In the Caucasus We Count

WiP: Housing Inequalities in the South Caucasus – The Cases of Yerevan and Tbilisi, February 4 - David Sichinava



American Councils, CRRC Georgia and ARISC present the 3rd talk in the Spring 2015 Works-in-Progress Series!

David Sichinava, Tbilisi State University, CRRC Georgia
'Housing Inequalities in the South Caucasus – The Cases of Yerevan and Tbilisi'

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 6:30pm
EPF/CRRC-Georgia, Kavsadze St. 3, Tbilisi

Yerevan and Tbilisi underwent a spectacular economic and sociocultural during the process of transition from a command to a market economy. The privatization of formerly state-owned housing stock and transferring building activities to the hands of private business have been the central features of this process. It is widely documented that socialist cities were characterized by significant residential segregation. Despite drastic changes in every aspect of life, at the first stage housing inequalities were not dramatically affected, contrary to expectations. However, currently the situation is changing and the gap is gradually widening. This presentation seeks to examine the main factors influencing housing inequalities in contemporary Yerevan and Tbilisi. It looks at the dynamics of the first two decades of the 21st century and evaluates the effect of socio-demographic and economic variables. The project is based on the pooled survey data from the Integrated Household Surveys of Armenia and Georgia, as well as from 10% sample data files from the Armenian national censuses from 2001 and 2011.

This talk is part of a larger study on the “Social contents of changing housing landscapes of the capital metropolises of Armenia and Georgia: Institutions, stakeholders, policies”, funded by the Academic Swiss Caucasus Network and undertaken by Yerevan State University and Tbilisi State University.

David Sichinava is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Human Geography, Tbilisi State University and in parallel, works with CRRC-Georgia. His research interests include geographic aspects of electoral behavior, urban geography, and internal displacement in Georgia.

W-i-P is an ongoing academic discussion series based in Tbilisi, Georgia, that takes place at the Eurasian Partnership Foundation at Kavsadze St. 3. It is co-organized by the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, and the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC). All of the talks are free and open to the public.

The purpose of the W-i-P series is to provide support and productive criticism to those researching and developing academic projects pertaining the Caucasus region.

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