Researcher Directory

The Central Asia Researcher Directory is an inter-regional network of experts which builds a community of scholars, exposes members to a range of ideas, promotes constructive debate, dialogue and mutual trust.

Activities held in conjunction with our network of associate partners from the private sector, policymaking and civil society worlds offer further opportunities for members to gain different perspectives, network and find job opportunities.

  • Internal research symposia: Oxus convenes bi-annual research meetings, in which members can present their latest research and receive feedback.
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  • Co-applications for funding: Members are encouraged to form partnerships and apply for external funding for projects of mutual interest.
  • Publications: Through the Oxus Society website, members have the opportunity to publish their research.
  • Events with policymakers: Oxus holds regular briefing events with government agencies.

We welcome anyone who:

  • Conducts research on Central Asia;
  • Has a university degree in a relevant field (Master’s level or equivalent) or equivalent professional experience.

Please fill out this form and email your headshot to bendalton@oxussociety.org.

Information is periodically sent to this group on recent research, possible research sites, funding, and other areas of potential interest. Inclusion in the directory does not constitute formal affiliation with Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs.

Abhi Goyal

Senior Program Associate, International Republican Institute

Ablet Kamalov

Professor of History, Turan University, Almaty

Adam Hug

Director, Foreign Policy Centre

Adrian Zenz

Senior Fellow in China Studies, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation

Ahmet Furkan Ozyakar

PhD Candidate in Politics, University of Exeter

Aijan Sharshenova

Associate Research Fellow, OSCE Academy

Ajay Patnaik

Professor, Centre for Russian & Central Asian Studies, JNU, New Delhi

Akbota Karibayeva

PhD student, George Washington University

Aksana Ismailbekova

Researcher, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient

Alan DeYoung

Emeritus Professor, University of Kentucky

Alan Outram

Professor of Archaeological Science, University of Exeter

Albina Muratbekova

Research Fellow, Eurasian Research Institute

Alexander Kupatadze

Lecturer, King's College London

Alexander Maier

PhD Student, Columbia University

Alisher Ilkhamov

Research Associate, School of Oriental and African Studies

Abhi Goyal

Position: Senior Program Associate, International Republican Institute
Email: agoyal@email.wm.edu

My previous research was on urban migrant communities, novostroiki, around Bishkek. I currently conduct polling with IRI and research the political system and parties of Kyrgyzstan as well as adjacent socio-political issues.

Ablet Kamalov

Position: Professor of History, Turan University, Almaty
Email: abletk@mail.ru
Affiliation: Turan University, Almaty

My research interests include history and culture of Uyghurs of Xinjiang (Eastern Turkistan) and Central Asia, historiography and written sources, Diaspora and Migration studies, History of International relations with Central Asia, Russia and China.

Adam Hug

Position: Director, Foreign Policy Centre
Email: adam.hug@fpc.org.uk
Affiliation: Foreign Policy Centre

I am a generalist but with a strong interest in the post-Soviet space (particularly Central Asia and the South Caucasus) . My research in the region has involved a number of deep dives examining the overall performance of governments and suggesting areas for reform. I focus on placing analysis of human rights and governance issues in wider political and geopolitical contexts.

Adrian Zenz

Position: Senior Fellow in China Studies, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation
Email: adrian@zenz.org
Affiliation: Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation

China’s ethnic minority policy in Xinjiang and Tibet. Securitization, internment, budgets.

Ahmet Furkan Ozyakar

Position: PhD Candidate in Politics, University of Exeter
Email: ao349@exeter.ac.uk
Affiliation: University of Exeter

Cultural Diplomacy of Iran in Central Asia, Status-seeking and nationbranding.

Aijan Sharshenova

Position: Associate Research Fellow, OSCE Academy
Email: a.sharshenova@osce-academy.net

My current research interests include Russia’s soft power in Central Asia, Russian colonialism, Soviet Central Asia, and Central Asian authoritarianism. Other research interests are the EU in Central Asia, democracy promotion and autocracy promotion in Central Asia, governance and security sector reform.

Ajay Patnaik

Position: Professor, Centre for Russian & Central Asian Studies, JNU, New Delhi
Email: patnaik.ajay@gmail.com
Affiliation: Centre for Russian & Central Asian Studies, JNU, New Delhi

Works on issues of Nationality, Ethnicity, urbanisation and migration, Gender roles, Energy, Geopolitics and Security in the Central Asia/Eurasia Region. Latest research interests include Nature and Forms of Protests in Central Asia and BRICS.

Akbota Karibayeva

Position: PhD student, George Washington University
Email: akaribayeva@gwu.edu
Affiliation: George Washington University

My research interests include political regimes, security cooperation, technological modernization, energy markets, and women empowerment in Central Asia.

Aksana Ismailbekova

Position: Researcher, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient
Email: aksana_ismailbekova@yahoo.co.uk
Affiliation: Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient

My research focus is on Fergana Valley (conflict, ethnicity, peace-building, migration, corruption, remittances).

Alan DeYoung

Position: Emeritus Professor, University of Kentucky
Email: aldeyoung@gmail.com
Affiliation: University of Kentucky

Transitions of secondary and higher education. Status of teachers and teaching in CA. Inequalities in education.

Alan Outram

Position: Professor of Archaeological Science, University of Exeter
Email: a.k.outram@exeter.ac.uk
Affiliation: University of Exeter

Archaeology of horse domestication and prehistoric pastoralists.

Albina Muratbekova

Position: Research Fellow, Eurasian Research Institute
Email: albina.muratbek@gmail.com
Affiliation: Eurasian Research Institute

I am interested in China-India interests in Central Asian region, Central Asian regional cooperation, and Development of Oriental Studies in Central Asian states.

Alexander Kupatadze

Position: Lecturer, King's College London
Email: akupatad@gmail.com
Affiliation: King's College London

Organized crime, corruption, terrorism.

Alexander Maier

Position: PhD Student, Columbia University
Email: am4996@columbia.edu
Affiliation: Columbia University

Alexander Maier is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University. His research focuses on the history of undocumented labor migration in the former Soviet Union and the social lives of Central Asian migrant workers in Russia. He is broadly interested in the political economy of postsocialism, the politics of mobility and migration, and the ethnography of bureaucracy and the law.

Alisher Ilkhamov

Position: Research Associate, School of Oriental and African Studies
Email: ailkhamov@gmail.com
Affiliation: School of Oriental and African Studies

I’ve been working on issues related to nation-state building; nationalism; corruption; good governance; human rights; economic development. Apart from doing academic research I also publish frequently in mass media and do program work promoting reforms and policy changes in certain spheres of political and economic development in post-Soviet countries, particularly in Uzbekistan.