Teodor Kalpakchiev

Teodor Kalpakchiev


I studied at a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at Sofia University, the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt and the College of Europe in Natolin and worked at the EU Commission DG International Partnerships as a trainee, assisted a Member of the European Parliament and supported the 5th EU-Africa Summit as Governance fellow. Research has been a continuous passion of mine and led me through several assignments related to the intellectual property for the Joint Institute for Innovation Policy, as well as teaching in the MBA programme of the European Education Centre in Myanmar. I joined the Sustainability Research Institute at the School of Earth and Environment in November 2021 under the supervision of Prof. Julia Martin-Ortega and Dr Markus Fraundorfer working on Transforming Phosphorus Governance. 

Research interests

Some of my first research assignments were related to institutional integrity (for example at the University of Vienna as CEEPUS fellow and for Transparency International with a focus on Ukraine), but I gradually became immersed in governing sustainability issues, for example via trade instruments, employing socio-ecological analytical frameworks such as telecoupling, as well as integrating novel advances in decision-making, such as bioinformatics. One of my driving engines has been the circularity of natural resources, one of the main solutions to the increasing athropogenic pressures, as well as overall – what policy solutions work in different contexts. Some of my writings can be found on my science-policy think-tank, with which I sometimes participate in public consultations. I maintain my online presence in the main social networks for researches, such as Researchgate and Academia


  • BA European Studies: Economic Governance and European Law
  • MA Public Policy: International Affairs, Cooperation and Development
  • Adv. MA in European Interdisciplinary Studies: EU as a Global Environmental Actor

Research groups and institutes

  • Sustainability Research Institute
  • Economics and Policy for Sustainability
  • water@leeds