ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Associate Professor Branka Krivokapic-Skoko

Associate Professor Branka Krivokapic-Skoko

A/Prof Branka Krivokapic-Skoko's interests are in exploring rural issues and emerging social science research methods. Her doctoral thesis and a book published in 2006 have contributed significantly to the field of ethnic entrepreneurship in regional areas. Her ARC funded collaborative work, with Professor Jock Collins on bridging and bonding social capital within non-metropolitan Australia, is extending knowledge on the diversity within rural communities. The research has produced a number of publications in high ranking journals and book chapters. Branka also developed and chaired a working group on Ethnic Dimensions of Rural Social Change and Development at the XII World Congress of Rural Sociology, 2008. She has advanced the comparative analysis of ethnic entrepreneurship by applying Qualitative Comparative Analysis, publishing in the area of comparative methods.

Research Interests

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Rural development
  • Rural social science
  • Rural demographic changes
  • Research methods

Bachelor of Science (Hons) Economics, University of Belgrade, 1981.

Master of Science (Economics) University of Belgrade1993.

Ph.D. (Management) Lincoln University, 2001

Strategic Research Areas

  • Regional Entrepreneurship and Development
  • Improving Rural Livelihoods and Environments in Developing Countries
  • Food Security and Regional Australia

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Papers

Wongtongkam, N., Krivokapic-Skoko, B., Duncan, R., & Bellio, M. (2017) The influence of a mindfulness-based intervention on job satisfaction and work-related stress and anxiety.  International Journal of Mental Health Promotion

Conference papers

Collins, J. & Krivokapic-Skoko, B.(2015) Permanent and Temporary Immigrants and Rural Development in Australia, presented at SEGRA conference , Bathurst, Oct 19-22 Oct.

Krivokapic-Skoko, B., Collins, J. & Monani, D.(2015) Pacific Seasonal Workers in the Australian Horticultural Sector, presented at SEGRA conference , Bathurst, Oct 19-22 Oct. 

Morrison, M., Collins, J. & Krivokapic-Skoko, B. (2015)  Determining the Factors Influencing the Success of Private and Community-Owned Indigenous Business Across Remote, Regional and Urban Australia, presented at SEGRA conference , Bathurst, Oct 19-22 Oct.

Krivokapic-Skoko, B., Reid, C. & Collins, J. (2015) International migration flows to Australia and rural cosmopolitism. Presented at the XXVI European Society for Rural Sociology Congress,  Aberdeen, Scotland, August 18-21.

Krivokapic-Skoko, B., Trudgett,T.,  Pearce,S., Morrison, M., Collins,J., &  Basu, P.K. (2013) Doing ethnographic fieldwork amongst Indigenous entrepreneurs in Australia, presented at  European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, 4-6 July, Montreal, 2013.

Krivokapic-Skoko, B., Trudgett,T.,  Pearce,S., Morrison,M., Collins,J., &  Basu, P.K. (2013) Understanding the Australian Indigenous Entrepreneur through Narratives, presented at  European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies (ECRM) 4-5 July, Guimaraes, Portugal, 2013.

Lambert, S.J. & Krivokapic-Skoko, B. (2015) From crisp to fuzzy-sets QCA in exploring causal configurations: examples from the New Zealand context.  Presented at the 5th Conference of the Global Innovation and Knowledge (GIKA2015), University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain, July 13-16


Collins, J. &  Krivokapic-Skoko, B. (2016) New immigrants improving productivity in Australian agriculture, RIRDC Executive Summary

Humanitarian immigrant entrepreneurs in private and social enterprises, Collins,J. (UTS) & Krivokapic-Skoko,B. (2015-2017), ARC Discovery grant, $200,124.Project details

Farm Power and Conservation Agriculture for Sustainable Intensification Blackwell, J. & Krivokapic-Skoko, B. (2013-17) ACIAR, via CIMMY (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre), $544,000

New immigrants improving productivity in Australian Agriculture. Krivokapic-Skoko, B., Collins. J. (2012-2015) Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation.Total value $436,932. Led by UTS, ILWS subcontract $61,634 Project details

Newcrest Mines, Hicks, J., Krivopic-skoko, B., Basu, P.K., & Sherley, C. CSU & ILWS, (2011-ongoing) Project details

Determining the factors influencing the success of private and community-owned Indigenous businesses across remote, regional and urban Australia. M. Morrison, D.L. Foley, J.H. Collins, B. Krivokapic- Skoko, P.K. Basu, D.K. Brudenall,  A.M. Redman ARC Linkage grant with partners Cultural and Indigenous Research Centre Australia, Indigenous Business Australia. (2011 to 2013) $258,642 Project Site Project details