Publication Fellowship for Researchers in Armenia

The CRRC Armenia office has just completed its eighth round of the Research Publication Fellowship Program. Through this program, research grants are provided to outstanding individuals or a group of individuals to conduct independent research studies and write a research paper. All of the applicants went through a pre-application training and consultation process which was done through the Moodle e-learning platform. After this, an independent fellowship selection committee reviewed and evaluated the applications. The following five researchers were granted the fellowship for 2010:

The Relation between Millennium Challenge Corporation Aid and Control of Corruption in Armenia

This research project will examine the relationship between the MCC funding policy and improvement in anti-corruption aims in Armenia.

Anna Minasyan

MA in International Business from the University of Konstanz Baden-W├╝rttemberg, Germany

Post-Crisis Development in Armenia

The study will examine crisis and post-crisis developments of the Armenian economy in the framework of sectoral diversification, GDP structure, regional integration and emerging debt crisis issues. The team will build an econometric model to show the main trends observed in major sectors of the economy. The project will employ macroeconomic variables and provide possible scenarios regarding post-crisis developments.

Vilen Khachatryan

PhD in Economics from the Institute of Economics of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia

Poverty and Growth Dynamics in Armenia

This research project assesses the dynamics of poverty and its main driving forces in rural and urban areas of Armenia with regard to economic growth.

Nelly Gasparyan

MA in Economics from the International School of Economics in Tbilisi, Georgia (will be mentored by Dr. Karine Torosyan, ISET)

Religious Tolerance and the Dominant Armenian Apostolic Church in Desecularizing Armenia: the Case of Shatin Village

This project presents a case study of Shatin village which has recently faced desecularisation. In contrast to many other Armenian villages, it espouses religious tolerance. This project will reveal the determinants of religious tolerance in the village and uncover new aspects of desecularisation in Armenia.

Meri Yeranosyan

MA in Social Sciences from Albert-Ludwigs-Universit├Ąt Freiburg, Germany

Personality and Leisure Choices in Armenia

This paper will explore why certain people choose less common types of leisure activities over the more popular ones. The insights of motivation theory and leisure studies are combined to find correlations between the self-actualizing type of leisure and personality.

Tamara Tsaturyan

MS in Marketing and Management from Stockholm University, Sweden

The fellows are expected to finish their research projects by the end of 2011 and to seek a peer-reviewed publication for their papers. We wish our fellows in Armenia productive work and success with their research.