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School of Politics and International Relations

Dr Nevena Nancheva, PhD (Westminster)


Honorary Lecturer



Senior Lecturer of Politics, International Relations and Human Rights. Studying migration and minorities.

Postgraduate Teaching

POLM090 Contemporary World Politics: Theories, Concepts, Theme

POLM091 International Security: War and Peace in a Global Context


Research Interests:

Migration, minorities, nationalism, Europeanisation and Balkan politics

Examples of research funding:

Lisa Gilad Prize (2019) of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration


Books and Book Chapters 

2018. "Bacillus Bulgaricus: The Breeding of National Pride (Bulgaria)" in Venetia Congdon, Atsuko Ichijo and Ronald Ranta (eds.), The Emergence of National Food: The Dynamics of Food and Nationalism (Bloomsbury) (in press).

2018. A European Crisis: Perspectives on Refugees, Solidarity, and Europe. (Ibidem Verlag, Stuttgart) - editor with T. Agarin.

2015. Between Nationalism and Europeanisation: Narratives of National Identity in Bulgaria and Macedonia (ECPR Press, Colchester).

2014. ‘Transitions, Borders and Bordering in Central Europe’ in Transitions in Regional Science – Regions in Transitions: Regional research in Central Europe, Jaroslav Koutský, Pavel Raška, Petr Dostál, Tassilo Herrschel (eds.) (Wolters-Kluwer). – with T. Herrschel.

Other Publications 

2020. '’Cleaners’ and Labourers’ on Facebook: Bulgarians in the UK between Free Movers and a Digital Diaspora' (in publication the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies).

2019. 'Eating Banitsa in London: Integration, Belonging, and the Changing Nature of Bulgarian Foodways' in Food and New Europe Special Issue in Appetite, Editors Zofia Boni, Petra Matijevic - with R. Ranta.

2018. Unsettled: Brexit and European Nationals’ Sense of Belonging. In Population Space and Place. - with R. Ranta:

2018. "EU Responses to Refugees: the End of (Security) Community?" In A European Crisis: Perspectives on Refugees, Solidarity, and Europe. (Ibidem Verlag, Stuttgart) - editor with T. Agarin, 255-284.

2017. Project Report No. 1. EU Migrants in the UK: Perceptions and Challenges of Belonging. Kingston University London: Centre for Research on Communities, Identities and Difference. Available at [1st April 2017]. - with R. Ranta.

2017. Book Review. Mann, Itamar. 2016. Humanity at Sea: Maritime Migration and the Foundations of International Law. New York: Cambridge University Press. 244 pages. £69.99. In International Migration Review, 51 (4): 50-5. DOI: 10.1111/imre.12365.

2016. 'Securitization Reversed: Does Europeanization Improve Minority/ Majority Relations.' In Südosteuropa, 65:1, DOI:

2016. 'Bulgaria's Response to Refugee Migration: Institutionalizing the Boundary of Exclusion.' Refugee Studies, 29 (4): 549-567, DOI: 10.1093/jrs/few034.

2016. 'Power and Minority Rights' in Global Encyclopaedia of Public Administration and Public Policy, Ali Farazmand (ed.) (Springer, April 2016). DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-31816-5_1401-1.

2016. Book Review. Aisling Lyon, Decentralisation and the Management of Ethnic Conflict: Lessons from the Republic of Macedonia. Oxford: Routledge, 2016. Pp. 248. £90.00 (hbk); ISBN: 9781138944114, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 22:2, 243-245, DOI: 10.1080/13537113.2016.1169794.

2016. ‘Imagining Policies: European Integration and the European Minority Rights Regime.’ In Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 24:1, 132-148, DOI: 10.1080/14782804.2015.1056725.

2015. ‘Europeanization without Europe: the Curious Case of Bulgarian-Macedonian Relations.' In European Politics and Society, 16:2, 224-240 – with C. Koneska. DOI: 10.1080/23745118.2014.996325.

2015. ‘The Common European Asylum System and the Failure to Protect: Bulgaria’s Syrian Refugee Crisis.’ In Southeast European and Black Sea Studies; 15:4, 439-455, DOI: 10.1080/14683857.2015.1093372.

2007. ‘What Are Norms Good For? Ethnic Minorities on Bulgaria’s Way to Europe.’ In Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics 2007, 23 (3): pp. 371-395. DOI: 10.1080/13523270701507048.


“Who deserves to be a British citizen?” in Queen Mary University of London Online available at

“Despicable migrants? UK’s treatment of foreign criminals will only harden after Brexit” in London School of Economics Brexit Blog at



Happy to supervise projects within the realm of Nationalism and Migration Studies.

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