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Alexi Gugushvili

Alexi Gugushvili is a Research Associate at the Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge with a progressing publication record and broad experience in quantitative data analysis. He has been educated in sociology, political science and economics, among others, at the University of Edinburgh, London School of Economics and Harvard University. In his PhD dissertation, defended in 2014 under the supervision of Fabrizio Bernardi and Martin Kohli at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy, he looked at trends, covariates and consequences of social mobility, bringing an intergenerational perspective to the literature on the social costs of post-communist transition.

Prior joining the University of Cambridge, Alexi worked at St Anthony’s College, the University of Oxford, and at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences, the University of Bremen. He is also an Expert for the European Union Democracy Observatory (EUDO) on Citizenship, an Associate Researcher at the Laboratory for Comparative Social Research at the National Research University, Higher School of Economics in Moscow and an Affiliated Fellow at the Center for Social Sciences (CSS), Tbilisi State University. Alexi serves as the scientific advisory board member of the Caucasus Research Resources Centers (CRRC) and is also an acting member of the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) which collects nationally representative survey data on various stressing social issues such as health, role of government, and social inequality from around the world.

In his home country, Georgia, Alexi has overseen the preparation of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) report, the Regional Development Strategy on Poverty Reduction and Employment and worked for various government and non-government organizations. Internationally, he has served as a Consultant for the Public Sector Governance Group, an expert for International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), as a Generation in Dialogue Fellow at the ERSTE Foundation in Vienna and as an Expert for the Center for Applied Research on Migration (CARIM-East) at the Robert Schuman Central for Advanced Studies in Florence. In 2011, he was also a Visiting Scholar at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and the Department of Sociology.

Alexi’s work in political and economic sociology, social stratification and welfare state resulted in a number of peer-reviewed academic publications some of which appear in Comparative Sociology, The Professional Geographer, Journal of Democracy, Europe-Asia Studies, Post-Soviet Affairs and Studies of Transition States and Societies. More manuscripts are under review in Social Science Research, Social Justice Research, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy, Nationalities Papers, and Land Use Policy.

At the Department of Sociology Alexi is primarily working for a European Research Council funded project examining the relationship between mass privatization and mortality in post-communist Eastern Europe, PrivMort, using newly generated multilevel indirect demographic cohort study. Alexi has substantial experience in using numerous and advanced statistical methods in his research including various generalized models, quantile regressions, multilevel mixed-effects linear, logistic, ordered and multinomial regressions, factor and cluster analysis, treatment and matching methods, time-serious and panel data analysis, spatial regression technique (GIS) and a set of post-estimation analytical tools.

Alex has taught courses on Social Inequality and Family Dynamics at the University of Bremen, on Advance Research Design at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the EUI, on Migration and Economy at the International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University (ISET), on European Social Policy at the University of Georgia and on the graphical visualization of regression output using Stata at CRRC Methodological Conference. Alexi previous student supervisions included topics such as quantitative study of nationalism, the consequences of children in same-sex families and the methods of identification of industrial districts.

Previous academic positions

2014–2015: University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom – Postdoctoral Fellow at the St Antony’s College.

2013–2014: University of Bremen / Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany – Postdoctoral Fellow at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Science.

2011: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, United States – Visiting Researcher at the Kennedy School and the Department of Sociology.

2009–2013: European University Institute, Florence, Italy – Researcher at the Department of Political and Social Sciences.

2007: London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom – Hansard Research Scholar at the Government Department.

Refereed journal articles

Gugushvili, A., & Kabachnik, P., & Gilbreath, A. (Forthcoming) Cartographies of Stalin: Place, Scale, and Reputational Politics. The Professional Geographer. doi: 10.1080/00330124.2015.1089104

Gugushvili, A. (2015). Economic Liberalization and Intergenerational Mobility in Occupational Status. Comparative Sociology, 14, 6, pp. 790-820. doi: 10.1163/15691330-12341368

Gugushvili, A. (2015). Self-Interest, Perceptions of Transition and Welfare Preferences in the New Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus. Europe-Asia Studies, 67, 5, 718-746. DOI: 10.1080/09668136.2015.1045451

Gugushvili, A., & Kabachnik, P. (2015). Stalin is Dead, Long Live Stalin? Testing Socialization, Structural, Ideological, Nationalist, and Gender Hypotheses. Post-Soviet Affairs, 31, 1, pp. 1-36.  doi: 10.1080/1060586X.2014.940697  

 Kabachnik, P., & Gugushvili, A. (2015). Unconditional Love? Exploring Hometown Effect in Stalin’s Birthplace. Caucasus Survey, 3, 2, 101-123. doi: 10.1080/23761199.2015.1044305

Kabachnik, P., Gugushvili, A., & Jishkariani, D. (2015). A Personality Cult’s Rise and Fall: Three Cities after Khrushchev's “Secret Speech” and the Stalin Monument that Never Was. Region, 4, 2, 309-326. doi: 10.1353/reg.2015.0015

Fairbanks, Ch., & Gugushvili, A. (2013). A New Chance for Georgian Democracy. Journal of Democracy, 24, 1, pp. 116-127. doi: 10.1353/jod.2013.0002

Gugushvili, A. (2013). Social Origin, Education and Occupation in Georgia. Caucasus Social Science Review, 1, 1, pp. 1-26

Gugushvili, A. (2011). Material Deprivation, Social Class and Life Course in the Balkans, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Studies of Transition States and Societies, 3, 1, pp. 39-54.

Monographs & book chapters

Gugushvili, A. (Forthcoming). Employment Relations and Emigration Intentions: The Individualization of the Social? In Dahinden, J., Efendic, A., & Zbinden, M. (eds.). Diversity in Migration in South East Europe. Peter Land Academic Publishing, Switzerland.

Fritz, V.M., Gustafsson, A., & Gugushvili, A. (Forthcoming). The Political Economy of PFM Reform: The case of Georgia. World Bank, Washington, DC.

Gugushvili, A. (Forthcoming). Chapter 9: Migration: Economic Aspects. In International Centre for Migration Policy Development. Textbook on Migration. International Centre for Migration Policy Development: Vienna.

Gugushvili, A. (2014). Trends, Covariates and Consequences of Intergenerational Social Mobility in Post-Socialist Societies. PhD dissertation, European University Institute, Department of Political and Social Sciences. Florence, Italy.

Gugushvili, A. (2008). Given the Ageing of the Population How Can Countries Afford Pay-As-You-Go Social Insurance Pensions? In Rao, M. (ed.). Needs and Care of the Elderly – Global Perspective. The Icfai University Press.

Gugushvili, A. (2007). The Development of Public Pension Systems from 1989 to 1997 in the Countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the Newly Independent States of the Former Soviet Union. MSc dissertation. Edinburgh, United Kingdom: University of Edinburgh.

Reports & working papers

Gugushvili, A. (2013). Development and Side Effects of Remittances in the CIS Countries and Georgia. Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence, Italy.

Gugushvili, A. (2012). Material Deprivation and the Outcomes of Elections. Center for Social Sciences, Applied Social Research Program, Tbilisi, Georgia.

Gugushvili, A. (2012). Country Report: Georgia. European Union Democracy Observatory on Citizenship. Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence, Italy.

Gugushvili, A. (2012). Welfare State, Social Stratification, Democracy and Emigration. ERSTE Foundation Research Paper. Vienna, Austria.

Gugushvili, A. (2012). The (Non) Reform of the Georgian Pension System, 1991-2011: A Brief History and Update. Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). Oslo, Norway.

Gugushvili, A. (2012). Ascriptive Inequalities and Life Chances in Georgia. Center for Social Sciences, Applied Social Research Program. Tbilisi, Georgia

Gugushvili, A. & Chankseliani, M. (2011). Case study - Georgia: External evaluation of the European Training Foundation. Public Policy and Management Institute, Vilnius, Lithuania.

Gugushvili, A. & Bernardi, F. (2010). Social Class, Education and Poverty. Background paper for EUROPEI 2010, Epidemiology and Public Health in an Evolving Europe, Florence, Italy.

Gugushvili, A. (Co-author). (2009). Working Group on Poverty Reduction and Employment: Diagnostic Report. Task Force for Regional Development, Tbilisi, Georgia.

Gugushvili, A. (Co-author). (2008). Building Personal Accounts: Choosing a Charging Structure. A discussion paper of the Personal Accounts Delivery Authority, the Department for Work and Pensions, London, United Kingdom.

Gugushvili, A. (Co-author). (2007). Tbilisi Millennium Development Goals Report. Prepared by Tbilisi City Hall and the UNDP Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia.

  • Position: Research Associate
  • Tel: 01223 332465
  • Address: Department of Sociology, Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RQ
  • Research Interests:Quantitative research methods, survey data analysis, social stratification and mobility, public opinion and attitudes, comparative sociology, comparative welfare research, migration studies, the social determinates of health and mortality, nation identity and nationalism, citizenship studies