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Dr Ivaylo Vassilev PhD

Senior Research Fellow

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Ivaylo Vassilev is Senior Research Fellow within Health Sciences at the University of Southampton. Ivo’s background is in sociology and his current research is focused on the political economy of chronic illness and using networks methodologies for the study of chronic illness management.

A network perspective offers an opportunity to redress the balance of an exclusively individual focus on self-management because it addresses the broader set of contributions and resources available to people in need of chronic illness management and support.

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EU-WISE: Self-care Support for People with Long Term Conditions: A Whole System Approach

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Ivo received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Lancaster, where he looked at trust and the development of market institutions in Bulgaria. After that he worked on three EU funded projects at the University of Northampton, the University of Aberdeen, and University of Manchester where he looked at global value chains in labour intensive industries, the role of informal networks in negotiating childcare and employment arrangements, and social networks and chronic illness management. Ivo joined University of Southampton in 2013. His current research is primarily focused on the political economy of chronic illness, health inequalities, and using networks methodologies for the study of chronic illness management. His broader research interests include ethics, the capabilities approach, and critical realism as applied to health and healthcare.



Dr Ivaylo Vassilev
Health Sciences Student Office University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 67/4017

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