UCF’s Thomas Bryer, Associate Professor in the College of Health and Public Affairs and Director of the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management, recently took his research half way around the globe as part of the Fulbright Scholar Program. Bryer's research, which focuses on citizen participation with government and the development of active, ethical citizens through the work of governments, nonprofit organizations, and universities, is now being used to discover and address the unique challenges of promoting active citizenship in Lithuania.
“I wanted to take my community-engaged research philosophy and apply it in a very different setting,” Bryer said. “Lithuania made sense as a place to research citizen participation, as a post-Soviet society with still-emergent democratic processes and social norms.”
His host institution is the Kaunas University of Technology in Kaunas, Lithuania.