Mirela Ivanova is a researcher at the Centre for Internet and Human Rights at the European-University Viadrina, currently working on the research projects “The algorithm as your boss” and “Workplace Surveillance“. The first study investigates algorithmically mediated work from an interdisciplinary perspective and attempts to understand how algorithmic management is constructed in the social practice. The second project focuses on the normalisation process that comes with the usage of digital technologies for workplace surveillance in Poland and Germany.
Before joining the CIHR, Mirela conducted a research traineeship at the European Trade Union Institute in Brussels, where she worked on project focusing on the dynamics of trade union finances. She was a fellow of the ASA-Program of the German development aid organization Engagement Global, where she led a research project on youth unemployment in the rural regions of Georgia in cooperation with an international NGO. She also contributed to research projects at the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) in Berlin and the National Commission for Combating Human Trafficking in Sofia.
Mirela holds a B.A. in Sociology from Sofia University and M.A in Sociology of European Societies from the Free University of Berlin.