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Tamar Gamkrelidze is a PhD student in political science at Ilia State University as well as an alumna of Academic Swiss Caucasus Net, Erasmus Mundus EUROEAST, and Open Society Institute scholarship networks. Currently, Tamar holds a position of a researcher at Europe Our House. In 2010 she obtained her master’s degree in European Studies from Maastricht University. Earlier, Tamar worked as a RTA Assistant (EC Resident Twinning Advisor) at the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia. For some time she was also a freelance journalist writing mainly on Georgia’s foreign relations. Her research interests lie in the fields of identity studies, EU external affairs, EU integration, and discourse theory.

Curriculum vitae can be found here.

Doctoral thesis

Topic: “The Role of Europe in the Identity Formation of Post-Soviet Georgia”

Supervisor: Prof. Dr Ghia Nodia


This research relates to the identity formation of Georgian people since 1990 which led to Europeanization of the political structures in the country. The study will try to answer the question: To what extend did the Revolutionary government manage to revise Georgian national identity through the European project?  The key theoretical concepts to be explored are the concepts of political identity and the role of Europe within Georgia. Because of the interdisciplinary character of the issue, the study will utilize the following methods: 1. A historical review and analysis of events that might have been influential for shaping identity; 2. A discourse analysis of debate(s) and discussion(s) among the political elites in 2004-2013.

The goal of this study is to contribute to the scarce discourse on the politics of Europeanness in Georgia since the 1990s. By embarking on the discourse analysis of political elites in Georgia, the study will introduce a field of research never before explored in the country.


Academic articles

Gamkrelidze, Tamar (2009): The Contractedness of Georgian's European Identity, in: Kuczur,T./ Modrzejewski, A. (eds): Europe and the World in the Face of Integration and Disintegration Processes, Torun: Wydawnictwo Adam Marszaek, pp. 218-222.

Media Contributions

Gamkrelidze, Tamar (2008): Russia fears to lose the energy monopoly in Europe, in: Georgia Today Printed Edition, Mar 28 – Apr 2. 

Gamkrelidze, Tamar (2008): Ask the experts: November 7 and Russian angst could stall Georgia's NATO advancement, in: Georgia Today Printed Edition, Feb 29 – Mar 6. 

Gamkrelidze, Tamar (2008): Expert discusses impact of US elections, in: Georgia Today Printed Edition, Feb 8 – 15.

Gamkrelidze, Tamar (2008): Georgia Seen from Abroad, in: Georgia Today Printed Edition, Feb 1 – 7.

Gamkrelidze, Tamar (2008): Too Early to Evaluate the Legacy of the Rose Revolution, Says Expert, in: Georgia Today Printed Edition, Jan 25 – 31.

Gamkrelidze, Tamar (2008): Some Good, Some Shenanigans, Observers report, in: Georgia Today Printed Edition, Jan 11 – 17.

Gamkrelidze, Tamar (2007): Tbilisi and Washington: The End of the Affair. An interview with GFSIS Director of Studies, Dr. Jonathan Kulick, in: Georgia Today Printed Edition, Nov 30 - Dec 6. 

Gamkrelidze, Tamar (2007): Georgia's NATO Perspectives Uncertain as Bucharest Summit Draws Nearer, in:  Georgia Today Printed Edition, Dec 21 – 27.

Gamkrelidze, Tamar (2007): Zhvania and Badri: Late Prime Minister's Brother Throws his Name behind Georgia's Richest Candidate, in: Georgia Today Printed Edition, Dec 21 – 27.





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