Ivan finished his PhD in social anthropology at the University of Manchester in 2015. Before coming to University of Vienna as a University Assistant Postdoc, he was a Mellon Fellow at School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL and a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle.
Ivan’s research combines economic, political and environmental anthropology to explore transformations of debt and obligation in South East European economies. His first project, The Gift of Labour, explored the making of an “indebted worker” in a post-Yugoslav car factory after deindustrialization. His new research, How to Inherit a Mountain, explores socio-economic effects of the energy transition, particularly from the point of view of environmentalist activists fighting hydropower and cattle herders in Serbia.