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Professor AKALIYSKI Plamen

Prof. AKALIYSKI Plamen








Assistant Professor


Tel: (852) 2616 7955
Fax: (852) 2456 0737
Email: [email protected] 




WYL211, Dorothy Y L Wong Building
Department of Sociology and Social Policy
Lingnan University, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong

Plamen Akaliyski holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Oslo and an MA from Free University Berlin. Prior to joining Lingnan University in August 2023, he was a postdoctoral researcher at University Carlos III of Madrid and Keio University in Tokyo. His research focuses on understanding cultural differences between contemporary societies, considering the role of historical legacies and socio-economic modernization. He is an associated editor in European Societies.

  • Cultural Values
  • Cultural Change
  • Modernization
  • Individualism-Collectivism

BA (Plovdiv University), MA (Free University Berlin), PhD (University of Oslo)

Journal Articles 


Zheng Wang, Plamen Akaliyski, Chunhao Ma, and Yueying Xu (2024). Cognitive flexibility and academic performance: Individual and cross-national patterns among adolescents in 57 countries. Personality and Individual Differences, 217, 112455.

Michael Minkov, Vivian Vignoles, Christian Welzel, Plamen Akaliyski, Anneli Kaasa, Michael H. Bond, and Peter Smith (2024). Comparative Culturology and Cross-Cultural Psychology: How Comparing Societal Cultures Differs from Comparing Individuals' Minds Across Cultures. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 55(2), 164–188.

Soyhan Egitim and Plamen Akaliyski (2024). Intercultural Experience Facilitates Majority-Group Acculturation through Ethnocultural Empathy: Evidence from a Mixed-Methods Investigation in Japan. International Journal of Intercultural Relations. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 98, 101908.

Plamen Akaliyski, Naoko Taniguchi, Joonha Park, Stefan Gehrig, and Raul Tormos (2023) Values in Crisis: Societal Value Change under Existential Insecurity. Social Indicators Research, 1-21. 


Plamen Akaliyski and Tim Reeskens (2023). Ukrainian Values: Between the Slavic-Orthodox Legacy and Europe's Allure. European Societies. Online First.


Plamen Akaliyski (2023). Distinct Conceptions of Freedom in East Asia and the Protestant-West Underpin Unique Pathways to Modernity. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. 54(2). 173-174.


Jianghong Li, Plamen Akaliyski, Jan Paul Heisig, Simon Löbl, and Michael Minkov (2022). Fiexible Societies Excel in Saving Lives in the First Stage of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Frontiers in Psychology. Online First.


Plamen Akaliyski, Michael Minkov, Jianghong Li, Michael Harris Bond, and Stefan Gehrig (2022). The weight of culture: Societal individualism and flexibility explain large global variations in obesity. Social Science & Medicine. Online First.


Michael Minkov, Anneli Kaasa, Plamen Akaliyski, and Michael Schachner (2022). 'Harsh' Culture, Alcoholism, Climate, and Social Hardship Explain National Differences in Suicide Rates. Comparative Sociology. 21(1), 43-63.


Plamen Akaliyski, Christian Welzel, and Josef Hien (2022). A Community of Shared Values? Dimensions and Dynamics of Cultural Integration in the European Union. Journal of European Integration. 44(4), 569-590.


Plamen Akaliyski, Christian Welzel, Michael Harris Bond, and Michael Minkov (2021). On "Nationology": The Gravitational Field of National Culture. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. 52(8-9), 771-793.


Pepijn Van Houwelingen, Plamen Akaliyski, Jurjen Iedeme, and Paul Dekker (2021). Convergence of Political Values? A Multi-Level Analysis of Developments in 18 EU Countries 1990-1997. Comparative European Politics. 19, 452-470.


Plamen Akaliyski and Christian Welzel (2020). Clashing Values: Supranational Identities, Geopolitical Rivalry and Europe's Growing Cultural Divide. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. 51(9), 740-762.


Plamen Akaliyski (2019). United in diversity? The convergence of cultural values among EU member states and candidates. European Journal of Political Research. 589(2), 388-411.


Plamen Akaliyski (2017). Sources of Societal Value Similarities across Europe: Evidence from Dyadic Models. Comparative Sociology. 16(4), 447-470.


Jianghong Li, Plamen Akaliyski, Jakob Schäfer, Garth Kendall, Wendy H. Oddy, Fiona Stanley, and Lyndall Strazdins (2017). Non-linear relationship between maternal work hours and child body weight: Evidence from the Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort Study. Social Science & Medicine. 186, 52-60.

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Academic Year:  2023 - 2024

1st Term:


Society and Social Change

2nd Term:


Seminar in Social and Public Policy Issues (co-teaching)









Co-supervisor: Mr. KAMELSKI Tobias (PhD Student)