Sonja Marjanovic

Research Leader
Cambridge Office


Ph.D., Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

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Sonja Marjanovic is a research leader at RAND Europe. Her work focuses on health research system strengthening, multi-stakeholder collaboration in the health sector, capacity building, open-innovation and dementia innovation systems.

Projects include studies and evaluations of R&D initiatives (e.g., biomedical research centres, Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care, leadership development programmes); evaluations of international research-capacity building efforts (e.g., African Institutions initiative); and studies of new innovation models (e.g., crowdsourcing platforms, personalised medicine partnerships) and of dementia innovation efforts.Marjanovic's key interest is in the interface between health research, policy and service delivery.

Her work spans public, private and third sector clients and combines qualitative and quantitative methods. She is highly experienced in workshop facilitation, stakeholder consultations through theory-of-change approaches, interviews, surveys, case-studies, scenarios work and the use bibliometric methods to inform policy-making.Before joining RAND Europe, Marjanovic worked for the UK Economic and Social Research Council's Centre for Business Research, focusing on UK innovation competitiveness. She has consulting experience in healthcare innovation policy; intellectual property services; and commercial experience in business development, founding and managing a start-up.

Marjanovic completed a Ph.D. at Judge Business School (Cambridge University) where she was a Wellcome Trust scholar and worked in the areas of health R&D systems and collaboration. Her Master's degree (Cambridge University) focused on public-private partnerships in global health, and she holds a B.Sc. Honours in molecular and microbial genetics from Wits University, South Africa.

Recent Projects

  • Evaluations of various university-NHS innnovation networks funded by the English Department of Health
  • Real-time evaluation of a large, networked research capacity-building initiative in Africa
  • Reviews of leadership development programmes in the health sector, as a health policy intervention
  • Use of bibliometric analysis to inform research funding decisions
  • Dementia breakthroughs: learning from other innovation areas


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    How Innovation Can Assist the Refugee 'Pathway'

    New ways to collaborate and coordinate humanitarian actions are needed so that refugees, host communities, and other stakeholders are empowered to create and spread innovative solutions. These efforts should consider the entire refugee pathway, not only emergency and arrival assistance.

    Jun 27, 2017 The RAND Blog

  • Illustration of medical technology innovation concept

    How to Galvanise the NHS to Adopt Innovation

    Two achievable and workable high-level approaches can help innovation take place within the National Health Service. These focus on mobilising people, and systems within the health service.

    Apr 12, 2016 The BMJ