Current Research Fellows

Dr. Rahat Sabyrbekov (In Partnership with NUPI)

Dr. Rahat Sabyrbekov received his PhD from School of Economics and Business at Norwegian University of Life Sciences. He obtained his Master's degree from University of Birmingham, the United Kingdom. Rahat serves as an author for Intergovernmental Platform for Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity Assessment Report. Rahat’s research interests include environmental economics, ecosystem services, natural capital, and natural resource management.



Dr. Mirza Sadaqat Huda (In Partnership with NUPI)

Dr. Mirza Sadaqat Huda is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek. His research focuses on the Belt and Road Initiative, the politics of renewable energy in Asia and global climate governance. He has undertaken policy relevant research on natural resource governance and conflict resolution at the University of Queensland, Nanyang Technological University and Griffith University. Dr Huda’s analysis has been published in Energy Policy, Geoforum, Water International and Energy Research and Social Science. He has contributed op-eds to the Policy Forum, the East Asia Forum and the Australian Institute of International Affairs. Dr Huda is the author of ‘Energy Cooperation in South Asia: Utilizing Natural Resources for Peace and Sustainable Development’, published by Routledge in April 2020.  He earned his PhD from the Sustainable Minerals Institute of the University of Queensland and his Master’s and Bachelor’s from Macquarie University and the University of Canberra, respectively. Dr Huda is an Asia EDGE Fellow at the National Bureau of Asian                                                                 Research, Washington and a Non-Resident Fellow at Energy Peace Partners, California.

Dr. Aijan Sharshenova (In Partnership with Volkswagen Foundation)

Dr. Aijan Sharshenova is an Associate Research Fellow at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek. Dr. Sharshenova holds a PhD in Politics and Master’s degree in International Studies from the University of Leeds, UK, and Master’s Degree in the EU and Central Asian Studies from the Institut für Europäische Politik and the Centre international de Formation européenne. Prior to joining the OSCE Academy on full-time basis, Dr. Sharshenova has worked at the UN and UNDP country offices in Bahrain. She also worked at the International Peace Institute’s office in Bahrain and development projects in Kyrgyzstan. Dr. Sharshenova’s research specialization is democracy promotion and democratization, post-Soviet authoritarianism, and international development. Her regional expertise is post-Soviet Eurasia. Recently, Dr. Sharshenova published her book ‘The European Union’s Democracy Promotion in Central Asia’ available on Amazon.

         Research Topic: A Russia’s Soft Power in Kyrgyzstan: A Study of Russian Influence in Central Asia Download Abstract

Shairbek Juraev (In Partnership with Volkswagen Foundation)

Shairbek Juraev is currently a PhD candidate in the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews. He previously served as Deputy Director at OSCE Academy in Bishkek and as a Dean of Academic Development at American University of Central Asia. Shairbek taught courses in Central Asian politics, Foreign Policy Analysis and International Relations at various times at American University of Central Asia, OSCE Academy in Bishkek and European University at St Petersburg. His research interests include a wide range of political and policy issues in Central Asia, with particular focus on foreign policy, political institutions and regime dynamics in the region. Shairbek holds MSc in International Relations from London School of Economics (2005).

         Research Topic: Politics of Foreign Policy Change in Georgia and Kyrgyzstan





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