Ia Eradze


Ia Eradze
Junior Fellow


Since February 2020

Doctor's degree in Social and Economic sciences (Dr. rer. pol.)

Since 10/2015
University of Kassel, Faculty of Political Sciences, PhD
Preliminary Title of the thesis: Dollarization Persistence in Georgia, Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Scherrer

10/2011 – 11/2013
University of Kassel, MA in Global Political Economy, Germany
Focus: governance of the world market, financialization, theories of political economy
Grade A - 1.5

02/2009 – 06/2009
University of Tartu, Faculty of Euro College, Estonia
Focus: history of post-Soviet countries, eastern enlargement of the European Union

10/2007 – 08/2011
Tbilisi State University, BA in International Relations, Georgia
Focus: macro economy, economic integration of the European Union
Grade A - GPA 3.5

08/2006 – 05/2007
Mount Airy High School, Mount Airy, NC, USA
Grade A - GPA 3.9

Work Experience
12/2014 – 10/2015
Junior Analyst, Sustainability Intelligence Ltd

02/2014 – 07/2014
Internship, Deutscher Bundestag, International Parliamentarian Scholarship, (IPS)

10/2013 – 03/2014
Research Intern, Centre for Social Sciences, Georgia

10/2012 – 02/2013
Instructor of Self Organized Seminar “Public Finances”, University of Kassel, Germany

05/2011 – 08/2011
Research Intern at the European Centre for Minority Issues, Georgia

04/2010 – 07/2010
Intern at the Euro Atlantic Integration Office, Tbilisi Scholarships/Research Grants

Scholarships/Research Grants
10/2015 – 10/2016
DAAD Scholarship for PhD at the University of Kassel

02/2014 – 07/2014
Deutscher Bundestag, International Parliamentarian Scholarship (IPS), Berlin, Germany

08/2011 – 09/2013
DAAD-OSI Scholarship for Master Studies at the University of Kassel

02/2009 – 06/2009
Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Scholarship for the exchange semester at Tartu University

2007 – 2009
Tbilisi State University Scholarship for studying excellency

2006 – 2007
The U.S. Department of the State Scholarship, Future Leaders Exchange Program

Award of National Honors Society, Mount Airy High School

Research Project

Explaining the Role of Shadow Economy in Shaping the Georgian State

The collapse of the Soviet Union meant on the one hand independence for Georgia and on the other hand, a beginning of chaos, uncertainties, economic hardships, social insecurity and political conflicts. The absence of structures and institutions strengthened grounds for informal economic activities, that were already practiced in the Soviet Union and even earlier than that. Political and economic spheres have been inseparable in Georgia especially during the 1990s. Shadow economy has always been embedded within the state and has shaped its development trajectories in critical moments. Furthermore, shadow economy represents a resistant Soviet legacy, that did not ‘obey’ transition imperatives and thus contributed to the façade face of the Georgian state. Therefore, it offers a fruitful ground of exploring and understanding the Georgian state, which has been referred to as a hybrid (see (Aprasidze, 2004) (Wheatley & Zürcher, 2008) (Christophe, 2005), authoritarian liberal (Jobelius, 2011), competitive authoritarian (Lazarus, 2010), bureaucratic patrimonial (Aprasidze, 2004), or liberal developmental (Timm, 2014) state. Therefore, the research aims to link economic and political informalities through examining the shadow economy in Georgia and reflect on the main question - how can the analysis of shadow economy and its key actors explain the Georgian state?


Aprasidze, D. (2004). the Bureaucratic-Patrimonial State in Georgia: Has the “Roses Revolution” Given It a New Lease of Life? Central Asia and the Caucasus, 1(25), 42–48. Retrieved from http://cyberleninka.ru/article/n/the-bureaucratic-patrimonial-state-in-g...

Christophe, B. (2005). From Hybrid Regime to Hybrid Capitalism? The Political Economy of Georgia under Eduard Shevardnadze. Center for Contemporary European Studies.

Jobelius, M. (2011). Georgia’s authoritarian liberalism. In South Caucasus 20 Years of Independence (pp. 77–92). Friedrich Ebert Stiftung South Caucasus.

Lazarus, J. (2010). Neo-liberal State Building and Western ‘Democracy Promotion’: the case of Georgia.

Timm, C. (2014). A liberal developmental state in Georgia? State dominance and Washington Consensus in the post-communist region (Research Papers No. 2014/02).

Wheatley, J., & Zürcher, C. (2008). On the Origin and Consolidation of Hybrid Regimes: The State of Democracy in the Caucasus. Taiwan Journal of Democracy, 4(1), 1–31.

Selected Publications

Publications/Research Projects

Researcher, Ilia State University, Georgia (ongoing)
Political economy of the central bank in the first republic of Georgia, publication upcoming

Researcher, Human Rights Education and Monitoring Centre (EMC), Georgia (ongoing)
Project: Mining Industries and socio-ecological aspects, publication upcoming

Eradze, I.: Corona Pandemic as an Amplifier of Socio-Economic Crises in Georgia (2020), in: Caucasus Analytical Digest, 115 (May), 3-7. DOI: 10.3929/ethz-b-000415805. Available at: https://www.research-collection.ethz.ch/handle/20.500.11850/415805

I.L.A. Kollektiv (2017) Auf Kosten Anderer? Wie die Imperiale Lebensweise ein gutes Leben für Alle verhindert. Oekom. München.

Eradze, I. (2014) Costs and Benefits of Labour Migration between EU and Georgia, policy paper, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Südkaukasus, available at: http://www.kas.de/suedkaukasus/de/publications/39851/.

Eradze, I. (2013) Environmental Sustainability of Georgian Economic Policies in 2004-2013, working paper, Centre for Social Sciences, available at: http://css.ge/index.php?lang_id=ENG&sec_id=56&info_id=942.