Interview with Linas Kliučininkas

Below is a short interview with Linas Kliučininkas, in his role as Theme Coordinator for the Sustainable Mobility theme at the BUP Symposium 2020. Linas is moreover Professor at the Department of Environmental Technology at Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania.

1. How did your interest in Sustainable Mobility begin?

At the moment Sustainable Mobility is one of my professional interests. When I have started the topic was known as ‘Sustainable Transportation’. Over time the concept has expanded and developed into ‘Sustainable Mobility’. I look at this topic from both sides: as a researcher and as an ordinary citizen, therefore every practical implementation of theoretical ideas makes me happy.

2. How do you work with Sustainable Mobility today?

The vast majority of our publications are related to the environmental dimension of Sustainable

Photo of Linas Kliučininkas
Photo of Linas Kliučininkas

Mobility. However, this modern concept also covers economic, technological, social, cultural and even artistic aspects of Sustainable Mobility. I am always glad to discuss these issues with my students.

3. What goals do you have with your work?

As a scientist, I am interest to find the new and innovative ways to improve our lives. Sometimes research results are rather modest, but we know this is the small step forward.

4. What role do you think networks among universities in the Baltic Sea Region play in achieving these goals?

The networks play a role of catalysers, they speed up our professionalism and the development of our societies. The BUP is a unique one – l have been a part of the network from its beginning. Probably, this could be the answer to your question.

5. What role do you see The Baltic University Programme has in collaboration between universities in the Baltic Sea Region?

The academic traditions and cultures in different countries around the Baltic Sea are rather different. Thus, BUP provides an opportunity to understand how academic systems in different countries functioning. The most important - joint activities that make Baltic collaboration vital.