Prof. DSc Pepka Boyadjieva

Prof. DSc Pepka Boyadjieva

Project Leader

Pepka Boyadjieva is Professor at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Honorary Professor of Sociology of Education at the University of Nottingham. She is a member of the Editorial Board of International Journal of Lifelong Education, Journal of Social Science Education, and of the Bulgarian journal Sociological problems. Boyadjieva was awarded the Andrew Mellon Fellowship twice – at the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Edinburgh in 1999 and at the American Academy in Rome in 2003. In 2007 she was selected for Fulbright’s New Century Scholar Program. “Higher Education in the 21st Century: Access and Equity”. Her research interests are in the field of education with an emphasis on higher education, university development, educational inequalities and social justice, school to work transitions and lifelong learning. Currently, Boyadjieva is a member of the Network of Experts on the Social Aspects of Education and Training (NESET 2019-22) and principal investigator in the project “Dynamics of inequalities in participation in higher and adult education: A comparative social justice perspective” (2020-2024).

Prof. DSc Svetla Koleva

Prof. DSc Svetla Koleva

Team Member

Svetla Koleva is Professor at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. She is a member of the Editorial Board of Brill’s Post-Western Social Sciences and Global Knowledge Series, Algerian Scientific Journal Platform, the Bulgarian academic journal Sociological Problems, and the Journal of the Quebec Political Science Society Politique et Sociétés. She has been a visiting professor in France, Canada, and Switzerland. Koleva was awarded the French Government Fellowship (1993-1994), the European Communities’ Commission Fellowship (1994), the Soros Foundation Fellowship, Prague (1999-2000), the Advanced Academia Fellowship of Center for Advanced Study, Sofia (2012-2013), the Foundation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Fellowship, Paris (2013), and the Nantes Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship (2018-2019). Her research interests are in the fields of history of sociology, epistemology of social sciences, sociology of knowledge, and political sociology (new forms of civic action). Currently, Koleva is a senior researcher in project “Dynamics of inequalities in participation in higher and adult education: A comparative social justice perspective” (2020-2024).

Assist. Prof. Dr. Petya Ilieva-Trichkova

Assist. Prof. Dr. Petya Ilieva-Trichkova

Team Member

Petya Ilieva-Trichkova is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. She holds a PhD in Philosophy from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. In the period 2010 and 2014, she has been working as an early stage researcher in the Center for Public Policy Studies in Poznan in the EU funded Marie Curie ITN programme ‘Education as Welfare: Enhancing opportunities for socially vulnerable youth in Europe’ (EduWel). She has participated in several European and national projects in the field of education, lifelong learning and social justice. She has coordinated the project: Social inequalities in education, human capital and opportunities for individual development: theoretical and methodological aspects” funded by the Programme for support of young researchers and doctoral students in Bulgarian Academy of Sciences – 2017 (2017-2019) and has worked as a researcher in the Horizon’s 2020 project “ENLIVEN” (2016-2019). Her research interests include educational inequalities, social justice, higher education, adult education, and graduate employability. Currently, Ilieva-Trichkova is a post-doc in the project “Dynamics of inequalities in participation in higher and adult education: A comparative social justice perspective” (2020-2024).