Dr Ilian Assenov

Dr Ilian Assenov

Economist and Research Adviser


Originally from Bulgaria, Dr Ilian Assenov graduated from Oxford University and received his PhD at Osaka University. Ilian is fluent in English, Bulgarian and Japanese, and lectures Thai and international students at the Prince of Songkla University in Phuket, Thailand. He advises students at the Bachelor's, Master's and PhD levels.

Research areas

Ilian publishes in many areas of economics and finance, and specializes in tourism research, including medical tourism. He is the APTA (Asia Pacific Tourism Association) representative for Thailand and has an impressive publication record, advising more than 50 graduate students over the past decade.

In recent research, Dr Ilian Assenov has co-authored a series of international journal papers on surf tourism with Dr Steven Martin at Education Abroad Asia. The research includes the development of the Surf Resource Sustainability Index (SRSI), a methodology and modular approach to surf site field assessment employing qualitative and quantitative metrics.