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Stanimira Taneva

Research & impact development, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Dr Stanimira Taneva is an organisational and developmental psychologist by background, and her career is a combination between academia and practice. She has worked in academic/teaching, research, management and expert roles across a variety of settings in the public, third-, and private sectors in the UK and internationally. Stanimira joined the School of Sociology and Social Policy in March 2019 as REF Impact Officer, moving from Impact@SBE at Loughborough University, where she was Senior Research and Enterprise Associate (2016 - 2019). She is a Fellow at the UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowships Programme Peer Review College.

Between 2013 and 2016, Stanimira conducted a cross-cultural research programme on the ageing workforce ("Thriving at 55+") at the University of Sheffield (Institute of Work Psychology) and, subsequently, at Loughborough University (School of Business and Economics). The programme was funded by the European Commission under its Marie Curie (IEF) Fellowship Scheme and led to the development of a range of academic and practitioner outputs on sustaining longer and healthier working lives in organisations.

Prior to 2013, Stanimira was involved in a wide range of academic/applied research and consulting programmes on employee and organisational development/wellbeing/performance in Bulgaria, UK and internationally. She designed and delivered taught modules at under- and postgraduate levels in three Bulgarian universities; she was Director of Career Development Centre at New Bulgarian University. In addition to her roles in academia, Stanimira's expert and managerial experience in third-sector and private organisations has helped her to apply her academic knowledge and research developments to real-life situations. Stanimira was also an author, expert and coordinator of U.S.- and EU-funded projects and programmes in the field of the societal integration of marginalised groups of people.

Expertise Summary

Research Impact

  • Development and evaluation of research impact in Social Sciences (REF and beyond).

Specialist

  • Personal and organisational effectiveness (work wellbeing, performance, positive work behaviours, capacity building).
  • Successful development/ageing across the working lifecycle from both employee and organisational perspectives.
  • Strategic management in organisations; diversity management.
  • Psychological measurement in work/organisational context.
  • The impacts of new technologies (e.g. AI and automation) on work, workers, organisations, and the wider society.

Teaching Summary

Stanimira has developed, led, and co-delivered taught modules in the fields of Psychometrics/Psychology/Work and Organisational Psychology/Career Development/Organisational Behaviour/Strategic Human… read more

Research Summary

Since 2006, Dr Stanimira Taneva has been working on various projects associated with supporting both organisations and individuals in sustaining longer and healthier working lives. These involve the… read more

Selected Publications

Stanimira has developed, led, and co-delivered taught modules in the fields of Psychometrics/Psychology/Work and Organisational Psychology/Career Development/Organisational Behaviour/Strategic Human Resource Management at both under- and postgraduate levels in Bulgaria and the UK. In addition, for over 10 years she was a trainer/ facilitator at various practitioner workshops as well as larger training programmes in organisational and Executive Education settings in Bulgaria and internationally.

Current Research

Since 2006, Dr Stanimira Taneva has been working on various projects associated with supporting both organisations and individuals in sustaining longer and healthier working lives. These involve the investigation of the impacts of diverse person, organisational, and wider environmental characteristics on employees' behaviours and wellbeing. Some of this work has received international recognition. For example, in 2013, Stanimira was awarded a Marie Curie fellowship by the European Commission. This led to a further two-year research programme on successful ageing at work, i.e. enabling employees' successful adaptation to person and environmental changes. The programme was implemented in two countries (Bulgaria and the UK) and in two sectors (healthcare and information and communication technologies) via a series of qualitative and quantitative studies with over 1000 late career employees from 15 organisations. It investigated the role of a wide range of multi-level factors (e.g. strategic organisational systems, job design, person self-regulation strategies) on key work outcomes such as wellbeing and performance. This work has led to the development of over 20 academic and practitioner outputs, as well as training programmes. More information is available here: https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/108245/brief/en .

Since 2015, Stanimira has been building upon her fellowship work by exploring new dimensions of successful ageing in organisations. A specific area of interest is how both organisations and individuals can foster higher wellbeing, which in turn may boost individual and organisational performance. This work has been done mostly in collaboration with international researchers (US- and EU-based). It also involves the development of psychometric measures and training tools for employing organisations and career development professionals.

Most recently, Stanimira has been collaborating on a cluster of multi-disciplinary research initiatives aimed at the exploration of the impacts of new technologies on work, workers, organisations, and the wider society. More specifically, this research investigates how artificial intelligence (AI), automation, and robotics can (re)shape people's attitudes and behaviours, work practices, organisational structures/strategic systems and outcomes in the knowledge and service sectors.

In terms of research methodology, Stanimira has substantial and successful experience of mixed-method (quantitative and qualitative) systematic and inquiry-based research. This involves study design, data collection and analysis. Since 2005, she has conducted systematic literature reviews on a variety of topics and she has been involved in a wide range of quantitative research projects, mostly in work/organisational context. She is also interested in multi-disciplinary and comparative (e.g. cross-cultural) research.

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