Filka Sekulova was born in Bulgaria in 1979. She graduated Psychology at Sofia University “Sv. Kliment Ohridski” (2002), Bulgaria and Economics at Universiteit van Amsterdam (2008), Amsterdam. She holds a MS degree in Spatial, Transport, Regional and Environmental Economics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and a PhD in Ecological Economics focusing on happiness economics and climate change at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. Filka is a post-doctoral researcher working on community-based initiatives in the field of sustainability, part of a European research project (TESS).
Filka Sekulova works on identifying the success factors of community-based initiatives in the field of sustainability. Using qualitative research methods she focuses on newly emerging spaces for experimenting socially just and ecologically sustainable lifestyles. Filka is an active member of the academic association Research & Degrowth, and works on the theoretical conceptualization of degrowth with a focus on its implications for happiness, climate change, trade and the conflicts triggered by touristic developments. Her second research interest concerns happiness economics, where she takes a critical approach to monetary valuation of intangible (psychological) effects of climate change and natural disasters.
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