Field of research: Social Policy

Gleb Shymanovich

Gleb Shymanovich graduated from Belarusian National Technical University (BNTU) with a Bachelor’s degree and Honours Diploma in Business Economics in 2006. In 2007, he received a Master’s degree in economics at BNTU. In 2010 finished a postgraduate program in the Institute of Economics of the National Academy of Sciences, where he worked as an associate researcher till 2011. Since 2006 he is an economist at the IPM Research Center and co-author of annual reports Poverty and Social Inclusion in Belarus, Business in Belarus: Status, Trends, Perspectives, and other publications of the IPM Research Center.


(Last updated March 2021)

Martina Brandt

Martina Brandt is a Professor for Social Structure and Ageing Societies and the Head of the Master program on “Ageing Societies” at TU Dortmund. Her research in the fields of life course and ageing covers family, health and labour across the life course, intergenerational support and social networks, social inequality and social policy in Europe.

(Last updated June 2020)

Maka Chitanava

Maka Chitanava

Maka Chitanava is Deputy Head of Energy and Environment Policy Research Center of ISET Policy Institute (ISET-PI), Tbilisi. Ms. Chitanava holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the International School of Economics (ISET).

Her research interests are environmental policy, social policy analysis and regulation. Ms. Chitanava is a regular blogger at the ISET Economist Blog and a visiting lecturer at the University of Georgia.

(Last updated October 2020)

Irina Denisova

Irina Denisova is a core member of CEFIR’s team who initially worked at RECEP and joined CEFIR when it was founded in 2000. She is also a professor at the New Economic School, where she teaches courses in macroeconomics and labour economics, and a researcher at the Central Institute of Economics and Mathematics (CEMI).

Denisova received a Ph.D. degree from Manchester University in the U.K. after she had finished Post-Graduate Program in Economics at the Central Institute of Economics and Mathematics (CEMI), Russian Academy of Sciences (1987 -1990) and had graduated from the Department of Economics at Moscow State University named after Lomonosov (Diploma with Distinction in Economics) in 1987.

Nataliia Shapoval

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Nataliia Shapoval is the Chairman of the KSE Institute and Vice President for Policy Research. She also serves as a Member of the Advisory Board of the Center of Excellence in Procurement.

Nataliia Shapoval guided and conducted policy research on public procurement, cost of HIV disease, the financial burden of health care costs, private-sector driven growth strategies. She served as a contributor to the Ukraine reform monitoring project of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Also, Nataliia is a member of the Editorial Board of VoxUkraine. Nataliia Shapoval got a Master’s degree in Probability Theory and Statistics from Taras Shevchenko National University and a Master’s in Economic Analysis from the Kyiv School of Economics (KSE).

(Last updated March 2022)

Polina Kuznetsova

Polina Kuznetsova

Polina Kuznetsova holds a position as Senior Researcher in the Institute of Social Analysis and Forecasting at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA). She specializes in social policy and assessment of the effects of economic and social reforms.

Polina Kuznetsova received her MSc in Math from Moscow State University and MA in Economics from the New Economic School (NES, Moscow).

(Last updated October 2019)

Lasha Lanchava

Lasha Lanchava

Lasha Lanchava received a Ph.D. degree from the Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education-Economics Institute (CERGE-EI). He has worked as a Research Fellow at the International School of Economics – Tbilisi State University Policy Institute (ISET-PI).

Lasha Lanchava holds expertise in an introductory and advanced level economics and math concepts. In his research, Lasha takes an interdisciplinary approach that bridges insights from behavioral economics, evolutionary, cultural and social psychology, law and economics and evolutionary biology and uses the techniques of experimental economics, to understand observed heterogeneity in economic preferences.

*Last updated April 2021

Norberto Pignatti

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Norberto Pignatti is an Energy & Environment and Labor Economist. Norberto holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Bologna (2007). Since 2016, he has been the Head of the Energy and Environmental Policy Research Center at ISET Policy Institute. He is also Associate Professor of Policy at the International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University (ISET), which he joined in 2009. His research interests include labor market policies, energy and environmental policies, and sustainable development.

(Last updated November 2o21)