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Siyka Kovacheva

Affiliation

PhD in sociology from the University of Sofia, is a senior researcher at the New Europe Centre Plovdiv, Associate Professor in Sociology and Social Policy and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and History at the University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Profile

Her areas of expertise are youth participation in the social transformation of Bulgarian society, changes in youth transitions and family life, and youth policy. She is a member of the Pool of European youth researchers of the Partnership between the European Union and the Council of Europe in the field of youth.

Publications

• 2014 Young People in European Bulgaria. A Sociological Portrait 2014. Kovacheva Sofia: Freidrich Ebert Foundation (together with Petar-Emil Mitev).

·    2012: Carmen Leccardi, Carles Feixa, Siyka Kovacheva, Herwig Reiter, Tatjana Sekuli? (eds) 1989 – Young people and social change after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Strasbourg: Council of Europe
• 2010: Work-Life Balance: Young Working Parents between Opportunities and Constraints, Sofia: East-West.
• 2007: Disadvantage in youth transitions: constellations and policy dilemmas, In H. Colley, Ph. Boetzelen, B. Hoskins and T. Parveva (eds.): Social inclusion for young people: breaking down the barriers. Strasbourg: Council of Europe, pp. 31-42 (together with A. Pohl)
• 2006: Civil Society, Citizenship and Civic Participation in Bulgaria. (with S. Videv, P.-E. Mitev, G. Koleva and N. Tilkidjiev), Plovdiv: Makros
• 2006: �Youth and Citizenship in Eastern Europe’, In: L. Sherrod (Ed.) International Encyclopaedia of Youth Activism. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, Vol. 1 (A-J), pp. 222-225.
• 2005: Kovacheva, S. �Will youth rejuvenate the patterns of political participation?’, In: Forbig, J. (Ed.) Revisiting youth political participation. Challenges for research and democratic practice in Europe. Strasbourg: Council of Europe Publishing, 2005, pp. 19-28.
• 2003: Democratic Citizenship in Comparative Perspective. (with M. Klicperova-Baker, L. Titarenko, I. Feierabend and C. Hofstetter), San Diego: San Diego State University.
• 2000: Keys to Youth Participation in Eastern Europe, Council of Europe, Strasbourg.

Projects

• 1994-1995 Student Movement in Post-communist Bulgaria, Research and Writing Grant of MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, Illinois, USA

•1996-1998 An Evaluation of Programmes to Assist the Young Unemployed in East-Central Europe, ACE Program, European Commission  

•1998-1999 Youth Participation in Central and Eastern Europe, Youth Directorate, The Council of Europe
• 2001-2003 Democratic Attitudes in Central and Eastern Europe, Research Support Scheme, Open Society Foundation, Prague, the Czech Republic
• 2004-2005 Thematic Study “Policies for Disadvantaged Youth in Europe” commissioned by DG Employment and Social Affairs
• 2005-2009 CINEFOGO: Civil Society and New Forms of Governance in Europe, Network of Excellence, 6th FP, EC
• 2006-2009 UP2YOUTH – Youth: Actor of Social Change” 6th FP, EC
• 2006-2009 Quality of Life in a Changing Europe, STREP, 6th FP, EC
• 2014-2016 SAHWA. Еmpowering the young generation: towards a new social contract in South and East Mediterranean countries, Collaborative project, 7th FP, EC

• 2015-2018 Partispace. Spaces and styles of participation. Formal, non-formal and informal possibilities of young people’s participation in European cities, Horizon 2020, EC

• 2015-2018 GEMM: Growth, Equal Opportunities, Migration and Markets, Horizon 2020, EC

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Name

Radka Peeva

Affiliation

MD in sociology from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria, researcher at the New Europe Centre Plovdiv, lecturer in Sociology at the University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Head Assistant in Economic Sociology at the University of Security and Economics of Plovdiv

Profile

She specializes in the field of human resources - recruitment and team work, work with young people and adults with disabilities and disadvantaged people, youth policy and youth participation.

Publications

•         2004  A Comparative Study of  English Language Education in Bulgaria Primary Schools,2004. Radka Peeva, Silvia Gerdzhikova, Donka Keskinova. Foundation Global Development Network

•         2006 Institutional Context of the Quality of Life and Work in Bulgaria, National report,2006. Siyka Kovacheva, Radka Peeva and Tsvetan Andreev. Plovdiv

•         2014  Analysis of Specific Needs of Employers for Skilled Workforce in Plovdiv Region, Empirical Research, Radka Peeva, Plovdiv: Journal of College of Economics and Administration

Previous projects

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В·В В В В В В В В В  2006-2009 Quality of Life in a Changing Europe, STREP, 6th FP, EC

·          2006-2009 UP2YOUTH – Youth: Actor of Social Change” 6th FP, EC

В·В В В В В В В В В  2013-2014 Analysis of Specific Needs of Employers for Skilled Workforce in Plovdiv Region, Empirical Research, Project on Updating the curriculum in accordance with the requirements of the labor market in the College of Economics and Administration, HRD OP, 7th FP, EC

·          2015-2018 Partispace. Spaces and styles of participation. Formal, non-formal and informal possibilities of young people’s participation in European cities, Horizon 2020, EC

В·В В В В В В В В В  2015-2018 GEMM: Growth, Equal Opportunities, Migration and Markets, Horizon 2020, EC

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Name

Boris Popivanov

Affiliation

PhD in political science from the University of Sofia. Junior researcher at the New Europe Centre Plovdiv. Assistant Professor in Political Systems and Ideologies at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Sofia, Bulgaria.

Profile

His areas of expertise are citizenship and youth studies, history of socialist ideas, and history of modern Bulgarian institutions. He is member of the Bulgarian Political Science Association.

Publications

• 2015 Changing Images of the Left in Bulgaria: The Challenge of Post-Communism in the Early 21st Century. Stuttgart: Ibidem Verlag.

·    2014: PES’ ”Moderate” Rivals in the 2014 EP Elections – in Kanev, D. (ed.) Social Alternative for Europe, Sofia: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, pp. 120-136
• 2010: Trends in the Value Attitudes of the Muslim Bulgarians: European and National Political Aspects. – Balkans 21 (7).
• 2009: Towards a Multi-Level Political Participation: Importance and Opportunities of EU Citizenship – In: Hristova-Valtcheva, K. (ed.), New Actors in a New Environment: Accession to the European Union, Civil Society and Multi-Level Governance, Sofia: BECSA, pp. 212-222

·    2008: Transition to Democratic Citizenship in Bulgaria: Impact on Social Change and Civic Activism – in Mitrovic, L. and G. Stojic (eds.), Challenges and Achievements of the Contemporary Sociology of Social Development, Nis: University of Nis, pp. 345-356
• 2008: Citizenship and Civic Activity in Contemporary Bulgaria: (Non-) European Dimensions. - Sociologija. Mintis ir veiksmas. 3 (23), pp. 47-57

В·В В В  2007: The New Voter. Sofia: Iztok-Zapad

Previous projects

• 2006-2009 CINEFOGO: Civil Society and New Forms of Governance in Europe, Network of Excellence, 6th FP, EC

• 2008-2012 Harmonization of Bulgarian National Values with the EU Values: Achievements and Problems, Ministry of Education, Youth and Science, Bulgaria

• 2009-2011 Monitor of youth – creating database and methodology for tracing the current status of young people in Bulgaria and their role in society, Ministry of Education, Youth and Science, Bulgaria

• 2009-2013 Classical and New Identities of Bulgarians after the Transition and the EU Accession, Ministry of Education, Youth and Science, Bulgaria

• 2011-2012 Challenges to identity in the context of United Europe (Ethnic, National and European Identity in Bulgaria – social construction and current problems), Ministry of Education, Youth and Science, Bulgaria

• 2014-2015 The Idea of Civil Society: Classical Texts, Sofia University Research Fund, Bulgaria

• 2015-2018 Partispace. Spaces and styles of participation. Formal, non-formal and informal possibilities of young people’s participation in European cities, Horizon 2020, EC

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• 2015-2018 GEMM: Growth, Equal Opportunities, Migration and Markets, Horizon 2020, EC

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Name: Plamen Nanov

Education:

1. PhD student in Sociology of  Law. Thesis title: “The Dilemma of Turkey’s Accession to The European Union”. (University of  Plovdiv, Bulgaria).

2. Master of Diplomacy and International Relations.  Thesis Title: ”The  Turkish dilemma of The European union”. (University of  Plovdiv, Bulgaria).

3. Bachelor of Sociology. Thesis Title: ”Occurrance and development of Attack party”. (University of  Plovdiv, Bulgaria).

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Profile: His research interests are in the field of Sociology of В Law, Political Sociology, Youth Policy and International Relations.

Publications:

1. Social and economic dimensions of Turkish prosperity, Svishtov, 2014

2.Turkey – The Guarantor for Regional Stability Heads into a New Role, Plovdiv, 2015

3. Effects of “Mechanism for Cooperation and Verification” on Bulgarian state, 2015

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Projects:

2014-2016 SAHWA. Р•mpowering the young generation: towards a new social contract in South and East Mediterranean countries, Collaborative project, 7th FP, EC

2015-2018 Partispace. Spaces and styles of participation. Formal, non-formal and informal possibilities of young people’s participation in European cities, Horizon 2020, EC

2015-2018 GEMM: Growth, Equal Opportunities, Migration and Markets, Horizon 2020, EC

2015 – 2016 – Soft Law and its importance to Bulgarian Law, (University of  Plovdiv, Bulgaria);

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2015 – Youth leadership for participatory democracy, Leadership academy, EEA Grants.