• Great honour

Professor Pepka Boyadjieva and Associate Professor Petya Ilieva-Trichkova from the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences are the 2022 recipient of the Cyril O. Houle Award for Outstanding Literature in Adult Education for their book: Adult Education as Empowerment: Re-imagining Lifelong Learning through the Capability Approach, Recognition Theory and Common Goods Perspective. Palgrave Macmillan. Adult Education as Empowerment | SpringerLink

The Cyril O. Houle Award was established in 1981 to honor the scholarship and memory of Cyril O. Houle, Professor of Adult Education at the University of Chicago. It is given annually by the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE).

This book was prepared as part of the work on the project “Dynamics of inequalities in participation in higher and adult education: A comparative social justice perspective” (JustEdu), funded by the Bulgarian National Science Fund within National Science Program VIHREN, contract number КП-06-ДВ-2/16.12.2019.

  • COCOREADO evaluation of good practices on novel and fair food systems’ innovative initiatives was kicked-off with a case from Bulgaria: Between 1st and 3d of June @COCOREADO evaluation of good practices on novel and fair food systems’ innovative initiatives that enhance the position of the farmer, through reconnecting producers and consumers was kicked-off. The first case, evaluated by the IPS project partners, is from Borima village located in the Central-North region of Bulgaria. The aim of this initiative, created through pastoral farming in Natura 2000 area, is to offer directly to consumers high quality fresh milk and natural dairy products. The farmer, who started the initiative, found one common solution to solve two problems that he experienced: how to create high quality natural dairy products and how to increase his incomes and to avoid intermediaries. The solution he found is to stop selling fresh milk to intermediaries, to start producing dairy products itself and to control the whole process – from the cow in the pasture to the customer’s plate. Through cooperation with other farmers, local LAG and local restaurants he established various forms of short supply chains, including the establishment of farmer’s shops equipped with ATMs machines for fresh milk as well.  The farmer has significantly increased his revenues from dairy products. This successful business model relies on the combination between the farmer’s control over the process of production and distribution and the cooperation with different local actors. The model not only attracted various and larger consumers groups, but empowered the position of the farmer in the food supply chain. It also improved the position of consumers as the link between them and the farmer became either direct or facilitated by other farmers and/ or restaurateurs.

            In the coming months up to 15 novel and fair food systems’ innovative initiatives   will be evaluated for their good practices to inspire farmers, consumers and other food systems related actors. Follow us here or visit @COCOREADO website to discover this practical knowledge from different regions in Europe.


  • PhD student position: We are currently looking for a highly motivated and skilled PhD student to join a new research group at Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, working on the project “Dynamics of inequalities in participation in higher and adult education: A comparative social justice perspective”, funded by the National Science Fund to the Ministry of Education and Science of Bulgaria within the National Scientific Programme “VIHREN” – The position is for 12 months. Application deadline 17/03/2021, 16:00. Full details:



  • Institute of Mathematics and Informatics Bulgarian Academy of Sciences Department of Algebra and Logic Seminar of Algebra and Logic   Joint Meeting with the Seminar of the Department of Logic and Its Applications of the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics of Sofia University and the Logic Seminar of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of BAS: World Logic Day



  • Еxhibition “Duvarmuzei”, from 29th of September until 23th of October, at Goethe-Institut, Sofia.
“Duvarmuseum: The Art of Collaboration” displays many projects, all focused on the sharing and co-creation which happened between people from very different backgrounds and chances in life. The exhibition charts the collaborative process of Socially Engaged Art and raises questions pivotal to the field. It showcases the results of 3 years of work of Duvar Kolektiv in Stolipinovo, with artworks ranging from zines, handmade books, silk prints, knitted clothes, short films, journalism.
  • Prof. Michael Burawoy visited Bulgaria for the first time in 2013 for a series of four lectures: The Challenges to Global Sociology (at the Bulgarian Academy of Science); What is the Fate of Marxism after Communism? (at Social Center Haspel); Social Movements in a Neoliberal Age (at the New Bulgarian University) and Dilemmas to Public Sociology (at Sofia University).

At his first talk in Bulgaria, hosted by the Bulgarian Academy of Science’s Institute for the Study of Societies an Knowledge Prof. Burawoy was awarded with the ribbon of honor by Prof. Rumiana Stoilova, serving as the Institute’s director at the time.