Eliza Mandieva (M.A.)

Academic positions

Eliza Mandieva completed her bachelor study in Social Sciences (Major Sociology, Minor Politics) at the University of Osnabrueck (2010). She also holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and Development Policy from the University of Duisburg-Essen (2014). From July 2015 and  June 2019 she worked as a research associate in the international project “Opportunities and Barriers at the Transition from Education to Work: A comparative youth study in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Tajikistan” at the Otto-Friedrich University of Bamberg. Subsequently, she was a Step-By-Step fellow at the University of Bamberg. She continues to work as an external doctoral student on her PhD topic "Informal Employment in the Transition States".


Informal Employment in Transition States

Within her doctoral thesis E. Mandieva addresses informal employment in the transition states, particularly in post-soviet countries. Her research work focuses on wage employment that performed informally. In order to analyze determinants and consequences of this kind of employment, she is analyzing the international cross-sectional data LITS from 2006, 2010, 2014 (EBRD) and TEW-CCA 2016 (University of Bamberg).

Research questions are following:

1.    What are main characteristics of informal wage employment in transition countries?

2.    What are determinants of informal employment at micro and macro level?

3.    What are consequences of informal employment, especially for youth (18-35)?


Methods of quantitative as well as qualitative data analysis are applied to answer above research questions.

Research interests

  • Comparative/interdisciplinary research
  • Methods of qualitative empirical social research
  • Gender Empowerment and Democracy (EU+CIS)
  • International Organizations
  • Development Policy (EU+ASEAN)
  • Welfare state (CIS)
  • Trade Unions (ASEAN+3)
  • Regional Cooperation (ASEAN+3)


Gebel, M. and E. Mandieva (2019). General methodology of the TEW‐CCA Youth Transition Surveys in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Tajikistan. In: M. Gebel, I. Badurashvili, S. Olimova and R. Sattarov (eds.) Methodological report on TEW-CCA Youth Transition Surveys in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Tajikistan. TEW-CCA Working Paper No. 3. Bamberg: University of Bamberg, pp. 7-54. Download (OPEN ACCESS!)

Möglichkeiten der Reform und Demokratisierung der Chinesischen Gewerkschaften. In: J. C. von der Pütten / C. Göbel (Hrsg.), Task Force: Gewerkschaften, Arbeitsmarktregulierung und Migration in China. Duisbrug Working Papers on East –Asian Studies, No. 91 / 2013, 23-30.


Participation at conferences and workshops:

[June 27-29, 2019] Attended the ESCAS Conference 2019 and held presentation on "Determinants of the Informal Employment in the Caucasus and Central Asia" at the University of Exeter in Exeter (England).

[Sep. 06-07, 2018] Attended Seminar Series „Sustainable Development: Regional and Interregional Cooperation in Central Asia“ and the seminar  on "scientific and transferable techniques and skills" at the German-Kazakh University, Almaty (Kazakhstan).

[July 12-14, 2018] Attended Seminar Series „Sustainable Development: Regional and Interregional Cooperation in Central Asia“ and held presentation on the „Perception of Chinese Development Finance in Central Asian Countries (especially youth) and Sustainability of Projects implemented within Belt and Road Initiative“ at the German-Kazakh University, Almaty (Kazakhstan).

[May 30 – June 6, 2018]  Attended the Global Innovation Lab UNLEASH 2018 for UN Sustainable Goals and worked on Goal 4: Quality Education, Singapore.

[April 16, 2018] Poster presentation on „Informal Employment in the Caucasus and Central Asia Region: Determinants of Informal Employment at Micro-Level“ at the Status Symposium of the Volkswagen Foundation in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

[Feb. 28 – March 1, 2018] Participation at the MQIC International Conference and attended following courses, Qualitative Text Analysis (Prof. Kuckartz) as well as Mixed Methods Design in a Challenging World Context (Prof. Mertens) in Berlin, Germany.

[Oct. 19-22, 2017] Participation at the third workshop of the TEW-CCA project, which was held in Tbilisi, Georgia.

[Sep. 21-24, 2017] Participation at the International Summer School „Regional Cooperation – Approaches from Central Asia and Europe“ within the framework of the international project „Between Stability and Transformation: Regional and Transnational Cooperation in Central Asia and between Central Asia and Europe“ supported by VolkswagenFoundation and OSCE Academy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

[Aug 22-26, 2016] Participation at the PhD-Training Workshop of the TEW-CCA Project on "Advanced regression analysis using Stata",  University of Bamberg, Germany.

[Jul 25-29, 2016] Presentation on "A Comparative Youth Survey in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Tajikistan. Results and Experiences from Multinational Questionnaire Development and Testing" at the 2nd International Conference on Survey Methods in Multinational, Multiregional and Multicultural Contexts, Chicago, IL, USA.

[May 31-Jun 3, 2016] Participation at the 2.  TEW-CCA Project Workshop on "Multinational  Questionnaire Design and Survey Implementation in CCA Region", Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

[May 31, 2016] Presentation on "TEW-CCA Project Presence in Social Media" at the 2. TEW-CCA Project Workshop,  Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

[Feb 26-March 4, 2016] Participation at the ECPR Winter School in Methods and Techniques, completed courses: "Introduction to MAXQDA, A Qualitative and Mixed Methods Data Analysis Software", taught by  Francisco Freitas,  and "Qualitative Interviewing", taught by Lea Sgier,  University of Bamberg, Germany.

[Nov 29, 2015] Facilitator for Policy Briefing event on TEW-CCA Project with representatives of governments and (inter)national organizations, Baku, Azerbaijan.

[Nov 28, 2015] Presentation on "Overview on institutions (education, labour market and welfare systems) of Kyrgyz Republic" at the 1. TEW-CCA Project Workshop, Baku, Azerbaijan.

[Nov 27-29, 2015] Participation at the 1. TEW-CCA Project Workshop on "Surveying in CCA Countries", Baku, Azerbaijan.

[Aug 10-14, 2015] Participation at the Summer School in Survey Methodology, completed course on "Design and Implementation of Surveys in Developing Countries", taught by  Zeina Mneimneh and Jennifer Kelley,  at the GESIS-Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Cologne, Germany.