Sonja Marjanovic

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Senior Research Leader and Head of THIS Institute-RAND Europe partnership
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Ph.D., Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

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Sonja Marjanovic is a senior research leader in Innovation, Health and Science at RAND Europe and head of RAND Europe's institutional partnership with The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute at Cambridge University (a flagship national research institute led by Prof Mary Dixon-Woods). She is also member of the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research.

Marjanovic's strengths lie in understanding the interface between health research and innovation, improved service delivery and health sector competitiveness in both developed and developing country contexts. Current areas of focus include innovation and service improvement in health and care, digital health and health data, new care models, leadership in health, improvement in maternity care safety, innovation policy in cancer care and global health R&D capacity-building. Methodologically she specialises in theory-driven evaluation, and is highly experienced in workshop facilitation, interviews, surveys, case-studies, scenario and citation analytics.

Recent clients include the Department of Health, Office of Life Sciences, NHS England, NIHR, Alzheimer’s Society, Wellcome Trust, Roche, GlaxoSmithKline, EFPIA and international foundations and institutions (e.g. European Commission). She has also worked for the ESRC Centre for Business Research, has consulting experience in intellectual property services, and has commercial experience in business development, founding and managing a diagnostic start-up. Her academic background combines training in innovation policy, management studies and molecular genetics. She received her Ph.D. from Judge Business School, Cambridge University.


  • Syrian refugee Omayma al Hushan (2nd R), 14, who launched an initiative against child marriage among Syrian refugees, and her friends rehearse a play about it at a school in Al Zaatari refugee camp, Mafraq, Jordan, April 21, 2016

    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