- Real Estate Valuation Advisor, Primorsko-goranska
County, Department for Physical. Planning, Construction and Environmental
- Winner of a prestigious international award
given by EDAMBA for the best doctoral thesis (third place)
What was your original
motive for enrolling in the doctoral program?
my studies within the Postgraduate Specialist Study Program in Controlling at
the Faculty of Economics and Business in Rijeka, I was intrigued by the research
we did. In preparing my seminar papers and
my master's thesis, I learned to conduct research, connect concepts, and think
critically, which later allowed me to publish articles in journals. This was
great but I had a desire to take that last step in my education, and enrol into
a doctoral program. Since I work in Rijeka, it suited me that the study offered
is close and that it is tailored to the needs of us who work. Lectures were
held on Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings. Since knowledge today is
growing exponentially, day by day, my doctoral study has allowed me to stay up
to date with new knowledge. At the time of my enrolment, I already had affinities towards
certain research topics for my doctorate, but, the final research question
(topic) had to be set and approached differently, in which my mentor prof. Đula
Borozan helped me immensely, for which I am extremely grateful. An additional
motivation for me was working with top experts in the field of energy economics
and getting feedback on my research.
You were awarded third prize for your doctoral
dissertation in the EDAMBA doctoral thesis competition - How does it feel to be
in the company of the best?
The award made me extremely happy because such an
award was a great recognition of my work. It included several steps. First, a
committee set up by the Faculty of Economics and Business had to choose my
doctorate as the best and nominate me for the award, which was already a great honour
for me. When the EDAMBA award arrived, where my thesis was placed third among theses
from more than 70 universities and 26 countries, the joy was immeasurable.
Among other, I was also given the opportunity to present the results of my
research at Oxford University, where I was able to exchange opinions and
experiences with top scientists and experts from other universities. The most
interesting part of this experience, were the questions and discussions on the
topic of my work, which gave me new ideas for research and presented an incentive
for further perseverance in my work. This award communicates that dedicated
work and the desire for progress are recognized and rewarded, and certainly
gives strength for further challenges in scientific work.
How has obtaining a doctorate affected you personally
It opened up new possibilities and ways in which I look
at things; it contributed to my development of analytical and critical
thinking, and conducting of independent scientific research. I have perfected
the application of various research methods as well as the presentation of
results at professional conferences. It made me a better person. As a winner of
a scholarship granted by the Republic of Austria and an Erasmus scholarship, I
spent one semester at the Alpen Adria University in Klagenfurt, where I listened
to lectures in econometrics and where I worked on my dissertation. I also had
the opportunity to perfect my English and German. I believe that my doctorate
prepared me for the constant challenges of society and that it helped me stand
out among others in both my scientific and personal life. After graduating, I
became an external associate at the Faculty of Maritime Studies in Rijeka, and
I participated in the preparation of professional justification studies for
Now that you have been awarded your doctoral degree,
what are your plans for the future career wise?
desire is to further develop my career, conduct research, write and present
papers at conferences because in this way I can gain new knowledge and advance in
my scientific work. I would like to combine science and
business practice, to work maybe half time in a scientific research institution,
where I could apply my current knowledge, be up to date with new knowledge,
transfer acquired knowledge and finally gain new knowledge.
How does it feel to be
a woman in the world of science? Is there equality?
The position of women today is much better than it had
been for a long time in history, but full equality requires the joint effort of
women themselves and their male colleagues and partners. A woman will continue
to manoeuvre between work and family more than men do. In order to achieve
balance, they need to accept that at certain stages of their lives, they have
to give more to the family and less to work and sometimes the other way round.
Although I am currently on maternity leave, I was able to attend two
conferences and publish an article related to my PhD topic, which required good
organization and balancing between writing papers, family and other commitments.
It is nice to be among scientists, but it also requires certain sacrifices,
continuous learning and work in your free time.
What is your message / advice to future doctoral
students? Why should they enroll doctoral studies?
I can tell them that their doctoral studies will give
them the opportunity to participate in lectures, research seminars and
workshops, but even more, to they will develop themselves as scientists and people.
They will have the possibility to be
educated outside their home institution through different student exchange
programs. They can conduct research on topics that are of interest to them, and
that they will have the support and help from professors and experts who will lead
them to the ultimate goal through organized workshops and seminars. Knowledge
of scientific methodology is necessary for designing well-organized research.
Part of this knowledge will be acquired within the doctoral program, but the mentor
will play the key role. You really are not alone in the whole process of
obtaining a doctorate, and the key to success in obtaining a doctorate is,
among other things, perseverance and an excellent mentor. We all face many
obstacles while studying and working, but small steps will lead you to the
goal, and there is always a mentor to help you develop your scientific and
research work, but also yourself through that work.