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.