CEES Fellows & Guest Scholars

Autumn semester 2020

Dmitry Adamsky

Dima Adamsky

Dmitry (Dima) Adamsky joined the CEES as Guest Scholar in autumn 2020. Professor Adamsky is a Head of the BA Honors Track in Strategy and Decision Making at the School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the IDC Herzliya University, Israel. His research interests include international security, cultural approach to IR, modern military thought, and American, Russian and Israeli national security policy. In the autumn semester 2020, Dima Adamsky is teaching a course on Russian foreign policy and Russian strategic culture at the University of Zurich.

Nasta Agrba

Nasta Agrba

Nasta Agrba joined the CEES as Fellow in autumn 2020. She holds a master degree in journalism (MGIMO) and in cinematography scriptwriting (VGIK). In 2019 she completed the CAS course “Arts and International Cooperation” at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). She is currently pursuing a PhD-research project on the topic of “Sustainability of grassroots societies in the multicultural contexts” at the Abkhazian State University. She is a co-curator of SKLAD, an Abkhazian cultural center and a producer and journalist of HARA HAKALAK, an Abkhazian architectural and urbanist grass-roots society. She is involved into several projects for art students with the Artas Foundation for Peace in Zurich.

Naala Avidzba

Maria Shagina

Naala Avidzba joined the CEES as Fellow in autumn 2020. She graduated from Moscow Metropolitan Government University with a degree in International Relations. She was a participant in various academic conferences e.g. at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, at RUDN University, and the Faculty of Journalism at St. Petersburg State University. Besides her current non-university work, she is pursuing a PhD-project at the Abkhazian Institute of Humanitarian Studies n.a. D.I. Gulia. on the potential for developing Abkhazia into a center for international tourism. For this research, she applies an ethnological approach.

Gvantsa Salukvadze

Gvantsa Salukvadze 2

Gvantsa Salukvadze joined the CEES as Fellow in autumn 2020. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Human Geography at Tbilisi State University, Georgia. She has been part of several scientific research projects funded by Volkswagen Foundation, Austrian Development Cooperation, Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation, etc., to promote mountain development in Georgian Caucasus. Furthermore, she has contributed to the development of a normative scenario for sustainable land-use in the greater Caucasus with German and Georgian scholars. Since 2017 Ms Salukvadze has been also actively collaborating with the Department of Geography at the University of Zurich in Switzerland. At the CEES, she will work on the topic "The Threat of Tourism Dependence amid Political Instability in the South Caucasus Region".

Autumn semester 2019/spring semester 2020

Maria Shagina

Maria Shagina

Dr. Maria Shagina joined the CEES as a Postdoctoral Fellow in autumn 2019. She specializes in European integration, post-Soviet democratisation and international sanctions. Her research project at CEES will focus on the West-Russia tensions since the Ukraine crisis and its implications for the Eurasian Economic Union. Her publications have appeared in the European Council on Foreign Relations, Foreign Policy Research Institute, Atlantic Council, New Eastern Europe, and Global Risk Insights.

Dr. Shagina has started her CEES Fellowship in November 2019. Previously, she held a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Ritsumeikan University in Japan. Before that, she was a PhD Fellow at the Centre for Russian, European, and Eurasian studies at the University of Birmingham and at the NCCR Democracy at the University of Zurich. She is also currently affiliated with the Geneva International Sanctions Network at the Graduate Institute Geneva. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Lucerne.