Teodor  Mladenov Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Teodor Mladenov

Marie Curie Individual Fellow
European Network on Independent Living

I am a researcher specialising in disability studies, social policy and critical theory. Currently, I hold a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship at the European Network on Independent Living. In 2013-2016, I was Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Centre for Public Policy Research, King’s College London. In the 2000s, I was involved in disabled people’s advocacy for equality and emancipation in Bulgaria.


I am the author of Critical Theory and Disability: A Phenomenological Approach (2015, Bloomsbury). I have also authored or co-authored a number of articles, including:

Mladenov, T. (2017) ‘Postsocialist disability matrix’, Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, Vol. 19, No. 2, pp. 104-117.

Mladenov, T. (2017) ‘Governing through personal assistance: a Bulgarian case’, Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, Vol. 19, No. 2, pp. 91-103.

Mladenov, T. (2016) ‘Disability and social justice’, Disability & Society, Vol. 31, No. 9, pp. 1226-1241.

Owens, J., Mladenov, T. and Cribb, A. (2016) ‘What justice, what autonomy? The ethical constraints upon personalisation’, Ethics and Social Welfare. Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1080/17496535.2016.1234631.

Mladenov, T. (2015) ‘From state socialist to neoliberal productivism: disability policy and invalidation of disabled people in the postsocialist region’, Critical Sociology. Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1177/0896920515595843.

Mladenov, T. (2015) ‘Neoliberalism, postsocialism, disability’, Disability & Society, Vol. 30, No. 3, pp. 445-459.

Mladenov, T., Owens, J. and Cribb, A. (2015) ‘Personalisation in disability services and healthcare: A critical comparative analysis’, Critical Social Policy, Vol. 35, No. 3, pp. 307-326.

Mladenov, T. (2014) ‘Breaking the silence: disability and sexuality in contemporary Bulgaria’, in M. Rasell and E. Iarskaia-Smirnova (eds) Disability in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union: History, Policy and Everyday Life. London: Routledge, pp. 141-164.

Mladenov, T. (2013) ‘Like Everest: defamiliarization and uncanniness in media representations of inaccessibility’, Disability & Society, Vol. 28, No. 4, pp. 542-555.

Mladenov, T. (2013) ‘The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its interpretation’, ALTER – European Journal of Disability Research. Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 69-82.

Mladenov, T. (2012) ‘Personal assistance for disabled people and the understanding of human being’, Critical Social Policy, Vol. 32, No. 2, pp. 242-261.

Mladenov, T. (2012) ‘“There is no place for you here”: a phenomenological study of exclusion’, Critical Disability Discourse, Vol. 4, pp. 1-26.

Mladenov, T. (2011) ‘Deficient bodies and inefficient resources: the case of disability assessment in Bulgaria’, Disability & Society, Vol. 26, No. 4, pp. 477-490.

Mladenov, T. (2009) ‘Institutional woes of participation: Bulgarian disabled people’s organisations and policy-making’, Disability & Society, vol. 24, No. 1, pp. 33-45.


    PhD, King's College London, UK, 2009-2012

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    I have done research in the areas of disability studies, social policy, critical theory, social justice theory, and area studies.



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