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Jovana Dikovic

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin FH
+41 26 429 64 76
Büro: Technopark Zurich

Dr. Jovana Dikovic joined CCRS in September 2021, and as of January 2022 acts as head of Sustainable Impact and Inclusive Development. She received her BA in Social anthropology and MA in Political Sciences from the University of Belgrade. Subsequently, she moved to the University of Zurich where she obtained her Ph.D. in Economic Anthropology. She teaches at the University of Zurich as well as the University of St. Gallen and is also a visiting fellow at the University of Pittsburgh. As an economic anthropologist, Dr. Dikovic studies endogenous growth and its impact on state and donor-driven agricultural and development projects and policies in the rural Balkans (Serbia, Kosovo, and Greek-Albanian border). In her prior extensive field research, Dr. Dikovic studied how microeconomics, local cultures, values, and ideas skew the course of the state plans for agriculture and rural development in Serbia, and how they affect the institutionalized ideas of change. At CCRS, Dr. Dikovic investigates the outcomes of development projects in rural Kosovo. In this context, she conducts ethnographic research aiming at detecting crucial obstacles in the sustainable implementation of development projects in agriculture and provides recommendations on how to address these bottlenecks through more inclusive approaches to sustainable development that focus on supporting the local economy.


Journal article

DIKOVIC, J. (2023). Prudent Resilience of Farmers. Journal or Rural and Community Development , 18 (3), 152-173.
LAPPE-OSTHEGE, T., DIKOVIC, J. (2023). Constructing Postconflict Memoryscapes: From Narratives of Division to Coexistence. Arcadia, 18.
DIKOVIC, J. (2022). Environmental and Political Elites are Destroying Food Production for Climate Goals. Mises Institute.
DIKOVIC, J. (2022). Warum es höchste Zeit ist, "Ernährungssicherheit" mit Umweltgerechtigkeit zusammenzudenken. Berliner Gazette. Berlin.
DIKOVIC, J. (2016). Gleaning: old name, new practice. Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law, 48 (2), 302-321.


DIKOVIC, J. (2024). Laissez-faire Peasant: Post-socialist Rural Development in Serbia. London: UCL Press.

Book chapter

DIKOVIC, J. (2021). What is not known about rural development: Village experiences from Serbia. Politics and Environment in Eastern Europe (pp. 261-283). Open Book Publishers.
DIKOVIC, J. (2018). Squatting. The Global Encyclopedia of Informality (pp. 10-14). London: UCL Press.
DIKOVIC, J. (2015). The Practices of Land Ownership in Vojvodina: The Case of Aradac. Property in East Central Europe: Notions, Institutions, and Practices of Landownership in the Twentieth Century (pp. 268-288). Berghahn Books.
DIKOVIC, J. (2014). Neither Peasant, Nor Farmer: Transformations of Agriculture in Serbia after 2000. At the Margins of History: The Agrarian Question in Southeast Europe (pp. 149-162). Martor.

Working Papers

DIKOVIC, J. (2023). The Graveyards of Development Project: Why do they fail and how this can be prevented? (2). Center for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CCRS) at the School of Management Fribourg.

Invited speaker

DIKOVIC, J. (2023). Sustainability of Development Cooperation: Why do development projects fail? The case study of Rural Kosovo. Zürich, Switzerland.
DIKOVIC, J. (2021). Farming under barricades: Study of post-conflict cooperation in Kosovo. Tirana, Albania.

Doctoral thesis

DIKOVIC, J. (2018). Post-socialist Rural Development and Peasantry in Serbia. Universität Zürich, Switzerland.

Paper presented at a peer-reviewed conference

DIKOVIC, J. (2023). Becoming an Entrepreneur through Development Projects: Lessons from Rural Kosovo for Preventing the Failure. Fribourg, Switzerland.
DIKOVIC, J. (2022). Kosovo-Serbia Different Approach. Pristina, Kosovo.
DIKOVIC, J. (2022). Farming under barricades: Findings on post-conflict cooperation in Kosovo. New York, United States of America.