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Dr Stanimira Taneva

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Senior Research and Enterprise Associate

Career development; individual, team and organisational development; ageing workforce; societal integration of marginal groups of people; psychometrics; personality assessment; impact evaluation; e-learning

Stanimira Taneva is an organisational and developmental psychologist by background and her experience is a combination between academia and practice. During her career she has executed teaching, research, management and expert functions. She has worked in different kinds of settings – public, 3rd sectors and private business organisations and has an extensive experience of working with people from a variety of ethnic, cultural and professional backgrounds. Stanimira joined the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University in April 2014 moving from the Institute of Work Psychology, University of Sheffield. She was awarded a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship (2013 – 2015) for her research focused on late career management (Thriving at 55+). After finishing her fellowship project in 2015, Stanimira continued her intense research as well as related academic activities in her capacity of a research fellow at the School. In April 2016 she joined Impact@SBE.

Prior to starting her employment with Loughborough University Stanimira was involved in a variety of applied research and consulting projects in organisational and career development, strategic human resource management, and psychometrics; she was teaching in bachelor’s and master’s programmes in three Bulgarian universities; she was also a director of the Career Development Centre at the New Bulgarian University. Her expert and managerial experience in 3rd sector and private organisations has helped her to apply her academic knowledge and research outcomes to real-life situations. Stanimira has also been an author, expert and coordinator of USA and EU funded projects. Many of them are related to organisational and career development, as well as the societal integration of diverse groups of people such as students, business managers, redundant military servicemen, ex-offenders, older workers, etc. 

Having a background in both developmental and organisational psychologies as well as in psychometrics, Stanimira’s interests are around inter-disciplinary and cross-cultural research in areas such as career development and management (major focus on mid- and late careers) from both individual and organisational perspectives, successful ageing at work, managing inter-generational issues and diversity in the workplace, work well-being and performance, research methodology, and research impact. Her most recent research interests include the exploration of the impacts of new technology (AI) on work. From a methodological perspective, Stanimira works with a wide variety of analytical approaches (both qualitative and quantitative), mixed- and multi-method research designs.

  • Taneva, S. K. and Arnold, J. (2018). Thriving, surviving and performing in late career: a mixed-method study of pathways to successful aging in organizations. Work, Aging and Retirement, 4 (2), pp.189–212, doi:10.1093/workar/wax027
  • Taneva, S. (2017). The role of strategic human resource management in late career. In: Monteiro I, Iguti AM (Eds.). Work, health and sustainability. 1 ed.Campinas: UnicampBFCM, pp. 83-90.
  • Hislop, D., Coombs, C., Taneva, S., and Barnard, S. (2017). Impact of artificial intelligence, robotics and automation on work. London: CIPD. Available at
  • Taneva, S. (2016). What is psychological well-being and how it changes throughout the employment cycle? In: Monteiro I, Iguti AM (Eds.). Trabalho, saúde e sustentabilidade: construindo a cidadania = Work, health and sustainability: building citizenship = Travail, santé et développement durable: la construction de la citoyenneté.1 ed.Campinas: UnicampBFCM, pp. 83-90.
  • Taneva, S. K., Arnold, J., and Nicolson, R. (2016). The experience of being an older worker in an organization: a qualitative analysis. Work, Aging and Retirement, 2(4), p.396-414, doi: 10.1093/workar/waw011