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."