Dr. Zlatina B. Bogdanova was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. She is a social anthropologist at the "Ethnology of Socialism and Post-socialism" Department, Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.  Her main fields of research include the following: social security, poverty and inequality studies, tourism, cultural heritage, intercultural communication, youth cultures and subcultures.  Dr. Bogdanova has obtained her PhD in ethnology from the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg after a successful defense of her thesis - Studying the Processes of Exclusion and Inclusion in Rural Bulgaria: the Significance of Kinship and Social Networks. She earned MA degree in Cultural Anthropology of Southeastern Europe from the Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski". The topic of her Master's thesis is: Intercultural aspects of the youth short-term labour migration within the frameworks of the "Work and Travel" program.