Jelena Predojevic-Despic

Research Associate

DSc, Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade, 2015 (Thesis: Migration of Highly Educated Persons from Serbia to Canada and the United States of America since 1991)

MSc, Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade, 2002 (Thesis: Population Reproduction in the Works of Authors from Kosovo and Metohija)

BA in Albanian Language and Literature, Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade, 1994


  • Migration
    • social and demographic aspects of migration
    • migration of skills
    • relationship between migration and development
    • transnational entrepreneurship, immigrant entrepreneurship


Since 1997 employed at the Institute of Social Sciences (Demographic Research Centre), working in various research positions. She has published over 40 scholarly papers. As an author she has participated in numerous scientific projects and conferences in Serbia and abroad.

Her expertise includes the interlink between migration, demographics, the labour market and human capital processes, especially in South-East Europe. Her current research focuses on the migration of skills, transnational entrepreneurship, and factors influencing talent attraction back to the country of origin.

Membership in professional organizations:

  • Association of Demographers of Serbia

Selected bibliography:

-Transnational Entrepreneurs in the Western Balkans: A Comparative Study of Serbian and Albanian Migrants and Returnees, (co-author with Tanja Pavlov, Svetlana Milutinovic, Brikena Balli), in (eds. Nadler, R., Kovács, Z., Glorius, B., Lang, T.) Return Migration and Regional Development in Europe: Mobility Against the Stream, Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2016, pp. 111-127.

-“Institutional Framework in Support of Migrations: Labour Migrations between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia” (co-authors Pavlov, T. and Petronijevic, V.), Department for Diaspora, University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Political Sciences, Institute for Social Science; Ministry for Human Rights and Refugees of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, 2013, pp.115-126.

-“Prostorni aspekti emigracije iz Srbije. Tri ‘vruce’ emigracione zone”, (Spatial Aspects of Emigration from Serbia. Three 'Hot' Emigration Zones) (co-author G. Penev), Stanovništvo, 50 (2), 2012, pp. 35-64.

-“Can Serbia Count on its Experts Abroad and Vice Versa: The Return Option or “Outsourcing”, in: Mobility and Emigration of Professionals: Personal and Social Gains and Losses (eds. Polovina, N. and Pavlov, T.), Belgrade, Group 484; Institute for Educational Research, 2011, pp.210-222.

-“Migrantske mreže: nezaobilazna perspektiva u proucavanju savremenih medunarodnih migracija” (Migrant Networks: an Essential Perspective for the Study of Contemporary International Migration), Sociološki pregled, 43, (2), 2009, pp. 209-230.


Collection of papers