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Dr Lela Rekhviashvili
Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde
Schongauerstr. 9
04328 Leipzig
Germany

l_rekhviashvili(at)leibniz-ifl.de
Tel.: +49 341 600 55-136

Dr Lela Rekhviashvili

Researcher

Research Area: Multiple Geographies of regional and local Development
Department: Regional Geographies of Europe

Short CV

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At IfL since January 2016

2010–2015: PHD candidate at Doctoral school of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations, Political Economy track, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary  

2013–2014: PhD Fellow at Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, Leipzig, Germany

2012–2013: Research Fellow at Center for Social Sciences, Tbilisi, Georgia

2009–2010: MA studies in Political Science, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

2007–2009: MA studies in Transition in South Caucasus at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Tbilisi State University, Center for Social Sciences

Research interests

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Political economy, urban geography,  informal economic practices, urban transport and mobility, marketization and social embeddedness, contentious action and politics of public space, post-socialist and post-/decolonial dialogues.
Regional expertise in post-socialist Eastern Europe and Eurasia, particularly South Caucasus and Central Asia.

Publications

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Journal articles

Rekhviashvili, Lela (2022)

We need to talk about political society : subaltern resistances beyond civil society in Eastern Europe and Eurasia

In: Central Asian survey

https://doi.org/10.1080/02634937.2022.2113033

Rekhviashvili, Lela / Kębłowski, Wojciech / Sopranzetti, Claudio / Schwanen, Tim (2022)

Informalities in urban transport : mobilities at the heart of contestations over (in)formalisation processes

In: Geoforum

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2022.05.008

Rekhviashvili, Lela / Narkowicz, Kasia / Karkov, Nikolay / Valiavicharska, Zhivka / Ţichindeleanu, Ovidiu (2022)

Introduction: Conjunctural geographies of post-socialist and postcolonial conditions : theory 30 years after 1989

In: Connections. A journal for historians and area specialists

http://hsozkult.geschichte.hu-berlin.de/index.asp?id=5504&view=pdf&pn=forum&type=artikel
https://www.connections.clio-online.net/article/id/artikel-5504

Sgibnev, Wladimir / Rekhviashvili, Lela (2020)

Marschrutkas : digitalisation, sustainability and mobility justice in a low-tech mobility sector

In: Transportation research. Part A, policy and practice, 138 (2020), Seite 342-352

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tra.2020.05.025

Kębłowski, Wojciech / Rekhviashvili, Lela (2020)

Moving in informal circles in the global North : an inquiry into the navettes in Brussels

In: Geoforum, 10 Seiten

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2020.08.014

Rekhviashvili, Lela / Sgibnev, Wladimir (2019)

Theorising informality and social embeddedness for the study of informal transport : lessons from the marshrutka mobility phenomenon

In: Journal of transport geography

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2019.01.006

Rekhviashvili, Lela / Sgibnev, Wladimir (2018)

Placing transport workers on the agenda : the conflicting logics of governing mobility on Bishkek's marshrutkas

In: Antipode / 50 (2018) 5, Seite 1376-1395

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Rekhviashvili, Lela / Sgibnev, Wladimir (2018)

Uber, Marshrutkas and socially (dis-)embedded mobilities

In: The journal of transport history, 39 (2018), 1, Seite 72-91

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Rekhviashvili, Lela / Polese, Abel (2017)

Liberalism and shadow interventionism in post-revolutionary Georgia (2003-2012)

In: Caucasus survey, 24 Seiten

Polese, Abel / Rekhviashvili, Lela (2017)

Introduction: Informality and power in the South Caucasus

In: Caucasus Survey, 5 (2017), 1, Seite 1-10

Polese, Abel / Rekhviashvili, Lela / Morris, Jeremy (2016)

Informal governance in urban spaces : power, negotiating and resistance among Georgian street vendors

In: Geography research forum, 36 (2016), Seite 15-32

Rekhviashvili, Lela (2016)

Counterbalancing marketization informally : Georgia's new-institutionalist reform and its discontents

In: Journal of contemporary Central and Eastern Europe

Rekhviashvili, Lela (2015)

The politics of helping : mobility support for internally displaces persons after the 2008 Russia-Georgia war

In: Journal of internal displacement, 5 (2015), 2, S. 2-18

Rekhviashvili, Lela (2015)

Marketization and the public-private divide : contestations between the state and the petty traders over the access to public space in Tbilisi

In: International journal of sociology and social policy. Special issue: Public space in post-Soviet cities, 35 (2015), 7/8, S. 478-496

Neugebauer, Carola S. / Rekhviashvili, Lela (2015)

Loss and (re-)construction of public space in post-Soviet cities : editorial

In: International journal of sociology and social policy. Special issue: Public space in post-Soviet cities, 35 (2015), 7/8

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Rekhviashvili, Lela (2013)

Development and the role of the state : visions of post-revolutionary Georgian government

In: Caucasus social science review, 1 (2013), 1, 20 S.

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Book chapters

Beurskens, Kristine / Pilz, Madlen / Rekhviashvili, Lela (2022)

Research ethics and inequalities of knowledge production in Eastern Europe and Eurasia

In: Research ethics in human geography. - London ; New York: Routledge, Seite 92-113

Rekhviashvili, Lela / Sichinava, David / Berikishvili, Esma (2020)

Urban protest movements in Tbilisi : social movements are strong, but big capital is stronger

In: Urban activism in Eastern Europe and Eurasia: strategies and practices. - Berlin: DOM publishers, Seite 88-97

Sgibnev, Wladimir / Tuvikene, Tauri / Rekhviashvili, Lela (2019)

Post-socialist mobility justice

In: Three decades of post-socialist transition : conference proceedings / edited by Nebojša Čamprag and Anshika Suri ; Urban Morphosis Lab, Technische Universität Darmstadt. - Darmstadt, 2019, Seite 407-418

http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-92220

Rekhviashvili, Lela / Polese, Abel (2018)

Liberalism and shadow interventionism in post-revolutionary Georgia (2003-2012)

In: Post-socialist informalities: power, agency and the construction of extra-legalities from Bosnia to China. - London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, Seite 185-208

Polese, Abel / Rekhviashvili, Lela (2018)

Introduction: informality and power in the South Caucasus

In: Post-socialist informalities: power, agency and the construction of extra-legalities from Bosnia to China. - London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, Seite 159-168

Rekhviashvili, Lela (2018)

Counterbalancing marketization informally: Georgia's new-institutionalist reform and discontents

In: Post-socialist informalities: power, agency and the construction of extra-legalities from Bosnia to China. - London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, Seite 75-92

Rekhviashvili, Lela / Svanidze, Mikheil (2018)

Marschrutka : Wandlungen eines öffentlich-privaten Verkehrsmittels

In: Georgien, neu buchstabiert: Politik und Kultur eines Landes auf dem Weg nach Europa. - Bielefeld: transcript, Seite 127-139

Rekhviashvili, Lela / Neugebauer, Carola S. (2017)

Public spaces

In: Urban Eurasia: cities in transformation. - Berlin: DOM publishers, Seite 238-251

Rekhviashvili, Lela (2017)

Why read informality in a substantivist manner? On the embeddedness of the Soviet second economy

In: The Informal economy in global perspective : varieties of governance / Abel Polese ... (editors). - Cham : Palgrave, 2017. - (International political economy series), Seite 15-36

Monographs and edited volumes

Polese, Abel (Herausgeber/-in) / Rekhviashvili, Lela (Herausgeber/-in) / Kovács, Borbála (Herausgeber/-in) / Morris, Jeremy (Herausgeber/-in) (2018)

Post-socialist informalities : power, agency and the construction of extra-legalities from Bosnia to China

London ; New York, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. xii, 268 Seiten

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Other publications

Leibert, Tim / Rekhviashvili, Lela / Sgibnev, Wladimir (2022)

Mobility and extractivism : disrupting the logistical ecosystem of capitalism

In: Mediapart

https://blogs.mediapart.fr/berliner-gazette/blog/281022/mobility-and-extractivism-disrupting-logistical-ecosystem-capitalism

Rekhviashvili, Lela / Leibert, Tim / Sgibnev, Wladimir (2022)

Mobilität und Extraktivismus : Anmerkungen zum logistischen Ökosystem des Kapitalismus

In: Berliner Gazette. Kultur, Politik und Digitales

https://berlinergazette.de/mobilitaet-und-extraktivismus-anmerkungen-zum-logistischen-oekosystem-des-kapitalismus/

Rekhviashvili, Lela (2021)

Book review: Pluriverse: a post-development dictionary, edited by Ashish Kothari, Ariel Salleh, Arturo Escobar, Federico Demaria, and Alberto Acosta, New Delhi, 2019

In: Eurasian geography and economics, 4 Seiten

https://doi.org/10.1080/15387216.2021.1918566

Sgibnev, Wladimir / Rekhviashvili, Lela (2021)

One modernity lost, the other out of reach : contested post-Soviet infrastructures

In: Lefteast

https://lefteast.org/one-modernity-lost-the-other-out-of-reach-contested-post-soviet-infrastructures/

Rekhviashvili, Lela / Sgibnev, Wladimir (2021)

Eine Moderne verloren, die andere unerreichbar : Kämpfe um post-sowjetische Infrastrukturen

In: Berliner Gazette

https://berlinergazette.de/post-sowjetische-infrastrukturen/

Rekhviashvili, Lela (2021)

A louder periphery : guardians of the Rioni Valley against the "Namakhvani Hydroelectric Power Plant (HPP)"

In: Lefteast

https://lefteast.org/a-louder-periphery-guardians-of-the-rioni-valley-against-the-namakhvani-hydroelectric-power-plant-hpp/

Rekhviashvili, Lela (2020)

Questioning dominant accounts of Chinese investments in Eastern Europe and Eurasia

In: Lefteast

https://lefteast.org/questioning-dominant-accounts-of-chinese-investments-in-eastern-europe-and-eurasia/

Rekhviashvili, Lela (2016)

Review: Postsocialism and informal economic : Jeremy Morris and Abel Polese (eds), The informal post-socialist economy: embedded practices and livelihoods, Routledge: New York, 2013

In: International sociology reviews, 31 (2016), 5, Seite 575-578