Associate Research Fellowship

The OSCE Academy’s Associate Research Fellowship (ARF) programme aims to support PhD Candidates and/or Post-Doctoral researchers in conducting their research projects and provide institutional affiliation to independent researchers. The length of the fellowship is from six to twelve months and is open for both Bishkek-based and non-Bishkek residents.

The ​Academy provides Fellows ​with ​access to the library and all available online resources as well as ​with ​an opportunity to present their research ​and to​ deliver a lecture to students and the public.


The ​Fellowship is unpaid.  Travel and living costs (if any) to visit the OSCE Academy for public presentations must be covered by the fellows.

​The ​Associate Research Fellowship allows/expects to:

- make a presentation on her​/his​ research to an interested audience​, organized by the Academy;
- make a contribution to one of the following publishing outlets of the OSCE Academy in Bishkek:

- OSCE Academy Policy Briefs;

- OSCE Academy Research Paper series;
- OSCE Academy Yearbook;


- Preferably PhD Candidates and/or Post-Doctoral researchers in the field of social sciences;
- Excellent knowledge of English;
-Clearly identified area of expertise / research interest in line with Academy’s research agenda.


To apply please send to

- Cover Letter specifying the duration of stay;
- Curriculum Vitae;
- A short project proposal and a plan for the implementation of the research project
- A short paragraph describing what kind of support is requested from the OSCE Academy


Current Associate Research Fellows

James Michael Wilson, 2022

Research Title: OSCE Peacekeeping: The unused instrument of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s peace toolbox [Working Title]

James Michael Wilson is a current candidate in the Professional Doctorate in Policing, Crime and Security at the University of West London. His research topic qualitatively examines why the OSCE has never deployed a fully-fledged peacekeeping mission, despite the fact that ‘peacekeeping’ has been in its toolbox since the early 1990’s, during which time the organisation has continually responded to rapidly developing and ever-increasingly complex crises.

James holds numerous academic and professional qualifications, and has received First Class Bachelor of Arts (BA) Honours degree in Security Consultancy from Buckinghamshire New University, masters degrees and postgraduate diplomas with distinction, including a Master of Science (MSc) in Security Sector Management from Cranfield University at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, as well as awards for research and academic excellence. An experienced Chartered Manager (CMgr) and Humanitarian (CHum), he has diverse deployed field experience including political affairs in Kosovo, Ebola response management in Sierra Leone, conflict monitoring in Ukraine, election monitoring in Ukraine, Kosovo, Turkey, North Macedonia, as well as humanitarian safety and security management in the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean. James was the Political Officer for the OSCE Mission in Kosovo from May 2014 to October 2016, and since January 2018 has worked in various roles with the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine.

Eva Seiwert/ 2022

Research Title: “The Shanghai Cooperation Organization and China’s vision of international relations in the 21st century”

Dr Eva Seiwert is a Research Associate at the Institute of Political Science at Friedrich-  Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. She holds a PhD in International Relations from Freie Universität Berlin with a thesis on the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and China’s strategy of shaping international norms, which she is currently revising for book publication. Eva completed an MSc in East Asian Relations from the University of Edinburgh and a BA in Chinese Studies from the Universität Leipzig. She was a Visiting Scholar at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences and has spent numerous study and research stays abroad, including at Shanghai Jiaotong University, Renmin University Beijing, Lanzhou University, and the United Nations Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) in Bruges.

Eva is Associate Editor at 9DASHLINE, an independent and non-partisan online platform that publishes expert op-eds and commentaries about politics across the Indo-Pacific. Her comments on international affairs have appeared on various platforms, including The Diplomat, Global Policy, South China Morning Post, Foreign Policy Research Institute, and the Bertelsmann Foundation’s BTI Blog. Eva’s tweets on current affairs can be found at @evaseiwert.

John Irgengioro, 2022

Research Title: Competing for Hearts and Minds in Today’s Multipolar World Order: a Comparative Analysis of the Soft Power of Russia, China, and the European Union in Central Asia and Mongolia.

John Irgengioro is a PhD fellow at the Ghent Institute for International and European studies at Ghent University, Belgium. His research investigates the dynamics of soft power attraction as projected by the major foreign actors of Russia, China, and the European Union among youths and young adults in Central Asia and Mongolia. Methodologically, his research utilizes document analyses, online surveys, focus groups, and elite interviews. He previously holds an MA degree in Political Science from Brock University, Canada.



Cholpon Orozobekova, 2022

Research Title: State Policies Toward Former ISIS Fighters: Repatriation of Family Members and Bringing Male Fighters to Justice

Cholpon Orozobekova is a conflict analyst and terrorism expert based in Geneva, Switzerland. She has been researching religious extremism and state policies toward ISIS fighters since 2018. Her book “Global Jihadism and International Peace” to be published by Rowman/Hamilton Books in 2022. Cholpon lectures as a guest-speaker at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and Member of European Expert Network on Terrorism. Currently, Cholpon is a director of the Bulan Institute for Peace Innovations, research institute based in Geneva. She holds an Executive Master in International Negotiations and Policy Making from the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva, Master of Advanced Studies in International and European Security from University of Geneva jointly with Geneva Centre for Security Policy, and MA in International Relations/Political Science from the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva. Cholpon worked as a Central Asia Analyst in international media and her analyses were published by the Diplomat Magazine, Jamestown Foundation, Asia Times, IWPR and RFE/RL.


Jasmin Dall’Agnola, 2022

Research Title: The Implications of the COVID-19 Crisis for Smart City Technologies in Central Asia

Dr Jasmin Dall’Agnola holds a PhD in Politics and International Relations from Oxford Brookes University and a Master in Political Science and Slavic Linguistics from the University of Zurich. Her research interest centers on the relationship between gender, governance and technology in post-Soviet Central Asia. Her postdoc project has been awarded a prestigious two-year, full-time Postdoc.Mobility Fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation, to explore the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on smart city technologies in Central Asia. Central Asian governments are known for using smart city innovations to assist in waste management and policing urban centers. However, there is little research to date assessing the extent to which the COVID-19 crisis is fuelling the spread of smart city technologies across Central Asian cities. Nor are there any studies into the wider Central Asian public’s attitudes toward them. Jasmin's postdoc project is designed to fill these voids. Methodologically, her study will evaluate survey data, focus group interviews, along with a visual exploration of smart city installations in the Central Asian cities of Almaty, Bishkek, Dushanbe and Tashkent.


Katherine Crofts-Gibbons, 2021

Research Title: Listening to the Streets? The Response of Post-Soviet Central Asian Governments to Street Protest

Katherine Crofts-Gibbons is a doctoral candidate at King’s College London’s Russian Institute, where her research investigates the response of post-Soviet Central Asian Governments to protest, and asks why nondemocratic governments sometimes offer concessions to protestors. Prior to joining the Russia Institute, she completed an MPhil in Russian and East European Studies and a BA hons in History and Politics at the University of Oxford, and worked as a research analyst in the private sector.




Jakob Lempp, 2021

Research Title: EU and Central Asia Relations

Prof. Dr. Jakob Lempp has been a professor at the Rhein-Waal University of Applied Sciences in Kleve, Germany since April 2012, and from 2015 to 2019, he was Dean of the Faculty ofSociety and Economics. His main research focus is on the study of political systems in Europe and Central Asia. He has published over 50 articles, book chapters, and books and has received several awards for excellent teaching.

He studied Political Science, Communication Science, and Philosophy at the University of Technology Dresden and completed a Diploma in European Studies at the University of Turku/ Finland. He worked as a managing assistant and research assistant at the Institute of Political Science of the TU Dresden and completed his PhD on the evolution of the Council of the European Union. He then worked as a consultantat the Boston Consulting Group GmbH in Munich. During the winter term2021/2022, he was granted a research leave and serves as a CRGE-                                                           fellow at DKU in Almaty, Kazakhstan and as an ARF-fellow at OSCE Academy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Barbara Meier, 2021 

Research Title: Everyday Geopolitics: Transnational Identifications and Aspirations of University Graduates in Bishkek and Osh

Barbara Meier is a PhD-candidate in Social Geography at the University of Jena (Germany). Holding a scholarship of the Federal State of Thuringia, she investigates quotidian contexts of geopolitics in post-Soviet space. In her doctoral research, Barbara examines the global orientation of university graduates in Bishkek and Osh, with a special focus on educational decisions and consumption of popular culture, combining participatory research approaches and ethnographical fieldwork. Fields of her interest are critical geopolitics, post-colonist, and feminist theoretical approaches, visual methodologies, political architecture, and their intersections. Besides, Barbara has working experience in international higher education exchange.


Zane Sime, 2021

Research Topic: The Role of Environment and Climate in Reshaping Comprehensive Security

Zane Šime is a policy analyst focusing on the EU macro-regional governance, regionalism in Europe and its neighborhood, EU science diplomacy towards the Southern Neighbourhood. As a Top 40 under 40 EU - India / UK - India Young Leader 2020, Zane explores the EU-India educational diplomacy in a broader context of the Asia-Europe Meeting. Zane has obtained professional experience as an international civil servant at the Secretariat of the Council of the Baltic Sea States and a national civil servant in Latvia. She is a graduate of KU Leuven and the University of Latvia. Zane has completed a research internship at the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies. She is a member of the Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies, the Latvian Political Science Association, and the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists.

Rebecca Wagner, 2021

Research Topic: Elections in Times of Shrinking Civic Spaces

Rebecca Wagner is a doctoral researcher at the Peace Research Institute (PRIF) in Frankfurt where she conducts research on resilience, international democracy support, civil society and elections. Before joining PRIF, Rebecca gained more than seven years’ experience of international human rights and democracy support work, including participating in ODIHR /OSCE Election Observation Missions and serving as a civic observer. Rebecca Wagner is member of the research network External Democracy Promotion (EDP). She volunteers for an NGO that organizes election observation missions for young people in Europe. Rebecca graduated from Leiden University, the Netherlands, and the University of Konstanz, Germany. She did her Erasmus year in Istanbul/Turkey.

Nima Khorammi, 2021

Research Topic: Persian Hub, Central Asian Networks: Iran’s Evolving Regional Strategy in the Context of Its Relations with China and India; Growing Turkish Presence in Central Asia - Caucasus: What Role for NATO?

Nima Khorrami is a Research Associate at The Arctic Institute. His areas of interest and expertise lie at the intersection of geopolitics, infrastructure, and technology. Nima has experience working in PR, policy research and advocacy, and marketing in Europe and the Middle East, and frequently writes both analytical and opinion pieces for a number of publications. Over the course of his fellowship at the AiB, Nima will lead two separate research projects on Iran and Turkey. With regard to the former, his research seeks to unpack Iran’s importance in China and India's strategies towards Central Asia and how Tehran uses - could use - China’s BRI and India’s Connect Central Asia initiatives to advance its interests. In his other project, he will investigate the implications of Turkey’s growing influence in Central Asia-Caucasus for NATO’s regional posturing in the context of NATO’s recently released 2030 Vision dossier.


Kinga Szálkai, 2021

Research Topic: Resetting Water Relations in Central Asia: The Perspectives of Uzbekistan’s Cooperative Foreign Policy Turn

Dr Kinga Szálkai is an Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations and European Studies at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary. Previously, she worked at Antall József Knowledge Centre as a research fellow, at Central European University as a research assistant, and held several positions at Corvinus Society for Foreign Affairs and Culture. She has also lectured at various universities of Central Europe, including Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, where she is currently a visiting professor.

She earned her PhD degree in International Relations and Security Studies from the Corvinus University of Budapest. Her main research focuses on water as a security challenge in Central Asia. Her research areas also include large dams as tools of identity construction in the Soviet Union and in the post-Soviet region, theories and practice of water security, and women in Soviet Central Asia.



Nargiza Muratalieva, 2020

Research Topic: The Impact of Geopolitical Projects in Central Asia

Dr. Nargiza Muratalieva is an Associate Research Fellow at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek. Associate professor, she holds a PhD in political science, with a dissertation devoted to “Regional Policy of Russia and China in Central Asia and the SCO as a factor of interaction.” Author of the monograph “Russia and China in Central Asia”, she published over 50 articles. She currently works at the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) as an editor of analytical materials. Her broad research interest are – security, political processes in Central Asia, international organizations.



Barbara Roggeveen, 2020

Research Topic: Civilizational Discourses in Contemporary Russian Foreign Policy

Barbara Roggeveen is a PhD candidate in Russian and East European Studies at the University of Oxford. Her doctoral research explores a prominent yet under-researched attempt by Russian foreign policy actors to redefine the spatial contours of Russia’s post-Soviet zone of influence - one that not only includes the post-Soviet states in Central Asia but increasingly extends eastward to China, India, and the Korean peninsula. Prior to her PhD research, Barbara graduated with distinction from the University of Oxford with an MPhil in Russian and East European Studies. She also completed a Bachelor of Laws at the Vrije University and a Bachelor in Slavic Languages and Cultures at the University of Amsterdam. Barbara has held various research positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the Atlantic Council in Washington DC, and the University of Amsterdam. Her research interests include conservative ideologies in Russian politics, Russian foreign policy approaches towards the Eurasian region, and the discursive construction of post-Soviet identities.


Lambert Michael Eric, 2020

Research Topic: The American Analysis of Military and Security Development in the Wakhan Corridor

Michael E. Lambert, PhD is a political psychologist and social engineer working at the intersection of medicine (social psychology and psychopharmacology) and political science, broadening the topics of Blue Ocean Strategy in international politics (quantitative and qualitative evaluation of the foreign policy of China, the United States and the European Union) and the study of mathematical models of strategic interaction between decision-makers in para-states.

He graduated from Sorbonne University in collaboration with the INSEAD and received complementary trainings at Harvard University.



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