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Dr Mariya Stoilova

Lecturer in Sociology
MA Media and Public Relations (University of Sofia), PhD Sociology (University of Leeds).

Profile

Academic background

  • Since completing my PhD in 2008 (School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds) I held a number of research positions – both within and outside academia – and have been a Lecturer in Sociology at Birkbeck, Department of Psychosocial Studies since September 2014.

Research and teaching

Introduction

  • I am interested in psychosocial approaches of research and theorising, particularly from a biographical-narrative perspective, and also in the advantages of multi-method and comparative analyses.
  • My research revolves around citizenship and social inequalities, focusing particularly on digital citizenship and online hate, children’s rights, gender inequalities and social transformations, intimate citizenship and the regulation of personal life, and the impact of social movements on social integration and citizenship rights.
  • Another strand of my work centres on social change and the transformations of childhood, family and intimate life. As part of this, I have been exploring the areas of mediatisation of childhood, shifting partnering and parenting practices, the changing cultural discourses and policy contexts of intimate life, and the impacts of collective mobilising on daily lives.
  • For further information about my research, please visit my profile on ResearchGate.

Current research projects

Research interests

  • Digital citizenship; intimacy and personal life; gender and generational dynamics; research methods.

Teaching

Supervision

  • I currently supervise dissertations for BA and MA Psychosocial Studies students, and research projects of Masterclass in Social Research students.
  • The areas of my supervision include: intimacy, family life and the everyday; digital technologies; citizenship and inequalities; qualitative and quantitative research methods; psychosocial research and biographic narrative interpretation.

Publications

Books, book chapters and refereed articles

  • Global Kids Online: Researching children′s rights in a global digital age, Global Studies of Childhood, 2016, vol.6(4), pp: 455-466 (with Livingstone, S. and Kardefelt-Winther, D.)
  • Constructions, Reconstructions and Deconstructions of ‘Family’ amongst People Who Live Apart Together (LATs), British Journal of Sociology, 2016, DOI: 10.1111/1468-4446.12220 (with Roseneil, S., Carter, J., Duncan, S. and Phillips, M.)
  • Reproducing Citizens: Family, state and civil society, London: Routledge, 2015, co-edited with: Roseneil, S., Carter, J., Duncan, S. and Phillips, M.
  • ‘Mind the Gap: Gender Inequality in Post-Socialist Bulgaria’. In Ramet, S and Hassenstab, C (eds.) Gender (In)Equality in Post-Socialist Southeastern Europe, London: Palgrave, 2015
  • Sex, Love, and Security: Accounts of distance and commitment in LAT relationships, Sociology, 2015: vol. 50(3): 576-593 (with Carter, J., Duncan, S. and Phillips, M.)
  • ‘Living Apart Relationships (LARs): Meanings of togetherness and apartness’, Sociology, Vol. 48(6), 2014: 1075–1091 (Roseneil, S., Crowhurst, I., Hellesund, T. and Santos, A.C)
  • ‘Practices and Perceptions of Living Apart Together’, Family Science, 2014, Vol. 5(1): 1-10 (with Duncan, S., Carter, J., Phillips, M., and Roseneil, S.)
  • ‘Why Do People Live Apart Together?’, Families, Relationships and Societies, 2013, Vol.2(3): 323-338 (with Duncan, S., Carter, J., Phillips, M., and Roseneil, S.)
  • ‘Close Encounters: researching intimate lives in Europe’, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2013, Vol. 16, Issue 6: 525-533 (with Crowhurst, I., Roseneil, S., Hellesund, T., and Santos, A.C.)
  • ‘Changing Landscapes of Heteronormativity: The regulation and normalisation of same-sex sexualities in Europe’, Social Politics, 2013, Vol. 20(1): 1-35 (with Roseneil, S., Crowhurst, I., Hellesund, T., and Santos, A.C.)
  • ‘Reproduction and Citizenship/Reproducing Citizens: editorial introduction’, Citizenship Studies, 2013: Vol. 17(8): 901-911 (with Roseneil, S., Crowhurst, I., Hellesund, T., and Santos, A.C.)
  • ‘Reproduction and Citizenship/Reproducing Citizens’, Special Issue of Citizenship Studies, 2013, Vol. 17(8) (with Roseneil, S., Crowhurst, I., Hellesund, T., and Santos, A.C.)
  • ‘Living Apart Together: Uncoupling intimacy and co-residence’, Sociology Teacher, 2013, Vol. 3(11): 5-11 (with Duncan, S., Carter, J., Phillips, M., and Roseneil, S.)
  • ‘Legal Rights for People who ‘Live Apart Together’?’, Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 2012: Vol.34(4): 444-458 (with Duncan, S., Carter, J., Phillips, M., and Roseneil, S.)
  • ‘Remaking Intimate Citizenship in Multicultural Europe’. In Halsaa et al. (eds) Remaking Citizenship in Multicultural Europe: women’s movements, gender and diversity, 2012, London: Palgrave Macmillan (with Roseneil, S., Crowhurst, I., Hellesund, T., and Santos, A.C.)
  • ‘Heteronormativity, Intimate Citizenship and the Regulation of Same-Sex Sexualities in Bulgaria’. In Kulpa and Mizielinska (eds.) De-Centring Western Sexualities: Central and Eastern European Perspectives. 2011, London: Ashgate (with Roseneil, S.)
  • ‘Intimate Citizenship and Gendered Well-Being: the claims and interventions of women’s movements in Europe’. In Woodward et al. (eds) Social Movements: Gendering Well-Being. 2011, Ashgate Press (with Roseneil, S., Crowhurst, I., Hellesund, T., and Santos, A.C.)
  • ‘Post-Socialist Gender Transformations and Women’s Experiences of Employment– Movements between Continuity and Change in Bulgaria’. Journal of Organizational Change Management. Special Issue ‘Movements of Transition’, 2011, Vol. 23(6): 731-754
  • ‘Gender, Generations and Post-Socialism: Bulgarian Women’s Individual Experiences as Historical Experiences’. In Kolarova and Sokolova (eds) Gender and Generation. Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Intersections, 2007, Prague: Litteraria Pragensia.

Reports, working papers and electronic publications

  • Young adolescents and digital media uses, risks and opportunities in low- and middle-income countries: A rapid evidence review. Department for International Development (DfID)/ the Overseas Development Institute (ODI): Gender and Adolescence, Global Evidence, 2017 (with Livingstone, S., Nandi, A., and Banaji, S.)
  • ‘Cyberbullying: incidence, trends and consequences’. In Ending the torment: tackling bullying from the schoolyard to cyberspace, New York: United Nations, 2016 (with Livingstone, S. and Kelly, A.)
  • Global Kids Online: Research synthesis of comparative findings, 2015-16. UNICEF Office of Research–Innocenti and London School of Economics and Political Science, 2016 (with Byrne, J., Kardefelt-Winther, D., and Livingstone, S.)
  • Opportunities for Relationship Support: A set of diverse case studies, London: Department of Education and the Relationship Alliance, 2014 (with Coleman, L.)
  • Evaluation of the Separated Parent Information Programme Plus (SPIP Plus) Pilot, London: Department of Education, 2015 (with Trinder, L., Bryson, C., Coleman, L., Houlston, C., Purdon, S., Reibstein, J., Smith, L.)
  • Living Apart Together Sourcebook: National survey of people who Live Apart Together (LAT), Britain 2011, available from: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/7768/ (with Phillips, M, Duncan, S, Roseneil, S, and Carter, J)
  • ‘Changing Cultural Discourses about Intimate Life: The demands and actions of women’s movements and other movements for gender and sexual equality and change in Bulgaria’. In Roseneil, S. (ed.) Changing Cultural Discourses about Intimate Life: the demands and actions of women’s movements and other movements for gender and sexual equality and change, pp.398. 2009. FEMCIT WP6 Working Paper 2, http://www.femcit.org, 2009
  • ‘Policy Contexts and Responses to Changes in Intimate Life in Bulgaria’. In Roseneil, S. (ed.) Policy Contexts and Responses to Changes in Intimate Life, pp.396, 2008. FEMCIT WP 6 Working Paper 1, http://www.femcit.org, 2008

Contact details

Room B27, 26 Russell Square
Department of Psychosocial Studies
Birkbeck, University of London
London WC1B 5DT

Tel: +44 (0)20 7631 6070
Email: m.stoilova@bbk.ac.uk