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Natia Sopromadze

« About Me

გამარჯობა! If it is the first time you see these characters, they simply say a warm “hello” in beautiful Georgian.

I have recently completed my PhD funded by the Chancellor's International Scholarship at the University of Warwick. Currently I am an Early Career Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study. Prior to my PhD, I earned an MA in Educational Leadership and Innovation from the University of Warwick and another MA in English Language and Literature from Akaki Tsereteli State University in Georgia.

« My Research

My PhD project was a mixed-methods study, which examined the interplay between emotion, higher education leadership and culture. It explored the emotional experience of departmental leadership from the perspectives of heads of department and academic staff at Georgian and English universities. The study uncovered hidden struggles academics face in the time of higher education restructuring and offered suggestions for sustaining a positive emotional atmosphere in academic departments.

My current research interests include innovative and creative methodologies that cross disciplinary boundaries.

« Publications

Sopromadze, N., Moorosi, P. (2017) "Do we see through their eyes? Testing a bilingual questionnaire in education research using cognitive interviews", International Journal of Research and Method in Education, Vol. 40, No. 5, pp. 524-540. DOI: 10.1080/1743727X.2016.1181163

Sopromadze, N. (2011) “Bologna reforms in Georgia: changes, challenges and pitfalls”, International Journal ‘Intellect’, Georgian Foundation for Development of Sciences and Society, Vol. 40, No. 2, pp. 166-169.

« Conferences

‘From English to Georgian: Questionnaire translation and adaptation in comparative education research’ at 4th International Conference Education, Reflection, Development, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Babeș-Bolyai University, July 8-9, 2016, Cluj-Napoca, Romania [Presenter]

'Am I We? Perceptions of Self and Others in Leadership Discourse' at 18th Warwick International Postgraduate Conference in Applied Linguistics, Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, June 23-25, 2015, Coventry, UK [Poster Presenter]

Crossing Boundaries, Annual Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Student Conference, Centre for Education Studies, University of Warwick, May 23, 2015, Coventry, UK [Conference Organising Committee Member]

'Do we see through their eyes? Testing a web-based survey through cognitive interviews' at British Educational Research Association Annual Conference (BERA), London Institute of Education, September 23-25, 2014, London, UK [Presenter]

'Emotional leadership in higher education: a cross-cultural study of heads of departments in Georgia and England' at Opening up the Ivory Tower, Kaleidoscope Graduate Student Research Conference, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, May 29-30, 2014, Cambridge, UK [Presenter]

Crossing Boundaries, Annual Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Student Conference, Centre for Education Studies, University of Warwick, May 10, 2014, Coventry, UK [Conference Volunteer]

‘Should the heart lead the head? Emotional dimension of academic leadership’ at Research Postgraduate Poster Showcase, PG Hub, University of Warwick, June 5, 2013, Coventry, UK [Poster Presenter]

‘Leading with your heart: Exploring emotional intelligence in Georgian higher education’ at Crossing Boundaries, WIE Inaugural Postgraduate Student Conference, Institute of Education, University of Warwick, April 27, 2013, Coventry, UK [Presenter]

‘A cross-cultural comparative study of emotional leadership at Georgian and English universities’ at Challenges and Innovation, Students’ Ongoing Research in Education Studies (STORIES), Annual Graduate Conference, Department of Education, University of Oxford, March 12-13, 2013, Oxford, UK [Presenter]

« Professional Memberships

2017 - Present: British Educational Research Association (BERA)

2015 - Present: Emonet - Emotions Network

2015 - Present: British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE)

2012 - Present: British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society (BELMAS)


Dr Natia Sopromadze

Natia Sopromadze
N dot Sopromadze at warwick dot ac dot uk

PhD Supervisor:

Dr Pontso Moorosi