Dr Nebojsa Stojcic

Visiting Professor

Justice, Security and Sustainability

Dr. Nebojsa Stojcic is an associate professor and a researcher with interest in topics from industrial economics, economics of innovation and urban and regional economics. His current research focuses on transition of middle income countries from production towards innovation driven growth in the age of digital transformation. His work was published in leading economics and business fields journals such as European Economic Review, Regional Studies, Research Policy and Structural Change and Economic Dynamics.

Professor Stojcic is currently serving as Vice rector for business affairs at University of Dubrovnik, Croatia. Prior to that he served in two terms as Head of Department of Economics and Business at University of Dubrovnik. He is also founder and director of Center for research in digital transformation – Credo at University of Dubrovnik.

At Staffordshire University, professor Stojcic has been part of supervisory team of two PhD students that successfully completed their PhD studies with straight pass. Since January 2020 he is awarded title of Visiting professor at Staffordshire University. Dr. Stojcic is author of most cited Economics paper in Croatia and coordinator of highest ranked project financed by Croatian science foundation.

Dr. Stojcic is continuously ranked among top 10 most productive Croatian scientists in the field of economics. As coordinator, senior expert and expert he participated in over 30 projects financed within H2020, FP7, Erasmus+ CBHE, Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships, Interreg IPA and Croatian Science foundation as well as in many other collaborations with business community in Croatia and Central and South Eastern Europe.

Professional memberships and activities

Croatian economic society (2009 – present)

Academic qualifications

  • Phd (2011) – Staffordshire University Business School

  • PgCert Research Supervision (2013) – Staffordshire University Business School

  • Pg Cert Economics for business analysis (2007) – Staffordshire University Business School

  • Pg Cert Research Methods (2006) - Staffordshire University Business School


Economics of innovation
Industrial economics
Urban and regional economics
Digital transformation
Advancing economies

Research interests

Economics of innovation
Industrial economics
Urban and regional economics
Digital transformation
Advancing economies


Stojcic, N. (2020). Collaborative innovation in emerging innovation systems: Evidence from Central and Eastern Europe, Journal of Technology Transfer (Online first).

Stojcic, N., Srhoj, S. and Coad, A. (2020). Innovation procurement as capability-building: Evaluating innovation policies in eight Central and Eastern European countries, European Economic Review 121.

Stojcic, N., Orlic, E. (2019). Spatial dependence, foreign investment and productivity spillovers in new EU member states. Regional Studies (Online first).

Stojcic, N., Anic, I-D. and Aralica, Z. (2019). Do firms in clusters perform better? Lessons from wood-processing industries in new EU member states. Forest Policy and Economics. 109.

Stojcic, N., Anic, I-D. and Aralica, Z. (2019). Spatio - temporal determinants of structural and
productive transformation of regions in Central and Eastern Europe. Economic Systems 42(3).

Stojcic, N. and Suman-Tolic, M. (2019). Direct and Indirect Effects of Fiscal Decentralization on
Economic Growth. Ekonomický časopis. 67(3)

Stojcic, N., Vojinic, P. and Aralica, Z. (2018). Trade liberalization and export transformation in new
EU member states. Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, 47

Stojcic, N., Orlic, E. and Hashi, I. (2018). Creativity, innovation effectiveness and productive
efficiency in the United Kingdom. European Journal for Innovation Management, 21(4).

Stojcic, N., Aralica, Z. (2018). (De)industrialization and lessons for industrial policy in Central and
Eastern Europe. Post-communist economies. 30(6)

Stojcic, N., Becic, M. and Vojinic, P. (2016). The impact of migration movements on innovation
activities in Croatian counties. Drustvena istrazivanja/Journal for general social issues, 25(3).

Stojcic, N., Hashi, I. and Telhaj, S. (2013). Restructuring and competitiveness: Empirical evidence
on firm behaviour in new EU member states and candidate countries. Eastern European
Economics, 51(4)

Hashi, I., Stojcic, N. (2013). The impact of innovation activities on firm performance using a
multistage model: Evidence from the Community Innovation Survey 4. Research policy, 42(2)

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