Dr Tamar Gamkrelidze joined the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair of the College of Europe in Natolin in February 2022 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Since September 2023, she has combined her Postdoctoral Fellowship with taking on an Operations Coordinator position for the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair in Natolin.
Before joining the College of Europe in Natolin, she held the position of Projects Manager for Mountain Resorts Development (MRDC) at the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia between 2020-2022. During 2019-2022, Dr Gamkrelidze taught European Studies at Ilia State University, Georgia, where she also earned her doctoral degree in Political Science. In the period of 2017-2019, she was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Latvia in Riga and at the Institute for European Politics (IEP) in Berlin. Prior to that, Dr Gamkrelidze was a Research Fellow at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.
Dr Gamkrelidze studied Social Sciences at University of Latvia in Riga and Political Science at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. She holds master’s degree in European Studies from Maastricht University, the Netherlands.
As a alumna of several scholarship networks, including Academic Swiss Caucasus Net, Erasmus Mundus EUROEAST, Latvian State Research Fellowship, DAAD, EUCACIS, and Open Society Institute, Dr Gamkrelidze focuses her research on identity politics, EU external affairs, EU integration, and discourse theory. Her scholarly contributions have been published in journals such as Journal of State and Church, East European Politics, Security and Democracy, Demokratizatsiya, and Journal of Contemporary European Studies.
Among her most important publications are:
- Securitisation of the Neighbourhood: EU-Driven Frame Alignment and Projection on Southern and Eastern Neighbourhood Partner Countries, (with Väisänen, A.) ENGAGE Working Paper, No. 15 (2022).
- Georgia's External Frontier on Russia Sedimented and Unmalleable: engagement politics and the impact of the three-tier warfare, Journal of Contemporary European Studies (2022)
- The Project of Europe: a Robust Attempt to Redefine Georgian Identity, East European Politics, East European Politics (2019)
- Hegemony of the European Project in Georgia: From Foreign Policy Initiative to the Logic of State Building and Development, Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, 27/2 (2019): 163-185
- Agonism as a State Policy for Engagement of Church in the Project of Europe: the Case of Georgia, the Journal of Church and State: (2019) Oxford University Press