Faculty & Staff

Ia Iashvili

Ia Iashvili

Associate Professor of Geography

Email: ia.iashvili@tsu.ge

Current Position

  • Associate Professor of Geography at Tbilisi State University (TSU), Tbilisi, Georgia; Direction of Human Geography
  • Associate Professor of Geography at Akaki Tsereteli State University, (ATSU) Kutaisi, Georgia; Department of Geography
  • Head of the Center for American Studies at ATSU

Personal Summary

 Ia Iashvili is an Associate Professor of Geography. She earned her Ph.D in Human Geography from Tbilisi State University (TSU), Georgia in 1998. Her teaching and research interests are in Geography of Transition, Post-Soviet Georgia, Migration Studies and Tourism Geography.

During the Spring semesters 2008-2010 she was a visiting scholar by Open Society Institute at the University of Montana in the Department of Geography under the mentoring of Professor Christiane von Reichert.

In 2015 as a Fulbright visiting professor at Rutgers University (NJ, USA) she carried out a scaled research on Georgian labor immigrants in the USA.

As an Erasmus scholar she has given intensive courses of lectures in Tourism Geography at University of Santiago de Compostela, Spaine (2014), classes in Tourism Geography and Migration Studies at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland (2016 and 2017), as well as lectures on Socio-economic development in Post-Soviet Georgia at Lille Catholic University, France (2019).

Among many international conferences prof. Iashvili presented at AAG meetings in Las Vegas (2009), DC (2010) and New Orleans (2018).

Recently, under her supervision her PhD student successfully defended her doctoral dissertation Spatial Aspects and Peculiarities of Sustainable Tourism Development in the Imereti Region (Georgia). Currently, she is in charge of one more doctoral theses on international seasonal migration from Georgia to Turkey.

Ia Iashvili was first who founded tradition of a summer school at ATSU (Kutaisi) and the first summer school was the one in American Studies (funded by the USA embassy in Georgia) under her direction.

Prof. Iashvili often hosts international MA, PhD and Erasmus students from the USA or EU countries at her home universities in Georgia.


PhD., Human Geography, Tbilisi State University, Georgia, 1998

Aspirantura, Political and Socio-economic Geography, Tbilisi State University, Georgia, 1987-1991

B.S., Geography and Biology Teacher, Kutaisi State Pedagogical Institute, Georgia, 1982-1987

Field of Study

  • Geography of Georgia
  • World Regional Geography
  • Resorts of Georgia
  • Geography of BSEC Countries
  • Geography and Migration
  • American Family

Research Interests

  • International labor migration
  • Sustainable tourism and rural communities
  • Post-Soviet Georgia: challenges of development


  • Editor in chief – Textbook in Human Geography of Georgia (in Georgian), Tbilisi State University (TSU) (funded by TSU), 2018
  • Editor in chief - Geography in Global Context: Challenges and Opportunities (in Georgian), the volume of collected papers Akaki Tsereteli State University (ATSU) (funded by ATSU, Georgia), 2017
  • Co-author - Migration Textbook (in Georgian), ICMPD (funded by the International Center for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), Vienna, Austria) 2015-2017
  • Head – Summer School in American Studies, ATSU (funded by the USA embassy in Georgia and ATSU) July, 2011-2019

Selected Publications

Iashvili, I., Doghonadze, T. (2019). Sustainable Tourism for Contribution to Economic Growth and Social Inclusion of Rural Communities in Post-Soviet Georgia. Proceedings of the 15th International Conference of ASECU “Sustainable Development Goals 2030: Challenges for South and East European Countries and the Black Sea Region”. University of National and World Economy. pp.271- 281. Bulgaria, Sofia.

Iashvili, I., Doghonadze, T. (2019) Spa Tourism in Imereti Region: Trends and Prospects. Proceedings of the conference 'Actual Problems of Geography' dedicated to Prof. Davit Ukleba’s 100th anniversary. Tbilisi State University; Institute of Geography. pp.119–122. Tbilisi, Georgia; ISBN 978-9941-13-885-0

Iashvili, I. (2019). Theories of Migration and Contemporary Georgian Immigration in the USA: How Precisely We Follow the General Trends and International Practices? Journal of American Studies, vol.7. Tbilisi State University. pp. 151-159 (in Georgian);

Iashvili, I., Doghonadze, T. (2018). The Transdisciplinary Research for Sustainable Tourism Development (Case Study on Prometheus Karst Cave in Imereti Region). Economics and Business, Vol. XI, no.2, pp.110-122 (in Georgian, abstract in English)

Kostadinov Koroutchev, R., Iashvili, I. (2018). The Analysis of Immigration Trends of Skilled Migrants: Case of Georgia. Journal of Liberty and International Affairs. Vol.4, no.1. pp.9-27. 

Iashvili, I. (Ed.). (2017). Geography in Global Context: Challenges and Opportunities (Collected Papers). Kutaisi: ATSU (in Georgian);

Iashvili, I. (2017). Migration and Human Geography. in V. Vagner (ed.), Migration Textbook (pp.190-255). Tbilisi-Vienna: ICMPD;

Iashvili, I., Von Reichert Ch., and Gvenetadze, T. (2016). "For the Sake of the Family”: Contemporary Georgian Migration in the USA. International Journal of Arts and Sciences. 09(02):623-638.

Kostadinov Koroutchev, R., Iashvili, I. (2015). Skilled Migration in Georgia and its Contribution to the Country’s Development. Researches Review of the Department of Geography, Tourism and Hotel Management. vol. 44-2, pp.128-145.

Iashvili, I., Gvenetadze, T., et,at. (2014). Split Families and Family Members Left Behind. Humanities and Social Sciences Review. 3 (2): 345-356. 

Mikautadze, D., Davituliani, Ts., Iashvili, I., Kvabziridze, M. (2013). Discovering the consequences of Global Climate Change in Georgia’s regions, results and adaptive measures. Academic Journal of Science. Vol.02, no.01. pp.249-254.