The Institute has more than 20 research active staff and supervises a lively group of over 15 doctoral students who employ various theories and methodologies to analyse social and cultural developments in the Baltic Region from prehistoric times to the present day. BRIAI employs different approaches from the disciplines of History, Archaeology, Cultural Studies and Theology in its work. It has two long-term research programmes, both divided into sub-programmes, namely:
- Pre-Historic and Historic Cultural and Social Landscapes of the Eastern Baltic Region (coordinator Prof Vladas Žulkus);
- Social and Cultural Change in the Eastern Baltic Region in the Mediaeval and Modern Periods (coordinator Dr Vasilijus Safronovas).
All the Institute’s scholars carry out joint or individual research projects intended to achieve the aims of its long-term research programmes.