PhD in Social Psychology; assistant professor at Social, Work and Organizational Psychology Unit, Department of Psychology, Institute for Population and Human Studies – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IPHS-BAS); lecturer at the European Polytechnical University, Pernik, Bulgaria. Research interests in the field of: European diversity, integration and public sphere; interethnic relations, minority and gender studies; social representations of aggression and violence; media communications and media reporting patterns in the EU; psychosocial and virtual identity; happiness, life-satisfaction and well-being; drug use, abuse and addictions. Bakalova has participated as assistant team leader, consultant, researcher or project & training coordinator in 5 large integrated international and cross-border cooperation projects and 7 national-scale research projects (funded by EC 6th FP, EC PHARE, CBC and OP Programmes, World Bank, etc.), as 5 of the projects were focused on interethnic relations and minority issues.
She has profound knowledge and extensive experience with research methods, particularly with qualitative methods, and also with competence and skills development trainings; experienced in interviewing, facilitation and moderation of trainings and focus groups, incl. crisis intervention, management and minority inclusion. Bakalova is a (co)author of more than 20 academic articles and more than 15 popular science and policy papers.