Faculty & Staff

Vesela Veleva, ScD

Interim Director Healthcare Management Program Core Faculty Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Regional Competitiveness


photo of Vesela Veleva

Areas of Expertise

Circular economy, green chemistry, sustainability indicators, corporate social responsibility, environmental and occupational health, eco-industrial parks, sustainable production and consumption


ScD, Cleaner Production and Pollution Prevention, University of Massachusetts Lowell
MSc, Pollution and Environmental Control, University of Manchester, UK
BS, Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Varna, Bulgaria

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Additional websites 

Profile on ResearchGate
Profile on Academia.edu


Strategy, and New Solutions: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health Policy. She has published several teaching cases and a book in 2014 - “Business, Environment and Society: Themes and Cases”. She has a doctorate in cleaner production and pollution prevention from the Department of Work Environment, UMass Lowell, and previously has worked as research manager at the Center for Corporate Citizenship, Boston College, Social Research Analyst for Citizens Socially Responsible Mutual Funds, and a sustainability consultant for Pure Strategies Inc. and Sustainable Measures, Inc.

Courses Taught

Introduction to Environmental Management (MBAMGT671L), Introduction to Environmental Management and Clean Energy (MGT481), Business Environments and Public Policy (MGT330), Green Innovation and Eco-efficiency Strategies for Business, Corporate Social Responsibility, Managing in a Diverse and Changing World, International Environmental Science and Policy, Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Health

Research Interests

Circular business models, toxics use reduction and clean production; green chemistry; barriers and drivers for greater adoption of clean technology; eco-industrial parks; the social and environmental impacts of emerging technology (e.g., nanotechnology).

Personal Activities

Hiking, biking, yoga, healthy food and nutrition

  • 2016 UMass Boston Joseph P. Healey Research Grant to conduct research on the topic “Emerging Drivers and Business Models for Advancing the Circular Economy in the US”
  • 2001 George P. and Cynthia Mitchell International Young Scholar Award for Sustainable Development (USA) (2001)
  • Work Environment Scholarship Award, UMass Lowell (June 2001)
  • Open Society Foundation Grant (Bulgaria) and UMass Lowell research assistantship to attend ScD program at UMass Lowell (1997)
  • SOROS Foundation/University of Manchester Scholarship to attend the MSc course at the University of Manchester, 1993-94 (1993)