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.
Vlasta Ilišin graduated from the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Zagreb, where she also earned her Master’s degree and her Doctorate. She is a Scientific Advisor in the fields of political science and sociology and a Full Professor. She worked from 1986 to 2019 at the Institute for Social Research in Zagreb where she was the Director (2007-2011), member of the Managing Board (2011-2019), President of the Scientific Council (2015-2019) and the first Head of the Centre for Youth and Gender Studies (2015-2018). By the Decision of the Scientific Council of the Institute, she was awarded the honorary title of Professor and Researcher Emerita in June 2020.
She has continuously been active in scientific research work since the beginning of the 1980s. Her research interest has dominantly been focused on empirical research of the young population, whereat she – by employing an interdisciplinary approach (merging politological and sociological theories and methods) and longitudinal monitoring of explored problems – studied their political culture and participation, involvement in European integrational processes, value orientations and patterns of spending leisure time and using mass media. She also explored the Croatian political elite, primarily the parliamentary one. She participated in carrying out 32 research projects (of which 4 international): in 12 as a project leader, and in 20 as a collaborator. She published more than 150 scientific and professional papers, of which a third in English. Her scientific publications include 20 (co)authored and (co)edited books, 30 journal papers and 66 chapters in monographs and collections. She was a member of editorial boards/councils in a number of politological and sociological scientific journals and other publications. She participated at numerous national and international scientific and professional conferences.
From mid-1990s she was a permanent external associate and lecturer at higher education courses at the University of Zagreb. At the Faculty of Kinesiology and the Faculty of Political Science she was a leading lecturer at graduate level sociological courses, and she also held lectures at doctoral studies at the aforementioned and a few other faculties. In the academic year 2017/2018 she was a co-leader and a leading lecturer of two courses of the experimental lifelong learning study programme Youth in Contemporary Society at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Rijeka.
She is a member of a number of professional associations, advisory boards and committees for the fields of politology, sociology, social geography and demography, social activity and security and defense science (since 2013) and the National Council for Science, Higher Education and Technological Development (since 2019). For years she participated in the activities of relevant governmental bodies in charge of designing and implementing public youth policies at the national (Youth Council of the Government of the Republic of Croatia from 2003 to 2020) and local level, and collaborated with civil society organizations oriented towards youthwork.
Vlasta Vizek Vidović graduated in Psychology, Sociology and English Language at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. She received her Ph.D. from 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 Humanities and Social Sciences, she joined the Institute for Social Research in Zagreb, Centre for Educational Research and Development. From July 2011 till July 2015 she was the Head of the Centre. Her main research interests in educational psychology were the motivation to learn, professional teacher development and quality assurance in higher education. She was Principal Investigator on 15 research and developmental projects and 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 Vice-Chancellor for International Cooperation at the University of Zagreb. Besides her scientific research and professional activity, she actively contributed to the promotion and improvement of education at 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). In April 2016 the Scientific Council of the Institute awarded prof. Vizek Vidović the honorary title of Emerita.
Prof. Vizek Vidović passed away in 2018.