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)

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

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

Scientific interests:

  • 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. 


  • Association of Demographers of Serbia

Selected publications:

-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. 

-“Prostorni aspekti emigracije iz Srbije. Tri 'vruće' emigracione zone”, (koautor sa G. Penevom), Stanovništvo, 50 (2), 2012. str. 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.

-O fertilitetu stanovništva Kosova i Metohije, Beograd, Zadužbina Andrejević, 2003. str. 98.

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