Professor Branka Dimitrijevic


Personal statement

Branka Dimitrijevic is Professor of Architecture and Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange at the Department of Architecture at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. She holds an MSc in Revitalisation of Architectural and Urban Heritage and a PhD in History of Architecture. Branka has taught history of architecture, evaluation and reuse of architectural and urban heritage, sustainable building design and urban planning, and integration of low carbon infrastructure systems at the universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, United Kingdom, and as Visiting Professor at universities in Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia..

Branka is a member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal on Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development, International Journal of Architectural Research, Sustainability of Culture and Heritage (a section of Sustainability), Urban and Regional Planning, and Arhitektura i Urbanizam,  and a referee for 17 other internetaional journals. Branka has been a referee for research applications submitted to EUREKA: Eurostars; Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation; Ministry of Sciences, Serbia; NESTA, UK; Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), Cardiff City Council, UK; and assesses the applications submitted to Innovate UK. Branka also assessed research outputs submitted to the Italian Evaluation of Research Quality Exercise.

Branka has established strong links with the construction sector in particular and across engineering professions through a series of multi-institutional knowledge exchange projects since 2000: Network of Construction Creativity Clubs, Centre for the Built Environment, Scottish Construction Centre, CIC Start Online and Mainstreaming Innovation, funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Scottish Government. They attracted over 6,000 delegates at live events and over 3,600 members of online projects. Branka’s  other key professional engagements include membership in Scottish Construction Forum (2009-2012), the Boards of Scottish Sustainable Development Forum (2010-2013) and Architecture+Design Scotland (2010-2014), and the 2020 Climate Group (2012-2014). 

Branka has developed the proposal for and led the establishment of the Flexible Learning Centre (FLC) at the Faculty of Engineering which was launched in November 2016 (later restructured as Engineering Online Centre). Branka has led the production of the online CPD courses published by the FLC on ‘Social Benefits of Innovative Lighting’ and 'Decision-making for Place Making'. Branka is active in the cross-University research cluster 'Socially Progressive Innovation and Entrepreunership'. 


Socially innovative frameworks for socioeconomic resilience in urban design
Dimitrijevic Branka, Horgan Donagh
International Conference for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment SDBE 2018 Second International Conference for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment: Research in Practice, pp. 1033-1044 (2018)
Integrated Urban Planning : Directions, Resources and Territories
Anguillari Enrico , Dimitrijević Branka
Reviews of Sustainability and Resilience of the Built Environment for Education, Research and Design Reviews of Sustainability and Resilience of the Built Environment for Education, Research and Design (2018)
Sustainable refurbishment for an adaptable built environment
Konstantinou Thaleia , Dimitrijević Branka
Sustainable and Resilient Building Design (2018) (2018)
Social innovation systems for building resilient communities
Horgan Donagh, Dimitrijevic Branka
Urban Science Vol 2 (2018)
Application of ICT for urban regeneration, environmental protection and social equality in Scotland
Dimitrijevic Branka
Places and Technologies 2017, pp. 624-633 (2017)
From transition towns to smart cities : opportunities and challenges
Dimitrijevic Branka
Computers and Law Vol 26, pp. 26-28 (2015)

more publications

Professional activities

‘Desirable Future City Characteristics’
Building Capacity for Sustainable Development of the Built Environment (BC-SDBE) - Third Training Programme: 3-15 September 2018, London, UK
International round table 'Impact of Climate Change on the Future of Cities in Serbia'
ArchNet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Built Heritage Management and Presentation
Built Heritage Management and Presentation (Event)

more professional activities


Inclusive tourism in the city: how urban tourism can benefit marginalised and vulnerable communities
Baum, Thomas (Principal Investigator) Tomazos, Konstantinos (Co-investigator) Rogerson, Robert (Co-investigator) Vermeylen, Saskia (Co-investigator) Dimitrijevic, Branka (Co-investigator) Horgan, Donagh (Co-investigator)
Multi-disciplinary research-informing workshop, funded through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) in collaboration with the University of the Philippines Diliman to engage with tourism from a social and economic inclusion perspective in the context of the contemporary city. Involved engagement with this theme from multiple perspectives including gender, economic, employment, human rights, urban planning, architecture, law and anthropology.
Period 01-Mar-2018 - 31-Jul-2018
BRE Framework Collaboration / S130160-107
Dimitrijevic, Branka (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2013 - 30-Sep-2020
Erasmus Staff Mobility Programme - IUAV, Venice, Italy
Dimitrijevic, Branka (Principal Investigator)
Erasmus Staff Mobility Programme - teaching and work on book co-editing at IUAV, Venice, Italy
Period 13-Mar-2017 - 17-Mar-2017
Flexible Learning Centre
Dimitrijevic, Branka (Principal Investigator)
Establishment of the Flexible Learning Centre of the Faculty of Engineering to assist in developing and delivering online CPD courses, and UG and PG programmes
Period 01-Jun-2015 - 28-Nov-2016
Zero Waste Scotland Circular Economy Investment Fund Project
Grierson, David (Principal Investigator) Dimitrijevic, Branka (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Feb-2017 - 01-Feb-2019
CIC Start Online
Grierson, David (Principal Investigator) Dimitrijevic, Branka (Principal Investigator)
It was a joint project of seven Scottish universities funded by European Regional Development Fund and Scottish Government’s SEEKIT programme, from 1st September 2009 until 28th February 2013. The project aim was to support the development and testing of innovations for sustainable building design an refurbishment. The project objective was to support collaboration between academia and Scottish small to medium size enterprises (SMEs) in developing and testing innovations for sustainable building design and refurbishment. The project was led by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) in collaboration with Edinburgh Napier University (ENU), Glasgow School of Art (GSA), Heriot-Watt University (HWU), the Robert Gordon University (RGU), University of Edinburgh (UoE) and the University of Strathclyde Glasgow (USG). CIC Start Online run a quarterly competition for feasibility studies (FS) and academic consultancies (AC) on sustainable building design and refurbishment undertaken for the benefit of Scottish SMEs. The joint academic/industry applications were assessed by the independent Assessment Panel whose members were representatives of Buildings Standards Division of the Directorate for the Built Environment of Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Association of Building Standards Managers and energy efficiency consultants. The project attracted over 2,400 members nationally and from 53 other countries as its outputs were disseminated online through 40 interactive webinars, two online conferences, 15 live conferences and a quarterly online magazine.
Period 01-Sep-2009 - 28-Feb-2013

more projects