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Evelina Gambino


UCL Department of Geography
University College London
Pearson Building
Gower Street



My current project focuses on the development of logistics infrastructure in Georgia. through an ethnographic analysis of the on-going infrastructural reconstruction of post-Soviet Georgia, focusing on two key sites, I analyse the country’s logistical turn as discursive and material formations. 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 the 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


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.

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


Guest Lectures:

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