Dr Nino Kemoklidze

Senior Lecturer in International Relations

Dr Nino Kemoklidze


Before joining Chichester, Nino held a highly competitive and prestigious Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of Birmingham where she continues to hold an Honorary research fellow status. She did her PhD at the University of Birmingham’s Department of Political Science and International Studies.

Her previous education has spanned across several disciplines in several countries. She was an inaugural Oslo Peace Scholarship holder at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and the Australian National University where she got an MA degree in International Relations with Peace and Conflict Studies specialisation.

She was awarded OSI/FCO–Chevening/University of Edinburgh scholarship for her MSc degree in Nationalism Studies at the University of Edinburgh. She also holds a BA degree in the History of Diplomacy and International Relations from Tbilisi State University in Georgia, where she grew up.

During her PhD at Birmingham University, she spent a year at the University of Uppsala as part of the Visby Programme for PhD and Post-Doctoral Studies in Sweden and nine months at the Norwegian Institute of Foreign Affairs (NUPI) on the Yggdrasil–Young Guest and Doctoral Researchers’ Annual Scholarship for Investigation and Learning in Norway.

Before academia, Nino worked at the Refugee Programme of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee in Budapest and held a post of a Diplomatic Attaché at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.

Read the press release about Nino’s appointment at the University of Chichester.


Nino is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) of the UK. She has extensive teaching experience both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is also an affiliated staff at the Barcelona-based distance-learning Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.

At Chichester, Nino will be teaching on the following modules:

  • War & Peace: Twentieth Century Europe and Global Conflict (coordinating and teaching on this team-taught module)
  • International Relations
  • Work Placement
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Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

  • Kemoklidze, Nino and Wolff, Stefan (2020) “Trade as a Confidence-Building Measure: Cases of Georgia and Moldova Compared”, Eurasian Geography and Economics, 61(3): 305-332 <https://doi.org/10.1080/15387216.2019.1702567>
  • Kemoklidze, Nino; Moore, Cerwyn; Smith, Jeremy and Yemelianova, Galina (guest editors of the Special Issue) (2012) “Many Faces of the Caucasus”, Europe-Asia Studies, 64(9): 1619-1632 <https://doi.org/10.1080/09668136.2012.718420>
  • Kemoklidze, Nino ([2006] 2011) “Nationalism and War: The Case of Georgia in the Early 1990s”, Working Papers in Nationalism Studies, No. 6, Edinburgh University, ISBN: 1 900522 21, 7 [online]< http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/69218/Kemoklidze_WPiNS_6.pdf >
  • Kemoklidze, Nino (2009) “The Kosovo Precedent and the Moral Hazard of Secession”, Journal of International Law and International Relations, 5(2): 117-140, ISSN: 1712-2988.
  • Kemoklidze, Nino (2009) “Victimisation of Female Suicide Bombers: The Case of Chechnya”, Caucasian Review of International Affairs, 3(2), [online].

Edited Books:

  • Kemoklidze, Nino; Moore, Cerwyn; Smith, Jeremy and Yemelianova, Galina (eds.) (2014) Many Faces of the Caucasus. London and New York: Routledge [based on the Special Issue in Europe-Asia Studies, 2012].

Book Chapters:

  • Kemoklidze, Nino (2015) “Georgian-Abkhaz Relations in the Post-Stalinist Era”, In Smith, Jeremy and Blauvelt, Timothy K. (eds.) Georgia after Stalin: Nationalism and Soviet Power, Routledge, pp. 129-145.
  • Collier, Stephen J. and Kemoklidze, Nino (2014), “Pipes and Wires”, In Thrift, Nigel. J.; Tickell, Adam; Woolgar, Steve and Rupp, William H. (eds.) Globalization in Practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp.69-74.


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Nino’s primary research interests lie within the broader fields of peace and conflict studies and security studies, with a particular interest in ethnic conflicts, nationalism, and identity politics.

In the last few years, she has been working on the issues concerning sovereignty and self-determination in International Relations and the complexities of secession and state recognition in International Law, comparing cases of violent and non-violent attempts at secession across Europe and Eurasia.

She does political ethnography and has conducted fieldworks in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.

She is currently engaged in two research projects:

  • Interdisciplinary research project at the School of Geography, University of Birmingham – “Rescaling the Border: Nationalism, Regionalism and Civilisationalism in Central and Eastern Europe” (funded by the British Academy), 2019-21. Funding Call: The Humanities and Social Sciences Tackling the UK’s International Challenges). Funding Call: The Humanities and Social Sciences Tackling the UK’s International Challenges 2019
  • International research project at the Norwegian Institute of Foreign Affairs (NUPI) – “Competency through Cooperation: Advancing Knowledge on Georgia’s Strategic Path (GEOPATH)” (funded by the Norwegian Research Council NORRUSS PLUSS project #287815), 2019–22.


Nino is also an Associate Editor of the Caucasus Survey (https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcau20/current) and provides a regular peer-review for a number of academic journals.

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PhD Supervision

Potential PhD supervision interest:

  • (National) Self-Determination and Secession
  • State sovereignty and recognition
  • Ethnic Conflicts and Violence
  • Nationalism Studies
  • Peace Studies
  • Geographic areas of interest include (but are not limited to) the cases across Europe and Eurasia; South and South-East Asia; the Pacific.

Other department members

Alwyn W Turner
Senior Lecturer in History
Dr Danae Tankard
Reader in Social History
Dr Andrew Smith
Reader in Contemporary History and Politics

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