Marija Stambolieva is a PhD Candidate at the University of Kassel, Germany, currently working on the thesis: “Welfare States in Transition: comparing social policies’ development of the post-Yugoslav states”. She holds a degree in law from the University “St.Cyril and Methodius”-Skopje (1998-2003, graduated with distinction) and a Master of European Studies from the University of Hamburg, Germany (2005-2006, graduated with Summa Cum Laude).
She obtained her work experience in several organizations/institutions: 2007-2010 Program manager and then Executive Director of Progres Institute for Social-Democracy-Skopje; 2004-2005 Senior advisor in the Academic Training Association-the Netherlands, office in Skopje (now SPARK); 2001-2004 Junior assistant at the Faculty of Law, University “St. Cyril and Methodius”-Skopje. She has completed several successful internships, including for the Parliament of Republic of Macedonia and the EFTA Court in Luxembourg.
Marija Stambolieva has also international working experience: 2005 she was Member of the Executive Committee of the European Students’ Union; 2005-2007 Member of the Council of Europe Affairs Commission of the European Youth Forum; 2006-2008 Member of the Advisory Council on Youth at the Council of Europe.
She has experience in project management, conducting research and writing analyses and policy papers, holding presentations, giving training and moderation at seminars, workshops and conferences.
Her interests include post-socialist transformations, democratization processes, political system and political parties, human rights, social policy and welfare states, higher education and youth policies, European Union, South-east Europe.
Marija has excellent knowledge of English, German and Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian language. She understands Bulgarian. Her mother tongue is Macedonian.
Since 2010 she is a project manager of a regional research and policy making project of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation on the political and socio-economic transformations in SEE.