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Ivanka Antova


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    United Kingdom


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Research Focus

My current research focus is post-Brexit health governance, as part of the 'Health Governance After Brexit: language, legitimacy and accountability' project, where I am the Research Fellow.

I am particularly interested in the juxtaposition between policy narratives of responsibilisation and grassroots narratives on responsibility for health in the context of Brexit and post-Brexit health governance.

My overall research interests include critical disability research, the production of emancipatory disability research, and the potential of combining emancipatory and post-structuralist discourses when exploring resistance. 


Queen’s University Belfast                A                                             Sep 2013 – Aug 2018
Doctor of Philosophy (Research) Law

Thesis topic: Examining the welfare reform policies adopted by the Coalition government in the UK (2010-2015) as a social control mechanism applied to disabled people. This thesis combines the Foucauldian concept of governmentality with the social model of disability to problematize the reform as neoliberal governmentality and discuss disability resistance.

Queen’s University Belfast                                                                     Sep 2010 - Jun 2011
Master of Law (Taught) Human Rights Law

Thesis topic: Problematizing the population boom in Sub-Saharan Africa from a right to health and feminist perspectives. Specifically arguing that protecting and enforcing the right to health, as well as increasing access to education, would be an ethical and productive way of addressing rapid population increase. Taught modules included Equality; Human Rights in the Americas; International Human Rights; Socio-Economic Rights; and Methodologies.

Canterbury Christ Church University                                                Sep 2007- Jun 2010
Bachelor of Science (Honours) Politics and Global Governance

Thesis topic: Using comparative research methods to analyse lobbying of various European Union institutions in two member states (Bulgaria and the United Kingdom). Taught modules included Political Philosophy; EU Politics & Governance; International Relations; Human Rights; and Comparative Politics.


Lecturer, QUB
UGT, Legal Theory                                                                              Sep 2019 - Dec 2019

Guest Lecturer, QUB                                                                          10 Dec 2015
PGT, Human Rights in Practice

Teaching Assistant, QUB                                                                   Sep 2015 - Jan 2016
UG Level 3 Legal Theory

Teaching Assistant, QUB                                                                   Feb 2015 - Jun 2015
UG Level 2 European Union Internal Market Law

Teaching Assistant, QUB                                                                  Sep 2014 - Jan 2015
UG Level 3 Legal Theory


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