Dr Preslava Stoeva BA MA PhD

Assistant Professor Programme Director MSc Global Health Policy (DL)


Preslava is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Global Health and Development and a researcher in the Anthropology, Politics and Policy group. She received her PhD in International Relations from the Department of Politics at the University of Exeter and holds a BA Magna Cum Laude and a first class MA in International Relations. Her doctoral research studied the development of international legal norms through the lens of social constructivism and the sociology of scientific knowledge. Empirically her work focused on the construction of the international norms banning torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, the TRIPs agreement in relation to the pharmaceutical industry and the emergence of the norm to prevent catastrophic climate change. Preslava is currently researching the global politics of health and health security, as well as health security in fragile and conflict-affected states. She employs qualitative methodologies and international relations theories to questions of global governance, security politics, policy making, international law and normative development.

Preslava has taught a range of undergraduate and graduate courses at British and American Higher Education Institutions, covering diverse international relations topics including security studies, the politics of public international law, human rights, global governance – actors and institutions, international relations theories, research methods and foreign policy analysis.





Programme Director Global Health Policy (DL) - PG Cert/PG Dip/MSc

1117 Health Policy, Process and Power


My research currently focuses on exploring the relationship between the concepts of health and security, and particularly on re-conceptualising the health-security nexus. I have an interest in the history and politics of global health governance - including public and private actors, the creation and influence of international legal norms, including human rights norms. 

I welcome enquiries about research supervision in the following areas:

Research areas

  • Conflict
  • Global Health
  • Globalisation
  • International comparisons
  • Qualitative methods
  • Risk
  • Social and structural determinants of health
  • Violence


  • Political science
  • Social Sciences
  • Socio-legal studies


  • World

Other interests

  • Armed conflict
  • Conflict affected populations
  • Constructivism
  • Fragile States
  • Global Health Governance
  • Human Rights
  • International Affairs
  • International Organisation
  • International Organisations
  • International Relations
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Pedagogy
  • Public International Law
  • Security Studies
  • Sociology of Scientific Knowledge
  • health security
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