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Neda Deneva

Neda Deneva No permanent affiliation
Return Migration of Health Professionals and the Transformation of Medical Practice in the Field of Maternal and Child Health in Bulgaria
Advanced Academia Platform

Neda Deneva holds a PhD in sociology and social anthropology from the Central European University in Budapest. Her dissertation is an ethnography of Bulgarian Muslims’ migration to Spain. It explores how migrants reconfigure citizenship by everyday acts, claims and struggles within EU regimes of mobility, labour and welfare. Her main research interests include transnational migration, labour transformations and new work regimes, citizenship and relations with the state, care work, and minority-state relations. In her postdoctoral research project, Neda has worked on Roma labour and acre migration within the EU and the implications of the changing meanings and realities of work on access to citizenship rights, and changing generational and care relations. She has also conducted research into policy-oriented issues related to third country nationals’ and refugees’ access to integrational measures, the labour market, and health care in Bulgaria. Her most recent research focuses on the transformations of medical practices in the field of maternal and child health in Eastern Europe, more particularly on the role of midwives and women in the process of acquiring autonomy and responsibilization.

Neda is teaching courses in Political Sociology and Political Anthropology at the Department of Sociology, and in Maternal and Child Health and in Global Health at the Cluj School for Public Health at Babes Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at the Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia, and at the International Research Center Work and Human Lifecylce in Global History, re: work at Humboldt University, Berlin.


2017, ‘Flexible Kin-Work, Flexible Migration. Aging Migrants Caught between Productive and Reproductive Labour in the European Union’. In Transnational Aging and Kin-Work, edited by Parin Dossa and Cati Coe. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press

2014, ‘Conflicting Meanings and Practices of Work. Bulgarian Roma as Citizens and Migrants’. In Situating Migration in Transition. Temporal, Structural, and Conceptual Transformations of Migrations. Sketches from Bulgaria, by Raia Apostolova, Neda Deneva, and Tsvetelina Hristova, 42–70. Sofia: Collective for Social Interventions, 2014.

2012, ‘Transnational Aging Carers. On Transformation of Kinship and Citizenship in the Context of Migration among Bulgarian Muslims in Spain’. Social Politics 19, no. 1:105–28.

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