From 2005-2011, he was an Assistant Professor at Tbilisi State University, where he taught comparative politics, economies in transition, research methods and applied statistics courses in the Department of Political Science and the Center for Social Sciences.
Dr. Tinatin ZurabishviliResearch Director
After graduating from Moscow M. Lomonosov State University Department of Journalism, Tinatin received her MA in Sociology from Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences (MSSES) and Manchester University. In 1999, she earned her PhD in Sociology of Journalism from Moscow M. Lomonosov State University.
From 1994-1999, Tinatin worked for Levada Center in Moscow; from 1999-2001, she was a junior researcher for the Yale University project “Poverty, Ethnicity and Gender in Eastern Europe during the Market Transition.” After this, she taught a variety of courses in sociology (particularly focusing on research methodology) for the BA and MA programs at Telavi State University and Tbilisi State University Center for Social Sciences. From 2001-2003, she was a Civic Education Project Local Faculty Fellow, and from 2010-2012 she held the role of Professor at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA).
Her research interests are social transformation, sociology of migration, media studies, and social research methodology.
Dustin GilbreathDeputy Research Director
Prior to joining CRRC, he worked as an English teacher, freelance writer, editor and translator, and then as a lecturer in tourism geography at Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University. Dustin holds an MA in Political Science from Central European University and a BA in Philosophy from Skidmore College.
His research interests include applications of matching in evaluation contexts, quasi-experimental design, and political communications. Dustin speaks English and Georgian.
Kristina VacharadzePrograms Director
Mariam KobaladzeCommunications Manager
Mariam Kobaladze holds a B.A. in English language from Ilia State University and an M.A. in Social and Political Sciences from Tbilisi State University, Center for Social Sciences.
Prior to joining CRRC, Mariam worked with a long-term observation team for parliamentary elections in 2008. She was NDI's parliamentary intern for one year, serving at the Speaker's Office. Mariam also worked at the English-language newspaper Georgia Today, both as a contributor and as an executive editor. Her research interests include the influence of media on public opinion and the development of democracy in transitional countries.
Dr. David SichinavaSenior Policy Analyst
David Sichinava has been working for CRRC since 2009 on various positions. Currently, his work focuses on the development of evidence-based policy documents as well as on statistical modeling of survey and spatial data. David holds his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Human Geography from Tbilisi State University (TSU). In the fall semester of 2016 he was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Behavioral Sciences of the University of Colorado Boulder. Apart from his work at CRRC-Georgia, David is an assistant professor at Tbilisi State University.
David’s research interests are focused on political geography, urban theory, election modeling and GIS applications in social sciences. He teaches introductory and advanced research methods classes at TSU and supervises graduate student research papers at TSU and Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA).
Giorgi BabunashviliSenior Policy Analyst
Prior to joining CRRC, Giorgi worked as a Lead Research Associate in a team evaluating the Ilia Chavchavadze Program for Reforming and Strengthening Georgian Secondary Education System, as a Research Assistant for Centre for Social Studies and a Project Administrative Officer in Union Business League.
His research interests are political parties and processes of political transition in post-Soviet societies.
Dr. Tsisana KhundadzeSenior Researcher
In addition to working at CRRC, Tsisana is also an Invited Lecturer at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.
Tsisana is a PhD in Psychology. She holds a B.A. degree in Social Sciences and M.A. degree in Psychology from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.
Before joining CRRC, she worked on different projects with various research organizations. Her research interests are related to the means of mass communication and political culture.
Tamar is a PhD student at the Tbilisi State University, where she teaches quantitative and qualitative research methods. She holds her B.A. and M.A. in Social Science (Sociology) from the same university. During her M.A. she was awarded a scholarship and studied at the Humboldt-University Berlin for one year where she conducted qualitative research in family sociology.
Before joining CRRC, she conducted research projects for various organizations. Her research interests are the values of young people, social and religious issues as well as intercultural comparisons.
Anano KipianiPolicy Analyst
Anano Kipiani took up the Policy Analyst position at CRRC-Georgia in 2016. Her main duties and responsibilities include determining impediments to agricultural insurance uptake in Georgia, providing input on research design, conducting interviews with key informants in the public and private sectors, and supporting qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
Anano holds a Master's Degree in Economics from ISET - International School of Economics at TSU. Her master’s thesis discussed the state of food security and its measurement methodologies in Georgia. She also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Informatics from TSU. Before joining CRRC, Anano worked on USAID’s Project on Georgia's Restoring Efficiency to Agriculture Production (REAP). She is a co-founder of the organization “High Bird Solutions”, which implements projects with special focuses on agriculture and development.
Her main research interests include the agricultural, social and education sectors.
Prior to joining CRRC, Keti has worked as a researcher for a number of organizations. Her research interests include social and cultural issues and how different types of media influence society.
Rati Shubladze holds an M.A. in Social Sciences from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (TSU). Currently, he is a Ph.D candidate at the Department of Sociology at TSU. His doctoral research is related to electoral behavior in Georgia. He also teaches classes at TSU on research methods. Before joining CRRC’s Junior Fellowship Program, Rati was involved in a 2012 UNDP pre-election project on media monitoring in Georgia.
Keti JaparidzeOperations Manager
Elza NarimanishviliAdmin-Finance Manager
Elza Narimanishvili joined CRRC-Georgia in June 2013. Before joining CRRC, Elza worked as a Finance Manager at Save the Children International. She has more than ten years of experience in financial management, accounting, taxation budgeting, and donor reporting. She has managed several international donor funded grants and sub-grants.
Elza holds a Masters’ degree in Philology from Iv. Javakhishvili State University, and a diploma in English Language and Literature from the same university.
In 2003, Elza was awarded certificate of International Accounting Standards and Tax Systems by the Georgian Federation of Professional Accountants and Auditors (GFPAA).
She has undergone several certified trainings and courses in Georgia and abroad.
Eter ShaburishviliFinance and Contracts Manager
Eter holds an M.A. in Journalism and a BA in Law from Tbilisi State University. Currently, she is working to become a full-fledged member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
Eter has over ten years of grant management and finance experience, including grants and contracts management and internal auditing. She has strong knowledge of different donor regulations, as well as the Georgian Tax Code and accounting regulations. Eter has also worked as a consultant in the field of organizational development.
Natia MestvirishviliNonresident Senior Fellow
Natia Mestvirishvili is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at CRRC Georgia. She has worked for CRRC since 2012. Natia earned PhD psychology from Tbilisi State University. She holds a M.Sc. in Social Research from the University of Edinburgh (UK) and an M.A. in Global Development and Social Justice from St. John’s University (US). Currently, Natia also holds the position of researcher at the International Centre for Migration Policy Development and teaches several courses in research design and data analysis at Tbilisi State University and Ilia State University. Natia’s research interests involve children and young people, identity and value changes and migration.