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dr. Žilvinas Martinaitis

Partner, Research Manager

Email: Žilvinas

Team leader and principal researcher in evaluation and research projects with special focus on education – labour market interfaces, R&D policy as well as institutional capacity building.




Policy areas
  • Education, labour market and R&D policy;
  • Institutional capacity building, set-up of monitoring and evaluation systems.
Methods 10 years of experience in policy analysis:

  • Practical experience: more than 5 years of leadership in methodological design of complex evaluation and research projects;
  • Academic experience: preparation of evaluation and policy analysis guidelines, textbooks and teaching policy analysis at Vilnius University.




Education and labour market policies
European Commission, since 2006 Selected projects:

  • Measuring Performance of EU Member States Skills Systems and Prioritising Skill Mismatches;
  • Forecasting skills supply and demand in Europe;
  • Interim evaluation of Lifelong Learning programme.
National governments, since 2005 Selected projects:

  • Employability of Lithuanian university graduates;
  • Demand for competences in Lithuanian engineering industry;
  • Support for monitoring of Lithuanian HE system.

Research and innovation policy

National governments, since 2008 Selected projects:

  • Support for identification of Smart Specialisation Priorities for Lithuania for 2014-2020;
  • Ex ante Assessment of opportunities for Lithuania to participate in International Research Infrastructures.

Capacity building

National governments, since 2008 Selected projects:

  • Support for development of HE and R&D monitoring and analysis system in Lithuania;
  • Strategic Approach for Intellectual Capital Management in European Universities.

Methods, tools and instruments

National governments,   since 2008 Selected projects:

  • Methods for ex post evaluation of R&D investments;
  • Guidelines for evaluation of EU SF interventions;
  • Methods for ex post impact assessment.


Selected publications


Education and labour market:


  1. Secundo G., Elena-Perez S., Martinaitis Ž., Leitner K-H. (2015), “An Intellectual Capital Maturity Model (ICMM) to improve strategic management in European universities: a dynamic approach“, Journal of Intellectual Capital, Vol. 16 (No.2), pp. 419 – 442.
  2. Martinaitis Ž., Gaušas S., Paliokaitė A. (2015), “Cultural and Constitutional Embeddedness of University Autonomy in Lithuania“ in ed. Romeo V. Turcan, Re-discovering university autonomy, London, New York: Palgrave MacMillan, pp.45-53.
  3. Elena-Perez S., Leitner K-H., Secundo G. & Martinaitis Ž. (2015), “Shaping New Managerial Models for European Universities: The Impact of Reporting and Managing Intelectual Capital” in eds. Patricia Ordóñez de Pablos and Leif Edvinsson, Intellectual Capital in Organizations: Non-Financial Reports and Accounts, London, New York: Routledge.
  4. Martinaitis Ž. (2014), “Measuring Skills in Europe”, European Journal of Training and Development, Vol. 38 (3), pp. 198 – 210.
  5. Martinaitis Ž. (2014), “Employers’ Investment in Skills: Test of skills argument“Social Sciences, No. 2 (84), pp. 39-46.
  6. Martinaitis Ž. (2012), “Forecasting Skills Demand and Labour Market Dynamics in the Baltic States”, Building on Skills Forecasts – Comparing Methods and Applications, Conference proceedings, Thessaloniki: Cedefop,  pp. 101 – 116.
  7. Martinaitis Ž. (2010), The Political Economy of Skills Formation: Explaining the Differences in Central and Eastern Europe, doctoral dissertation, Vilnius: Vilnius University.
  8. Martinaitis Ž. (2008), „Flexicurity: Will the European Medicine Cure Lithuanian Labour Market?“ Lithuanian Political Science Yearbook, 2007, Vilnius: Vilniaus universiteto leidykla.


Public administration and policy analysis research:


  1. Paliokaitė A., Martinaitis Ž., Sarpong D. (2016), “Implementing Smart Specialisation Roadmaps in Lithuania: Lost in translation?“Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Vol. 110, pp. 143-152.
  2. Nakrošis V., Martinaitis Ž., Hudrea A., Balica D. (2016), “Ex post Control and Steering of Government Agencies: a Comparative Analysis of Lithuania and Romania“, Transylvanian Reviewof Administrative Sciences, No. 46, pp. 78-94.
  3. Paliokaitė A., Martinaitis Ž., Reimeris R. (2015), “Foresight Methods for Smart Specialisation Strategy Development in Lithuania”, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Vol. 101, pp. 185-199.
  4. Paliokaitė A., Martinaitis Ž., Ramojus R. (2013), Foresight methods for Smart Specialisation Strategy in Lithuania. (Accepted for Special Issue on ‘Participatory Foresight and Technologies’, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, in print.
  5. Nakrošis V. and  Martinaitis Ž. (eds.) (2011), Lithuanian Agencies and other Public Sector Organisations: Organisation, Autonomy, Control and Performance, Vilnius: Vilniaus universiteto leidykla.
  6. Nakrošis V. and  Martinaitis Ž. (2011), „Lithuania“, kn. G. Bouchaert, P. Laegreid, S. van Tiel and K. Verhoest (eds.), A global compendium of government agencies, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan Palgrave MacMillan;
  7. Martinaitis Ž. (2008), Problem definition in policy analysis, Vilnius: Vilniaus universiteto leidykla.


Selected reports






PhD from Vilnius University, 2010.

MSc from London School of Economics, 2005.