About Nikolay Pavlov
I was born in Sofia, Bulgaria where I graduated from the First English Language High School. I hold MA degrees in International Relations and Law as well as a PhD degree in Management of security and defence research. On my academic journey, I have worked for the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences’ Centre for National Security and Defence Research and as Bulgaria’s National contact person (NCP) for the Security theme under the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme for research. I have also acted as an independent evaluator and reviewer of security research projects for European institutions, having reviewed some of the major EU-funded research projects in the area of EU crisis management, conflict prevention, and peace-building. In 2020 I was awarded the Marie Skladowska-Curie fellowship, one of Europe’s most prestigious and competitive research grants. I was a Marie Curie Fellow at the research and innovation company SYNYO GmbH in Vienna, where I coordinated a Horizon 2020 research project on the role of Concept development and experimentation for EU conflict prevention and peace-building (CDE4Peace).
I was co-founder of the Bulgarian Human Rights Association which was the first human rights organization to fight against anti-Bulgarian racism and discrimination in Bulgaria.
My fists novel, The White Huns of Identaria, draws on traditional Gothic fantasy to develop the original fantasy world of Identaria and to experiment radical Western concepts.