Dr Mariya Ivancheva BA University of Sofia'04, MA UCL'05 CEU'07, PhD CEU'13

Lecturer in Higher Education Studies School of Histories, Languages and Cultures


    Personal Statement

    I am an anthropologist and sociologist of higher education, whose work focuses on the role of the university in broader processes of social change. Before joining the University of Liverpool, I was a postdoctoral fellow within an ESRC/ Newton/ NRF-sponsored collaborative project The Unbundled University that studies the impact of digital technologies, marketization and unbundling on universities in South Africa and the UK. I used qualitative methods and social theory to explore the internationalisation and commercialisation of universities, the digitalisation and unbundling of teaching and learning, and the automation and casualisation of academic labour. Before joining Leeds, I worked as an IRC postdoctoral research fellow at University College Dublin, exploring the rise of precarity and inequality in Irish higher education. My doctoral dissertation (CEU, 2013) explored ethnographically the development of the Bolivarian University of Venezuela. As an engaged scholar I have also been a member of a number of research-led platforms, working on topics of anti-racism, labour rights, gender and financial justice.