Dr. Mila Mancheva is Director of the Sociological Program of the Center for the Study of Democracy. Her field of expertise includes inter-ethnic relations, migration and integration and radicalisation. From 2011 till present she is managing and coordinating international EC funded research projects in the areas of migrant and refugee integration, trafficking in persons as well as radicalisation. Between 2007 and 2010 she cooperated with various academic institutions around Europe as principle researcher for Bulgaria on topics of irregular migration, return migration and the repositioning of religion in the public and private sphere among immigrant Muslim women. Mila Mancheva represents CSD at the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) and is member of the European Expert Network on Terrorism Issues (EENeT).
In the framework of the GREASE project and as leader of the CSD team, Mila will be working on the country reports for Southeastern Europe, as well as the development of the state-religion governance indicators toolkit.
Dr. Lilia Yakova is Research Fellow of the Sociological Program at the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD), Bulgaria. Her areas of expertise include social marginalization, communication and policy for social change, peacebuilding and violence prevention, organizational policy. She has published her work in notable academic journals in the communication field, as well as practitioner pieces on peacebuilding and political violence prevention in outlets such as the Diplomatic Courier and the G20 Executive Talk Series. She has served as the Associate Director of Operations of the Purdue Peace Project (Purdue University, USA), a political violence prevention initiative in West Africa and Central America. She has also done work for the Center for Political-Military Analysis at the Hudson Institute (USA).
As member of the CSD team in the GREASE project, Lilia will be working on the country reports for Southeastern Europe, as well as the development of the state-religion governance indicators toolkit.