Qualitative Research Methods in Sociology

Author: Lia Tsuladze

Scientific editor: Nino Javakhishvili, Professor of Psychology, Director of D. Uznadze Institute of Psychology, Ilia State University

© Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University Publishing House, 2020

ISBN 978-9941-13-930-7 (pdf)

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Is published according to the decision of the Publishing Council of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University

CSS was awarded Horizon 2020 project

CSS was awarded a new project under the European Commission Horizon 2020 program (H2020-SC6-TRANSFORMATIONS-2020). The project entitled “Mediatized Discourses on Europeanization and Their Representations in Public Perceptions” [MEDIATIZED EU] is coordinated by Dublin City University and involves the following partners: University of Nebrija Madrid, Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech), Center of Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal, European Neighbourhood Council, Belgium, and Corvinus University of Budapest. CSS will be leading WP2 – Research.

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CSS Call for Early Stage Researcher [EU MSCA-ITN-2019]

Center for Social Sciences (CSS) is announcing a vacancy position for Early Stage Researcher (ESR) for a 3-year contract within the project MARKETS: Mapping Uncertainties, Challenges and Future Opportunities of Emerging Markets: Informal Barriers, Business Environments and Future Trends in Eastern Europe, The Caucasus and Central Asia (MSCA-ITN-2019).

Position: Early Stage Researcher (ESR – 1 Fully funded PhD Fellowship)
Location of position: Tbilisi, Georgia
Hours: Full Time
Duration: 36 months
Position start period: January 2021
Deadline for application: September 30, 2020

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Educational Needs Assessment of Khoni Municipality Population

By Lela Javakhishvili, Tornike Korkotashvili


The study aims to identify the educational needs of the Koni Municipality population. For this purpose, qualitative research, namely focus group discussions were conducted in the region. Total of 6 focus groups were conducted in the town of Koni and village of Nakhakhulevi. Respondents were divided into focus groups according to their age and place of residence, rural or urban settlements within Khoni municipality. The research showed that poverty and unemployment are one of the most pressing economic issues in the municipality. Majority of the currently employed individuals in the municipality work in agricultural, retail trade and furniture production sectors. Due to lack of educational centers in the municipality and limited financial resources, the majority of the local population does not have access to post-secondary formal or informal education. Namely, among most demanded skills and knowledge were foreign language proficiency, computer literacy and craftsmanship. Thus, these are the spheres the population would be willing to have training courses locally.