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I am an assistant professor in Science, Business and Innovation at the Faculty of Science of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. As an interdisciplinary and international scholar with broader expertise in the field of science and technology, I currently work on topics related to business, innovation and sustainable value creation in the life science industry as well as energy. I am involved in setting up and deploying projects related to tech appropriation for radical an disruptive innovation in highly complex fields such as healthcare and advancing current therapeutics and care pathways for patients with different chronic and occupational diseases. Additionally, I participate in research related to techno-economic modelling and future foresight for photovoltaics in specific China regions.

I have worked in international academic and non-academic settings with partners from the US, Italy, Germany, UK, Spain, Iceland, France, China and South Africa; at governmental levels in Portugal related to science policy agenda setting; and within the framework of university governance and internationalisation policy in the Netherlands.  I have been an advisor to healthcare related projects on technology adoption and on the research processes in collaborative educational programmes at polytechnic institutes in Portugal and universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands. 

Furthermore, I am an expert on university governance, internationalization in doctoral education and marketing due to several years in a management position within a university. 



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 

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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Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member of advisory board of Academic Transfer (for PhD and academic staff recruitment)

  • Member of advisory board for double and joint PhD agreements in European University Association- Council for Doctoral Education (EUA CDE)

  • Chair of the AURORA Group on Doctoral Education, AURORA Universities Network

Reviewing responsibilities
  • Reviewer for Science nad Public Policy (2021- present)

  • Reviewer for Higher Education Quarterly (2020 present)

  • Reviewer for International Journal in Sustainability in Higher Education (2020 – present)

  • Reviewer for Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education (2019 present)

  • Reviewer for Journal of Educational Studies (2016 present)

  • Reviewer for Higher Education (2016 present)

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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