Branislava Baranović is an emeritus scientist at the Institute for Social Research in Zagreb (ISRZ). She was the Director of the Institute from 2011 till 2016. She was also one of the founders of the Centre for Educational Research and Development at the ISRZ and its executive director for 10 years. She also teaches Sociology of education at graduate level at the Faculty of Science and Mathematics, University of Zagreb. Her main fields of interest are sociology of education, national curriculum development, social inequalities in education and gender and education. She was a project leader on 11 research projects and a team member on 11 projects. She published 6 books and numerous articles in scientific national and international journals.
Additionally, she participated in the development of strategic policy documents and in reforming the national curriculum for compulsory and pre-tertiary education in Croatia as a member of the expert teams of the Ministry of Science and Education, the Republic of Croatia.
She is also a member of many scientific organizations and bodies, eg. member of The International Sociological Association, member of the Council of the European Educational Research Association (EERA), link convenor of EERA Gender and Education network, President of the Section for Sociology of Education of the Croatian Sociological Association, etc. As for the editorial activities, she was a member of the Editorial Board of the international journal Journal of Peace Education, the Editorial Board of the Croatian journal Rural Sociology and the Editorial Board of the Slovenian journal CEPS Journal.
Graduated in Psychology, Sociology and English language at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Zagreb. She received her Ph.D. at the same University with the thesis on organizational stress. After a long period of working as a professor of educational psychology at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, she joined the Institute for Social Research in Zagreb, Centre for Educational Research and Development. From July 2011 till July 2015 she was the Executive Director of the Centre. Her main research interests in educational psychology were motivation to learn, professional teacher development and quality assurance in higher education. She was the Principal Investigator on 15 research and developmental projects and the Project Associate on 15 projects, both national and international. She was the author or co-author of 12 books and monographs, 25 book chapters and more than 80 scientific papers published in scientific journals. She participated in more than 60 national and international conferences. She was a mentor of ten doctoral and master theses. From 2002 to 2006 she was the Vice-Chancellor for international cooperation at the University of Zagreb. Besides her scientific and professional activity, she actively contributed to the promotion and improvement of education on all levels by her membership in various national and international organizations within the educational sector (Croatian Psychological Chamber, European Association for Learning and Instruction, Teacher Education Policy Network in Europe, Croatian Education and Teacher Training Agency, Agency for Vocational Education and Training and Adult Education, Agency for Science and Higher Education, National Centre for External Evaluation of Education).Pursuant to the Decision by the Scientific Council of the Institute for Social Research in Zagreb, in 2016 prof. Vizek Vidović was awarded an honorary title of Emerita.
Prof. Vizek Vidović passed away in 2018.