I am 36 years old and I have graduated “Urbanism” in UACEG, Sofia, Bulgaria (2007 - Bachelor degree, 2009 - Master degree). Since graduation I have worked in the field of urban planning in private, public and civil sector. In April 2017 I started working on dissertation thesis “The contribution of intermodal transport nodes to the vitality of public space”. I am a member of Union of Bulgarian Spatial Planners since 2011 and member of the Management Board of the organization since 2015.
My research interests are in the field of sustainable urban mobility and its interaction with urban structure, land use, formation of urban public space and human behaviour. I am interested in GIS application as a tool for analysis and assessment of urban environment.
The PhD Thesis examines the interaction between intermodality, the formation of the urban structure and the functioning of public space. Nodes are an essential element in both the urban mobility system and public space. Urban mobility is a dynamic system where the variety of transportation modes is becoming more and more diverse. These modes and the interconnection between them form an intermodal transport system. The intermodal transport nodes are the places where interchange between modes are carried out. Development of nodes is in close relation with the functional development of surrounding area. The main task of the research is to examine the interaction between nodes and place in the context of the city of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. The methodological framework is based on the “Node-place model”, introduced in the 1990’s by the Italian researcher Luka Bertolini. The work gives proposal for adaptation of the model in Bulgarian urban context and it is applied in study of three intermodal nodes in Sofia.