Ivo's 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.
Current PhD Students
Conducting Clinical and Health Research HLTH6199
Global and Public Health: NPCG 1028 and NPCG6000
Foundations of Health Sciences PSIO1029
Research Methods HLTH6225 and HLTH6224 (online)
MSc Dissertations HLTH6213
Research Projects HLTH6238
Ivaylo Vassilev is Associate Professor within Health Sciences at the University of Southampton. 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.
"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."