Dr Denny Pencheva
I joined UCL in 2020 after completing my PhD (Politics) at the University of Bristol in 2019, where I taught and convened core and elective modules in political science and social policy. I am also the Graduate Dissertation Tutor and the Deputy Graduate Tutor for the Department of Political Science.
My research interests are within the field of European and British politics, with a particular emphasis on Brexit, migration, labour and welfare policies. My research has explored historical and contemporary aspects of European integration, as well as the growing political and economic interdependencies in the aftermath of the three rounds of Eastern EU enlargement, the political communication of the Remain and Leave campaigns, Brexit and neoliberalism, and the significance of EU migration for UK political parties and policy making. In terms of regional expertise, my work is focused on the UK, the EU, Scandinavia, and Eastern Europe/the Balkans.
I am also interested in advancing the role of qualitative social science methods in interdisciplinary research. Over the past two years, I have collaborated with The Cyber Security Group (Uni Bristol) on projects related to cyber security education and online identities in the Darknet.
I am currently working on a book (Bristol U Press, forthcoming 2022) with Dr Kostas Maronitis (Leeds Trinity) titled Robots and Immigrants: who is stealing jobs, which explores the pre- and post-Brexit relationship between the UK and the EU within the context of labour interdependencies, labour automation and workers’ rights.
- Pencheva, D. (2021) Detoxifying European migration (again), Renewal, 29(4), 75-83
- Pencheva, D. (2020) "Stealing jobs and benefits: Bulgarians and Romanians in British news media", in T.L. Thomsen (ed) Changes, Challenges and Advantages of cross-border labour mobility within the EU, Peter Lang Publishing, pp. 28-62. DOI:https://doi.org/10.3726/b17336
- Pencheva, D., Hallet, J. and Rashid, A. (2020) “Bringing cyber to school: integrating cyber security into secondary school education", IEEE Security and Privacy, (18): 68-74.
- Pencheva, D. and Maronitis, K., (2018) “Fetishizing sovereignty in the remain and leave campaigns”, European Politics and Society, 19(5), pp.526-539.
Media and Public Engagement:
- Pencheva, D. (2020)The worst of both worlds: EU workers between Coronavirus and Brexit, COMPAS Coronavirus and Mobility Forum, University of Oxford.
- Pencheva, D. (2020) Coronavirus: flying in fruit pickers from countries in lockdown is dangerous for everyone, The Conversation
- Pencheva, D. (2020)Refuge Beyond Reach: How Rich Democracies Repel Asylum Seekers, LSE Book Reviews.
- Pencheva, D. (2019) “Brexit and migration: new research highlights fact-free news coverage”, The Conversation.
- Pencheva, D. (2016) “Brexit: how did news media play a role?”, Policy Bristol.