Mariya Ivancheva

Dr Mariya Ivancheva is a Bulgarian anthropologist and sociologist. Her doctoral dissertation (Central European University, 2013) explored the role of Venezuelan socialist intellectuals in the establishment of the Bolivarian University of Venezuela: an alternative model of mass university set in a socialist state in the Global South and working against the grain of neoliberal higher education reforms. As a post-doctoral fellow at the Equality Studies Centre, University College Dublin (2014-2017), Mariya researched the exacerbation of old inequalities and the rise of new precarious forms of employment and life among workers in the higher education sector in Ireland. Mariya has done research, taught classes, and published academic articles and political analyses on topics as history and legacy of socialism, intellectual and student movements, and the role of the university institution in radical projects for social change. As an activist Mariya has been working on topics as gender, anti-racism, migrant and labour rights and financial justice. She is a founding member of the editorial board of the English Language web-portal LeftEast.

Recent publications

Ivancheva M. (2017) ‘Between Permanent Revolution and Permanent Liminality Continuity and Rupture in the Bolivarian Government’s Higher Education Reform‘. Latin American Perspectives (online preview)

Ivancheva, M. (2017) ‘The Discreet Charm of University Autonomy: Conflicting Legacies in the Venezuelan Student Movements‘, Bulletin for Latin American Research, (online preview).

Ivancheva M. and M. O’Flynn (2016) ‘Between Career Progression and Career Stagnation: Casualisation, Tenure, and the Contract of Indefinite Duration in Ireland’ In: S.Gupta, J.Habjan, H.Tutek (eds). in Academic Labour, Unemployment and Global Higher Education Neoliberal Policies of Funding and Management. London: Palgrave McMillan., pp.167-184

Lynch, K. and Ivancheva, M. (2015) ‘Academic Freedom and the Commercialisation of the Universities: a critical ethical analysis’, Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics, 15 (1)