Nino Kemoklidze

Identity and Violence: Cases in Georgia

Supervisors: Kataryna Wolczuk, Stefan Wolff, Cerwyn Moore.

Nino’s research concerns issues of nationalism and ethnic violence in the former Soviet Union and the Caucasus region in particular. She successfully defended her PhD thesis on ‘Identity and Violence: Cases in Georgia’ in which she explored the nexus between identity construction and the outbreak of violence in Abkhazia and South Ossetia in the early 1990s. Unlike most scholars writing on Georgia’s ethnic conflicts, Nino takes a long term, historical approach to the study of ethnic violence in Georgia and traces the process of the development of inter-ethnic tensions over the course of several decades as opposed to several years.


  • MA in International Relations with Peace and Conflict Studies specialisation (with Distinction), Australian National University, 2008
  • MSc in Nationalism Studies (with Distinction), University of Edinburgh, 2006
  • BA (Hons) in History of Diplomacy and International Relations, Tbilisi State University, 2004

Research interests

  • Ethnic Conflict and Violence
  • Self-Determination and Secession
  • Nationalism Studies
  • International Relations 
  • Geographic areas of interest include (but are not limited to) the former Soviet space (especially the Caucasus), South-East Asia

Teaching responsibilities 

  • (Advanced) Cultural Politics of Russia and Eastern Europe, University of Birmingham
  • Introduction to Classical Political Thought, University of Birmingham
  • Introduction to International Relations, Australian National University
  • The Caucasus: History, Culture, and Contemporary Politics, University of Birmingham
  • Understanding European Identities, University of Birmingham

Professional memberships

  • ASEN (The Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism) 
  • BASEES (British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies)
  • UACES (University Association for Contemporary European Studies)

Language Skills

  • Georgian (native)
  • English (fluent)
  • Russian (fluent)
  • Spanish (intermediate)


  • Collier, S.J. and Kemoklidze, N. (2014), “Pipes and Wires”, In Thrift, N.J., Tickell, A. and Woolgar, S. (eds.) Globalization in Practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp.69-74  
  • Kemoklidze, N., Moore, C., Smith, J. and Yemelianova, G. (guest editors of the Special Issue) (2012) “The Many Faces of the Caucasus”, Europe-Asia Studies, 64(9): 1619-1632
  • Kemoklidze, N. (29 Nov. 2012) “Georgia's Parliamentary Elections – Democracy in Action?”, Birmingham Perspective, [online]., Birmingham: Birmingham University, Available      from [Accessed 26th September 2014]
  • Kemoklidze, N. ([2006] 2011) “Nationalism and War: The Case of Georgia in the Early 1990s”, Working Papers in Nationalism Studies, [online]., Edinburgh: Edinburgh      University, Available from [Accessed 26th September 2014]
  • Blakkisrud, H., Kemoklidze, N. and Øverland, I. (2011) “Georgia: Political Stability and Potential Risks”, NUPI Report, Oslo: Norwegian Institute of Foreign Affairs
  • Kemoklidze, N. (2009) “The Kosovo Precedent and the Moral Hazard of Secession”, Journal of International Law and International Relations, 5(2): 117-140
  • Kemoklidze, N. (2009) “Victimisation of Female Suicide Bombers: The Case of Chechnya”, Caucasian Review of International Affairs, 3(2), [online]., Available from [Accessed 26th September 2014]

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