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Sociology Research


Dr Jana Bacevic has a PhD in Social Anthropology (2008, University of Belgrade). Prior to starting a PhD in Sociology at Cambridge, Jana worked as Marie Curie Research Fellow in EC-funded project "Universities in the Knowledge Economy" at the University of Aarhus (2013-5), and as Visiting Professor at the Central European University in Budapest (2011-3). She has held visiting fellowships at the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol; Department of Anthropology, University of Auckland; Department of Public Policy, Central European University; Open Society Archives, Budapest; and University of Oxford. She also has experience in consultancy for international and national governmental and non-governmental organisations, particularly in the field of education, development and minority rights in conflict and post-conflict environments.

Research Interests

Jana’s research interests predominantly fall in the domain of social and political theory, epistemology and history of ideas, and political economy. Her main concern is how cognition and knowledge production influence human agency, and, in turn, how these processes relate to social structure. Her current work is at the intersection of sociology of knowledge/intellectuals, political sociology, and social theory. It investigates the concepts of agency, reflexivity and self-knowledge in the context of academic knowledge production under neoliberalism, using the example of social and political positioning of intellectuals in the UK. Previously, she has written on the relationship between education policies and forms of political subjectivity, including class and identity. She maintains an active interest in social movements and forms of political mobilisation, as well as policies and techniques of governance of knowledge and information. In addition to this, she is interested in how social and political processes relate to the construction and regulation of intimate partnerships.

Key Publications - Books

Bacevic, J. 2014. From Class to Identity: Politics of Education Reforms in Former Yugoslavia. Budapest: Central European University Press. 

Key Publications - Book Chapters

Bacevic, J. 2017. Beyond the Third Mission: Toward an Actor-Based Account of Universities’ Relationship with Society.  In: Universities in the Neoliberal Era (H. Ergül and S. Coşar, eds). Palgrave Macmillan UK, pp 21-39.

Bacevic, J. 2016. Under siege? Politics, contestation and agency beyond the ‘neoliberal university’. In: The Global University (R. Barnett and M. Peters, eds.). London: Peter Lang. 

Bacevic, J. 2016. Beyond Third Mission: Towards an actor—based account of universities’ relationships with the society. In: University in the Neoliberal Era: Cultures, Stories and Voices that Matter (H. Ergül and S. Cosar, eds.). London: Palgrave Macmillan. 

Bacevic, J. 2016. Education, conflict and class reproduction in socialist Yugoslavia. In: Social Inequalities and Discontent in Yugoslav Socialism (R. Archer, I. Duda and P. Stubbs, eds.) Abingdon: Ashgate, pp.77-94. 

Bacevic, J. 2015. ‘They had sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll; we’ll have mini-jobs and loans to pay’: Transition, social change and student movements in the post-Yugoslav region. In: Welcome to the Desert of Post-Socialism: Radical Politics after Yugoslavia. (S. Horvat and I. Stiks, eds). London: Verso, pp. 223-241. 

Bacevic, J. 2015. Divided Universities, Divided Societies? Higher Education, Elite Mobilisation, and Politics of Identity in the Former Yugoslavia. In: Universities and Elite Formation in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe (F. Bieber and H. Heppner, eds). Berlin: LIT Verlag, pp. 267 – 284.

Key Publications - Journal Articles

Bacevic, J., Muellerleile, C. (2017). The moral economy of open access. European Journal of Social Theory. DOI:

Bacevic, J. 2014. (Education for) work sets you free: ‘employability’ and higher education in former Yugoslavia and its successor states, European Journal of Higher Education, Vol. 1/2014, pp. 281-296. 

Nokkala, T. and J. Bacevic. 2014. University Autonomy, Agenda Setting and the Construction of Agency: The case of the European University Association in the European Higher Education Area, European Educational Research Journal, Vol. 13 no. 6, pp. 699-714. 

Bacevic, J. 2010. Masters or Servants? Power and Discourse in Serbian Higher Education Reform. Social Anthropology, Vol. 18 No. 1, pp. 43-56.

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Research Groups & Affiliations


Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust, PhD scholarship (2015-2018)

OSI/FCO Chevening visiting scholarship, University of Oxford (2007-2008)

Visegrad Fellowship, Open Society Archives, Budapest (2012)

Job Title:
PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, Selwyn College