Alexi Gugushvili

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Visiting address Moltke Moes vei 31 Harriet Holters hus 0851 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1096 Blindern 0317 Oslo

Academic interests

  • Socioeconomic and political determinants of health and well-being
  • Social stratification, social mobility, and equality of opportunity
  • Public opinion, collective memory, and social change 

Courses taught


  • 2014 PhD in Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute, Florence, Italy
  • 2011 Visiting Scholar, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, the United States
  • 2008 Hansard Research Scholar, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, the United Kingdom
  • 2007 MSc in Policy Studies, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, the United Kingdom
  • 2005 MA in International Economic Relations, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi, Georgia  

Academic Positions held

  • 2020-present University of Oslo, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, Associate Professor of Sociology
  • 2019-2020 Erasmus University Rotterdam, Department of Public Administration and Sociology, Assistant Professor of Sociology
  • 2018-2019 University of Oxford, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, Lecturer in Comparative and Quantitative Methods
  • 2016-2018 University of Oxford, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • 2015-2016 University of Cambridge, Department of Sociology, Research Associate
  • 2014-2015 University of Bremen, Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences, Postdoctoral Researcher

Academic Appointments

  • Nuffield College, University of Oxford, Associate Member
  • Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Affiliated Scholar


Tags: Sociology, Social inequality, Health, Health psychology, Public Opinion, social mobility, wellbeing, Populism, Covid-19


  • Zelinska, Olga; Gugushvili, Alexi & Bulczak, Grzegorz (2021). Social Mobility, Health and Wellbeing in Poland. Frontiers in Sociology. ISSN 2297-7775. 6, p. 1–11. doi: 10.3389/fsoc.2021.736249.
  • Gugushvili, Alexi & Reeves, Aaron (2021). How democracy alters our view of inequality — and what it means for our health. Social Science and Medicine. ISSN 0277-9536. 283(114190), p. 1–12. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.114190. Full text in Research Archive
  • Jarosz, Ewa & Gugushvili, Alexi (2021). BMI and dissatisfaction with life: contextual factors and socioemotional costs of obesity. Quality of Life Research. ISSN 0962-9343. p. 1–11. doi: 10.1007/s11136-021-02912-3. Full text in Research Archive
  • Gugushvili, Alexi (2021). Equality of opportunity and health in post-COVID world. Public Health in Practice. ISSN 2666-5352. 2, p. 1–2. doi: 10.1016/j.puhip.2021.100135. Full text in Research Archive
  • Zelinska, Olga; Gugushvili, Alexi & Bulczak, Grzegorz (2021). The Polish Panel Survey (POLPAN) Dataset: Capturing the impact of socio-economic change on population health and well-being in Poland, 1988-2018. Data in Brief. ISSN 2352-3409. doi: 10.1016/j.dib.2021.106936.
  • Gugushvili, Alexi & McKee, Martin (2021). The COVID-19 pandemic and war. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health. ISSN 1403-4948. doi: 10.1177/1403494821993732.
  • Präg, Patrick & Gugushvili, Alexi (2021). Subjective social mobility and health in Germany. European Societies. ISSN 1461-6696. doi: 10.1080/14616696.2021.1887916.
  • Gugushvili, Alexi & Präg, Patrick (2021). Intergenerational social mobility and health in Russia: Mind over matter? Advances in Life Course Research. ISSN 1569-4909. 47, p. 1–13. doi: 10.1016/j.alcr.2020.100390. Full text in Research Archive
  • Gugushvili, Alexi; Zhao, ‪‪Yizhang & Bukodi, Erzsebet (2020). Intergenerational educational mobility and smoking: a study of 20 European countries using diagonal reference models. Public Health. ISSN 0033-3506. 181, p. 94–101. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2019.12.009.
  • Gugushvili, Alexi (2020). Social origins of support for democracy: a study of intergenerational mobility. International Review of Sociology. ISSN 0390-6701. 30(2), p. 376–396. doi: 10.1080/03906701.2020.1776918. Full text in Research Archive
  • Gugushvili, Alexi (2020). Which socio-economic comparison groups do individuals choose and why? European Societies. ISSN 1461-6696. p. 1–27. doi: 10.1080/14616696.2020.1793214. Full text in Research Archive
  • Gugushvili, Alexi (2020). Why do people perceive themselves as being downwardly or upwardly mobile? Acta Sociologica. ISSN 0001-6993. p. 1–21. doi: 10.1177/0001699320929742. Full text in Research Archive
  • McKee, Martin; Gugushvili, Alexi; Koltai, Jonathan & Stuckler, David (2020). Are Populist Leaders Creating the Conditions for the Spread of COVID-19? International Journal of Health Policy and Management. ISSN 2322-5939. p. 1–5. doi: 10.34172/IJHPM.2020.124. Full text in Research Archive
  • Gugushvili, Alexi & Kaiser, Caspar (2020). Equality of opportunity is linked to lower mortality in Europe. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. ISSN 0143-005X. 74, p. 151–157. doi: 10.1136/jech-2019-212540.
  • Jarosz, Ewa & Gugushvili, Alexi (2020). The ‘good life’ of Polish migrants in Britain: Daily behaviours and subjective well‐being of migrants, stayers and the British. Population, Space and Place. ISSN 1544-8444. 26(7), p. 1–13. doi: 10.1002/psp.2343. Full text in Research Archive
  • Gugushvili, Alexi (2020). A Population Health Perspective on the Trump Administration, Brexit, and Right-Wing Populism in Europe. American Journal of Public Health. ISSN 0090-0036. 110(3), p. 274–276. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2019.305535.
  • Gugushvili, Alexi; Koltai, Jonathan; Stuckler, David & McKee, Martin (2020). Votes, populism, and pandemics. International Journal of Public Health. ISSN 1661-8556. 65, p. 721–722. doi: 10.1007/s00038-020-01450-y.
  • Gugushvili, Alexi (2019). Parental Education, Health Literacy and Children’s Height in Adult Life. European Journal of Public Health. ISSN 1101-1262. 29.
  • Gugushvili, Alexi (2019). Compared to whom? Reference groups in socio-economic comparisons and self-reported health. European Journal of Public Health. ISSN 1101-1262. 29.
  • Gugushvili, Alexi (2019). Equality of Opportunity and Mortality in Europe. European Journal of Public Health. ISSN 1101-1262. 29.
  • Gugushvili, Alexi (2019). A multilevel analysis of perceived intergenerational mobility and welfare state preferences. International Journal of Social Welfare. ISSN 1369-6866. 28(1), p. 16–30. doi: 10.1111/ijsw.12316.
  • Gugushvili, Alexi; McKee, Martin & Murphy, Michael (2019). Intergenerational Mobility in Relative Educational Attainment and Health-Related Behaviours. Social Indicators Research. ISSN 0303-8300. 141, p. 413–441. Full text in Research Archive
  • Doniec, Katarzyna; Stefler, Denes; Murphy, Michael & Gugushvili, Alexi (2019). Education and mortality in three Eastern European populations: findings from the PrivMort retrospective cohort study. European Journal of Public Health. ISSN 1101-1262. 29(3), p. 549–554. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/cky254.
  • Gugushvili, Alexi & Kabachnik, Peter (2019). Stalin on Their Minds: A Comparative analysis of Public Perceptions of the Soviet Dictator in Russia and Georgia. International Journal of Sociology. ISSN 0020-7659. 49(5-6), p. 317–341. doi: 10.1080/00207659.2019.1661559.
  • Gugushvili, Alexi & Jarosz, Ewa (2019). Inequality, validity of self-reported height, and its implications for BMI estimates: An analysis of randomly selected primary sampling units' data. Preventive Medicine Reports. ISSN 2211-3355. 16, p. 1–8. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2019.100974.
  • Gugushvili, Alexi; Zhao, Yizhang & Bukodi, Erzsebet (2019). ‘Falling from grace’ and ‘rising from rags’: Intergenerational educational mobility and depressive symptoms. Social Science and Medicine. ISSN 0277-9536. 222, p. 294–304. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.12.027.
  • Gugushvili, Alexi; Jarosz, Ewa & McKee, Martin (2019). Compared with whom? Reference groups in socio-economic comparisons and self-reported health in 34 countries. International Journal of Epidemiology. ISSN 0300-5771. 48(8), p. 1710–1720. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyz122.
  • Jarosz, Ewa & Gugushvili, Alexi (2019). Parental education, health literacy and children’s adult body height. Journal of Biosocial Science. ISSN 0021-9320. 52(5), p. 696–718. doi: 10.1017/S0021932019000737.
  • Gugushvili, Alexi & Reeves, Aaron (2019). How do perceived changes in inequality affect health? Health and Place. ISSN 1353-8292. 62, p. 1–9. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2019.102276.
  • Gugushvili, Alexi (2018). A multilevel study of validity of self-reported height. European Journal of Public Health. ISSN 1101-1262. 28(4), p. 264–165.
  • Gugushvili, Alexi; McKee, Martin; Azarova, Aytalina & Murphy, Michael (2018). Parental transmission of smoking among middle-aged and older populations in Russia and Belarus. International Journal of Public Health. ISSN 1661-8556. 63(3), p. 349–358. doi: 10.1007/s00038-017-1068-0. Full text in Research Archive
  • Gugushvili, Alexi; Azarova, Aytalina; Irdam, Darja & Crenna-Jennings, Whitney (2018). Correlates of frequent alcohol consumption among middle-aged and older men and women in Russia: A multilevel analysis of the PrivMort retrospective cohort study. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. ISSN 0376-8716. 188, p. 39–44. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2018.03.038.
  • Kabachnik, Peter; Gugushvili, Alexi & Kirvalidze, Ana (2018). What about the Monument? Public Opinion and Contentious Politics in Stalin’s Homeland. Problems of Post-Communism. ISSN 1075-8216. 67(3), p. 264–276. doi: 10.1080/10758216.2018.1540276.
  • Gugushvili, Alexi (2017). Georgia’s Middle Class in the Making: Methods of Measurement, Trends, and Constraints. Caucasus Analytical Digest. ISSN 1867-9323. 95, p. 6–10.
  • Gugushvili, Alexi; Kabachnik, Peter & Kirvalidze, Ana (2017). Collective memory and reputational politics of national heroes and villains. Nationalities Papers. ISSN 0090-5992. 45(3), p. 464–484. doi: 10.1080/00905992.2016.1261821.
  • Gugushvili, Alexi; Bukodi, Erzsebet & John H., Goldthorpe (2017). The Direct Effect of Social Origins on Social Mobility Chances: ‘Glass Floors’ and ‘Glass Ceilings’ in Britain. European Sociological Review. ISSN 0266-7215. 33(2), p. 305–316. doi: 10.1093/esr/jcx043. Full text in Research Archive
  • Gugushvili, Alexi (2017). The effect of rapid privatisation on mortality in mono-industrial towns in post-Soviet Russia: a retrospective cohort study. The Lancet Public Health. ISSN 2468-2667. 2(5), p. e231–e238. doi: 10.1016/S2468-2667%2817%2930072-5.
  • Gugushvili, Alexi (2017). Change or continuity? Intergenerational social mobility and post-communist transition. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. ISSN 0276-5624. 52, p. 59–71. doi: 10.1016/j.rssm.2017.10.004.
  • Gugushvili, Alexi (2017). Political democracy, economic liberalization, and macro-sociological models of intergenerational mobility. Social Science Research. ISSN 0049-089X. 66, p. 58–81. doi: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2017.06.003.
  • Gugushvili, Alexi; Kabachnik, Peter & Gilbreath, Aaron H. (2016). Cartographies of Stalin: Place, Scale, and Reputational Poli. Professional Geographer. ISSN 0033-0124. 68(3), p. 356–367. doi: 10.1080/00330124.2015.1089104.
  • Gugushvili, Alexi (2016). Intergenerational Social Mobility and Popular Explanations of Poverty: A Comparative Perspective. Social justice research. ISSN 0885-7466. 29(4), p. 402–428. doi: 10.1007/s11211-016-0275-9. Full text in Research Archive
  • Gugushvili, Alexi (2016). Intergenerational objective and subjective mobility and attitudes towards income differences: evidence from transition societies. Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy. ISSN 2169-9763. 32(3), p. 199–219. doi: 10.1080/21699763.2016.1206482.
  • Gugushvili, Alexi (2016). “Money can’t buy me land”: Foreign land ownership regime and public opinion in a transition society. Land Use Policy. ISSN 0264-8377. 142-153, p. 142–153. doi: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2016.03.032.
  • Irdam, Darja; King, Lawrence P & Gugushvili, Alexi (2016). Mortality in Transition: Study Protocol of the PrivMort Project, a multilevel convenience cohort study. BMC Public Health. ISSN 1471-2458. 16(672), p. 1–8. doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-3249-9. Full text in Research Archive
  • Gugushvili, Alexi & Kabachnik, Peter (2015). Stalin is dead, long live Stalin? Testing socialization, structural, ideological, nationalist, and gender hypotheses. Post-Soviet Affairs. ISSN 1060-586X. 31(1), p. 1–36. doi: 10.1080/1060586X.2014.940697.
  • Kabachnik, Peter; Gugushvili, Alexi & Jishkariani, David (2015). A Personality Cult's Rise and Fall: Three Cities after Khrushchev's "Secret Speech" and the Stalin Monument that Never Was. REGION: Regional Studies of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. ISSN 2166-4307. 4(2), p. 309–326.
  • Kabachnik, Peter & Gugushvili, Alexi (2015). Unconditional love? Exploring hometown effect in Stalin's birthplace. Caucasus survey. ISSN 2376-1199. 3(2), p. 101–123. doi: 10.1080/23761199.2015.1044305.
  • Gugushvili, Alexi (2015). Self-interest, Perceptions of Transition and Welfare Preferences in the New Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus. Europe-Asia Studies. ISSN 0966-8136. 67(5), p. 718–746. doi: 10.1080/09668136.2015.1045451.
  • Gugushvili, Alexi (2015). Economic Liberalization and Intergenerational Mobility in Occupational Status. Comparative Sociology. ISSN 1569-1322. 14(6), p. 790–820. doi: 10.1163/15691330-12341368.
  • Gugushvili, Alexi (2014). The Georgian Dream of Pension Reforms. Caucasus Analytical Digest. ISSN 1867-9323. 60, p. 6–8.
  • Gugushvili, Alexi (2013). Social Origin, Education and Occupation in Georgia. Caucasus Social Science Review. ISSN 2669-5359. 1(1), p. 1–26.
  • Fairbanks Jr, CH & Gugushvili, Alexi (2013). A new chance for Georgian democracy. Journal of Democracy. ISSN 1045-5736. 24(1), p. 116–127. doi: 10.1353/jod.2013.0002.
  • Gugushvili, Alexi (2011). Understanding Poverty in Georgia. Caucasus Analytical Digest. ISSN 1867-9323. 34, p. 15–18.
  • Gugushvili, Alexi (2010). Towards a Welfare Research Framework in the Countries of Eastern Partnership Initiative. European Journal of East Asian Studies. ISSN 1568-0584. 3(1), p. 349–379.
  • Gugushvili, Alexi (2009). Political Economy of Old-age Pension Reforms in Georgia. Caucasian Review of International Affairs (CRIA). ISSN 1865-6773. 3(4), p. 371–386 .

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  • Gugushvili, Alexi (2012). The (non) Reform of the Georgian Pension system, 1991-2011: A Brief History and Update . Norwegian Institute of International Affairs.

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