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Dr Nevena Nancheva

Lecturer in Politics, International Relations and Human Rights


I obtained my PhD from the University of Westminster (Centre for the Study of Democracy) in 2013 where I worked on Europeanisation and reconciling conflictual national identities in the Balkans. My postdoctoral research has revolved around the themes of European integration and nationalism (the governance of minorities, migration, asylum, as well as the articulation and experience of difference in these contexts). 

Since I joined Kingston University in 2015, I have taught both undergraduates and postgraduates. My main remit now is taking care of our final year undergraduates as the Level 6 tutor. I am recognised as Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I am the co-founder of an active research network on European migration ( which is hosted by our Centre for Research on Communities, Identities and Difference. 

Areas of specialism

  • European integration
  • nationalism
  • migration
  • asylum
  • national minorities
  • national identity
  • diasporas


  • 2013 PhD International Relations, University of Westminster
  • 2006 MA Politics and Security, University College London
  • 2004 Magister International Relations, University of Sofia

Professional membership

Member        IMISCOE, International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion network;

Member        UACES Collaborative Research Network 'Centrifugal Europe';

Member        Council for European Studies

Member        Political Studies Association

Member        British International Studies Association, Foreign Policy Working Group;

Member        European International Studies Association;

Member        European Consortium for Political Research, Immigration and Ethnicity Standing Group;


Most of my current research is focused on intra-EU migration and its implication for migration and security governance, for identity and belonging, and for the project of European integration. My British Academy/ Leverhulme Trust funded project on EU Migrants in the UK (2016-17 with Ronald Ranta) is currently focused on transnational identities and the impact of Brexit. I am looking to build it up into a wider comparative project of EU migration (both in the UK and across the EU). 

I am also interested in the governance of asylum and security in the EU, as well as in the study of national identities and nationalism more broadly.

I am currently supervising PhD students as a secondary supervisor and I welcome new PhD projects in these and related areas.


Number of items: 11.


Ranta, Ronald and Nancheva, Nevena (2019) Eating banitsa in London : re-inventing Bulgarian foodways in the context of inter-EU migration. Appetite, 139, pp. 67-74. ISSN (print) 0195-6663

Ranta, Ronald and Nancheva, Nevena (2018) Unsettled : Brexit and European Union nationals' sense of belonging. Population, Space and Place, ISSN (print) 1544-8444 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Nancheva, Nevena [Reviewer] (2017) Book Review of: 'Humanity at sea : maritime migration and the foundations of international law' by Itamar Mann. International Migration Review, 51(4), e50-e51. ISSN (print) 0197-9183

Nancheva, Nevena (2017) Securitization reversed. Does Europeanization improve minority/majority relations? Suedost-Europa, 65(1), pp. 10-34. ISSN (print) 0722-480X

Nancheva, Nevena (2016) Bulgaria’s response to refugee migration : institutionalizing the boundary of exclusion. Journal of Refugee Studies, 26(4), pp. 549-567. ISSN (print) 0951-6328

Nancheva, Nevena [Reviewer] (2016) Book review of: 'Decentralisation and the management of ethnic conflict : lessons from the Republic of Macedonia' by Aisling Lyon. Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 22(2), pp. 243-245. ISSN (print) 1353-7113

Nancheva, Nevena (2016) Imagining policies : European integration and the European minority rights regime. Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 24(1), pp. 132-148. ISSN (print) 1478-2804

Nancheva, Nevena (2015) The Common European Asylum System and the failure to protect : Bulgaria's Syrian refugee crisis. Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, 15(4), pp. 439-455. ISSN (print) 1468-3857


Agarin, Timofey and Nancheva, Nevena, eds. (2018) A European crisis : perspectives on refugees, solidarity, and Europe. Stuttgart, Germany : Ibidem Verlag. 290p. ISBN 9783838211244

Nancheva, Nevena (2015) Between nationalism and Europeanisation : narratives of national identity in Bulgaria and Macedonia. Colchester, U.K. : ECPR Press. 222p. ISBN 9781785521430

Book Section

Nancheva, Nevena (2016) Power and minority rights. In: Farazmand, Ali, (ed.) Global encyclopaedia of public administration, public policy, and governance. London, U.K. : Springer. ISBN 9783319209272

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