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Here you can find out about my research and some of the other things that I do.

I received my Ph.D. thesis from the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick in 2012. The thesis, written under the supervision of Professor Noel Whiteside and Emeritus Professor Simon Clarke, examines the effects of post-socialist liberalisation of labour on Bulgarian livelihoods, and is entitled

What Market Mechanisms Mean:

Transforming Institutions and Livelihoods in Bulgarian Maritime Employment

Marketisation of labour is analysed using a micro-sociological / micro-historical case-study of recent transformations in employment in Bulgaria's maritime industry. The first part of the thesis, `Transforming institutions', maps out the institutional transformations, comparing pre- and post-1989 institutions and conventions of maritime employment. The second part, `Transforming livelihoods', explores working lives of maritime workers (both those employed at sea and on shore). The thesis uses qualitative methods (52 in-depth interviews, non-participant observation, and thematic analysis of literary and documentary evidence). The study brings together my previous academic and work experience in European Studies and Sociology, as well as my life-long informal knowledge of the maritime industry which I owe to my family background. The theoretical frame uses the Theory of Convention (Boltanski & Thevenot's notion of justification, and Boltanski and Chiapello's idea of 'new spirit of capitalism') and the Capability Approach (based on work by Amartya Sen and others), to outline what I term 'the new post-socialist spirit of capitalism'. On the basis of the findings from the study, broader questions are raised about the nature and meaning of markets and about the strategies which individuals use to cope with intense socio-economic change.

You can read more about the study here.

This photo isn't mine, but I wish it were, because it illustrates my study perfectly.

Photo: Krassimir Delchev, BGNES (

I currently teach seminars in three undergraduate modules at the Department of Sociology, Social Research Methods, Sociological Perspectives, and Researching Society and Culture (for previous teaching experience, see section on Teaching). I am also a distance mentor of a social policy MA student from a university in Kyoto and a freelance researcher and translator/interpreter.

The Idle Ethnographer hard at work With fellow PhD student Mark Carrigan (and other contributors), I edit the online magazine Sociological Imagination which Mark started in 2010, and in which I also have my own column, The Idle Ethnographer. Sociological Imagination recently started its own mini-seminar series, SI Seminars. The first seminar was on the Sociology of Sport:

SI Seminar 1 (June 2011)

You can read more about the seminar and listen to the podcasts on the website.

MK 2008
Milena Kremakova
(Милена Кремъкова)

Department of Sociology (R3.17a)

University of Warwick

Coventry CV4 7AL

Office tel: +44 (0) 24765 75126

M.Kremakova[obvious symbol]

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