Dr Preslava Stoeva


Assistant Professor
Programme Director MSc Global Health Policy (DL)


15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7927 2534

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.


Department of Global Health and Development
Faculty of Public Health and Policy


Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre
Antimicrobial Resistance Centre



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:

  • global health governance - practices and institutions
  • global health politics
  • global health and security
  • international legal norms and global health - incl. human rights and TRIPs
Research Area
Social and structural determinants of health
Global Health
International comparisons
Qualitative methods
Political science
Social Sciences
Socio-legal studies

Selected Publications

International Relations and the Global Politics of Health: A State of the Art?
Stoeva, P.
Global Health Governance - The Scholarly Journal for the New Health Security Paradigm
Global Health and Security
Stoeva, P.
Globalization and Health
Global Health and Governance
Stoeva, P. ; Hanefeld, J. ; Hawkins, B. ;
Globalization and Health
Reevaluating health security from a cosmopolitan perspective
Stoeva, P. ; Brown, G.W. ;
Routledge Handbook of Global Health Security
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