Academic Biography:

  • Born in 1989, in Kutaisi, Georgia 
  • Bachelor’s studies: Social Science, with major in Domestic and International Politics, Ilia State University, from 2006 to 2010, Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Master’s studies: Political Science, Ilia State University, from 2010 to 2013, Tbilisi, Georgia 
  • Master’s exchange studies: Political Science, Tallinn University, from 2012 to 2013, Tallinn, Estonia 
  • Doctoral studies/doctorate: Political Science, Ilia State University, from 2013 to 2019, Tbilisi, Georgia 
  • Doctoral exchange studies: Political Science, Adam Mickiewicz University, from 2014 to 2016, Poznan, Poland
  • Relevant scientific/research assistant position(s): Invited Teacher, Ilia State University, from 2010 to 2011, Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Relevant internship(s): Trainee in the Division of South-East Europe and EU General Affairs, Department of Europe and Transatlantic Cooperation, Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, from January 7 to 31, 2013, Tallinn, Estonia 
  • Relevant employment: Higher Education, National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement (NCEQE), HEIs Authorization Division, since 2018, Tbilisi, Georgia 

Brief Description of the short-term Research Project

Added Value of  Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC) for Georgia’s Eastern Border Region

The recent studies of the developed western European states demonstrate the assets and practical solutions the cooperation across the borders brings to the adjacent communities. Moreover, it confirms how CBC contributes to the social integration, mutual acceptance, and building of the transboundary identity, intercultural contacts, better majority-minority inter-relations and trust, etc. in the common border area. In a nutshell, the European scholarship underlines cost-effectiveness of CBC in terms of flows, mobility and also, has social-cultural dimension like effecting individual and collective expression of the people living nearby. 

The research project studies the added value of cross-border cooperation (CBC) for Georgian-Azerbaijani border regions (Kakheti-Sheki-Zaqatala). Explicitly, the research serves for twofold purpose: first, it explores added value  of  European CBC may bring to the adjacent regions of Georgia and Azerbaijan, and second, it studies national, regional, local and grass-root level factors that account for achieving the highest added value of the cooperation across the borders in the respective zones. Under the ‘added value’, the paper distinguishes four different pathways like political, institutional, economic and social-cultural solutions. Concerning the levels of governance, national level entails the cooperation between two states, regional level involves the regional authorities from both sides and local level refers to the local municipalities. 


  1. Dvalishvili T., (2018), Interrelation between Cross-Border cooperation (CBC) and Social Capital: Conceptual Framework, Central European Political Review (Środkowoeuropejskie Studia Polityczne), 4/2018, p.p. 27-47,  link
  2. Dvalishvili T., (2017), ENP as an External Border Policy: Textual Analysis, Central European Political Review (Środkowoeuropejskie Studia Polityczne), Vol 4/2017, p.p. 105-117,  link 
  3. Markozashvili L., Dvalishvili T.,  (2017), Conflict and Reconciliation in Prigorodny Region Strategic Review (Przegląd Strategiczny), nr 10,  p.p. 119-131,  link
  4. Markozashvili L., Dvalishvili T,  (2017), Russian Smart Power in Georgia, Political Science Review (Przegląd Politologiczny), 4/2017, p.p. 173-188, link 

Conference Participations, Scientific Talks, Poster Presentations

  • Identity and Conflict: Revisioning Relations in the EU Neighbourhood, organized by Ilia State University (Georgia) and  University of Tubingen (Germany) and DAAD, Tbilisi, Georgia, 2019
  • EU-EaP Academy: Supporting Next Generation of Scholars, Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Project, Kiev, Ukraine, 2019
  • The European Union’s Eastern Neighbourhood: Chances and Perspectives, KAS Eastern Partnership School of Excellency by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Chisinau, Moldova, 2018
  • Development of the Civil Society in the EU Neighborhood, International Workshop on Civil Society in the ENP, College of Europe, Brugges, Brussels, 2017
  • Importance of Institutions, UPTAKE Training School, organized by University of Tartu in Estonia, Uppsala University of Sweden and Kent University in UK, Tartu, Estonia, 2017
  • E-Governance in Estonia, MOOC-based course on E-voting in Estonia, Online Lifelong Education, University of Tartu, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, Tartu, Estonia, 2017
  • University Research Program in Public Policy Research Methodology, organized by University of Georgia (UGA, U.S.), Tbilisi, Georgia, 2017
  • Understanding a Gender Perspective in Activism, Turning Words into Action to Address Anti-Semitism by Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe OSCE-ODIHR , Barcelona,  Spain, 2017
  • Political Participation, Civil Society Organizations and Governance, Youth Activism Seminar, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe OSCE-ODIHR, Council of Europe European Youth Centre, Budapest, Hungary, 2016
  • Short-Term Research Workshop - Policy Research, Research Methodology, organized by George Mason University (U.S.), School of Policy, Government and International Affairs, Tbilisi, Georgia, 2016
  • Social Dimension in the European-Russian Relations, International Summer University Program, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia, 2015

Grants (own grants and participation in grants)

  • Resident Research Fellow, Open Society Foundation (OSF) Eurasia Fellowship, Tartu University, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, Research Fellowship, from 2017 to 2018
  • Erasmus Mundus Action 2 EUROEAST Grant Holder, Adam Mickiewicz University, Faculty of Political Science and Journalism, Study Grant, 2014-2016
  • Erasmus Mundus Action 2 ALRAKIS Grant Holder, Tallinn University, Institute of Political Science and Governance, Study Grant,  2012-2013


Contact Information


Phone: (+995) 577 10 27 93

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