Ivica's PhD thesis investigated how development aid in its various forms influences food security amongst recipient countries and households.
The main findings of this research appear in her first book, Global Food Security and Development Aid, published in 2016 by Routledge.
In addition to aid effectiveness and food security, Ivica’s research encompasses development issues such as religion, inequality, social capital, and movements for agrarian change, with a geographical focus on South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
She has recently started working on two new research projects. The first one aims to examine the effects of three different ‘securitised’ British aid projects on development outcomes of recipients in Ethiopia. The second one explores Public-Private Partnerships between Indian state governments and Monsanto in the cultivation of cotton and how they have impacted local farmers.