Personal data:

Phone: (+359 2) 979-34-38

tkotzeva@cc.bas.bg, tanyakotzeva@hotmail.com


Academic career



- Ph.D. in Sociology, 1983, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Dissertation: Social psychological aspects of reproductive behavior of family with a few children
- M.A. in Philosophy and Sociology, 1978, Sofia University

- Associate Professor, 1997, Higher Attestation Commission at the Council of Ministries



- Associate Professor, Bourgas Free University, 2008

- Associate Professor, CPS, Director, 2002-2007

- Associate Professor, Sociology Department, South-Western University N. Rilski, Blagoevgrad, 1997-2002

- Research Associate 1st degree, Social Psychology unit, BAS, 1991-1997
Research Associate 1st degree, Sociological group for research of human being and his brain, BAS, 1987-1990
Research Associate 3rd and 2nd degree, Population and Family unit, Institute of sociology, BAS, 1983-1986


Academic qualifications


Scientific degree and titles

Associate Professor, PhD


Memberships in scientific organisations and associations

- International  Union For Scientific Study Of Population (IUSSP)
- Bulgarian Sociological Association, Sofia
- Bulgarian Association Of University Women (BAUW), Sofia
- Women's Health Initiative In Bulgaria (WHIBG).


Memberships in editorial Boards and publishers Scientific

Member of the Editorial Boards of Naselenie Review (2002) and “Sotsiologicheski problemi” [“Sociological Issues”] (1997)


Specialisations abroad

- 2005 – Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health , Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, Summer school,  Melinda & Bill Gates Foundation scholarship, Certificate

- 2001 - 2005 Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, short-term visits

- 1999, 2002 Erasmus teachers’ exchange, Lund University, Sweden
- 1999, 2001 Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
- 1997 Institute of Education, University of London, England
- 1997 L. Maximilians University, Munich, Germany
- 1994 International Training Center for Women, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- 1994-1995 Lancaster University, England, visiting scholar
- 1993 Institute for Social Studies, Warsaw, Poland

- 1987 Institute of Sociology, Budapest, Hungary


Participation in joint research projects

1. 2006-2008 – “Health and Behavior in School-Aged Children.” (HBSC). A World Health Organization Collaborative Cross-National Study. Center for Population Studies in collaboration with Institute of Psychology and Health Psychology Research Center. Sponsored by Jacobs Foundation, Switzerland and The Ministry of Education and Science, Bulgaria, responsible investigator for one module of the project

2. 2006-2008 – “Socio-demographic aspects of infertility in Bulgaria”

3.2004-2005 – “Creating the Contextual Database of the Generations and Gender Program in Bulgaria”, Center for Population Studies, Sofia, sponsored by Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, national coordinator

4. 2004-2005 – ‘National Strategy on the Development of Population of Bulgaria (2005-2020)’, commissioned by the Bulgarian government; member of the working group

5. 2002 – 2004 National Survey “Sexual Experiences and Risk Behaviors among College Students”, sponsored by Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, principal investigator for the Bulgarian team

6. 2001 – 2004  National Survey  “The Impact of Coping Strategies and Social Capital on Reproductive and Marital Behavior”, sponsored by Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, member of the research team

7. 2004-2005  - “Psychosocial and Health Systems Dimensions of Cervical Cancer Screening in Bulgaria and Romania”, Health Psychology Research Center in Sofia, Bulgaria; Department of Psychology at the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania; sponsored by EngenderHealth,  USA, consultant


Professional interests

Gender and family dynamics, population politics, reproductive behavior and reproductive health, infertility, sexual behavior, coping strategies; research methods – quantitative and qualitative – in social demography and sociology


Teaching activities

1998- 2006 Courses taught in N. Rilski SouthWest University, Blagoevgrad: Introduction to Sociology; Gender Sociology; Changing Gender Roles in a Comparative European Perspective - International MA Program in Sociology; Gender, Family and Social Policy, granted by the OSI, Budapest




1. Kotzeva, T., D. Kostova. (forthcoming). Young People and Intimacy in Times of Social Change. ‘M. Drinov’ Academic Publishing House.

2. Todorova, I., T. Kotzeva. (2001).  Editing and introduction of the Bulgarian edition of ‘Our Bodies, Ourselves’. Colibri Publishing House

3. Kotzeva, T. (1996). Situation of Women in Bulgaria: Change and Continuity. Foundation "Free Initiative".

4. Kotzeva, T., I. Todorova (1994). The Bulgarian Woman: Traditional Images and Changing Realities. Krakra Publishing House.

Papers and articles:

Selected articles (1999-2006)

1. Kotzeva, T. (2006). Demography: Between Social Science and Biopolitical Usages. In: Sociologicheski Problemi (Sociological Issues), vol.3-4 (In Bulgarian)

2. Todorova, I., T. Kotzeva (2006). Contextual Shifts in Bulgarian Women’s Identity in the Face of Infertility. In:  Psychology and Health. vol. 21, N 1, pp. 123-141.

3. Kotzeva, T. et al. (2005). National Strategy for Demographic Development of Bulgaria (2006-2020).  Sofia: Publish. House of BAS p.57 (In Bulgarian).

4. Zhekova, V., T. Kotzeva. (2005). Reproductive Rights and Reproductive Health; Kotzeva, T. (2005). Gender Equality and Women’s Roles;  Zhekova, V., T. Kotzeva. (2005). Bulgaria’s Demographic Politics till 2004; Hristov, E., T. Kotzeva et al (2005). Demographic Prognoses in Case of Continuing Tendencies of Fertility, Mortality, Migration and Natural Increase .  In:  Demographic Development of Bulgaria. Sofia:  BAS, NSI, UNFPA, NCEDI. (In Bulgarian)

5. Kotzeva, T. (2005). Unity in Diversity: Bulgaria’s Demographic Future in United Europe.  In: Bulgaria’s  European Future and Population Development. Sofia: Center for Population Studies. pp.17-30 (In Bulgarian)

6. Spielauer, M., D. Kostova, T. Kotzeva, V. Zhekova, K. Borissova (2005). The Contextual Database of the Generations and Gender Program in Bulgaria: Conceptual Framework and an Overview of the Bulgarian Context Concerning the Central Database Topics. MPIDR Working Paper WP 2005-2006, March 2005, p.1-57 http://www.demogr.mpg.de/Papers/Working/wp-2005-006.pdf

7. Kotzeva, T., I. Todorova (2005).  Social Construction of Infertility in the Bulgarian Society. Sociologicheski Problemi (Sociological Issues), vol.3-4, pp. 215-243  (In Bulgarian)

8. Kotzeva, T., D. Kostova (forthcoming). National Chapter on Bulgaria. In: F. Billari, J. Dala Zuanna, M. Caltabiano (Eds). Sexual and Affective Behavior of Students. An International Comparative Study.

9. Avdeev, A., T. Kotzeva. (forthcoming) Contraceptive Use. In: C. Buhler,  D. Philipov, V. Shkolnikov. (Eds). Family Formation and Fertility in Transition: A Study from Bulgaria.

10. Kotzeva, T., D. Kostova. (2004). Contraceptive Usage among Young Adults in Bulgaria – Violation  of the Tradition. In: Proceedings of the IUSSP seminar on reproductive health issues in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Bucharest, 17-20 October 2004

11. Todorova, I., T. Kotzeva (2004). Psychosocial Barriers and Determinants of Cervical Cancer Screening in Bulgaria. Proceedings of  the IUSSP seminar on reproductive health issues in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Bucharest, 17-20 October 2004

12. Kotzeva, T. (2004). Models for Women’s Family and Professional Roles: From Unification to Pluralization. In: Gender Equality in Transitional Countries. Ministry of Labour and Social Policy project funded by the EU. Sofia, 2004 (In Bulgarian & in English)

13. Kotzeva, T., D. Kostova (2004). Living Arrangements and Attitudes Toward Sex, Family and Marriage of Young Adults in the 1990s in Bulgaria. In:  Nasselenie (Population),  No.1-2 (In Bulgarian).

14. Kotzeva, T., D. Kostova. (2003). Sexual Activities and Standards among Bulgarian College Students. In: Book of Absracts. European Population Conference 2003, Warsaw Poland, p.219.

15. Kotzeva, T., D. Kostova. (2003). Determinants and Trends in Sexual Debut of Young People in Bulgaria. In: Nasselenie (Population),  No.1-2, pp.68-86  (in Bulgarian).

16. Todorova, I., T.Kotzeva (2003). Social Discourses, Women's Resistive Voices: Facing Involuntary Childlessness in Bulgaria. In: Women's Studies International Forum, vol. 26, 2003, No.2, pp.139-151

17. Kotzeva, T. (2001). Private Fantasies, Public Policies: Watching the Latin-American Telenovelas in Bulgaria. In: Journal of Mundane Behavior, special issue 2.1 www.mundanebehavior.org

18. Kotzeva, T. (2001). 'Unemployment', 'Female Roles', 'Childbearing', 'Matrimonial Models'. In: Recent Social Trends in Bulgaria 1960-1995. Ed. by N. Genov & A. Krasteva. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, pp.107-121, 138-141

19. Kotzeva, T. (1999).  Re-imaging Bulgarian Women: The Marxist Legacy and Women's Self-Identity. In: C. Corrin (ed.)Gender and Identity in Central and Eastern Europe. London: Frank Cass, pp.83-98