She has extensive research experience ranging from academic and NGO research projects to partisan and market research. Her research record includes number of projects, for example the COST Action “East of West: Setting a New Central and Eastern European Media Research Agenda” and the British Academy funded “Political Communications in New Democracies. Government-Media Relations in Transition, Comparative Studies of Electoral Systems” (collaborator for Bulgaria) for the Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence.
Alina has also taught various courses at the University of Leeds, including Political Campaigning and Public Opinion, Understanding the Audience, Research Methods, Media and Public Opinion. She was involved in electoral campaign planning and execution and has worked for the European Commission (Directorate General Communications) and the Ministry of Finance in Bulgaria. She holds a Ph.D in Political Communications from the University of Leeds, UK, MA degrees in Political Science (Central European University, Budapest) and Psychology (Sofia University, Bulgaria) and a BA in Public Relations.