Researcher and Lecturer
Tel. +61 (0) 406097868
Enthusiastic global (environmental) citizen. Likes languages, board games, classic Russian literature, Philosophy and Korean movies. I have a passion for sustainability, equal (gender, work etc.) rights, books, radio, audio-novels as well as bicycles. Wanting to make a documentary movie, write books and teach.
Curtin University of Technology
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Sustainability Studies, 2008 -2013
Sofia University St. “Kliment Ohridski”
Master, Gender Studies, 2004 -2006
University of National and World Economy
Bachelor of Arts (B.A), Economics (Labour Economics), 1996-2001
Senior Equity and Diversity Advisor
October 2013-October 2014
Researcher/ Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute
Teaching a unit on Physical Geography with an accent on sustainable development and human-environment interaction, offered to first year students at the School of Build Environment, Curtin University
Consultant “Engaging Refugees through Environmental Activism” at International Forum Of Reconciliation & Peace
June 2013 -Present (2 months)
Western Australia is attracting a diverse group of international migrants and refugees. Perth, in particular is becoming a multicultural mosaic of people, thus reflecting global trends of increased movement of people. The knowledge around environmental problems and solutions varies considerably between those migrants, and the lack of governmental resources to direct migrants to resources and organizations to raise environmental awareness makes it hard for migrants to involve with environmental concerns and to respond to potential environmental treats.
To address this, these series of seminars recognise that there is an intricate link between environmental movement and the movement of people across the Globe. Using examples, art and innovations, this seminars are designed to inform, inspire and encourage migrants to become connected to their immediate natural environmental and as well as to others similarly minded people. It is expected that this will provide a stronger sense of place, will connect them to others and will help them to develop their skills in other related areas.
Western Australian academic representative
February 2013 -Present (6 months)
Elected Western Australian representative for the academic staff at the Women Action Committee.
Lecturer at Curtin University
January 2013 -Present (7 months)
Teaching a face-to-face and an online unit “Introduction to Humanities” for UniReady program and at Curtin University.
Editor at Curtin University Postgraduate Humanities Conference
August 2012 -Present (1 year) Editor for the conference proceedings from the Postgraduate Humanities Conferences at Curtin University: “Just write it!” (2011) and “The Truth is Out there” (2012) published by Black Swan Press.
Lecturer at University of Notre Dame (Australia)
July 2012 -Present (1 year 1 month)
Teaching a human geography unit on “Asia: Culture, Environment and Development” to third year students. Preparing and delivering lectures and workshops, including assessing students’ progress.
NTEU Academic representative at Unions Australia
May 2012 -Present (1 year 3 months)
Member of the Committee of the National Tertiary Education Union at Curtin University Member of the Women Action Committee and a representative for Western Australian women academic staff.
Green Representatives Consultant at Curtin University
March 2012 -Present (1 year 5 months)
“Train the trainer” program for students at Curtin University. Involving innovative original ideas for students to get engaged with environmental sustainability through community events, local artists and first-hand experience.
Translator at Eastern Spirit
March 2010 -Present (3 years 5 months)
Subbing movies and TV dramas from the Asia-Pacific for an online community “Eastern Spirit” which aims to promote the rich Asian culture and its values of aesthetics, patience, diligence and striving towards harmony.
“Eastern Spirit” is a non-for-profit community of students, professionals, linguists and everyone else who has developed a fascination about the ancient history and modern culture of Asia, and more-specifically the Asia-Pacific region. By working together with others, including the Korean Embassy in Bulgaria, it translated creating the largest catalogue of Asian-Pacific Movies in Bulgaria.
PhD candidate at Curtin University of Technology
March 2008 -Present (5 years 5 months)
Investigating the connection between two global movements: migration and environmentalism through a three-dimensional perspective of sustainability. The thesis “Migrants and Nature: Migrants’ views on environmental activism “provides a mosaic-like image of recent migrants and their motivation for and outcomes of engaging with the environmental movement in Western Australia. By using a multi-dimensional framework, “Migrants and Nature” categories this engagement in three ways: creating space, forming territory and staying connected.
Baduk (Go) player at Perth Go Club
October 2001 -Present (11 years 10 months)
Enthusiastic player of Go (Japanese), Baduk (Korean) game, the oldest board game in the world. Comprised of 19 by 19 cross points and black and white stones, this simple ruled game takes a lifetime to master. Requires high level of strategic and holistic approach.
Visions of Perth discussions at City of Perth
2013 -2013 (less than a year)
Sustainabiltiy Jammer at Global Sustainability Jam
November 2012 -November 2012 (1 month)
48 Hours to Save the world!
This creative event brought together creative and passionate people from all over the world to find new experimental ways to save the world in an energetic, global, face-to-face event. It was held simultaneously in over 60 cities in November. Creating brand-new real-world designs, projects and initiatives inspired to make a difference. This year’s theme: ((heart))beats and sustainability.
The project I was involved was called “Shared” aimed at experimental ways of repairing community’s disconnections caused by individualism and over-consumerism. See more here:
Lecturer at Curtin University
February 2012 -June 2012 (5 months)
Teaching a cross-disciplinary unit on “International Political Economy” to second year undergraduate students.
Research Assistant at Curtin University of Technology
July 2010 -July 2011 (1 year 1 month)
Research Assistant at Monash University
June 2010 -June 2011 (1 year 1 month)
Research Assistant at Desert Knowledge CRC
March 2008 -October 2010 (2 years 8 months)
Working as a Research Assistant on Sustainable Desert Settlements; core project 4, case study: Lenora, Western Australia
Biodiversity Partnership Officer at Earthwatch Institute
January 2003 -February 2005 (2 years 2 months)
Liaising with businesses to make a difference in their biodiversity practices (Europe).Setting up Biodiversity Resource Centre for Businesses, and running seminars. Educating employees on sustainability practices, and providing opportunities for industry partners to get involved with biodiversity through bottom-up approach.
Work Experience Intern at BBC
January 2004 -February 2004 (2 months)
Translating news and short bulletins into Bulgarian.
Allocations Officer at Ministry of Fisheries, New Zealand
May 2001 -September 2002 (1 year 5 months)
Introduce quota (restrictions) to the current management systems at Fisheries in New Zealand, based on historical figures of 91-92 catch figures.: one of the first such schemes that was later introduced to other parts of the world.
Bulgarian, Russian, French, Slovak, Czech and currently learning Korean
Skills & Expertise
Sustainability, Research, Community Engagement, Stakeholder Engagement, Data Analysis, Public Speaking, Editing, Qualitative Research , Lecturing, Academic Writing, Policy Analysis, Sustainable Development, Translation, University Teaching, Higher Education, Theory, Report Writing
Honours and Awards
Curtin University Research International Scholarship 2008-2012
Silver Medal Mark Time Award 2001
“The best move of your opponent is also your best move” (Baduk proverb)