Management School, University of Sheffield, UK

Sheffield-University-Management-SchoolSheffield University Management School is a leading business school with a world-class reputation for high quality teaching, ground-breaking research and cutting-edge thinking. Through the distinctiveness of our graduates, excellence of our staff, intellectually rigorous research and network of international partners, we seek to inform the practice of management and to make a difference to our community – locally and internationally.
Established in 1986, Sheffield University Management School is in the global elite of business schools worldwide, having been awarded the Triple Crown accreditation by the three most influential accreditation bodies – AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB. This places us firmly in the top one per cent of business schools in the world, enhancing our global position and putting the school on a path to meeting its long term ambitions. We are the largest department in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the prestigious University of Sheffield, a Russell Group establishment renowned for its excellence in research and teaching.

Vitosha Research EOOD, Bulgaria

vr-logoVitosha Research is specialized in market, social, political, advertising and media research. Since its first independent pre-election and post-election surveys in 1990, Vitosha Research has built up a reputation as one of the leading research agencies in Bulgaria, providing services in line with international standards.
Vitosha Research has a record of achievements in diverse settings, covering a wide range of activities: market, media and audience research, social policy and social assessments, opinion polls and others. Vitosha Research applies an individual approach to its clients and has a long-standing history of collaboration with leading European and US companies, international, governmental and non-governmental organizations.
Vitosha Research conducts both quantitative and qualitative surveys. Since 2006 it has also developed capacity to conduct telephone and online surveys. In the period 2001-2011, in cooperation with Gallup Europe and Gallup Hungary, Vitosha Research has been responsible for the implementation of the Eurobarometer and Flash Eurobarometer surveys in Bulgaria.
VR is a subsidiary of the Center for the Study of Democracy (, a Bulgarian multi-disciplinary think tank combining a broad range of capacities – economic, legal and regulatory analyses, criminological research and policy development, anti-corruption strategies and practices, migration and integration, institution building and reform. Established in 1990, CSD is a non-partisan, independent organisation fostering the reform process in Bulgaria and Europe through impact on policy and institutional development. CSD’s mission is “building bridges between scholars and policy-makers”. CSD Group possesses a unique mix of expertise, combining knowledge on comparative legal systems, monitoring and evaluation, sociology, criminology and economics. Its crosscutting competences enable CSD Group to deliver on complex projects requiring both process and substantive knowledge on EU level.

Institute for Public Finance, Croatia

IPF logoThe Institute of Public Finance, founded in 1970, is a public institution dealing with research into primarily economic topics important for economic growth and development, transition to the market economy and meeting the requirements for European integration.
Under the general aegis of public sector economics, topics such as transparency, accountability and participation, the tax system, costs of taxation, progressiveness of taxation, fiscal federalism, the pensions system and the welfare system, public debt, the unofficial economy, state aid, foreign direct investment, the financing of science and higher education, and the relations between the executive branch and the legislature in the budgetary process are subjected to ongoing investigation.
Over the years, the understanding of public finance has developed; the field indeed has often been named public sector economics, which made the Institute broaden and widen the fields of its research, which now include public sector economics, as well as the topics connected to public sector economics, which are directed to economic growth and development, transition towards the market economy, topics related to Croatian accession to the European Union and transparency of the public sector, responsibility of government at all levels and citizen participation. Therefore, various issues and topics are studied and investigated, e.g. taxes and non-tax revenues, social and health care problems, education, public debt, state subsidies, the unofficial economy (underground economy), budgetary transparency, local finance and regional development. The Institute has for years been following the process of Croatian accession to the European Union, as the main topic of the project EU Monitoring, which resulted in four volumes in English and Croatian.