Planned activities

CADGAT: Launch of new datasets

Date: 14.01.2019, Time: 14:00

The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and the OSCE Academy established the Central Asia Data-Gathering and Analysis Team (CADGAT) in 2009. The purpose of CADGAT is to produce new cross-regional data on Central Asia that can be freely used by researchers, journalists, NGOs and government employees inside and outside the region. At this event, we will talk about what CADGAT does and fresh CADGAT datasets will be presented. The audience will have the opportunity to suggest useful topics that CADGAT could gather data on in 2019. Existing CADGAT datasets can be accessed at Please, register at : 


Chair: Roman Mogilevskii, University of Central Asia

14:00     Opening words                                                                                                 Alexander Wolters

14:05     What is CADGAT?                                                                                             Indra Overland

14:20     “China’s Belt and Road Initiative in Central Asia from a Project-Level Perspective". Farkhod Aminjonov

15:00     “Development of Renewable Energy in Central Asia”.                                           Bahtiyor Eshchanov

15:40     What would you like data on? Discussion of future CADGAT topics                        Roman Vakulchuk

16:00     End of the seminar and coffee/tea

Dr. Alexander Wolters is Director of the OSCE Academy. He has published on security and political development themes of Central Asia as well as on BRI, has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on Central Asian affairs in various universities in the region. As Director of the OSCE Academy, he has set as a priority for the institute to develop research capacity and develop new educational programmes.

Dr. Roman Mogilevskii is Associate Director and Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Public Policy & Administration, University of Central Asia. He has extensive experience researching trade policy, public finance, labour market and social policy and macroeconomics in Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Dr. Mogilevskii has held advisory positions for the governments of Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and worked as a consultant for many international organizations, such as the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, UNDP, UNICEF, and UN FAO. He also served as the Executive Director of the Center for Social and Economic Research in Kyrgyzstan (CASE-Kyrgyzstan).

Prof. Indra Overland is Research Professor and Head of the Energy Programme at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). He has worked on Central Asia since 2001, and previously headed the Russia and Eurasia Research Group at NUPI. He completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge in the year 2000 and is co-author of among other things ‘The Caspian Sea Region Towards 2025: Caspia Inc., National Giants or Trade and Transit?’ (Eburon / Chicago University Press) and ‘Caspian Energy Politics’ (Routledge). For further information see

Dr. Farkhod Aminjonov is Professor-Researcher at Narxoz University and Deputy Director of the Central Asia Institute for Strategic Studies based in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Farkhod Aminjonov holds a Ph.D. in global governance from Wilfrid Laurier University/ Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo, Canada. He has a track record of publications (journal articles, reports, policy papers, etc.) and a teaching experience in Canada and Kazakhstan. He is an expert on energy security and trans–boundary water management with a particular focus on Central Asia and the broader Eurasian region.

Dr. Bahtiyor Eshchanov is currently a senior lecturer in Economics at Westminster International University in Tashkent. He holds a M.Sc. degree in Sustainable Technologies from the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden and Ph.D. degree in Applied Economics from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. Previously Bahtiyor Eshchanov has served as a senior economist for Asian Development Bank and chairman of department at the Academy of Public Administration under the President of Uzbekistan. He is engaged in number of national and international research projects in partnership with International Financial Institutions and donor organizations, i.e. UNDP, ADB, Swiss REPIC and NUPI. He has number of publications in peer reviewed journals. In line with teaching Industrial Economics and Energy-Environmental Economics, he is supervising MA theses on renewable energy and development economics.

Dr. Roman Vakulchuk is a Senior Research Fellow at NUPI. He holds a PhD degree in Economics obtained from Jacobs University Bremen, Germany. He publishes on economic transition and integration, trade, infrastructure and transport, SMEs, business climate, energy and natural resource governance, climate change, and public sector reform in Central Asia. Vakulchuk has work experience as a project leader and expert within research projects organized by among others the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Global Development Network (GDN) and the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI). He also worked at the oil company Shell in Germany. In 2013, Vakulchuk was awarded the Gabriel Al-Salem International Award for Excellence in Consulting. Recent publications include, ‘China’s Belt and Road Initiative through the Lens of Central Asia’,Kazakhstan: Civil Society and Natural Resource Policy in Kazakhstan’, ‘Public Administration Reform and Its Implications for Foreign Petroleum Companies in Kazakhstan’.

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