Irena Gonashvili

Irena Gonashvili
Doctoral candidate and research associate
Irena Gonashvili
Accouchierhaus, Room 203
Jenergasse 8
07743 Jena

Areas of expertise & research interests

  • South Caucasus
  • Regionalism
  • Resilience
  • Eastern Europe
  • Europeanization
  • Visegrad countries
Work experience

Since 05/2021

PhD student and research associate, FSU Jena, Institute for Caucasus Studies, Resilience in the South Caucasus: Prospects and challenges of a new EU foreign policy concept (Jena-Cauc)


Student Assistant, Department of European Studies, Institute for Political Sciences, Friedrich Schiller University Jena


Tutor, Department of International Organizations, Institute for Political Science, Friedrich Schiller University Jena

  • Conducting online tutorials accompanying the lecture on the topics: United Nations, the Security Council, the Syrian conflict
  • Co-organization of the 2-day simulation of the UN Security Council


Yoga teacher, University Sports Centre, Friedrich Schiller University Jena


Internship, Alliance 90/The Greens Party

  • Communication with the citizens vis phone and E-Mails
  • Research
  • Evaluation and analysis of the election results
  • Assistance in the public relations events
  • Creation of content for the party's website


Translator, GMG Center, Ltd (Tiflis, Georgia)

  • Translation of documents from English and Russian to Georgian and vice versa


M.A. Political Science, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Master thesis: Political Regionness of the Visegrad Group
Average grade: 1,6 (German grading system)


Erasmus Scholarship EQF Niveau 7, Palacky University Olomouc (Czech Republic)
Faculty of Political Science und European Studies


German Preparatory Course (DSH), JenDaF Jena, Deutschland (DSH 3)


Erasmus+ Scholarship EQF Niveau 7, Friedrich Schiller University Jena


M.A. European Studies EQF Niveau 7, Institute for European Studies at the Tbilisi State University (not graduated)


B.A. Business Administration EQF Niveau 6, Tbilisi State University


School Certificate, Private School-Lyceum Mtsignobartukhutsesi (Tbilisi, Georgia)


Gonashvili, Irena & Lebanidze, Bidzina (2021). Associated Trio: Eastern Partnership’s Visegrád Group? Jena Cauc Blog No 2.

Lebanidze, Bidzina & Gonashvili, Irena (2022). Is Germany spoiling the resilience of the liberal world order? Jena Cauc Blog No. 4.

Pfeilshifter, Veronika, Lebanidze, Bidzina & Gonashvili, Irena (2022). Russia’s war in Ukraine: perspectives from the South Caucasus. New Eastern Europe (3). 167-173.

Lebanidze, Bidzina, Aleksanyan, Ashot & Gonashvili, Irena (2022).The resilience-security nexus in the South Caucasus: Can the EU promote resilience without engaging in geopolitics? Caucasus Analatical Digest No. 127.