Sarah Todorov

Sarah TodorovDoctoral Researcher 

Contact details

Current Status

First year

Research Topic

Perspectives on the de-institutionalisation of children deprived of parental care in Bulgaria 

Research summary

My research is focused on the perspectives of people involved in the ongoing de-institutionalisation of care for children in Bulgaria. I have spent the last 5 years volunteering in group homes and institutions in Bulgaria where huge changes are being made to social services, starting with the closing down of large institutions (orphanages) and movement of children to group homes. I am specifically interested and in researching local stakeholders’ points of view on how care and education for children with disabilities is changing in Bulgaria as a result of the de-institutionalisation process.  


  • BA Education (1st class) University of Birmingham
  • PGCE (Teach First)
  • Currently – PhD Education 


I am a full-time PGR and a practising KS3 English Teacher. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Birmingham in 2016, then trained as a Primary School Teacher with Teach First where I taught in Dudley and Guildford, before returning to Birmingham to undertake my PhD research alongside my current teaching position.

Research interests

  • De-institutionalisation policy and practice
  • Social inclusion
  • Inclusive education
  • Special Education
  • Disability
  • Eastern European studies
  • Cross cultural research
  • Qualitative methods

Research Supervisors

Dr Paul Lynch

Dr Lila Kossyvaki

Professional memberships

National Union of Teachers (NUT)