Social Theories, Strategies, and Prognosis

The Department of Social Theories, Strategies and Prognosis is part of the subdivision of IPS (former ISSK) “Inequality and Social Change“.



The Department explores common characteristics of modern societies, the dynamics and prospects of their development; develops normative and descriptive forecasts and strategies for social development. Its associates are included in various national and international research networks.

The Department covers the following research fields: philosophy of politics, law and economics, Future Studies, social theories, philosophy and theory of history, religion and security, anthropology.



2016-2018. Democratization, religious identity and fundamentalism in Romania and Bulgaria. International project. Coordinator in Bulgaria: Assoc. Prof. Bogdana Todorova. Partners: ISSK-BAS and Institute of Political Science and International Relations ”Ion I.C. Brătianu” of the Romanian Academy, according to the bilateral co-operation between Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Romanian Academy.

2015-2017. Culture and Values in Late Modernity. International project, according to the bilateral co-operation between Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Romanian Academy. Coordinator in Bulgaria: Assoc. Prof. Bogdana Todorova. Partners: ISSK-BAS and Institute for Philosophy at the Romanian Academy of Sciences.

2016-2017. The Balkans and migrant crisis in the context of transformation of the European border control. Financed by a Grant Program for Young Scientists. Coordinator:   Assoc. Prof. Borislav Gradinarov. Participant: Assist. Prof. Blagovesta Nikolova.

2016-2020. Comparative Analysis of Conspiracy Theories (COMPACT). Financed by COST. International project. Coordinator: Dr. Peter Knight (University of Manchester, UK). Team-leader in Bulgaria:  Assoc. Prof. Todor Hristov, (Sofia University). Participants: Assoc. Prof. Ivelina Ivanova.

2015-2018. Bulgaria in the European Union – conclusions, conflicts, risks and perspectives. Project coordinator Assoc. Prof. Borislav Gradinarov. National project. Participants: Prof. Ivan Ktzarski, cor.-member Vassil Prodanov, Assoc. Prof. Bogdana Todorova, Assoc. Prof. Ivelina Ivanova, Assist. Prof. Hristina Ambareva, Assist. Prof. Blagovesta Nikolova, Iva Kuyukdzieva, PhD student.

2013-2014. New forms of inequality and transformations of power mechanisms. Project coordinator prof. Ivan Katsarski. National project. Financed by ISSK-BAS.

2013-2015 Church and Culture in Romanian and Bulgarian history and nowadays. The future of religion on the Balkans. Coordinator: Associate prof. Bogdana Todorova, PhD, Institute for Research of Societies and Knowledge. International project. Partners: Romanian Academy of Sciences and Bucharest Institute of Philosophy.

2013-2015 The Future of Religion (Global Christianity and Islam) Coordinator Assoc. Prof. Bogdana Toodrova, ISSK.

2013 Social analytics of the protests in Bulgaria in 2013. A research project of Assist. Prof. Hristina Ambareva, part of the research program ”Fragmentation of Bulgarian Society: social factors, structural dimensions, and value projections. Coordintor: prof. Rumiana Stoilova, ISSK.

2012-2015 Bulgaria in Changing Geopolitical Environment. International project. Beneficiaries: Russia Institute for Strategic Research in Moscow and University for National and World Economy, Sofia. Bulgarian coordinator: Cor. Member, Prof. Vassil Prodanov.

2014 The Unrepresented: Heterodox Solutions to the Crisis of Political Representation. Funded by “Rosa Luxembourg”Foundation, Berlin.

2012 The Bulgarian Contribution to the Cultural Diversity of the World – Theory and Praxis, Project “Bulgarian in Balkan and European Context”, The Union of the Thracian Associations in Bulgaria, 2012.


On-going monthly seminar with reports and discussions: “The Role of Bulgaria in the European Union”.


Staff Members

  1. Prof. DSc Bogdana Todorova – Head of Department

  1. Prof. DSc Ivan Katsarski

3. Assoc. Prof. DSc Borislav Gradinarov

4. PhD, Assoc. Prof. Hristina Ambareva

5. PhD, Assist. Prof. Mariana Todorova

6. PhD, Assist. Prof. Blagovesta Ilieva

7. PhD, Assist.Prof. Iva Manova

8.PhD, Assist. Prof. Nevena Ivanova

9. PhD, Аssist. Prof. Vihra Pavlova

10. PhD Assist. Prof. Iva Kiumdgieva

11. Assos. Member: Corr. Member Prof. DSc Vasil Prodanov

Anni Dimitrova – PhD Student


Radina Bogomirova – Secretary