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).

Assist. Prof. Dr. Alexander Gerganov

Assist. Prof. Dr. Alexander Gerganov

Team Member

Alexander Gerganov is an Assistant professor at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He holds a PhD in Cognitive Science from New Bulgarian University in Sofia, Bulgaria. He focuses on methodology, statistical analysis in social research and mathematical modelling of big data and complex processes in the social sciences. He has participated in many multidisciplinary international research projects since 2005 and has developed different innovative instruments for monitoring and assessment of anti-corruption policies, state capture and others. His research interests are in the fields of statistical analysis, data modeling, corruption measurement, adult education. Currently, Gerganov is a senior researcher in project “Dynamics of inequalities in participation in higher and adult education: A comparative social justice perspective” (2020-2024).

Prof. DSc Rumiana Stoilova

Prof. DSc Rumiana Stoilova

Team Member

Rumiana Stoilova is Professor at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. She is former Director of the Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (2010-2018). Prof. Stoilova is Chair of the Bulgarian Sociological Association (since 2018), Research Associate at Martens Centre for European Studies and Board Member of the Bulgarian Center of Women in Technology (since 2012). She was the Bulgarian team leader of the project “Social disparities and regional differences in school-to-work transitions in Bulgaria” (2012-2015), funded by the Swiss National Scientific Fond; and of the project“Negotiating early job-insecurity and labour market exclusion in Europe”, Horizon 2020 (2015-2018). She was member of the consortium of the project “Encouraging Lifelong Learning for an Inclusive and Vibrant Europe”, funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020 (2016-2019). Her research interests are in the fields of stratification, inequalities and gender studies. Stoilova has written two monographs: Gender and Stratification (2012) and Inequalities and Community Integration (2001) and more than 90 articles.

Assist. Dr. Vesselina Kachakova

Assist. Dr. Vesselina Kachakova

Team Member

Vesselina Kachakova is Assistant at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at the Bulgarian Academy of Science. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Medicine and Organization of Health and Pharmacy from the Medical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. During the period 2007-2015 she has been working as a monitoring and evaluation assistant and a municipal program manager in the programs for prevention and control of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis at the Ministry of Health, funded by the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. In 2016-2018, she has finished the Teacher Training Program of ‘Teach for Bulgaria’ Foundation with 2 years experience as a teacher. Her research interests are in the fields of sociology of education, social innovations, educational inequalities, civic education and social justice. Currently, Kachakova is a post-doc in the project “Dynamics of inequalities in participation in higher and adult education: A comparative social justice perspective”.

Dr. Svetlomir Zdravkov

Dr. Svetlomir Zdravkov

Team Member

Svetlomir Zdravkov holds a PhD in Sociology from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. In the period 2017 and 2020 he has been working as qualitative and quantitative researcher in the Research Center for Social Studies (Sofia University) research “Educational Inequalities and Social Chances – Strategic Goals of the Reform of Bulgarian Secondary Education and Practical Results”, funded by The Bulgarian National Science Fund (BNSF). He has participated in many multidisciplinary research projects as researcher and project coordinator and has developed different innovative instruments for big data analysis and statistical automation. His interests are in the field of educational inequalities, digital inequalities, internet and educational inequalities, knowledge economy and technological innovations, big data research. Currently, Zdravkov is a post-doc in the project “Dynamics of inequalities in participation in higher and adult education: A comparative social justice perspective”.