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I am an Assistant Professor (with tenure) in Breakthrough Technologies, Management and Policy and an Associate Lead of the Breakthrough Technologies and Sustainable Innovation Group. With 10 years of research experience I have a deep understanding of how emerging and disruptive technologies can be leveraged to create sustainable solutions for the world's most pressing problems in i.e. healthcare, energy systems, city development, agriculture and food systems, and higher education. 

My work has focused on the nature and nurture side of breakthrough technology, looking into the techno-economic viability for its implementation and considering organizational and individual aspects in fostering deep tech ventures in the process. Besides, I also have a proven track record of developing innovative solutions that have real-world impact. I have published in several respected journals on the topic such as Technology Forecasting and Social Change, Renewable Energy, Studies in Higher Education, Higher Education Policy, among others. 

Working on a better world
I have worked with a variety of organizations, from startups (e.g. Fitsurance, Preactive) to universities and governments (e.g. Portugal) to help them identify and capitalize on new opportunities in the technology and sustainability sectors. Currently, I am the scientific coordinator of the Knowledge for People, the Planet and Prosperity through Partnerships which promotes collaborative projects fostering Human Agency and the governance of data ecologies to achieve Sustainable and Healthy Territories and reduce inequalities in the digital age, together with “Net Zero” societies

In addition to my work in science and industry, I am a sought-after speaker and thought leader, regularly speaking at academic conferences and smaller workshop industry related events around the world. I also serve on the Ethics’s Committee of the Faculty of Science of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where I work to promote responsible and open science and research education. I am also a member of the Examination Board of the Science, Business and Innovation Programme Degree where I am responsible for evaluating the quality of the bachelor and master programme by safeguarding the quality of the interim and final examinations. 

In addition to my research, I am a dedicated teacher and mentor. I have supervised numerous graduate students and PhD researchers, many of whom have gone on to successful careers in industry and academia. I teach courses at bachelor and master level at the Science, Business and Innovation Programme and I am passionate about the ever-evolving teaching style which aims to harness interdisciplinary in each student for the future tech labor market engagement. 

Education and international collaboration
I hold a double PhD degree from ISCTE, the Open University in Lisbon and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and continue to push the boundaries of breakthrough and deep tech research through ongoing collaboration with colleagues in academia and industry. Among others, my international collaborations extend to universities in Germany (Munster University of Applied Sciences), Portugal (University of Lisbon; Aveiro University), US (MIT Media Lab), Japan (Waseda and Sophia University) and Sweden.  



During my PhD studies, I was a teaching assistant on the course related to qualitative methodologies as well a course on organization science fundamentals.  

Currently, I am teaching:

Master course Business, Innovation and Value Creation in the Life Science Industry 

Master course Science Project

Bachelor course Research Design and Methodology

I regularly supervise bachelor projects, master thesis and PhD candidates. 

Prizes and Awards

Portuguese Science and Foundation Scholarship for PhD studies (2013 – 2017), Lisbon, Portugal National

Scholarship for students with extraordinary achievements by the Ministry of Education and Sport of the Republic of Serbia (2009 – 2011), Belgrade, Serbia

Best StudentsAward, Republic of Serbia (2005 2009), Belgrade, Serbia


Horizon 2020 ITN (partner) – “ADAPTED” Eradicating poverty: pathways towards achieving sustainable development goals, Bochum University, Sorbonne University, University of Western Cape South Africa, University of Cape Town, South Africa, Erasmus University and others 

(with colleagues from CIS Henk van den Heuvel, IVM Philipp Pattberg and Faculty of Law Galina Cornelisse)

Grant award: cc. total 3.9 million Euros 

Horizon 2020 SWAF (partner) SoftSkills4PhDs via video games with University Rovira i Virgili, Spain, Gecon company and Innsbruck University 

Grant award: total 300.000 Euros 

Erasmus + KA107 Mobility Cambodia – In collaboration with Prof. Dr. Maiza Campos Ponce (healthcare, Faculty of Science)

Grant amount:  30.000 Euros

Erasmus + KA107 Mobility Chile In collaboration with Prof. Dr. Erik Verhoef (spatial economics, School of Business and Economics) (started 2019)

Grant amount: 25.000 Euros

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Academic qualification

PhD, ISCTE-IUL Open University Institute Lisbon

Award Date: 16 Feb 2018

PhD, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Award Date: 22 Jan 2018

Master, University of Aveiro

Award Date: 18 Jul 2011

Bachelor, University of Novi Sad

Award Date: 22 Jun 2009


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