Achieving Excellence: A Strategic Research Plan for the Social Sciences in Georgia

  • Siroky, David (PI)

Project: Research project

Project Details


Achieving Excellence: A Strategic Research Plan for the Social Sciences in Georgia Achieving Excellence: A Strategic Research Plan for the Social Sciences in Georgia Arizona State Universitys (ASU) Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studieswith outstanding core faculty from the School of Politics and Global Studies proposes a one-year program to increase Georgian social scientists competence to produce high quality research on public policy issues of pressing concern in Georgia. The process of reform underway in Georgia has clearly put strains upon institutions of higher learning, most evidenced in programs preparing students for careers in the social sciences. By engaging Georgian colleagues in contemporary research methods and by combining social science education with practical training for public policy analysis, this project builds the capacity of academic researchers to contribute to civil society and government policy making. Through a combination of a semester-long scholars-in-residence at ASU, online and incountry trainings in Georgia, and an interactive web interface, four areas of professional training are addressed: i) enhancing the analytical capacity of Georgian scholars through training courses focused on research skills; ii) initiating a series of collaborative research projects between Georgian and American scholars geared to publication in peer-reviewed journals; iii) employing individualized action planning among participating scholars for addressing research and curricular reform; and iv) developing a professional network of Georgian scholars to carry forward the projects academic objectives. The 35 primary project beneficiaries are doctoral students and assistant professors at Ilia, Gori, Telavi, and Batumi Shota Rustaveli State Universities. The overarching goal of the Institute will be to advance professional training while promoting long-term scholarly exchange between participants and core ASU faculty. This goal is advanced through intense individualized and interactive learning, individual and collaborative research, and implementation of action planning that extends beyond the one year project.
Effective start/end date10/15/1010/14/11


  • US Department of State (DOS): $249,994.00


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