Jelena Brankovic

Jelena Brankovic was the first CHEGG PhD candidate to graduate (in March 2018). She is currently Research Associate at the Faculty of Sociology of Bielefeld University in Germany. Her research focuses on organizational responses to global dynamics. Specifically, she is interested in how universities respond to standardization, competition and status processes, as well as how, in turn, these responses shape the environments in which universities are embedded. Theoretically, Jelena’s work draws primarily on sociological institutionalism and world society theory, which she complements with insights from scholarly work on organizations, competition and identity.

Jelena holds a Master’s degree in Higher Education, awarded jointly by the University of Oslo, the University of Tampere, and the University of Aveiro, and an equivalent degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Belgrade. Her work experience includes a research post at the Centre for Education Policy in Belgrade and the position of the National Coordinator for the EU TEMPUS Programme in Serbia. She is a member of the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS), the Consortium of Higher Education Researchers (CHER) and the Early Career Higher Education Researchers (ECHER) network.

Research interests

  • Global dynamics and global diffusion
  • Organisational responses and actorhood
  • Organisational status competition and hierarchies
  • Sociological institutionalism and world society theory



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