Auksė Balčytienė is a core founding person of the Journalism and Communications School at VMU (since 1998). Her main scholarly interests are in digital transformations and democratization, agency and citizenship, media policy and communication rights, media literacy, media cultures and European Public Sphere. Auksė is highly interested in diverse topics related to media’s role in social/cultural changes; she has published widely on trends and effects of liberalization, democratization, Europeanization, and platformization. She is passionate about media infussed social changes, and her most recent object of research and public speaking is democratic forms of public resilience against the so-called information disorders (disinformation, strategic manipulations, instigations to conflict, fake narratives, etc.). She acts as external reviewer at the ERC, as well as at the Baltic research foundations. She is a member of Academia Europaea.