Academic Staff

Dr Neli Demireva

Staff positionSenior Lecturer
Emailnvdem@essex.ac.uk
Telephone2640 (non Essex users should add 01206-87 to the beginning of this number)
Room6.334
Office hoursThursday 11am-13pm
Biography

Neli is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Essex University. She completed an MSc in Sociology and a DPhil in Sociology at the University of Oxford, St. John's College. Her research interests include migration, inter-ethnic ties, social cohesion, ethnic penalties and multiculturalism. She has published in leading journals in the field: Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies, the Journal of Ethnic and Migration studies; the International Journal of Comparative Sociology and have prepared several policy reports on issues of ethnicity and migration. She currently holds a BA grant on “Understanding the Ecology of Disadvantage: Betting Agents, Crime and the British Neighbourhood” and an Executive Dean Fund grant “Multiculturalism as Innovation” focusing on attitudes towards multiculturalism. From September 2015, Neli started work on the project: “GEMM: Growth, Equal Opportunities, Migration and Markets” (as part of the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Commission, “EURO-2-2014: The European growth agenda Research and Innovation action 4: Migration, prosperity and growth"). This project addresses the challenges and barriers that European countries face in managing the mobility of persons to realize competitiveness and growth.

Websitehttps://sites.google.com/site/demirevaneli/
Qualifications

2005-2009 DPhil in Sociology, University of Oxford, St.John’s College. Thesis: “Ethnic Penalties, Job Search and the British Labour Market”

2004-2005 MSc in Sociology, University of Oxford, St. John’s College. Thesis: “Ethnic Intermarriage in Britain”

Current research
  • migration
  • inter-ethnic ties
  • social cohesion
  • ethnic penalties and multiculturalism
Research interests
  • social cohesion
  • migration
  • diversity
  • multiculturalism and civic integration
  • crime and neighbourhood effects
  • job search and labour market inclusion
Teaching responsibilities

SC308: Race, Ethnicity and Migration

SC101: Researching Social Life I

SC111: Sociological Imagination

Publications

 

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Demireva, N. and Heath, A. (2014) Diversity and the Civic Spirit in British Neighbourhoods: An Investigation with MCDS and EMBES 2010 Data." Sociology: 48 (4): 643-663.

Heath, A. and Demireva, N. (2014) “Has multiculturalism failed in Britain?" Ethnic and Racial Studies 37(1): 161-180.

Demireva, N. (2011) New Migrants in the UK: Employment Patterns and Occupational Attainment; Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 37 (4): 637-655

Demireva, N. and Kesler, C. (2011) The Curse of Inopportune Transitions: the Labour Market Behaviour of Immigrants and Natives in the UK, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, 52 (4): 306-326

Kovacheva, S., Demireva, N. and Lewis, S. (2005) Changing Cultures in Changing Workplaces: UK and Bulgaria Compared, Sociological Problems: p. 62-81

Edited Volumes

Demireva, N. and Heath, A. (2015) Informal, Associational Bonding and Associational Bridging: Which Ties Matter Most for Minority Involvement and Integration Chapter 8, pp 126-145 in in Li, Y. (ed) The Handbook of Research Methods and Applications on Social Capital, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing

Demireva, N. (2008) Examining the differential job search methods of ethnic groups in the UK how immigrants and minority members use their social resources and institutional settings to overcome labour market disadvantage pp.209-241 in Ethnicity, Equality and Justice Beyond the Paradigms of Recognition and Redistribution, editors Karin Hallden, Elias le Grand, Zenia Hellgren; Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Policy Reports

Demireva, N. (2014) ‘Social Cohesion in Britain: Key Facts, Challenges and Responses’, pp161-179 in "Social Cohesion - Addressing Social Divides in Europe and Asia". Editors Wilhelm Hofmeister, Patrick Rueppel, Yeo Lay Hwee and Claire Dhéret, Select Books

Kesler, C. and Demireva, N. (2011) Social Cohesion and Host Country Nationality among Immigrants in Western Europe, Chapter 8, pp.209-236 in Naturalisation: A Passport For The Better Integration Of Immigrants?, OECD Publications

Demireva, N. (2011) Immigration, Diversity and Social Cohesion, Briefing for Migration Observatory at Oxford University

Demireva, N. (2009) Ethnicity and Social Organisation: Changes and Challenges, Report for Beyond Current Horizons; Futurelab Initiative of the Department for Children, Schools and Families

 

Other Publications

Demireva, N. (2014) Ethnic Diversity and Social Cohesion: Immigration, Ethnic Fractionalization and Potentials for Civic Action,
European Sociological Review, doi: 10.1093/esr/jcu080

Demireva, N. (2009) Equalsoc Reports: Ethnic Minority Representation in the Public Sectors of the UK, France, Germany, Sweden and the US, Equalsoc Reports

Demireva, N. (2008) The Labour Market Performance of Ethnic Minority Populations, Equalsoc Reports

Demireva, N. (2005) Are working parents rare or how bank employees manage family life and work in the UK and Bulgaria?, PU Academic bulletin, (6): p.351-352

Papers under Review

Demireva, N. and Heath, A. (under review by Ethnic and Racial Studies) Barriers to the Successful integration of Migrants and Minorities in Britain and the Importance of Generational Status

Papers in Progress

Demireva, N. and Heath, A. (to be submitted) The Integration of Minorities in Britain a function of generational status and the presence of co-ethnics

Demireva, N and Cunningham, T. (to be submitted) Minority rights in the context of equal opportunities laws, minority academic research and policy reports

Britain, France and Germany

Demireva, N., Heath, A. Peach, C. and Hussain, S. (to be submitted) Segregation, Ethnic Flights and Stereotyping in the Context of the British Neighbourhood

Demireva, N. (to be submitted) Propensity Score Matching and Selection Models of Job Search Techniques among Ethnic Groups in Britain: the Ethnic Factor in Job Acquisition and Occupational Attainment

Conferences/presentations

 Outreach Events

October, 2014. TedX talk, Lakeside theatre – “Multiculturalism: Dead or Alive”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cusOg1CaO48

November, 2014. A series of public talks and outreach events on “Betting shops and local communities”, Colchester, Clacton Town Hall as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences.)

Selected Recent Paper Presentations

May, 2015. Invited presentation “Barriers to the Successful Civic Integration of Migrants and Minorities in Britain”, London. Institute of Education

May, 2015. Invited presentation “Civic Integration of Migrants and Minorities in Britain – the importance of generational status”, the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (CMIST) at the University of Manchester

May, 2015. Invited presentation “Segregation, Economics and the British Neighbourhood”, RC28 Meeting, Tilburg University

November 2014. Chair Non-governmental Actors and Social Cohesion Session of  Policy Conference ‘Addressing Social Cohesion and Effects of Migrants’ Integration in Europe and Asia’, Singapore

July, 2014. Annual American Sociological Association Meeting, San Francisco. Paper Presented:   Is Co-ethnic Concentration a Barrier to the Successful Civic Integration of Migrants and Minorities in Britain

June, 2014. Invited Presentation, Higher School in Economics, Moscow. Paper Presented: Co-ethnic concentration and integration outcomes of minorities in Britain

Additional information

Grants

2015-2018 Coordinator and Principal Investigator, 2 498 510€ GEMM: Growth, Equal Opportunities, Migration and Markets” (Horizon 2020 programme of the European Commission,EURO-2-2014: The European growth agenda Research and Innovation action 4: Migration, prosperity and growth"). This project addresses the challenges and barriers that European countries face in managing the mobility of persons to realize competitiveness and growth.

Under review:Ethnic Discrimination in the Labour Market:  A Multiple-Group, Cross-National Approach”. Funding body: "ORA – Open Research Area for the Social Sciences". To commence from January 2016 if successful.

2014-2016     British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant (7119£): Understanding the Ecology of Disadvantage: Betting Agents, Crime and the British Neighbourhood

2014-2015 Essex Experimental Lab Fund (1500£): The Veil and Public Spaces

2014   Executive Dean Fund, Essex University (9500£): Multiculturalism as Innovation; Project website: www.multiculturalismexperiments.org

2013-2014     John Fell OUP Research Fund (7300£) Experiments on Multiculturalism

2010-2012     British Academy Small Research Grant (2500£) Ethno-religious Diversity and Trust 

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