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Getova ,Simona

Political and Social Sciences Department
Predoctoral researcher

Short Biosketch

A feminist climate and social justice organiser currently pursuing a doctorate in the area of political ecology. My research looks at the political, social, cultural circumstances under which integrated community models of socio-ecological justice in the post-Socialist Western Balkan countries have emerged. I am interested in how these findings could inform the construction of new narratives as alternatives to capitalism and scale up the just recovery and low-carbon transitions towards a fair and safe future for the region and beyond. 


I hold a BSc in Business Administration from the American College of Thessaloniki, Greece (2014), and an MSc in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management (MESPOM) from the Central European University (HU); University of the Aegean (GR); International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics in Lund (SWE); Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California (USA) (2016).


My work thus far has revolved around environmental and social justice campaigning and advocacy, climate justice training and capacity building for civil society, organizing community resistance to mining, and policymaking in the field of climate change and energy in collaboration with civil society, the Energy Community, UNDP, the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning of North Macedonia. 

I am currently involved in the development of national and Balkan-wide models for participatory decision-making through grassroot building of collective visions for a national and regional Green Deal.

Research Interests

The intersections of feminist political education, direct governance, community-led models of social and environmental justice, community-based adaptation and mitigation strategies, building transnational power for systemic change.


Selected Publications

  • Feminist transitions towards just and sustainable futures (under review)

  • Concept creation and editorial work for The Climate Herald, content published on various Macedonian media outlets and on The Climate Herald website.

  • From resistance to revolution – the anti-mining struggle of the Macedonian southeast. Consented Issue 6: Resistance in print.

  • Macedonia’s Grassroots Resistance to Mining: A Struggle for the South-Eastern Region’s Survival in LeftEast. 

  • Master thesis: Debunking of a super wicked problem: could it be that climate justice rooted community-based adaptation and mitigation strategies are a possible solution? Case studies: Community Forest Management in Costa Rica. Available here.

  • Co-author of LED’s Light the Future – Showcasing Models of Innovative Lighting Solutions. Citation: International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics [IIIEE]. (2015). LED’s Light the Future – Showcasing Models of Innovative Lighting Solutions. Lund: IIIEE ISBN 978-91-87357-19-0; Publication available here.

  • Co-author of Land succession in Lesvos olive farms and the effects on land management. (Working Paper) University of the Aegean, DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.1984.6162; Available here.

  • Contributor to the UNECE’s Water Convention on Water-Food-Energy-Land Use-Ecosystems Draft Report on the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus in the Sava River Basin. Available here.

  • Bachelor thesis: Paramount Bricolage Consulting: business plan for the set up and operation of a consulting firm specialized in environmentally sustainable solutions. Available here.