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Apart from being a full-time PhD researcher at King's Russia Institute, Kalina is also a Research Associate at the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS), at the Department of War Studies of King's College London (KCL). Prior to this she was a Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) Energy Security Research Fellow at EUCERS, where she conducted a one-year in-depth strategy study on Iran's oil and gas sector and worked on the (Re-) emerging energy superpowers project that included a series of Energy Talks, organised by EUCERS, KAS and the Institute of Strategic Dialogue (ISD).

Kalina has a Master's degree (Dist.) in International Peace and Security from the Department of War Studies of King's College London (KCL) and a Bachelor's degree (First-Class Hons.) in International Relations (a four-year programme) from the Faculty of Law of Sofia University. Parallel to her BA, as part of her secondary academic interests, Kalina has completed a year of an undergraduate programme in Psychology, at the New Bulgarian University.

Apart from academia and think-tanks, Kalina has gained experience in research and critical analysis from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria; the South Korean state-funded trade and investment promotion organisation, KOTRA, at the Commercial Section of the Embassy of S. Korea in Sofia; as well as from a UK based independent oil and gas advisory firm with a specialist focus on Iran.

Doctoral Research

The impact of Russia’s rent management system on Gazprom’s export strategy preferences and Russia’s gas sector organisation in the context of changing European and Eurasian energy markets (2008-2018).

Research Interests

Kalina's research interests focus on how energy issues interact with international affairs and foreign policy, especially in regions with complicated security environment. In specific, she is interested in the Eurasian energy and geopolitical environment, with special focus on Russia, its gas strategy and its relations with the EU and the states from the Black Sea and Caspian Sea regions.

Kalina's PhD research attempts to contribute to the understanding of Russia's ''behaviour'' in the sphere of natural gas and thus to answer the question – why has Russia adopted certain domestic, regional, and international strategies from 2008 onwards?

As energy strategy inherently encompasses a number of interlinked political, security, and economic factors, the analysis applies an interdisciplinary approach to the examination of Russia's strategizing on domestic, regional, and international level. IR theories and political economy are used to analyse the dynamics on each of the levels and behavioural science, in particular negotiations theory, to integrate them into a comprehensive analytical framework.


Damianova, Kalina K. Iran's Re-emergence on Global Energy Markets: opportunities, challenges & implications. London: European Centre For Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS)/ Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), 2015. (Strategy Study)

Damianova, Kalina K. and Nascimento, Flavio Lira Augsuto. (Re-)emerging Energy Superpowers. EUCERS Energy Talks 4. London: Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), 2015. (Policy Recommendation Report)

Damianova, Kalina K. and Kuhn, Maximilian. ''Review of: Iran’s Natural Gas Industry in the Post-Revolutionary Period Optimism, Scepticism and Potential, by Elham Hassanzadeh'', The International Energy Law Review (IELR), Sweet & Maxwell, Thomson Reuters, Issue 5, 2015 (Book Review)

Damianova, Kalina K. ''Investing in Iran's oil and gas sector: Oil contracts, stakeholders, strategy and risks'', EUCERS Newsletter 51 (2016): 2-3 (Article)

Damianova, Kalina K. ''Iran, Energy, Security and the EU'', EUCERS Newsletter 42 (2015): 3-5 (Article)

Damianova, Kalina K. ''The Black Sea energy potential and Bulgaria'', EUCERS 39 (2014): 8-10 (Article)

Petroleka, Marina. and Damianova, Kalina K. ''Do Geopolitical Changes Challenge Turkey’s Role In EU’s Energy Security Structure?'', Newsletter of the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS) 61 (2017): 2-5 (Article)


"The future of Oil in the Gulf region", European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS), Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), London, 2016

"Energy in Emerging Markets: Global Effects", King's College London Global Affairs Club, London, 2016- Presentation: ''Iran oil and gas production scenarios"

"Post-Sanctions Iran International Business Conference", LBCG, London, 2015- Presentation: ''Opportunity & Risk in Iran's Oil & Gas sector'' (Video)

"Eurasia Dialogue", Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Russian Academy of Sciences & Energy Delta Institute, Moscow, 2015 - Presentation: ''New Players in the Energy Industry - Iran’s Natural Gas Potential Iran’s place as a natural gas supplier to Europe'' (''Новые игроки в энергетике'')

2nd South Caspian Energy Summit, International Research Network (IRN), Vienna, Austria, 2015 - Presentation: ''Iran and Europe’s Energy Security.''

"Energy in Transition", Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), Berlin, Germany, 2015

Rapporteur: ''Energy in Transition Perspectives for Europe’s External Energy Policy.''

International Political Economy (IPE) of oil & gas, British International Studies Association (BISA), IPE Group, University of Manchester, UK, 2015- Presentation: ''Between the domestic and the international: political economy of the Iranian Oil Contracts.''

"Iran as a Re-Emerging Energy Superpower", EUCERS/KAS/ISD, London, 2014 Speaker: ''Post-sanctions Iran challenges & opportunities'' (video)

Awards and Honors

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS DTP) +3 studentship; Pathway 12 Strategic: Regional & Security Studies (similar to previously used: KISS Theme 15 Military & Regional Security) 2016/2017 competition

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Energy Security Fellowship at EUCERS, KCL 2014/2015

Dep. of War Studies, King's College London, Distinction: MA International Peace and Security 2013/2014


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