Krassi Paskaleva-Shapira

Krassi Paskaleva-Shapira

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Krassimira Paskaleva is a Senior Research Fellow with the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research at the Alliance Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester. She conducts cross-disciplinary research on digital society, innovation, public services, governance, sustainability and smart cities. Dr. Paskaleva was previously a Senior Research Scientist at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany.

Dr. Paskaleva has held visiting positions at the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (FZK) (Germany), the Victoria Management School, Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) and Macalester College (US). During 1989-1991 she completed a Post Doctoral Programme in Regional Science at the Regional Research Institute in West Virginia University, Morgantown (USA). From 1991 to 2000, Dr. Paskaleva was a Senior Researcher with the Georgia Tech Research Institute (USA). She has also offered courses in her subject areas at University College London (UK), Turin Polytechnics (Italy) and University of Naples (Italy). Between 2008 and 2011, Dr. Paskaleva taught a course on innovative e-services and governance at the UNESCO World Heritage Master Course in Turin, Italy. Paskaleva is fluent in English, Bulgarian and Russian and has conversational skills in German.Dr. Paskaleva holds a Ph.D. in Regional Systems Modelling from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the BA/MA in Economic Geography from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria

Research interests

With over 25 year of experience, Dr. Krassimira Paskaleva's international research has been sponsored by the European Union and US agencies. In recent years, she was a Co-PI of two research policy projects on Smart Cities, Future of Internet, and Internet of Things: SMARTiP and Peripheria of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Union and participated in EU High Level Expert Group on Assessing Social Impact of European Research and Innovation Programme Horizon 2020. Currently, Dr Paskaleva is a Co-PI of the Light House Smart City project Triangulum of the European Smart Cities and Communities programme. Since 2018 Dr. Paskaleva is also supervising an EU Marie Curie Fellow at MIoIR on adopting open innovation 2.0 by integrating responsible innovation for sustainability. Earlier, she directed EU FP6 IST ISAAC research project on advanced e-services, management and governance of cultural tourism cities and the EU FP5 City of Tomorrow and Cultural Heritage Programme SUT-Governance project on benchmarking sustainable urban destinations. Dr. Paskaleva has also served as a Co-PI in several other EU research and policy projects, including leading the city e-governance policy track of the EU FP6 IST Integrated project IntelCities; the urban governance management theme of the FP6 PICTURE project on integrated urban tourism management; and the role of ICT for sustainable cities road mapping of the FP5 IST Project INTELCITY: Towards Sustainable Intelligent Cities. At the Georgia Tech Research Institute (Atlanta, USA), Dr. Paskaleva directed international projects funded by US Environmental Protection Agency, the MacArthur Foundation and the US National Science Foundation on urban revitalisation and renovation; sustainability; stakeholder participation; decision-making and policy impacts of economic and environmental risk perceptions in environmentally endangered localities.

Paskaleva's cross-disciplinary research has been published in various peer reviewed journals, amongst which Technovation, Sustainable Cities and Society, Electronics, International Journal of Services Technology and Management, International Journal of Electronic Government Research, International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development, Innovation-European Journal of Social Science Research, International Journal of Tourism Research, International Journal of Tourism Policy, Journal of Travel Research, Intelligent Buildings International Journal, International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, Journal of Urban Design and Business Economic Review Journal. She is also the lead editor of a most recent special issue on Service Innovation in the Smart City in the International Journal of Service Technology and Management and has co-authored a number of books on Smart Cities and Sustainability: Creation of Public Value in Smart Cities; Smart Technologies for Smart Governments: Transparency, Efficiency and Organisational Issues; Transforming City Government for Successful Smart Cities; Smart Cities Moddelling, Governing and Analysing the Transition; From Intelligent to Smart Cities; Strategies for Local E-Government; Adoption and Implementation and Sustainable Urban Development: The Toolkit for Assessment. Earlier, Paskaleva was the lead editor of a book on Bulgaria in Transition: Environmental Consequences of Political and Economic Transformation. Currently, she serves as a reviewer of a number of peer reviewed research and policy journals, such as the International Journal of Service Management, International Journal of Tourism Policy, Journal of Urban Technology, and Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning.


Dr. Paskaleva's research interests and expertise are in the area of innovation and the changing relationships between technology, people, governance, sustainability and urban transformation. Currently her work is focused on Smart Cities and Regions. Dr. Paskaleva supervises MSc IME students in these fields. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Regional Innovation and Modelling: The case of the VelikoTurnovo-Gabrovo Region in Bulgaria , Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

1 Mar 198431 Oct 1988

Award Date: 1 Nov 1988

Areas of expertise

  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • innovation
  • open innovation
  • smart city
  • governance
  • Sustainability
  • stakeholder engagement
  • evaluation research
  • urban transformation
  • ICT
  • G Geography (General)
  • regional innovation
  • smart specialisation
  • regional development

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Institute of Innovation Research
  • Manchester Urban Institute


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