Institute Manager


Dr Vladimir Cvetković is the Institute Manager for the Institute of Global Health and Development Division at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Vladimir also has affiliations to the International Sociological Association

Vladimir is a sociologist with professional experience in project management, research, monitoring and evaluation, and policy and institutional capacity development in post-conflict and fragile settings, including Afghanistan, Georgia and the Western Balkans. Prior to joining IGHD in 2021, Vladimir’s past work included posts with the OSCE, UNDP, a number of international NGOs, a knowledge-sharing platform in Poland, and civil society and academia.

As a researcher and academic, Vladimir has worked on research projects as a methodology consultant and a researcher, including in team leader capacity. Research subjects have included gun culture and community safety for UNDP and Saferworld, cultural dispositions and regional co-operation with the University of Niš, Serbia, as well as a number of research projects and evaluations relating to ethnic minorities and marginalised groups, particularly Roma, for different organisations, including the Open Society Foundation. While working on his PhD thesis he supported the Serbian Sociological Association’s international co-operation activity, and was part of a team developing an educational start-up in Poland and the Czech Republic.

As a practitioner, Vladimir has worked on the implementation of human rights standards and provision of inclusive public services. This included developing a framework for mapping minority community needs and delivering training and broader institutional capacity development for the OSCE in Kosovo, leading a national police capacity building programme for the disbandment of illegal armed groups and community security for UNDP in Afghanistan, and, developing a toolkit for monitoring and assessing project impact for CARE International in rural Georgia.

Vladimir joined IGHD in 2021 and is responsible for communication, finances, planning and management of the Institute.

Legitimation mechanisms and institutional arrangements, small arms control and gun culture, cultural dispositions and socio-economic development, socio-economic status of Roma communities, knowledge, algorithms and social practice.

Active research interests:

Institutional structures and corresponding legitimation patterns, particularly from the perspective of policy and project implementation, and as a tool for granular and context-specific social intervention.

Algorithms/AI, shared knowledge and social behaviour.

Data visualisation in social sciences and knowledge communication.

Research Methods:

Qualitative, Content Analysis, Grounded Theory, Social Mapping,

Quantitative, Content Analysis, PC/Factor Analysis, Cluster Analysis

Visual EDA

Research Centre:

Institute for Global Health and Development