Dr Sanja Arsova

Ph.D, BA(Hons)

Management School

Doctoral Researcher

Doctoral Researcher at the South-East European Research Centre (SEERC)

Collaborator: EU Circular Policies + Green Finance at Circulist

Internal Audit Analyst at the European Central Bank within the Directorate Internal Audit - Audit Missions Division

Trainee at the European Central Bank within the Directorate General Finance - Financial Reporting Division

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Dr Sanja Arsova
Management School
Sheffield University Management School
Conduit Road
S10 1FL

Sanja Arsova is a Doctoral Researcher at the South-East European Research Centre (SEERC, Greece) and a PhD graduate at the University of Sheffield (UK). Her PhD is part of the ReTraCE Project, funded by Horizon 2020 EU’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks and will support the implementation of the European Commission’s Circular Economy (CE) strategy. Her research is focusing on implementing CE policies at the regional level, and their links with the smart specialisation strategies (S3).

Before this engagement, Sanja has been working at the European Central Bank for two years, as a trainee in Directorate General Finance, and as an analyst in Directorate Internal Audit. She has also been involved in a transnational research project, which had the goal to enhance the research collaboration and co-operation between EU and India.

Sanja holds a First-Class degree at the International Faculty of the University of Sheffield (City College, Greece) and during her BA (Hons) in Finance and Accounting she has been awarded as a Highly Commended Entrant in Economics Category (2017) and Business Category (2016) from the prestigious Undergraduate Awards.

  • ACCA (in Progress)
  • Level 6 Diploma in Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute
Research interests

Sanja's thesis investigated the formulation and implementation of Circular Economy (CE) policies within European NUTS 2 regions. A four-stage Policy Delphi study was designed and conducted with policy experts in regional administrations, regional governments but also higher-level policy experts from EU institutions. A very rich set of findings emerged, providing timely and important policy implications, while simultaneously contributing to theory advancement. The Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3) and CE policy nexus appeared to be less deterministic, with several risks of regional lock-ins and negative path dependency situations being identified. The institutional environment and related pressures, along with the effective multi-level governance mechanisms proved as conducive for the development and realisation of the regional CE initiatives. Lastly, the risk of amplifying the existing regional divergence gap is underlined, thereby creating a two-speed Europe.


Journal articles

  • H2020-MSCA-ITN-2018 scheme, grant agreement number 814247, ReTraCE (Realising the Transition to the Circular Economy) project
  • H2020-MSCA-RISE-2018 scheme, grant agreement number 823967, ProCEedS (Promoting the Circular Economy in the Food Supply Chain) project
  • H2020-SC5-2020-2 scheme, grant agreement number 101003491, JUST2CE (A Just Transition to the Circular Economy) project.
Professional activities and memberships
  • Member of the World Resources Forum Affiliation (WRFA)