Dr. Lia Tsuladze
Dr. Lia Tsuladze has worked on the topic of Europeanization for several years already. In 2013-14 Dr. Tsuladze was a PostDoc Fellow at Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre (RESC), St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, focusing on Georgians’ popular discourses on Europeanization. In 2014 she hosted a conference on “Georgia in the Context of Europeanization” at the University of Oxford, and delivered a speech “On Europeanization, National Sentiments and Confused Identities in Georgia.” In 2011-12 Lia visited New Europe College, Institute for Advanced Study, Bucharest, Romania as a Research fellow and conducted cross-cultural research on youth perceptions of Europeanization in Eastern Europe and its margins through a Volkswagen Foundation research grant. In 2014-16 she is directed a project on “Performing Europeanization – Political vis-à-vis Popular Discourses on Europeanization in Georgia” funded by Academic Swiss Caucasus Net (ASCN). In 2016-18 she was an Academic Coordinator of CSS project “Raising Awareness on Georgia’s Europeanization in Academia [RAGEA]” implemented through Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Activities co-funding. Currently, she is directing a research project “The Post-Visa Liberalization Discourses on Europeanization in Georgia” (2018-2020) funded by Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation. Currently, Dr. Tsuladze is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, and an Executive Director of Center for Social Sciences.
Mariam Amashukeli is a PhD student of sociology at Tbilisi State University and works on Europeanization of higher education. She holds BA in Sociology (2005-2009, TSU) and MA in Anthropology-Interdisciplinary Research (2009-2011, TSU). Ms. Amashukeli cooperates with CSS since 2012. Currently she works as a researcher at Education and Development Program at CSS. Her study/research interests are mostly focused on Europeanization issues, internationalisation of higher education, lifelong learning and gender equality. She was one of the main researchers in the ASCN supported project entitled “Performing Europeanization – Political vis-à-vis Popular Discourses on Europeanization in Georgia” (2014-16) and is one of the authors of the book (in two languages) produced based on this project. She was also actively involved in RAGEA project funded by Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Activities as a trainer and project coordinator.
Lela Javakhishvili is a junior researcher at CSS. She is currently working on research project “The Post-Visa Liberalization Discourses on Europeanization in Georgia” (2018-2020) as a research assistant. Her responsibility includes collecting and analysing data. Lela has total of four year experience of working on research projects. Her notable experience includes working as an experimental design assistant at World Vision Georgia, media monitoring assistant at Heinrich Boell Foundation. Furthermore, Lela has considerable experience in carrying out interviews and focus-groups. For instance, she worked for organizations such as: IPM, Green Box, ISSA, DVV International, Education and Research Association of Politics, We Research, Social research center of TSU, Justice house. Her experience, which might be relevant for this project, is working as a leader at “Camp of Future” in Anaklia and Shaori. Lela’s publications include research paper about Needs of Muslim women in Georgia in partnership with Georgian Muslim’s Union and TDI and needs of youth in Rustavi. She obtained bachelor’s diploma (in Sociology) with honours, from Tbilisi State University. Currently, she is studying at Tbilisi State University on master’s programme of Sociology.
Samira Bairamova holds a BA degree in Law and MA degree in Political Sciences. She leads a Public Initiative Group working on the electoral system development in Kvemo Kartli region. She cooperates with a number of local and international NGOs as a project coordinator and a local monitor. In various years, she has cooperated with the Mercy Corps, NATO media information office, local media outlets on raising awareness among the local population about the ongoing processes in the country. Being an ethnic Azerbaijani from Georgia and speaking fluent Azerbaijani and Georgian enables her to act as a mediator between the project team and the local population, as well as to provide trainings for the local youth in their native language.
Mariam Araqelova is a co-founder and a manager of The Union of Georgian Armenians working on the national minority issues. She has an MA degree in Law and is mainly working on providing legal aid to Armenian population residing in Akhaltsikhe region, as well as raising awareness of and supporting the integration of Armenian ethnic minorities within the country. In previous years she has worked at the Embassy of US in Armenia, private companies in Armenia and Georgia as a lawyer. Being an ethnic Armenian from Georgia and speaking fluent Armenian and Georgian enables her to act as a mediator between the project team and the Armenian local population, as well as to provide trainings for the local youth in their native language.
Luiza Mutoshvili works at the Kakheti Regional Development Foundation and is an activist from the Pankisi Gorge populated by the Kist ethnic minority group, implementing educational projects to raise the awareness of local youth on societal issues such as democracy development and participation, gender equality, women’s rights, etc. Being an ethnic Kist and speaking fluent Georgian enables her to act as a mediator between the project team and the local Kist population, as well as to provide trainings for the local youth that despite fluency in Georgian is socially distant from the ethnic Georgian population.