The Social Costs of Reforms after the Rose Revolution in Georgia

Convener: Dr Konstantine Eristavi

Speakers: Dr Aleksi Gugushvili, Dr Lela Rekhviashvili, Dr Gavin Slade 


Dr Lela Rekhviashvili will be presenting on ‘Urban mobility governance and political-economic transition in Georgia’ 

Lela Rekhviashvili is a post-doctoral researcher at Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, Leipzig. Her research interests include political economy of transition, informal economic practices, social movements, everyday resistance, and urban mobility. Her academic publications discuss post-soviet shared taxies in a comparative perspective with ride-sharing and informal transport, impact of institutional change, particularly of marketization policies on informal economic practices, and the role of everyday resistance in production of public space.

Dr Gavin Slade will be discussing 'The Politics of Prisons: Punishment, Insecurity and Governance in Georgia'

Gavin Slade is an associate professor in sociology at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan. He researches criminal justice issues in the former Soviet Union with a specific interest in policing, prisons and organized crime. His book Reorganizing Crime: Mafia and Anti-Mafia in Post-Soviet Georgia was published by Oxford University Press in 2013.

Dr Alexi Gugushvili's title is 'Exit and Voice: Understanding emigration intentions in Georgia'

Alexi Gugushvili is a Departmental Lecturer (as of November 2018) in Comparative and Quantitative Methods at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention and an Affiliated Fellow in Nuffield College, University of Oxford. His recent research interests include social stratification and mobility, health inequalities, public opinion, and the causes and consequences of international migration.