The Institute of Sociology as a LSRC unit has been functioning under its current name since 2010. The staff of the Institute of Sociology consist of sociologists specialising in the areas of political sociology, urban and rural sociology, gender sociology, social stratification and occupational sociology, tourism sociology, social policy, industrial sociology, social transformations and theoretical sociology.
The main research fields of the Institute of Sociology in 2017-2021 - Human social development research.
While undertaking research in the field of human social development, the Institute pursues the following goal:
• to research the trends of social differentiation of Lithuanian society by analyzing its types (segmentary, stratification, functional and mixed differentiation) and manifestation in an international context.