Boris Georgiev

Staff portrait: Boris Georgiev

Boris Georgiev has been a PhD student at the Department since February 2015.

What is your background?
Originally, I am from Sofia, Bulgaria. I am 24 years old and before coming to Denmark, I studied in a French High School. In 2009 I started my tertiary education at Aarhus University where I was enrolled in B.Sc. Economics and Business Administration with a minor in sustainability. In August 2014, I graduated with a M.Sc. degree in International Economic Consulting, which is part of the Economics and Business Administration programme.

During my master's studies I went to the London School of Economics and Political Science to follow finance courses, and last summer I spent a month at Copenhagen University, taking an elective course in Entrepreneurship.

Now I am happily part of the doctoral programme at the Department of Economics and Business Economics at Aarhus University.

What are your main areas of research?
My project proposal was highly targeted towards the areas of research in which the Tuborg Research Center for Globalization and Firms is highly active. Not surprisingly, my research focus is on international trade. Some of my preliminary ideas are concerned with understanding via which channels the financial crisis has affected the internationalization of firms and how contracting affects international trade patterns. Additionally, it is going to be useful to understand how long firms survive on international markets and what determines their survival.

By following different PhD courses I have also benefited from new fresh perspectives that could be used to answer relevant research questions in my field.  

What do you expect will be the biggest difference between being a PhD student and being a regular student?
The main difference is that as a student you are told what you have to study, read and reproduce at an exam. In the PhD world you decide yourself what you have to read, study, write about and finally produce in a thesis. I find this "independence" a key difference between the two worlds. However, "independence" also comes at a certain cost and that is a "risk". As a PhD student, I think, one explores the unknown and tries to make sense of how different mechanisms work and what their impact is. As Einstein said: "If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?".

A final parallel that I could draw between being a Master vs. PhD student is the degree of specialization. Even as a master student, one gets exposed to a broad range of interconnected topics, where not all are of equal interest to the student. As a PhD, one delves deep into a more narrowly defined field, which he/she is very passionate about. This means that one gets to work and study only the aspects that are of huge interest to the individual. 

What was your first impression of the department and your new colleagues?
Luckily I knew the majority of my colleagues at the Department of Economics and Business Economics thanks to my previous student job as a teaching and research assistant. My impression has not changed ever since I started interacting on a more frequent basis with our researchers and lecturers. The impression I have formed during the years is highly positive. I appreciate the informal setting and collaborative environment in this research institution.

The people I have met have been very helpful, understanding and not least inspiring. Perhaps, exactly due to these great colleagues I have met, I got a deeper interest in the economics profession and in pursuing a doctoral degree in Economics. 

What do you do when you are not at work?
When I am not at work, I try to make room for sports, family and friends. That is perhaps what I enjoy doing most when I am off work. Unfortunately, due to the current number of duties, I have reduced the recreational activities but hope to reinstate them soon, once the exam and teaching period is over.

Activities such as running, triathlon and basketball are my preferred whenever time permits. I talk often with my parents and close relatives.

Besides these, my biggest hobby and passion is civil aviation and airplanes. In my spare time I fly planes on a flight simulator and follow the aviation world digitally. Some months ago together my parents and I installed two data feeders to the popular flight tracking service - FlightRadar24.

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