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Faculty of Business Management


Department of Management of Natural Resources is founded under Academic Council’s Decision in 1998. It is a successor of the Department of Economics and Management established as part of new faculty – Business Management in 1995. Before that two other departments - Economy, organization and planning and Economy, organization and social sciences - had ensured economic and organizational education for all students of the Higher Institute of forestry between 1950 and 1995. Heads of the departments were: 1950 - 1964 – Assoc. Prof. Yuli Mihaylov, 1965 - 1987 – Prof. Dr. Hristo Sirakov, 1988 - 1990 – Prof. Dr. Penyu Karadochev, 1990 - 1993 – Assoc. Prof. Dr. Georgi Puhalev, 1993-1995 – Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nikola Stoyanov.

Heads of the Department Management of Natural resources were: 1998 - 2000 – Prof. DSc. Georgi Puhalev, 2000 - 2003 – Assoc. Prof. Dr. Angel Petkov, 2003 to 2013 – Assoc. Prof./Prof. Dr./DSc. Ivan Yovkov; Dec.2013 to Feb. 2016 – acting head of the Department is Assoc. Prof. Dr. Katinka Mihova.

In April 2019, with the decision of the Academic Council of the University of Forestry (№37 / 10.04.2019) for the restructuring of three of the departments in the Faculty of Business Management, the Department of Economics and Management of Resources and Environmental Management was created, which included teachers from the Departments of Resources and Environmental Management and the former Department of Economics. Acting Head of the Department is Assoc. Prof. Dr. Katinka Mihova.

Since May 2019 Assoc. Prof. Dr. Elena Ilieva Dragozova has been elected as the head of the newly created Department of Economics and Management of Resources and Environmental Management.

By a decision of the Faculty Counsel of 10.03.2020 Assoc. Prof. Dr. Elena Dragozova was approved as a Head of Department.

The Department is authorized by the National accreditation as a scientific section responsible for Doctoral Program Economics and Management (in branches). During the years a lot of PhD students were educated and many of them have defended their thesis in the field of: Economics and Management of: forestry, forest industry, human resources management, logistics, consulting and financing, sustainable development of natural resources, landscape and tourism.

Main topics of teaching and research activities at the Department are:

  • Agro marketing
  • Business communication and public relations
  • Environmental policy
  • Ecomanagement
  • Economics of forest industry
  • Economics and management of forestry
  • Economics and management of landscape architecture
  • Environmental economics and management
  • Environmental planning and SEA
  • Forest policy
  • Fundamentals of research activities
  • Human resource management
  • Management
  • Management of co-operative
  • Management of forestry and human resources
  • Management of investments
  • Management of innovations
  • Organizational behaviour
  • Organization and management of rural tourism
  • Organization and management of the balneology and spa tourism
  • Organization and management of ecotourism
  • Evaluation of forests
  • Commodity Science
  • Business Logistics
  • Project management in alternative tourism
  • Public relations
  • Strategic management

The lecturer department’s staff take part actively in national and international expert and consultant activity, legislative and normative initiatives in Bulgaria, international investigations and projects. Some of them are members of international organizations and editorial boards in Bulgaria and abroad.

Books, monographs and textbooks published by the Department staff

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