Sevara Usmanova (UWED, Uzbekistan)

20th August 2019

Sevara Usmanova is a researcher in the Department of International Private Law at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy (UWED). She has an LLM in International Business Law from UWED. Currently, she is a visiting researcher at the Department of Sociology of Law in Lund University. Her research interests focus on business law, informality and corruption.

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Roman Sigov (KIIS, Ukraine)

5th July 2019

Roman Sigov is a research fellow at the Department of Quantitative Research of Kyiv International Institute of Sociology. He obtained his degree in Sociology from Kyiv National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”. He has an experience in conducting surveys implying both qualitative and quantitative techniques, including multinational ones. The last studies on which he worked were dedicated to the mental health and decentralisation reform in Ukraine. Roman manages different stages of sociological research from the process of instrument elaboration to data analysis. Roman can run statistical analysis of varying complexity, including hierarchical linear modelling and various content analysis.

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Alessandra Russo (Center for Social Sciences)

14th June 2019

Dr. Alessandra Russo is Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Centre Emile Durkheim, Sciences Po Bordeaux, France. She has published, among others, on European Security, Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asian Survey, The International Spectator. Her main research interests are IR Theories, Comparative Regionalism, Critical Security Studies, Post-Soviet Politics. She has conducted fieldwork research in the South Caucasus and Central Asia and has collaborated since 2013 with the Center for Social Sciences (CSS). Currently, she is an Associate Fellow at Eurasia Democratic Security Network, CSS.

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Mariam Amashukeli (Center for Social Sciences)

14th June 2019

Mariam Amashukeli is a PhD student of Sociology at the Tbilisi State University. Since 2012 Ms Amashukeli is an affiliated researcher at the Center for Social Sciences (CSS). Her research interest is mostly focused on higher education studies (tertiary education and labor market, modern human capital development, knowledge economy, knowledge-based society). During the last six years she has been participating in more than 12 research projects funded by the international and local donor organizations and is the author/co-author of up to 10 publications.

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Lia Tsuladze (Center for Social Sciences)

14th June 2019

Dr. Lia Tsuladze is an Associate Professor of Sociology, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Tbilisi State University, Georgia. She has been directing the Programme of Applied Social Research at Center for Social (CSS) since 2012 and became a Research Director and joined the CSS Board, in 2014. In 2016 she became an Executive Director of CSS. Lia is the author of more than 20 publications and 3 textbooks. Her long-term research interest relates to the political and popular discourses on Europeanisation in Georgia, focusing on how these discourses are performed for international vs. domestic audiences. She studied Georgians’ discourses of national identity in the context of Europeanisation as part of her Post-Doctoral research fellowship at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford (2013-14). Her comparative research, carried out in 2011-12 and supported by Volkswagen Foundation, focused on the young people’s perceptions of Europeanisation in the New European countries (the cases of Romania and Poland) and their borderlands (the case of Georgia). Lia’s current research touches upon the informal practices used by government officials in Georgia to promote their agenda of neoliberal urbanism and challenge environmental civic activism.

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Diana Lezhava (Center for Social Sciences)

14th June 2019

Diana Lezhava joined Center for Social Sciences (CSS) in 2010 as a Students Dean/Director’s assistant and worked on various positions since then. In 2014 she became an Administrative Director of CSS and a Research fellow at the Education and Development Program. She has extensive experience in project management, financial administration and organizational management. In addition, she is also involved in CSS projects as a research fellows, especially in the project related to higher education and labour market. And is an author/co-author of related publications. Within her doctoral dissertation she works on the development of higher education systems in Georgia and Estonia after joining Bologna process and its impact on the growth of the local labor markets. Since 2018 Diana is a Higher Education Expert of EU Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Within this capacity she works on the proposal assessment of Erasmus+ Capacity Building in the Field of Higher Education (CBHE). In addition, since 2018 she is an Authorization Expert of National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement of Georgia. Her research interests include: higher education policy and management, informalities in education, higher education and labour market, informalities in labour market.

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Donnacha Ó Beacháin (Dublin City University)

28th May 2019

Donnacha Ó Beacháin is Director of Research at the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University (DCU). During 2011-12 he was a recipient of an 18 month major research grant from the IRCHSS/Department of Foreign Affairs Conflict Resolution Unit to lead a research team to examine the role of the OSCE and EU in the post-Soviet “frozen conflicts”. The project was designed to assist the Irish Government as it chaired the OSCE in 2012 and hosted the EU Presidency in 2013. In January 2012 Dr Ó Beacháin also received an additional commission from the IRCHSS/Department of Foreign Affairs to conduct field research in Abkhazia and Transnistria. Dr Ó Beacháin held a three year (2008-11) Marie Curie Fellowship awarded by the European Commission to conduct research on the colour revolution phenomenon. Previously, between 2000 and 2005, Dr. Ó Beacháin held visiting fellowships in Georgia, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. Recent and forthcoming books include The Colour Revolutions in the Former Soviet Republics (with Abel Polese, Routledge, 2010), Destiny of the Soldiers: Fianna Fáil, Irish Republicanism and the IRA 1926-1973, (Gill and Macmillan, 2010), Life in Post-Communist Eastern Europe after EU Membership (with Vera Sheridan and Sabina Stan, Routledge, 2012), Political Communication in Ireland (with Mark O’Brien, Liverpool University Press 2014) and From Partition to Brexit (Manchester University Press, forthcoming).

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Denis Volkov (Levada Center)

28th May 2019

Denis Volkov joined the Levada Center as an analyst and head of the development department in 2007. He has authored several publications on civil society, protest, and political attitudes in Russia. Denis is a frequent commentator in the media, and has presented at conferences and roundtables on Russia around the world. He contributes his analysis to the Carnegie Center Moscow website. Now he is also a visiting fellow at Chatham House in London and German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin until April 2015. He received his MA in Political Science from the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences and University of Manchester. He was a Draper Hills Fellow Summer Fellow on Democracy at Stanford University in 2013.

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Liga Rudzite (TalTech, Estonia)

28th May 2019

Liga Rudzite is a PhD Fellow at the Tallinn School of Economics and Business Administration, Tallinn University of Technology, researching informal economy and development in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. She received her Master’s degree in Social Anthropology from Riga Stradins University, looking into the relationships between the representatives of foreign development organisations and local beneficiaries in Mongolia. She has been engaged in civil society organisations and movements in Latvia and on EU level for several years, working mostly on improving social inclusion and global development policies and practice. She has been part of the Policy Forum of the CONCORD – The European NGO confederation for relief and development. Liga’s academic interests are development theory and practice, development economics, politics of inclusion and exclusion and embodiment.

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