Dr Ivan Rajic

Research Associate

BSc (Belgrade), MPhil (Cambridge), PhD (Cambridge)

Ivan Rajic


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Room 224

My background is in economics, and I was lucky enough to have received a very pluralist education at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Belgrade. I got particularly interested in economic development, which led me to apply for an MPhil at the Centre of Development Studies at the University of Cambridge, and followed by a PhD at the same department. I received the Gates Cambridge scholarship both for my MPhil and PhD.

My PhD research was focused on the links between regional development disparities within countries and separatism. I looked at how regional disparities emerge as a natural consequence of how modern markets dominated by large firms function, and at why these disparities are so difficult to overcome. I further argued that such disparities lead to inter-regional economic conflicts, which can form a basis for separatist aspirations in both richer and poorer regions. My main case study were the regional disparities in the UK and their relationship to Scottish separatism.

After finishing my PhD in 2017, I taught economic geography at UCL and macroeconomics at City, University of London, before joining the University of Sheffield in May 2018 as a research associate on the Regional Technology Foresight project.