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Evelina Gambino


Photo on 25-07-2018 at 12.38 #2.jpgUCL Department of Geography                                      
University College London
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My current project focuses on the development of logistics infrastructure in Georgia. Through an ethnographic analysis of the on-going infrastructural reconstruction of two key sites, I analyse the country’s logistical turn as at once a discursive and material formation. The first of my field sites is the emerging port town of Anaklia. Anaklia, situated on the Black Sea Coast, at the border with the de facto state of Abkhazia is at the centre of ambitious national and foreign investment aimed at turning this once peripheral coastal village into a trade and transport hub with a global reach. The second site, also located in a borderland, is the town of Akhalqalaki. In this town, only twenty seven kilometres from the Turkish border and mainly populated by an Armenian ethnic minority, is one of the stops of the transnational railway line Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK), a project that has been in the making since the collapse of the Soviet Union. These two very different developments are key to Georgia’s ambition to strengthen its position as an over-land transit corridor and one of the strategic hubs of the ‘New Silk Road’. By exploring the labour relations, narratives, expectations, conflicts and social relations emerging around these mega projects, I aim to provide a grounded account of logistics expansion, exposing the frictions through which it operates. My research spans across the fields of critical logistics, critical geopolitics and the anthropology and geography of infrastructure.

Primary Supervisor: Prof. Andrew Barry

Secondary Supervisor: Dr Hannah Knox (anthropology)


Ph.D. Candidate, University College London
Human Geography
2017 onwards
ESRC funded

Ma in Russian and Eastern European Studies
University of Nottingham
ESRC funded

Ma Anthropology and Cultural Politics
Goldsmiths College, University of London

Ba Anthropology and Media
Goldsmiths College, University of London


Academic Articles:

Barry, A., Gambino, E. (2019). ‘Pipeline Geopolitics: Subaquatic Materials and the Tactical Point’, Geopolitics.

Gambino, E. (2019) “The Georgian Logistics Revolution: Questioning Seamlessness Across the New Silk Road” Work Organisation, Labour & Globalisation Vol. 13, No. 1, pp. 190-206.

Chapters in edited volumes:

Aslanishvili T., Gambino, E. (2018) “Remaking Anaklia: Landscapes of Trial and Error Across the New Silk Road” in Anfrage // Werkleitz Festival Catalogue 2018 HOLEN UND BRINGEN

Gambino, E., 2017. ‘The “Gran Ghetto: Migrant Labor and Militant Research in Southern Italy.’ in De Genova, N. (ed) The Borders of “Europe”: Autonomy of Migration, Tactics of Bordering. Durham: Duke University Press.

Other publications:

Gambino, E., Barry, A. (2020) 'Unsustainable transition? Hydropower and the post-Covid recovery in Georgia'. Open Democracy (available at

Gambino, E. (2020) 'Logistical nightmares: what can we learn from the crisis of Anaklia Deep Sea Port?' (available at

Gambino, E. (2019) 'Georgia, the South Caucasus and the BRI: a situated view'. Caucasus Analytical Digest (available at

Gambino, E. (2019). ‘Beyond Seamlessness: the Making and Unmaking of a Logistical Territory’, Lo Squaderno. 51, 59-63. (available at

Gambino, E. (2018) 'The New Silk Road and logistical geopolitics'. Society and Space (available at,project%20yet%20to%20be%20defined.)

Gambino, E., 2017. 'La Nuova via della Seta'. Euronomade (available at




GEOG0084: Geo-Politics (Ma Environment Space and Society)

GEOG0023: Economic Geography (Ba)

Guest Lectures:

Jan 2019 – Guest Lecture Ma Program Research Architecture: “ (Re)making the Georgian New Silk Road”. Centre For Research Architecture, Goldsmiths College

Jan 2018 – Guest Lecture Ma Program Research Architecture: “The Logistics of trial and error on the Black Sea”. Centre For Research Architecture, Goldsmiths College

Sep 2017 -  Guest Lecture Ma Program Policy Lab: “Participatory Research and Militant Ethnographies”. Centre for Cultural Studies,
Goldsmiths College

Other Teaching:

2017, 2018 – Guest Tutor, DS3 Ma Architecture Studio,
Master in Architecture (year 2)
Oxford Brookes