Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Postdoctoral Research Scholarships

Current Research Scholars 


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.

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Past Research Scholars



Dr. Burulcha Sulaimanova

Research Topic: The Impact of Job-Education Mismatch on the Earnings: Empirical Evidence from Generation and Gender Difference

Dr. Burulcha Sulaimanova was an Assistant Professor at Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan). She specializes in the fields of labor economics and applied economic analysis in Central Asian countries. In particular, her research interests include education-job mismatch issues in Kyrgyzstan labor market, gender aspects of labor migration, infrastructure development, and its impact on Central Asian economies. She has been engaged in various types of projects as a researcher, project leader, and consultant. One of her recent projects has been on “The impact of infrastructure on trade in Central Asia”, which was supported by the Asian Development Bank Institute. Dr. Sulaimanova holds a Ph.D. and MSc degree in Economics from the Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Anadolu University, Turkey.


Dr. Aijan Sharshenova (In Partnership with Volkswagen Foundation)

Research Topic: Russia’s Public Diplomacy in Kyrgyzstan: A Study of Russian Influence in Central Asia

Dr. Aijan Sharshenova is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Global Sustainable Development, University of Warwick, and the Executive Director at Crossroads Central Asia, an independent think tank. Dr. Sharshenova holds PhD in Politics and MA in International Studies from the University of Leeds, UK. Prior to joining the OSCE Academy, Dr. Sharshenova has worked at the UN and UNDP country offices in the Middle East, and taught courses in International Politics and Academic Writing. Dr. Sharshenova’s research interests include foreign policy analysis, Russian politics, democracy promotion, autocratic diffusion, and international development. Recently, Dr. Sharshenova co-edited the book 'Researching Central Asia: Navigating Positionality in the Field'.

Publications can be found here



Dr. Shairbek Dzhuraev (In Partnership with Volkswagen Foundation)

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

Shairbek Dzhuraev received his PhD 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). Publications can be found here.


Dr. Mirza Sadaqat Huda (In Partnership with NUPI)

Dr. Mirza Sadaqat Huda's research focused 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.



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