Department of Political Science


Dr Denny Pencheva

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Lecturer (Teaching) in European Public Policy and Politics
Room: 4.01, 31 Tavistock Square
Email: d.pencheva@ucl.ac.uk



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. I have collaborated with the Cyber Security Group (University of Bristol) on projects related to cyber security education and online identities in the Darknet.

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Podcast: UCL Uncovering Politics

Hear Dr Denny Pencheva speak about her research on the following podcast episode:
S7 Ep3 | Robots and Immigrants


Journal articles
Book chapters
Public engagement


I teach courses related to the wider disciplines of European and comparative politics, and public policy on both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I also convene the Dissertation module for all our MA, MSc and MPA students, which focuses on research design choices and essential study skills.