University of Pittsburgh
February 4, 2001

PITT'S GRADUATE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS TO STUDY LOCAL GOVERNMENT REFORM IN RUSSIA

Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 5 -- The Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Pittsburgh has received a $132,210 grant from the Eurasia Foundation to study local government reform and training in Russia.

The project team will conduct field research in three Russian cities to assess implementation of reforms and training efforts for administrators at the local government level, and to make recommendations regarding training needs.

GSPIA will work with a Russian partner, the Institute for Urban Economics (IUE) in Moscow.

Principal investigator is GSPIA Associate Professor Janine Wedel. Other faculty participating include GSPIA Dean Carolyn Ban and Jonathan Harris, a professor in the Department of Political Science. Among the Pitt graduate students involved will be Ioulia Bolotskikh, a Ph.D. student at GSPIA from

St. Petersburg, Russia.

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