Projects per year
My research interests lie primarily in the field of labour economics, socio-economic development and applied econometrics, with a particular emphasis on the economic and social aspects of labour migration. My research focuses on three areas: 1. undocumented labour migration; 2. precarious and atypical forms of employment; 3. migration and regional development. I am interested in both applied and theoretical research in these areas and has conducted a range of research consultancies for the Development Centre of OECD, the Council of Europe, the Organisation for International Migration (IOM) and national bodies.
In November 2019, my project proposal on 'the impact of migrant remittances on promoting small and medium-sized enterprises in home countries' was approved for funding of a PhD studentship by the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership:https://www.brighton.ac.uk/research-and-enterprise/postgraduate-research-degrees/funding-opportunities-and-studentships/2020-scdtp-migrant-remittances.aspx
In October 2017, I completed a project, concerning atypical and precarious forms of employment in Greece, in support of the impact assessment on the review of the Written Statement Directive (Directive 91/533/ECC), commissioned by PPMI - Public Policy and Management Institute, Vilnius, Lithuania. The study is available at: http://bit.ly/WSD-PPMI
I sit on the coordinating committee for Bulgaria in the longitudinal SHARE study - Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (http://issk-bas.org/share-survey-wave-7/).
I am particularly interested in the economic and social aspects of labour migration, focusing on three areas: undocumented migration; precarious and atypical forms of employment; and, migration, remittances and regional development.
- Quasirat Hasnat, 'An exploration of employee engagement and employee commitment in the London hotels: the perspectives of migrant housekeeping workers and their managers.' PhD awarded in February 2022 (lead supervisor)
- Vlora Berbatovci-Sojeva, 'The impact of employment skills support and inequalities at work on incentives to migrate: A case study of Kosovo', PhD awarded in February 2022 (external supervisor).
- Christopher Monks,' Stakeholder involvement in the selection of biodiversity - focused voluntary Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) standards within the food/agri-business industry'. PhD awarded in July 2019 (lead supervisor)
George Szamuely, PhD by Prior Output,'Bombs for Peace: the war in Yugoslavia'. PhD awarded in December 2016 (lead supervisor)
Eda Gemi, 'Socio-economic Integration of Immigrants in Greece: The Case of the Greater Athens Area'. PhD awarded in July 2015 (lead supervisor)
- Maria Elfani, ‘The Impact of the National Minimum Wage on the Non-Wage Benefits of Labour Migrants – Evidence from the UK’. PhD awarded in July 2014 (lead supervisor)
Approach to teaching
I have a long record of experience with conducting scholarly projects in the area of labour markets, migration and employability, relating strongly to quantitative methods, economics, and business studies, and of bringing the results of my research into my teaching. I have investigated and coordinated the UK research and report of the EU-funded project ITHACA on integration, economic, and social capital transfers. This project, as well as other similar ones in the past, have been of particular interest to my students on dissertation modules, providing them with real-life examples of research strategies, quantitative methods for primary data analysis and most recent employment data for the UK. I have used the project-background paper as an example of a literature review in the dissertations of my final year students.
My most emblematic examples of bridging research and teaching are to be found in the supervision of doctoral students with two recent completions on:
- the minimum wage and non-wage benefits of migrant workers in the UK and,
- migrant integration in the Athens area of Greece.
In my professional practice, research is internally related to teaching and, research-based teaching is a way of establishing a more student-centred approach that supports student learning. The project-based modules I have taught required students to design and conduct their own project. I begin by talking students through the sections of one of my project reports (they are distributed as teaching materials) and explain how I came up with the idea, how I operationalised it into research questions, how I decided on the data to be collected, and the methods to be used for the analysis. I encourage students to be careful when they choose a topic that would allow them to explore their interests and feel passionate about it. I explain that there are a number of different ways to conduct research, and point out that their research experience can help them to develop an area of interest. Students have been particularly enthusiastic about my research on the economics of migration, agency employment, minimum wage and innovation in small London hotels, and some of them have replicated the methods used in the latter in other sectors for their final projects. My research informed undergraduate projects with the following titles: ‘Employment effects of the minimum wage in the UK’ and ‘Factors impacting the demand for temporary agency workers as part of the labour force: the case studies of UK and Germany’. Rich quantitative data sets have also been compiled as a result of some of my projects. They contain a wealth of cardinal data, suitable to illustrate the application of different statistical techniques in my teaching.
I felt I learnt a lot on this module because both you and your colleague are research-active and you brought recent examples from your studies into your teaching that helped us understand complicated economic concepts.
Student, Economics module
EC104: Quantitative Methods for Economics and Finance, Level 4, Module Leader
EC201: Intermediate Microeconomics, Level 5, Module Leader
DB201 (Research Methods), Level 5, Module Leader
DB250: Cross-Cultural Research and Professional Skills, Level 5, Module Leader
FN285: Financial Modelling and Dealing, Level 5, Module Leader
Contribution to dissertation supervision in DB361: Dissertations, Level 6 and teaching, EC301: Contemporary Economic Issues.
Previous Teaching Experience
Senior Lecturer in Economics & Quantitative Methods for Business, London Metropolitan Business School, London Metropolitan University, September 2011-August 2015.
- Microeconomics (Module Leader), 4.7/5 average student satisfaction
Students' descriptions of the good features of the module: 'passionate, helpful, engaged teacher; the lecturer made it easy to understand and enjoyable for all students'.
- Business and Economic Research, 3rd year (Module Leader), 4.8/5 average student satisfaction
- Business Decision Making, developed and implemented new methods of teaching and assessment to reflect changes in quantitative research
- International Business Strategy and the Global Economy
- Managing Information and Accounting
- Understanding Information
- Quantitative Methods for Accountants 1
- UG Economics dissertations supervision
- Business Economics (Module Leader)
- Business Innovation and Creative Entrepreneurship (Module Leader)
- Contribution to: Doctorate of Business Administration Research Methods Toolkit module (use of SPSS; Case Study research); Research Methods in Employment Studies and International HRM; Consultancy Change and Professional Development
- Contribution to: Organisational Research in International and Cross-Cultural Contexts
- Marketing Research
Teaching Award Nominee, Students' Union Awards 2014
Excerpt from a student testimony, "Dear Eugenia, no matter how much I thank you, it won't be enough to express what you've done for myself and the other students in the class. I was there to witness all your hard work, passion to help, time and effort..."
Staff Excellence Award, BSc International Business 2014
External Evaluator: UG Economics & Business Economics, University of Hertfordshire, 2015
Lecturer in Economics (HPL), London Metropolitan Business School, London Metropolitan University, September 2010 - August 2011
- Empirical Methods in Economics
- Labour Economics
- Competitive Environment
- International Business Quantitative Report (Module co-leader, contributed to the module's design to incorporate research into teaching)
- UG dissertations supervision
- MA dissertations supervision
Visiting Lecturer, Roehampton University, January 2009 - June 2010
- Quantitative Methods for Data Collection and Analysis,
ESRC accredited MA in Research Methods (Module Leader) (very high level of
Seminar tutor, European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, spring/summer 2007.
- Greece and South-East Europe: Governance, Economy and Foreign Policy (PG level)
Seminar tutor, Department of Economics, University of Sussex, spring/summer 2004
- Economic Development (UG level)
- Contribution to: Research Methods (PG level)
Postagraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
9 Jan 2012 → 31 Jul 2013
Award Date: 6 Nov 2013
Master, LLM: European and International Law
9 Jan 2009 → 31 Jul 2011
Award Date: 12 Mar 2012
PhD, The Economic Performance of Bulgarian Illegal and Legalised Immigrants in the Greek Labour Market , University of Athens, Department of Economics
15 Oct 1995 → 15 Dec 2000
Award Date: 5 Mar 2001
Master, The socio-economic impact of urban to rural migration in Bulgaria
5 Nov 1992 → 15 Sept 1994
Award Date: 30 Oct 1994
Bachelor, The Role of Bulgarian State Standard in Agricultural Trade (Resource Economics) , University for National and World Economy
15 Sept 1988 → 23 Jun 1992
Award Date: 7 Jul 1992
Member of the Coordinating Committee for Bulgaria in the longitudinal SHARE study - Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe , Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria
15 Sept 2016 → 15 Sept 2021
Fellow, Higher Education Academy, UK
2013 → …
- H Social Sciences (General)
- Labour migration
- Employment relations
- precarious work
- undocumented migration
- HA Statistics
- HB Economic Theory
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ITHACA: Integration, Transnational Mobility and Human, Social and Economic Capital Transfers (ITHACA)
Triandafyllidou, A., Gropas, R., Markova, E., McKay, S. & Isaakyan, I.
1/12/13 → 30/11/15
Project: EU / International
Markova, E. & King, R., 6 Oct 2022, In: Southeast European and Black Sea Studies. 23, 3, p. 549-569 21 p.
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Markova, E. & King, R., 16 Dec 2020, In: European Urban and Regional Studies. p. 58-65
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Markova, E. & Tosheva, E., 28 Feb 2020, Return Migration: European and International Perspectives. University for National and World Economy
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Keles, J. Y., Markova, E. & Fatah, R., 20 Aug 2019, In: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal. 16 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Markova, E., Paraskevopoulou, A. & McKay, S., 23 Jul 2019, In: Migration Letters. 16, 3, p. 451-461 11 p.
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