Faculty Profile - Venera Demukaj Ph.D.

Venera Demukaj

Assistant Professor


Ph.D. in Political Economy, School of International Studies, University of Trento.
Master’s degree in International and Development Economics from HTW in Berlin.

Dr. Venera Demukaj is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Assistant Professor of Economics at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Kosovo.  She has a Ph.D. in Political Economy with focus on foreign aid in post-war countries. She teaches Development Economics; Natural Resource Economics; Environmental Economics ; International Trade and Finance; and Senior Capstone.  Dr. Demukaj also coordinates and supervises Honors students’ research projects.

Dr. Demukaj is member of the Advisory Board of the GAP Institute in Prishtina and member of the CEFTA LSEE Academic Network in London.

Selected publications​​​​​​

 2019. “Regional Integration, Trade and Development in the Balkans: A Dynamic Poisson Approach” with Luca J. Uberti. LSEE-CEFTA Research Papers on International Trade. Research Paper No. 3. 

 2019. “Gender Stereotypes and Educational Choices in Kosovo” with Edona Maloku and Anyla Beqa. Research report. Center for Social Studies and Sustainable Development, Prishtina. 

 2018. Book chapter: Poverty, Inequality and Foreign Aid published in Kosovo’s Economy. Original title in Albanian: Varferia, Pabarazia dhe Ndihma e Jashtme në “Ekonomia e Kosoves”. Riinvest, Prishtina. 

 2015. “When corruptive behavior becomes a rule, not an exception: Use of abusive practices for private benefit in higher education institutions in Kosovo” with Edona Maloku. Proceeding of the International Conference on Good Governance in Developing Countries’. Faculty of Economy, University of Tirana. ISBN: 978-99956-95-49-1

2014. “The political economy of regulation in post-war Kosovo: intended and unintended consequences of external actors’ involvement – Introduction” with Nicolas LeMay-Hebert, Luca J. Uberti. In Eastern European Politics, as part of the themed symposium under the same name. 

Selected Projects

2020 -2021. “Generation Z enters STEM” supported by the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education. Project will be implemented in cooperation with Linnaeus University in Sweden. Co- principal investigator.

 2018-2019. “Gender Stereotypes and educational choices in Kosovo” supported by Swiss Development Cooperation. Co- principal investigator.

 2018-2019. “Increasing participation of Kosovar girls in STEM education through information workshops, online platform, and mentoring” supported by Canada Fund for Local Initiatives. Principal investigator.

 2012 – 2013. “Economic Development and Political Transition in Kosovo” supported by USAID BEEP/Balkan Trust for Democracy. Principal Investigator.

 2012-2013. “Education Specific Corruption in Western Balkans” as part of the Regional Research Promotion Project (RRPP). Team leader for Kosovo.

 Scholarships and Awards

 October 2016. First Prize for the Best Paper Competition (co-authored with Luca J. Uberti). The “Best Paper” competition was launched by the Research Unit of South Eastern Europe at the London School of Economics (LSE) supported by the Secretariat and the CEFTA Chair Office.

 April-August, 2015. Fulbright Scholarship Award—Visiting Scholar Program. West Virginia University. Focus of the program: Energy sector development in Kosovo.

 February 2014. Woman of the week, Kosova live 360, (https://kosovalive.org/project/136-zera/)

 May 2013. Scholar of the Year, RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) 

 February – May 2010. Ph.D. Internship Program. United Nations University-World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) Helsinki, Finland.

 September 2007 – December 2010. University of Trento, Italy. Three-year merit-based scholarship, doctoral program in International Studies.

 February 2004 – July 2005. Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Scholarship.