Project co-financed
by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
of the Republic of Poland

CASE – Center for Social and Economic Research is an independent, non-profit research institute founded on the idea that research-based policy-making is vital for the economic welfare of societies. Established in Warsaw in 1991, CASE today is recognized as the top think tank in Central and Eastern Europe and is one of the most highly regarded think tanks internationally. CASE carries out policy-oriented research and development assistance projects, specializing in the areas of: 1) Fiscal, monetary and financial policies 2) Sustainable development policies 3) Trade, innovation and productivity policies. Drawing on an experienced in-house staff, a network of fellows, and a database of approximately 1,000 experts, CASE provides rigorous quantitative and qualitative analyses, innovative methodologies, and sound recommendations.

CASE has extensive experience in working with the international donor community: numerous assignments for the European Parliament, various Directorates-General of the European Commission, the Open Society Institute, Eurofound, UNDP, USAID and the World Bank. CASE relies on its pool of internationally-recognised economic experts and Warsaw-based staff to carry activities including conducting independent, high-quality research and analysis; advising governments, international organisations and the NGO sector; informing and encouraging public debate; disseminating economic knowledge and research results.


The Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) is a Tbilisi-based non-profit, non-partisan, research and analysis organization founded in early 2011. GIP strives to strengthen the organizational backbone of democratic institutions and promote good governance and development through policy research and advocacy in Georgia. It also encourages public participation in civil society-building and developing democratic processes. The organization aims to become a major center for scholarship and policy innovation for the country of Georgia and the wider Black sea region. To that end, GIP is working to distinguish itself through relevant, incisive research; extensive public outreach; and a brazen spirit of innovation in policy discourse and political conversation. Since December 2013 GIP is member of the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions and since 2018 is member of EU-LISTCO consortium funded by EU’s Horizon 2020 programme.


Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC) – established in 2002, ACGRC works as both a think-tank and an advocacy group, aiming to promotion of democratic values, strengthening of civil society and the rule of law in Armenia, development of free market economy, regional integration and peaceful resolution of regional conflicts. ACGRC supports public sector reforms and development of good practices in local governance, disseminates knowledge on legal issues, produces expert assessments and analysis of conflict transformation and regional cooperation issues, and supports initiatives that aim towards forming an atmosphere of trust and stable peace in the South Caucasus.

Our research interests include study of globalisation issues, study of global processes and their influence on regional cooperation, protection of human rights within the globalisation processes. ACGRC has been one of the active supporters of the process of normalisation of relations with Turkey. ACGRC's regular activities also include organising Schools on Human Rights and European Integration. Aiming to dissemination of knowledge about human rights among Armenian students and youth activists, the courses are organised in cooperation with the UNESCO Chair on Human Rights, Democracy and European Studies of Yerevan State Linguistic University. The schools have covered such topics as history and philosophy of human rights, constitutionalism, international covenants on human rights, anti-discrimination laws and so forth.


Experts bio notes

Dr. Stanislav Bieliei (CASE) research interests encompass international relations, decentralisation, digitalisation, socio-economic and political transformation in Western Balkans, Central Asia and Eastern Partnership regions. In addition to his research work, he has conducted workshops and advised local and regional authorities on effective decentralisation in the European Neighbourhood states. He was awarded his PhD in Political Science from Petro Mohyla Black Sea State University after defending a PhD thesis on the concept of “middle power” in contemporary international relations in 2016. He also received an MA in Political Studies with a focus on East European Studies and Western Balkans from the University of Warsaw as well as an MA in International Relations from Donetsk National University. He speaks Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, English, Serbian and has a good command of German.

Agnieszka Kulesa (CASE) specializes in labour markets and international labour migration. She graduated from the University of Wrocław and completed PhD studies at the Warsaw School of Economics, Collegium of Socio-Economics. In 2007–2010 she worked for the Polish Institute of International Affairs and in 2010–2014 for the Migration Policy Department of the Ministry of the Interior of Poland. In 2014–2016 she lived in London, where she worked for a British charity in a project dedicated to the Polish migrants, and voluntarily supported asylum seekers, refugees and victims of trafficking in human beings. In 2017–2018 Agnieszka worked for the Institute of Public Affairs in Warsaw, Poland, as an analyst and project manager, also in her function as Head of Migration Policy Programme.

Gvantsa Ichkiti (GIP) is a Project Coordinator at the Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP). She is currently studying on joint master program in Public Administration of German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer and Tbilisi State University. Gvantsa holds bachelor degree in Political Science from Tbilisi State University and spent academic semester in Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic). She has been working in non-governmental organizations in Georgia as well as in Europe. Her recent working experience includes the Senior Specialist in International Relations Department, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia. Gvantsa is interested in political systems, ideologies as well as environmental policy and sustainable development.

Salome Kandelaki (GIP) is currently a Project Coordinator and a Junior Policy Analyst at the Georgian Institute of Politics. In 2017, she obtained her MA degree in Political Science from the Central European University Budapest. At the same time, she was specialized in Comparative Politics. Moreover, she has the second Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the joint program of German University of Administrative Sciences and Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. Her latest work experience includes Fundraising Management at Human Rights Education and Monitoring Center (EMC) and being a leading acting specialist at the Tbilisi City Assembly as well as project management in different youth non-governmental organizations. Her field of experience is Public Private Partnership (PPP) as well as comparative case-study analyses with the particular focus on religion and democracy, regionalism and democratization. Among her research interests are Europeanization, frozen conflicts as well as secularism in Europe.

Hasmik Grigoryan is a PhD candidate at DCU School of Law and Government (Ireland). She is also a senior research fellow at Yerevan-based Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC). Previously she was alumna of Freedom Academy of Friedrich Naumann Foundation South Caucasus and policy research fellow (2015) with Open Society Foundations-Armenia. She worked as an Expert at the Centre for European Studies at Yerevan State University (2012-2015). She is the author of the Paper "European democracy support in Armenia" (2019) published by the Brussels-based European partnership for Democracy (EPD).

Yuliya Biyagova is a Project Assistant at Yerevan-based Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC). She manages projects on Participatory Democracy and Good Governance in the regions of Armenia. She teaches Public Relations and Communication at the Slavic University of Armenia. Her MA Degree is on Media, Communications and Public Relations from Slavic University.