Dr Ivan Rajic

Dr Ivan Rajic

Department of Management
Research Fellow

Contact details

Address
Birmingham Business School
University House
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham, UK
B15 2TY

Ivan Rajic is a Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, working on the Changing Lanes project. He has a background in economics and holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge Centre of Development Studies, where his research focused on regional development disparities within advanced capitalist countries and their relationship to separatism, with a case study of the United Kingdom and Scotland.

He previously worked as a Research Associate at the University of Sheffield, working on the Regional Technology Foresight project, aimed at identifying important technologies for manufacturers in the region and helping companies adopt them. Prior to that, he taught economic geography at UCL and macroeconomics City University London.

Qualifications

PhD in Development Studies, University of Cambridge Centre of Development Studies, 2017

MPhil in Development Studies, University of Cambridge Centre of Development Studies, 2010 

Bachelor in Economics, University of Belgrade Faculty of Economics, 2009

Biography

Ivan completed a Bachelor in Economics at the University of Belgrade and became interested in economic development already during my first year of undergraduate studies. Growing up in one of the former Yugoslav countries, he was also interested in separatism.

This led him to pursue an MPhil and PhD in development studies, both at the University of Cambridge Centre of Development Studies, on a Gates Cambridge Trust scholarship. Ivan's PhD research was focused on the role that oligopolies play in creating and maintaining regional development disparities within countries, and the links between the disparities and separatism, with a case study of the United Kingdom and Scotland. He focused on the role of oligopolies in regional development and of class in separatism.

During his time in Cambridge, Ivan was heavily engaged with the Cambridge Society for Economic Pluralism, trying to make the curriculum in the economics department more pluralist. A survey they conducted and a report they wrote were among the things that influenced the department to introduce several new optional courses.

After his PhD, Ivan briefly taught economic geography at UCL and macroeconomics at City University London, before taking up a Research Associate job at the University of Sheffield Information School, working on the Regional Technology Foresight project. The project focused on identifying important future technologies for manufacturers in the Sheffield City Region and helping regional manufacturers adopt them. The work involved document reviews, interviews, report and article writing, and numerous organizational duties. As of mid-2020, the reports produced as part of the project are being used by the University of Sheffield and the Sheffield City Region LEP to provide evidence for funding bids and for ideas for local industrial policies.

Prior to coming to the UK to do his MPhil, Ivan worked as a junior economist in the Foundation for the Advancement of Economics, a think-tank in Belgrade, contributing mainly to its flagship publication, The Quarterly Monitor of Economics Trends and Policies in Serbia.

Currently, Ivan is working as a Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham Business School on the Changing Lanes project, with Professor David Bailey as the Principal Investigator. The project focuses on researching the impacts of Brexit on the UK automotive industry, as well as on the technological shift to electric and driverless cars.

Other activities

2018: Consultant for CEVES, a think-tank in Serbia, helping them prepare a (successful) funding bid for a UNDP project on regional development in Serbia

2003 – 2016: Member of the Association of Literary Translators of Serbia – translated seven books into Serbian, from Norwegian and English

Publications

Articles

Eliassen, R., Jostein Löhr Hauge and Ivan Rajić. 2015. “Hva er galt med økonomiundervisningen?”. In: Samfunnsøkonomen, no. 6, pp. 39-51 paper title in English: “What is wrong with education in economics?”

Book chapters

Rajić, I. 2017. “The role of big firms and industrial policy in economic development”. In: Malović, M. and K. Roy (eds.): The State and the Market in Economic Development: In Pursuit of the Millenium Development Goals. Brisbane: The IIDS Australia, pp. 45-55

Conference proceedings

Rajić, I. 2011. “Kapitalizam velikih preduzeća i tranzicija“. In: Cerović, B. and M. Uvalić (eds.): Reforme i ekonomski razvoj u tranziciji: Srbija i Zapadni Balkan. Belgrade: Ekonomski fakultet, pp. 77-93

Paper title in English: "Big firm capitalism and the transition"

Book title in English: Reforms and economic development in transition: Serbia and the Western Balkans

Book reviews

Rajić, I. 2017. “Review of: Unkovski-Korica, V., 2016. The Economic Struggle for Power in Tito’s Yugoslavia: From World War II to Non-Alignment (London and New York: I.B. Tauris)”. In: Croatian International Relations Review, vol. 23, no. 80, pp. 190-193

Rajić, I. 2010. ”Bartlett, W., Europe’s Troubled Region: Economic development, institutional reform and social welfare in the Western Balkans (London: 2008: Routledge). A Comment”. In: Southeastern Europe vol. 34, pp. 234-243

Reports

Martins, J. and Rajic, I. 2019. “Looking Back, Moving Forward: An analysis of economic strategy and policy debates in the Sheffield City Region”, a report written for the Regional Technology Foresight project, available at www.regiotechforesight.org

Martins, J. and Rajic, I. 2019. “Manufacturing Futures: An assessment of the technological opportunities and challenges of manufacturing firms in the Sheffield City Region”, a report written for the Regional Technology Foresight project, available at www.regiotechforesight.org