Master of International Relations

Program duration: 1.5 years
Maximum number of credits per semester: 18
Language of instruction: English
Form of study: full-time (classes take place primarily at evening time)
Number of credits: 48 / 90 ECTS

The Master in International relations program covers all aspects of interactions between states and political units in the economic, political, legal, cultural and other spheres. This program trains professionals for a diverse international career at inter-governmental levels, as well as for communications with international business partners.

Graduates study

  •         The theory and practice of international relations
  •         The international political economy including emerging markets
  •         The analysis of natural resource economies and identity construction
  •         Conflict studies 

The program faculty team comprises of the professionals with international experience who actively conduct research work and publish in international journals on a regular basis. 

Program faculty hold terminal degrees from the leading international universities of Italy, Canada, Japan, Turkey and USA. 

The program graduates may work in the following fields: diplomacy, international interaction consulting, regional studies, geopolitics, in public and private enterprises, NGOs, multinational companies and as coordinators of various international projects. In addition, the program graduates continue their careers in various international organization structures, such as UNO, OSCE, Red Cross International, WTO, Green Peace, League of Arab States, European Council, Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Turkic Council and many others.

If you need more information about the program and course transfer opportunities, please contact the Program Coordinator, College of Social Sciences, KIMEP University, Abai avenue 4, 050010, office # 503 A, Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan Tel.: (727) 270 42 12, e-mail: css_coordinator@kimep.kz

Subject Item KIMEP-credits ECTS-credits
Program Foundation required courses 5 6
Professional Foreign Language  2 2
Management for Social Sciences   1 2
Psychology for Social Sciences  2 2
Program Foundation: Elective Courses  6 9
Theories of International Relations 3 4,5
Public International Law 3 4,5
Introduction to Political Geography 3 4,5
International Political Economy 3 4,5
Subject Item KIMEP-credits ECTS-credits
Program Major required courses 15 25
 Research Methods/Thesis I 3 5
 Ethics in International Affairs 3 5
Master Seminar in Regional Studies or 3 5
Master Seminar in International Relations 3 5
Central Asia in Global Politics 3 5
Subject Item KIMEP-credits ECTS-credits
Program Major Elective courses  12 20
Emerging Powers and Markets  3 5
Asian Security: Theory and Practice  3 5
Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy in the Post-Communist World  3 5
Political Geography 3 5
History of International Relations  3 5
Government and Politics in Central Asia 3 5
Russian Foreign Policy  3 5
Petropolitics  3 5
Central Asia – United States Relations  3 5
Central Asia Russia Relations  3 5
European Union: Politics and Foreign Policy  3 5
Experimental Research Work 6 18
Thesis Seminar  3 10
Research Internship  3 8
Final Attestation 4 4 12
Thesis Defense 4 4 12
Total  48 90

Course (credit) transfer KIMEP University can transfer credits earned in another program/university, if the courses are equivalent to the courses offered by the program at KIMEP University. A department committee shall consider each student’s case individually and make an appropriate decision. KIMEP University transfers a maximum 25 % of the total amount of the credits from a bachelor to a master program.

IRL5010 Professional Foreign Language for International Relations

This course is designed to train students in professional analysis and communications in English for the field of International Relations. Students will learn advanced language terminology and will develop skills that will enable them to analyze discourses and present valid arguments for a political audience at the international level. Practice includes developing critical thinking and writing skills specific for the field of international relations that enable students to clearly present claims to support their conclusions and avoid reinforcing biases. Topics addressed include the relationship between critical thinking and clear writing, credibility of sources, rhetorical devices, fallacies, unclear or misleading language, and the characteristics of various types of arguments.

IRL5513 Theories of International Relations

The course examines old and new theories used in International Relations, Realist, Liberal/internationalist, globalist and Marxist. Modern theories of globalization, modernization, dependency and human rights will also be discussed. The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with the theories and concepts used in the field of IR and to sharpen their theoretical knowledge and analytical skills so that they can understand and explain modern complex issues and conflicts in IR from a theoretical perspective and framework.

IRL5515 International Political Economy: Politics in the World of Interdependent Economics

The main objective of this course is to acquaint students with the dynamics and changes of the field, and to discuss the scope boundary and methodologies used in the study of IPE. It critically examines and analyzes major international economic trends and institutions such as international monetary and financial organizations, globalization of production and distribution, international trade and investment, development, dependency and foreign aid. Issues and problems of order, stability and transformation of world economy are also discussed.

IRL5517 Political Psychology and International Relations

This course applies psychological theories and methods to the study of political interactions. The course will survey psychological approaches to politics, examining psychological research on attitudes, personality, emotion, group processes, memory, cognition, and decision making. Specific course topics include: attitude formation, attitude change, decision heuristics and biases, personality, political leadership, political communication, groupthink, inter-group conflict, and stereotypes.

IRL5536 Management of International Institutions and Organizations

This course will train students to the basics of the management of international institutions and organizations, including a descriptive and normative analysis of such contemporary institutions, organizations and law. During the course students will reflexively consider the constraints that politicians, activists and administrators have to face when managing an international institution or organization. Issues such as limited resources, bureaucratization, balancing the political and economic interests of different stakeholders, and cultural differences will be analyzed in order to develop critical awareness and basic skills.

Program Major Required courses (12 credits)

Students need to take:

–          All courses from Group A

–          One course from Group B

–          One course from group C

IRL5512 Research Methods/Thesis I

This course will train students how to design and carry out research in the social sciences. Structuring research is about the planning of scientific inquiry, designing a strategy for finding out questions to your answers. Ultimately, scientific inquiry comes down to making observations, collecting data, analyzing them, and interpreting what you have observed and analyzed. However, before you start, you need to determine what you are going to observe and analyze and how. That’s what research design is all about. Although this sounds rather simple and trivial, the craft of designing social research is quite complex. This course lays out various possibilities for social research and provides a general introduction to research design and elaborates on its specific aspects. Research proposals are prepared according to some established rules and should incorporate the major elements of research design, including a variety of methods.

IRL5521 Central Asia in Global Politics

The course is designed as an in-depth study of the place of Central Asia in global politics and the policies of key external actors, such as Russia, the United States, China, European Union, Turkey, Iran, Japan, and India, toward the region. Students are familiarized with the ways Central Asia has been contextualized both in scholarly sources and media. We will dwell on the changing geopolitical dynamics of the region and analyze similarities and differences in the foreign policies of Central Asian states. At the end of the course, we will discuss future prospects of the region.

IRL 5538 Ethics in International Affairs

This is an advanced course presenting students a normative approach centered on ethics for studying international affairs. The main purpose of this course is to prepare students to have a critical perspective on international politics and institutions and to be able to evaluate the moral dilemmas that political leaders, activists and citizens have to face in a globalized world. The course has three main components: a theoretical approach that focuses on the ethics of political decision-making; a detailed study of contemporary international institutions and norms such as just war theory and human rights; an analysis of case studies based on current global issues.

IRL5580 Master Seminar in Regional Studies

This course is designed to enhance students’ research and thesis writing skills and develop a comprehensive understanding of their research topics. While learning to critically assess the work in progress of their peers, students will develop an advanced knowledge of Regional Studies with a particular focus on Central Asia.

IRL5590 Master Seminar in International Relations

This advanced seminar course is designed to offer students an opportunity to deepen and apply their theoretical knowledge to a specific issue in international relations. Students will participate in ongoing projects headed by individual faculty members and are expected to provide a substantial contribution engaging in research development through data collection and critical analysis.  Topics will vary every time the course is offered, and may include issues in bilateral relations, international security, international political economy and the international legal order.

IRL5533 Developmental Studies: Selective Models

This is a seminar course on development studies. A comparative analysis of approaches to the study of development and underdevelopment will be offered here, including structural-functional, neo-classical, Marxist, and dependency theories. The main objective of the course is to acquaint students with various theories, concepts and models of development and provide them with the necessary skills and methodology so that they can independently study, compare and contrast among various developmental models. This course will select several models of development from various parts of the world and study and evaluate them from comparative, historical perspectives. Students are expected to actively participate in the class.

IRL5531 International Institutions and Law

This course is designed to introduce students to advanced concepts of international organization and international law. It will consider the administration and politics of key international institutions and the machinery of international law. During the course students will be critically analyzing how institutions and legal frameworks are created and how they function in the areas of international peace and security, human rights and humanitarian relief, and environment and sustainable development.

Program Major Elective courses (9 credits)

IRL5525 Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy in the Post-Communist World

The course provides a comprehensive and comparative analysis and overview of the political, economic, ethno-religious, cultural and demographic peculiarities of the so-called Post-Communist world and their reflection in foreign and domestic politics, economy, security and nation-building.

IRL 5539 Political Geography

This course focuses on key issues and concepts of historical and current Political Geography and applies, these concepts, using advanced analytical methods, to selected events in the modern political world. It discusses geographic aspects, patterns and meanings of the political organization of territory and examines the logic of how power and institutions (political, social, economic, etc.) are distributed over space and places. It also explores how geographic space affects, reflects, and reproduces political organization on the level of national and international politics, including geopolitics.

IRL5540 History of International Relations

This is an advanced course that presents students both an analysis of the major events in the history of international relations and a detailed study of a specific historical case. In the first half of the semester, after a review of the Peace of Westphalia in order to understand the role of the state as the main actor in the international space, the course focuses on events such as the Napoleonic Wars and the Congress of Wien, the European preeminence, World War I and II, the Cold War, Decolonization and the Collapse of the Soviet Union.  In the second half of the semester the course will focus on one historical event in order to provide an in-depth analysis. For example, among the issues under review there can be: the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Arms Race, the Non-Aligned Movement, the Communist Revolution in China and others.

IRL5542 Government and Politics in Central Asia

This advanced course examines the multifaceted historical, ethnic, religious and linguistic factors that impact on the development of Central Asia after 1991. It provides a comparative study of political institutions, domestic politics and foreign policy behavior of Central Asian countries. The course is not only an introduction to the political systems of Central Asian states – new patterns of power and decision-making – but it also offers an analysis of ongoing changes generated by world geopolitics in a period of global uncertainty.

IRL5547 Russian Foreign Policy

The background of the present day Russian foreign policy is to be found in this advanced course. The emergence of USSR and US as the two global powers mainly defined the whole system of international relations in the world from 1945-89. Throughout this period, the Cold War confrontation constructed the essence of Soviet policy. The subsequent crisis and demise of the Soviet Union means not only the end of the “Cold War era” but also denotes the emergence of new key concepts and changes to dominant paradigms that explain the role of an independent Russia in the new world. The goal of the course is to develop students’ critical and analytical skills, and to direct them to explaining the motives and objectives of Russian diplomacy operating on several levels: relations with the USA and the West, the establishment of a new system of relations with former Soviet republics and the development of new approaches to Third World countries.

IRL5548 European Union: Politics and Foreign Policy

This course offers an advanced study of the model of the European Union as a unique experiment whereby European law supersedes national law and a single European currency is used.  The purpose of this course is to offer students an advanced and critical analysis of European government and politics as well as of the structure and foreign policies of the European Union.

IRL5551 Petro Politics

This course provides a comprehensive study of the contemporary politics of oil via a critical analysis of the causes, dynamics and implications of the global quest for energy. The course lays special emphasis on the geopolitics of energy in the various oil-producing regions of the world and the interests of great powers in these regions. General theories, concepts, paradigms and models associated with international relations, economics, and security studies will be introduced to provide students with the analytical tools and knowledge necessary to comprehend the complex dynamics of energy politics and to facilitate an understanding of current developments in the field of energy. The course is designed to sharpen students’ abilities in the area of geopolitical analysis by evaluating various strategies for constructing pipelines, accessing markets and forming strategic alliances between producing and consuming nations.

IRL5552 Central Asia-United States Relations

This is a graduate-level survey course on the development of Central Asia – US relations from 1991 to the present. At the outset, we will examine the mutual “discovery” of the United States and Central Asia by their opposite number, as well as the framing of the relationship in the context of realist, idealist, and neo-Marxist paradigms. We will further consider the interests that determine foreign policies of Central Asian states and that of the United States in the region, perceptions and decision-making processes, and the broader geopolitical context of Central Asia – US relations (with the focus on Russia, China, Afghanistan, Iran, and EU). A broad variety of topics will be discussed: American contribution to Kazakhstan’s denuclearization, investments in the energy sector, development assistance, the post-9/11 security relationship, US military bases in Central Asia, US cultural influence on the region, and other issues. We will conclude by examining the likely trajectories for the development of these relationships in the coming decade.

IRL5555 Asian Security: Theory and Practice

The course aims to provide both an advanced theoretical knowledge of the current debates of security studies and to apply their paradigms to the study of Asian security at different levels of analysis: national, regional and global. An updated research of key issues in each region (Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia and Central Asia) will be combined with an in-depth consideration of various aspects of security: military (including nuclear), political, economic, environmental, societal and human.

IRL5558 Central Asia – Russia Relations

This graduate course provides a comprehensive and comparative overview and analysis of the political, economic and historical background of Russian – Central Asian relations throughout the Tsarist and Soviet periods and their reflection in cultural, political, strategic, economic, ethno-religious relations between the former Soviet Central Asian states and the Russian Federation. In doing so, the course provides a thorough methodological and analytical foundation of the cultural and demographic peculiarities of post-Soviet Russia and Central Asia, their foreign and domestic politics, economy, security. The bulk of the coursework will be devoted to investigating and discussing specific aspects of the Russian – Central Asian relations, such as nation building, language policies, minorities, separatism, interethnic conflicts, global security, democratization, as well as the influence of other global actors like the US, China, the EU, and the Muslim world on the interaction between Russia and the Central Asian states.

IRL5561 Emerging Powers and Markets

This course is designed to present students the evolution of the international system by looking at emerging powers and markets. In particular, the course will consider the conceptualization of ‘emerging powers and markets’ and the methodological bases for studying high-growth economies. An analytical review of social, political and legal frameworks for economic development will be used for comparing case studies.

IRL5563 Foreign Policy: Doctrines and Strategies

This course focuses on the doctrines and strategies adopted by states in foreign affairs. It aims to provide students both a comprehensive view of foreign policy making given the flexible constraints of the international system and an in-depth analysis of case studies. The course will mostly study major powers (USA, EU, Russia, China), but it will also consider a few examples of regional powers.

Internship (4 credits)

IRL5534 Internship in International Relations

The internship is designed to provide the student with a hands-on learning opportunity by in a consulate, the Foreign Ministry, an NGO, private company or other agency. A program of study and activities is collaboratively designed by the students’ advisor and the participating agency. In the past, departmental internships have been pursued at the Foreign Ministry, US and UK consulates, the UN, the OSCE, and the EurAsEC.

Thesis requirements ( 6 credits)

IRL5525 Thesis II

Prerequisite: IRL5512 Thesis I

All Master’s students have to write a M.A. thesis. The thesis topic must be approved in writing, first by the prospective thesis supervisor and then by the Thesis Supervisory Committee (Panel). The thesis research has to be supervised by a qualified KIMEP faculty. (For details, please see the CSS Guidelines for Master’s Thesis.) In his/her M.A. thesis the student has to demonstrate that he/she can design and execute with competence a major piece of research. The length will vary with the nature of the topic, but it should be developed in 50-60 pages (double-spaced). This course, taught by an experienced instructor, is designed to help students to acquire necessary skills in writing their thesis and to organize their time and thesis materials. The course complements the guidance of students’ thesis supervisor. By the end of the semester, students will have completed the introduction, the theoretical framework and the methodology (literature review and bibliography) and have prepared for the Thesis Proposal Defense.

IRL5526 Thesis III

Prerequisite: IRL5512Thesis I and IRL5525 Thesis II

This is the writing and finalization of the research thesis. Normally, by the end of the semester, students will have completed and submitted their thesis, and have it defended before the Thesis Defense Committee. The Thesis has to follow the formal requirements and standards as detailed in CSS Guidelines for Master’s Thesis.

The program graduates may work in the following fields: diplomacy, international interaction consulting, regional studies, geopolitics, in public and private enterprises, NGOs, multinational companies, or as coordinators of various international projects. In addition, program graduates progress through the ranks of various international organization structures, such as UNO, OSCE, Red Cross International, WTO, Green Peace, League of Arab States, European Council, Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Turkic Council, and many others.

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Dinara Pisareva Ph.D.

Dinara Pisareva is a Ph.D. holder from the Australian National…


Dinara Pisareva is a Ph.D. holder from the Australian National University. Her current research interests lie in the field of applied political science. In particular she is interested in experimental study of whether and under what conditions it is possible to have effective policy outcomes in non-democratic institutional settings. Her research expertise includes authoritarian violence, social movements, and democratization.
Recent works:
• Autocrats and Peaceful Resignation: A Culture-Based Explanation (pre-print)
• Pisareva, D., & Ibadildin, N. (forthcoming 2022), Applying Postcolonial Theory to Kazakhstan: Elites and Mental Colonisation. Palgrave Macmillan.


Jacob Reidhead, PhD

Assistant Professor Department of International Relations and Regional Studies Office…


Assistant Professor
Department of International Relations and Regional Studies
Office # 327 Valikhanov building
Email: j.reidhead@kimep.kz

Research Interests

Political Sociology
East Asian Politics and Society
Social Networks
Computational Social Science
Research Design


Cook, K. and Reidhead, J. A. (scheduled for publication in 2021). Social Trust. In Melenovsky, C. (Ed.). Routledge Handbook of Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Routledge.
Reidhead, J. A. (2020). Nomination Patronage and Party Splitting: Comparing Intraparty Politics in South Korea and Taiwan [Doctoral dissertation, Stanford University].
Reidhead, J.A. (2018). Prisoner’s Dilemma of Movement Nationalization: North Korean Human Rights in South Korea, 1990-2016. In Yeo, A. and Chubb, D. (Eds.). North Korean Human Rights: Activists and Networks. Cambridge University Press.


Ph.D. Sociology, Stanford University
M.A. Sociology, University of Washington
M.S. Statistics, Ohio State University
B.S. Mathematics, Arizona State University

Work Experience

Consultant in Residence at KISED and Seoul Fintech Lab, Plug & Play Korea. Seoul, Korea
Airbnb Project Investigator. Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, Stanford
Research Analyst, SMS Research. Honolulu, Hawaii
Food Assistance Program Field Officer, Mercy Corps & USAID. Sinuiju, North Korea
Analytics Consultant, Statistical Consulting Service. Ohio State University

Courses Taught at KIMEP

GEN2501 Introduction to Social ScienceMoodle , Syllabus

Courses Taught Elsewhere

Computational Social Science, Instructor, Stanford University
Political Economy of East Asia, Teaching Assistant, NYU Shanghai
Complex Systems Seminar, Instructor, Stanford University
Introduction to Data Analysis, Teaching Assistant, Stanford University

Personal Profile

Website: seouljake.com
LinkedIn: Jacob Reidhead

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Aslan Tanekenov

Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration, College of Social Sciences…


Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration, College of Social Sciences

Dr. Tanekenov obtained his PhD degree from Heriot-Watt University, UK and MPhil degree from University of Glasgow, UK. His research interests are International civil society organizations; social enterprise, empowerment of socially vulnerable people; cross-sector partnership; volunteering, philanthropy, NGO management.

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Dennis Soltys, Ph. D. in Political Science

Adjunct Professor, Department of Public Administration/College of Social Sciences


Professor Dennis Soltys obtained his PhD from the Department of Political Science, University of Toronto.

He has served on many KIMEP committees, especially concerning accreditations and quality assurance, and is currently the chair of the Department of Public Administration and International Development.

In his 15 years at KIMEP Dr. Soltys has taught a wide variety of courses, including graduate courses in research methods and thesis-writing, public policy of Kazakhstan, comparative education policy, and organization theory. He has publications in top international journals such as Journal of Central Asia, Comparative Education, International Journal (Canada) and Foreign Policy (USA), complemented by numerous conference papers published in Kazakhstan.

His main research interests include the cultural foundations and systemic design of public education in developed and transitional countries, development of civil society in transitional countries, and the public policy of Kazakhstan.

Email: dsoltys@kimep.kz
Tel. (727) 270-4303

Research and Publications:

Soltys, D. (2017). Social transformation with conflict avoidance in Ukraine between the maidans of 2004  and 2014. Post-Soviet Affairs, USA, (submitted, September, 2017).

Soltys, D. (2017). The central role of humanities and social sciences education in powering economic innovation.  Vcheni zapysky (Scientific Notes), Kyiv, (forthcoming, July 2017).


Christopher Bernard Primiano, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of International Relations and Regional Studies


Christopher B. Primiano is an assistant professor of international relations at KIMEP University. Chris is author of China, the UN and Human Rights: Implications for World Politics (Routledge Press).

In addition, his articles have appeared in Journal of Chinese Political Science, Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy, East Asia, Asia Pacific Journal of Sport and Social Science, International Politics, China: An International Journal, China Report, and Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs.

He can be reached at c.primiano@kimep.kz

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JeongWon Bourdais Park, Ph.D, Associate Professor

Associate Professor
Department of International Relations and Regional Studies


BA (Ewha, Seoul), MPhil (Univ of Cambridge, UK), MSC and Ph.D (LSE, UK)

Books (research monographs):

  • 2018: Regional Environmental Politics in Northeast Asia: Conflict and Cooperation (London: Routledge).
  • 2018: Identity, Policy and Prosperity: Border nationality of the Korean diaspora and regional development in Northeast China (Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan).

Academic journal articles:

  •  2021: ‘Ecology, Security and International Action: Beyond Sanctions on North Korea’ Third World Quarterly (Taylor & Francis) 1st & corresponding author https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01436597.2021.1951202?src=
  • 2021: ‘Evolution of EU-DPRK (North Korea) interactions: from engagement to stalemate and regional security implications’ Asian Perspective (Johns Hopkins University Press) 46 (3). 1st & corresponding author (forthcoming)
  • 2020: “Contestation and collaboration for water resources: comparing the emerging regional water governance of the Aral Sea, Irtysh River, and Mekong River,” Journal of Asian and African Studies, [Sage Publications] 1st and corresponding author
  • 2020: “The Green Paradox: A Key Catalyst for Inter-governmental Organizations’ Environmental Assistance to North Korea,” North Korean Review [McFarland] Vol. 17 No.2 Fall, corresponding author.
  • 2019: “Politicising the Manhwa Representations of the Comfort Women: with an Emphasis on the Angoulême International Festival Controversy,” East Asia: an international quarterly (Springer) Vol. 35. No. 137. pp. 36-66.
  • 2018: “The Strategic Duality and Convergence of China’s Transition in the Global Climate Regime: ‘From a Vetoing to a Leading Country’” Journal of Global and Area Studies, 2(1): 65-79.
  • 2017: “Ethnic Relations in Northeast China: ethnic revival or de-ethnicization in the Korean diaspora?’ European Journal of East Asian Studies (Brill Publishers) Vol.16. pp.36-66.
  • 2017: “Sub- and Trans-national Actors in South Korea’s Island Disputes: the cases of Dokdo and Ieodo (co-authored/corresponding author), Asian Affairs: An American Review (Taylor and Francis) Vol.44 No.1 pp.9-29.
  • 2016: “Out of the comfort zone, towards greener public development aid’, Global Environmental Politics (MIT Press) Vol.16 No.4 pp.1-11.
  • 2013: “The Evolution of Green Growth Policy: an unwelcome intrusion in global environmental governance?” East Asian Economic Review (formerly, The Journal of East Asian Economic Integration) (Korea Institute for International Economic Policy) Vol.17 No.2 pp.207-241.
  • 2012: “The Stalemate over Multiculturalism in the United States: an analysis of migration policy reform during the Obama Administration’, Journal of Multi-Cultural Contents Studies (Choong-Ang University: Seoul) Vol.13 pp.291-318.
  • 2010: “The Impact of the European Convention on Human Rights on the Law of Property in England and Wales’, Law and Policy Review Vol. 1 No. 1 pp.89-101 .
  • 2010: “International Law on Water Resources and the Environment: beyond equitable utilization?’, IFANS Review (Korea National Diplomatic Academy/The Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs) Vol. 17 No. 2 pp.95-126 .

Teaching courses:
IR Seminar on ‘Environmental Politics, Development and Global Governance’
Asian Security: Theory and Practice

Social and Political Theory

Research interests:
Environmental politics; global governance; security studies; comparative regional politics; International Relations of Asia and the Pacific

Milen Nikolaev Filipov (3)

Milen Nikolaev Filipov, Ph. D. in Public Communications and Information Sciences

Assistant Professor, Department of Media and Communication/College of Social Sciences


Research and Publications:

Filipov. M. et. al. (2017).  Do Bulgarian Schools Effectively Communicate with Their School Communities? Journal of School Public Relations,  37(2):163-202.

Filipov. M. (2016). Media Release – A Basic Genre in Public Relations. Journal of Contemporary Humanitaristics, 2016(1): 7-18. (co-authorship with Galya Hristozova).

Bahtiyar Kurambayev (1)

Bahtiyar Kurambayev, Ph.D. Mass Communications

Assistant Professor, Department of Media and Communication/College of Social Sciences


Research and Publications:

  • Kurambayev, B., & Issenov, S. (2020). Aspiring Journalists Share Practical Obstacles in Journalism Professionalism. Journalism Practice. Available at https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/2FWXRWHEZHXNQVXX5UEF/full?target=10.1080/17512786.2020.1864224
  • Kurambayev, B., & Freedman, E. (2020). Publish or Perish? The Steep, Steep Path for Central Asia Journalism and Mass Communication Faculty. Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, Available at https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1077695820947259
  • Kurambayev, B., & Freedman, E. (2020). Ethics and Journalism in Central Asia: A Comparative Study of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Journal of Media Ethics, 35(1), 31-44.
  • Kurambayev, B. (2020). “The Causes and Consequences of Plagiarism by Journalists in Central Asia” Asian Studies Review, 44(4), 691-708
  • Kurambayev, B.; Sheffer, M.; & Stepaniuc, E. (2019).”An Investigation of Job Satisfaction of Journalists in Central Asian Kyrgyz Republic.” Central Asian Affairs, 6(1), 47-67.
  • Kurambayev, B., & Chen, G. M. (2017). Offline Political Engagement Leads to Online Political Voice among Kyrgyzstan Bloggers. Media Asia, 44(3-4), 161-174.

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Aigerim Kalybay, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics/College of Social Sciences


Aigerim Kalybay is an Associate Professor at the Department of Economics. After graduating from L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University in 1998 she received a research fellow position at the Institute of Mathematics of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Kazakhstan. She worked at the Institute of Mathematics for six years, during which in 2002 she attained the degree of Candidate in Physical and Mathematical SciencesIn 2004 she received a grant from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for a two-year postgraduate study at the Luleå University of Technology, where she defended her PhD Thesis in 2006. In the same year she joined KIMEP.

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Courses taught: Mathematics for Business and Economics, Introduction to Statistics, Calculus, Quantitative methods for Economics, Quantitative Data Analysis, Statistical methods.

Selected Publications:

  1. A. Kalybay, “One-dimensional differential Hardy inequality”, Journal of Inequalities and Applications, 2017, 2017:21; http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13660-017-1293-3 (Published: January 2017).


  1. A. Kalybay, D. Karatayeva, R. Oinarov, A. Temirkhanova, “Oscillation of a second order half-linear difference equation and the discrete Hardy inequality”, Electronic Journal of Qualitative Theory of Differential Equations, # 43, 2017, 1-16; doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.14232/ejqtde.2017.1.43 (Published: May 2017).
  2. A. Kalybay, S. Shalginbayeva, “Additive estimates for discrete Hardy-type operators”, Eurasian Mathematical Journal, Vol. 9, #2, 2018, 44-53 (Published: June 2018).


  1. A. Kalybay, R. Oinarov, “Kernel operators and their boundedness from weighted Sobolev space to weighted Lebesgue space”, Turkish Journal of Mathematics, Vol. 43, 2019, 301-315; http://dx.doi.10.3906/mat-1807-187 (Published: January 2019).


  1. A. Kalybay, R. Oinarov, A. Temirkhanova, “Integral operators with two variable integration limits on the cone of monotone functions”, Journal of Mathematical Inequalities, Vol. 13, #1, 2019, 1-16; http://dx.doi.10.7153/jmi-2019-13-01 (Published: March 2019).


  1. A. Kalybay, R. Oinarov, “Estimates of a class of quasilinear integral operators on the set of nonnegative and nonnegative-monotone functions”, Izvestiya: Mathematics, Vol. 83:2, 2019, 61–82; http://dx.doi.org/10.4213/im8613 (Published: March-April 2019).


  1. A. Kalybay, “Weighted estimates for a class of quasilinear integral operators”, Siberian Mathematical Journal, Vol. 60, # 2, 2019, 291–303; http://dx.doi.org/10.1134/S0037446619020095 (Published: March-April 2019).

Kudaibergenov Kanat Zhanzakovich (1)

Kanat Kudaibergenov, Doctor of Science

Adjunct Professor, Department of Economics/College of Social Sciences


Research and Publications:

Kudaibergenov, K., (2016). On model-theoretic properties in the sense of Peretyat’kin, o-minimality, and mutually interpretable theories. Siberian Advances in Mathematics. ISSN: 1055-1344,  vol. 26, No. 3,  190 – 195.

Kudaibergenov, K. (2017). The small index property and the cofinality of the automorphism group. Siberian Advances in Mathematics. ISSN: 1055-1344, vol. 27, No. 1, 1 – 15.

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Kristopher White, Ph.D. Geography

Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration/College of Social Sciences


Faculty Profile

  1. Kristopher D. White
  1. Associate Professor
  1. D. Geography, (2002)  University of Connecticut

MA      Geography, (1996)  University of Connecticut

BA       Geography, (1992)  Clark University

  1. Teaching Experience: Has been at KIMEP since 2004

Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogoches, Texas) (2001-2004)

University of Connecticut (Storrs, Connecticut) (1998-2001)

  1. Classes taught at KIMEP:

Globalization and Diversity

Population and Environment

Human Geography

The Aral Sea Crisis: A Geographical Perspective

Political Geography

Ecology and Sustainable Development

Oil Geopolitics (Graduate seminar)

Oil and Gas Policy

Introduction to Environmental Studies

Digital Photography


Natural Resource Management and Economics

Research Reading and Writing


  1. Research Interests:

Geography of Central Asia, Kazakhstan.  Regional economy, Aral Sea region, Aral Sea crisis and contemporary socio-economic development in Aral Sea region.   .

  1. Selected Recent Publications

White, K.D. and Micklin, P.  2021.  Ecological restoration and economic recovery in Kazakhstan’s Northern Aral Sea region.  Focus on Geography 64: doi: 10.21690/foge/2021.64.4f.

White, K.D.  2021.  Population, Development, and Environment in Kazakhstan.  In: McNicol, B. ed.  Sustainable Planet: Issues and Solutions for Our Environment’s Future.  Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, pp. 29-37.

Micklin, P., Aladin, N.V., Chida, T., Boroffka, N., Plotnikov, I.S., Krivonogov, S., and White, K.  2020.  The Aral Sea: A story of devastation and partial recovery of a large lake. In: Mischke, S. ed.  Large Asian Lakes in a Changing World: Natural State and Human Impact.  Switzerland AG: Springer Nature, pp. 109-141.

White, K.D.  2019.  Environmental Issues in Kazakhstan.  In: Farazmand, A. ed.  Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance (Switzerland: Springer Nature).

White, K.D.  2019.  Visualizing the languages of nature, society, power and politics in contemporary Kazakhstan.  In: Brunn, S.D and Kehrein, R. eds. Handbook of the Changing World Language Map (New York: Springer Nature).

White, K.D.  2018.  The snow leopard and cultural landscape in contemporary Kazakhstan.  Society and Animals 26: 1-23.

Koch, N.  and White, K.  2016.  Cowboys, gangsters, and rural bumpkins: Constructing the ‘other’ in Kazakhstan’s ‘Texas.’  In: Laruelle, M. ed.  Kazakhstan in the Making: Legitimacy, Symbols, and Social Changes.  Lanham: Lexington Books, pp. 181-207.

White, K.D.  2016.  Kazakhstan’s Northern Aral Sea today: Partial ecosystem restoration and economic recovery.  In: Freedman, E. and Neuzil, M. eds. Environmental Crises in Central Asia: From steppes to seas, from deserts to glaciers.  London and New York: Routledge, pp. 129-140.

White, K.D.  2014.  Nature and Economy in the Aral Sea Basin.  In: Micklin, P., Aladin, N., and Plotnikov, I. eds. The Aral Sea: The devastation and partial rehabilitation of a great lake.  Berlin Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, pp. 301-335.

White, K.D.  2013.  A geographical perspective on the Aral Sea crisis: Three interpretations of an image.  Bulletin of Geography Socio-economic Series 21: 125-132.

White, K.D.  2013.  Nature-Society Linkages in the Aral Sea Region.  Journal of Eurasian Studies 4(1): 18-33.

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Aliya Nurtaeva, Ph. D. in Chemistry

Adjunct Professor, Department of Public Administration/College of Social Sciences


Dr. Nurtaeva holds an Honors Diploma (1974) and Candidate of Science degrees in Chemistry from Moscow State University (1979 and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Oklahoma State University (1999). She has more than 30 years of teaching experience including at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Oklahoma State University, New Hamphire Technical College, Southern New Hampshire University. She has done research in Chemistry, Technology and Radiation Dosimetry at KazGU, Moscow State University, Oklahoma State University and the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda (USA) and registered 17 patents.

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Nurseit Niyazbekov, Ph. D. Politics

Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations and Regional Studies/College of Social Sciences


Dr Nurseit Niyazbekov is an assistant professor in the Department of International Relations in KIMEP University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. He is researching and consulting various international media and think tanks in the areas of post-communist transitions, democratization, Central Asian state building and protest mobilization. He was a visiting research fellow at the University of Michigan and SciencePO. He obtained his PhD and MSc degrees in Politics and Sociology from the University of Oxford.

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Nadeem Naqvi, Ph. D.

Professor, Department of Economics/College of Social Sciences, College of Social Sciences


Research and Publications:

Naqvi, N., & Egbert, H. (2015). Market-Dependent Domestic Production Set.  Journal of Economics and Finance Education, 14 (1), 31-40

Naqvi, N. (2017).  Production Possibility Frontier: New Concepts for Post-Crisis Economics Textbooks in Ploehn, Juergen and George Chobanov (Eds.), Sustainability and Welfare Policy in European Market Economies, Peter Lang, pp 11-12.


Gerald Pech, Doctorate of Economics

Associate Professor, Department of Economics/College of Social Sciences
Dean, College of Social Sciences


Gerald Pech held teaching and research positions at the Graduate School Bochum and Dortmund, the University of St Andrews, National University of Ireland in Galway, American University in Bulgaria and Johannes-Gutenberg University Mainz. His fields of specialization are game theory, public economics and the economic analysis of institutions.

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Francis Amagoh, Ph. D. in Public Policy and Administration

Professor, Department of Public Administration/College of Social Sciences


Research and Publications:

Amagoh, F. (2017). Healthcare in Kazakhstan in The Future of Healthcare in Developing Countries in Asia( Eds. C. Aspalter and K. Pribadi).  London: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

Amagoh, F., & Rahman, T. (2016). Tapping into the Potential of Academic Diaspora for Homeland Development: The Case of Nigeria. Journal of International Migration and Integration .Vol. 17 No. 1, 35-53.

Nygmet Ibadildin (2)

Nygmet Ibadildin, Ph. D. in Political Science and International Relations

Chair of the Department of International Relations and Regional Studies, Department of International Relations and Regional Studies/College of Social Sciences


Nygmet Ibadildin graduated in 1995 from Kazakh State University with major in Philosophy.  He made his Master of Arts in International relations in California State University at Fresno. He defended his PhD dissertation in 2011 in University of Tampere, School of Management. Title of dissertation is Role Of New And Old Institutional Framework In Combating The Resource Curse In Kazakhstan”. Dissertation grade is Magna cum laude approbatur.

He was editor and journalist in the Energy of Kazakhstan magazine and in the newspaper Vremya Po form 1999-2002.

Worked in different schools in Kazakhstan and abroad.

Research interests are political economy of natural resources, institutional development, Post-Soviet institutions and discourse analysis.

Currently teaching in KIMEP University, Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Research and Publications:

Ibadildin, N. (2012). Role of institutions in Kazakhstan in combating the resource curse: Transition from the Soviet legacy to something else. London: Lambert Academic Publishing.

Ibadildin, N. (2009). Oil and Authoritarianism in Kazakhstan, in Ostrov, B. (Ed.) From Silk Road to Oil Slick: Kazakhstan Reemergence to Modernity. Norwalk: EastBridge.

List of Publications

Charles McGrath, Nygmet Ibadildin. Kazakh Famine 1928-1932. Publication date.2018/5. Journal Ukrainian Policymaker, Volume 2, 2018: 12-19 DOI: 10.29202/up/2/2

Ken Harvey and Nygmet Ibadildin. Handbook of Research on Human Social Interaction in the Age of Mobile Devices, scheduled for publication in 2016 by IGI Global, Chapter Mobile Impacting All Phases of Business IGI Global 2016

Ken Harvey and Nygmet Ibadildin. Business and mobile: Rapid restructure required June 2016 DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0469-6.ch014

Нефть и политика. Мировой опыт и Казахстан. Казакпарат: Алматы 2015 in Russian

Role Of New And Old Institutional Framework In Combating The Resource Curse In Kazakhstan. Acta Universitatis Tamperensis 1600, Tampere 2011

Role of institutions in Kazakhstan in combating the resource curse

Transition from the Soviet legacy to something else


LAP Lambert Academic Publishing

292 p

Oil and Authoritarianism in Kazakhstan, Chapter for the book From Silk Road to Oil Slick: Kazakhstan Reemergence to Modernity, Edited by Ben Ostrov. Norwalk: EastBridge 2009

Resource Curse avoidance policies in Kazakhstan: issues, debates, difficulties in implementation in The Exploitation Of The Landscape Of Central And Inner Asia: Past, Present And Future Edited by Michael Gervers, Uradyn E. Bulag, Gillian Long, Toronto Studies in Central and Inner Asia, No. 9  Asian Institute, University of Toronto

Toronto, 2008

Kazakhstan. Article for the Routledge Encyclopedia of adolescence, 2007

“Concepts of Political Development and Modernization”, Poisk, Research journal of  the Ministry of education and science 2003, 4 (Part II)

“Concepts of Political Development and Modernization”, Poisk, Research journal of  the Ministry of education and science 2003, 4 (Part I)

“Historical and Country Lessons in Oil Development”,  Poisk , Research journal of  the Ministry of education and science 2002 , 4

“Interdependence Of Oil And Politics In Kazakhstan”,  Poisk , Research journal of  the Ministry of education and science 2002 , 3

“The Great Game. History and today”,  Vestnik Vishei Shkoly Kazakhstana, 2002, 1, Almaty

“World Best Practice for Petroleum Fund and Kazakhstan’s Variant”,  Poisk , Research journal of  the Ministry of education and science 1,2002, p.152-156

“Some Positive and Negative Aspects of Oil Development in Kazakhstan”,  Poisk , Research Journal of  the Ministry of Education and Science №6, 2001, p.215-218

“International aspects of oil production in Kazakhstan”, Kazakhstan and World Community: Collection of the Articles, edited by M. Zholdasbekov Almaty: Dyke-press, 2000. p.134-143

“What are the Price Determinants for Oil Markets” Materials of the International Conference held by Diplomatic Academy, Astana, January 18-19, 2001 TACIS, FINEK.

“Some Implications of the Recent Constitutional Changes in Kazakhstan”, Working Papers. Symposium: Politics, Economics and Ideology in Kazakhstan, Research Center Almaty, Kazakhstan, KIMEP, 1999, pp. 130-134

“Philosophy and Idealism” Poisk , Research Journal of  the Ministry of Education and Science 1999, 1, p.194-199, Almaty,

“Realist, Interdependent and World Systems theories as Explanatory Models of International Relations” Higher Education in Kazakhstan. 1999, 1, pp.119-124, Almaty

“The Economic Miracle and Its Rational Explanations” Poisk, Research Journal of the Ministry of Education and Science. 1998, 3, pp.198-201, Almaty,

“Philosophy as an Apophatic Phenomenon of the Consciousness” Mysl, Republican journal on social and political issues 1998, 6, pp.18-23, Almaty,

“Liberalization in Kazakhstan. Part 1.”, Vestnik Vishei Shkoly Kazakhstana ,1998, 4, pp.135-141, Almaty

“Liberalization in Kazakhstan. Part 2.”, Vestnik Vishei Shkoly Kazakhstana 1998, 5, pp.94-106, Almaty

“Truth. Beauty and Common Good”, Mysl, Republican journal on social and political issues

1998, 6, pp.36-38, Almaty,

“Some Peculiarities of Philosophical Discourse”, Poisk , Research Journal of  the Ministry of Education and Science 1998, 3, pp.191-192, Almaty,

“Relationship between Political and Military Elites in Russia”, Vestnik Vishei shkoly Kazakhstana, 1996, 4, pp. 65-70, Almaty

“Kataphatic Definition of Philosophy”, Methodical Recommendations Almaty, “Kazakh Universiteti”, 1997 pp.3-17

“Economic and Political relations of Kazakhstan with Russia, China and United States”, Vestnik Vishei Shkoly Kazakhstana , 1997, 4, pp.75-82, Almaty

“Sino-American Relations” Materials of the First International Scientific Conference on the Role of Sociology, October 23-24 1996, pp.158-167, Almaty, 1997

“Kataphatic Definition of Philosophy” Vestnik Vishei Shkoly Kazakhstana , 1996, 5, pp.114-124, Almaty

“Apophatic Definition of Philosophy”, Vestnik Vishei Shkoly Kazakhstana 1996, 4, pp. 71-81, Almaty


US Patent PCT/US 2013/049188 Bentonite collars for wellbore casings Craig Benson, Ivan Kornienko, Nygmet Ibadildin – US Patent App. 13/542,390, 2012 WO 2014008325 A1 United States Patent US009080419B2 (12) (10) Patent No.: US 9,080,419 Date of Patent: Jul. 14, 2015

Номер патента: 30703. Узел обсадной трубы и способ изоляции зазора между обсадной трубой и стенкой ствола скважины.. Опубликовано: 15.12.2015. Авторы: Бэнсон Крэг Х.Ибадильдин Ныгмет АмангельдиновичКорниенко Иван Викторович

МПК: E21B 43/10C09K 3/18E21B 17/01

Kazakhstan Patent No16322, Е21В 33/14, 14.10.2005
 Сушко Сергей Михайлович, Бегун Анатолий Данилович, Ибадильдин Ныгмет Амангендинович, Корниенко Иван Викторович. Способ заканчивания технологических скважин и конструкция герметизирующего стакана

Kazakhstan Patent No15117, 15.12.2004 Цирельсон Людмила Екимовна, Ибадильдин Ныгмет Амангендинович Способ лечения диарейных заболеваний

Kazakhstan Patent No 14313, 05.05.2004  Цирельсон Людмила Екимовна, Ибадильдин Ныгмет Амангендинович Способ получения адсорбирующего средства из коллоидных глин

Kazakhstan Patent No 13071, 15.05.2003 Бухман Михаил Александрович, Ибадильдин Ныгмет Амангендинович Распылительная сушилка


Sholpan Kozhamkulova, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Chair, Department of Media and Communications/College of Social Sciences


Currently, Sholpan is on leave to study towards her PhD in Journalism Studies at the University of Maryland. Sholpan Kozhamkulova graduated from Kazakh National University with a BA in Journalism in 2000. She earned an MA in Translation Theory from Abylay Khan Kazakh State University in 2002, an MA in Journalism and Public Affairs from the American University in Washington DC in 2004 and a PhD in Political Communications from KazNU in 2008. Her career includes work as an editor at “Aykos” and teaching positions at Abylay Khan University and KazNU.


Saltanat Kazhimuratova, M.A. in International Journalism

Senior Lecturer, Department of Media and Communications, College of Social Sciences


Professional journalist, experienced instructor, has been working at KIMEP University since 2003. Graduated from the Advanced training program for faculty of the University of Michigan (USA) and Lund University (Sweden). Member of the Thomson Foundation Editors’ Program, Cardiff, UK. Speaker at international conferences in Germany, Hungary, Turkey, Malaysia, and Spain. Member of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA). Presented at the UNESCO session on journalism education as an expert. Shared her positive experience of teaching journalism at KIMEP University and spoke about the processes of globalization of journalism education in Kazakhstan. Completed an internship for journalists in the USA, got acquainted with the work of the ABC News, The Washington Post, Discovery TV channel and other US media.

Lectures on journalism and mass communications, supervises students’ internships, and coordinates department’s communications with professional communities. Has developed new courses, for example, Fashion and Lifestyle Journalism. Created a practical laboratory for students, where practicing journalists, PR specialists and other media specialists regularly conduct trainings and master classes.

Awarded with the Y. Altynsarin breastplate from the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Author of one of the chapters of the first in Kazakhstan textbook on media literacy for university faculty. “The best faculty for 2016-2017” award.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/saltanat.kazhimuratova/

Portfolio: https://newreporter.org/author/saltanat/

E-mail: saltanat@kimep.kz

Phone.: +7 (727) 270-42-96

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Frederick Emrich, MA in Media Arts

Assistant Professor/ Department of Media and Communication/College of Social Sciences


Frederick Emrich earned BA in Media Arts and an MA in Media arts from the University of Arizona. His previous appointments were as Sessional Lecturer at Carleton University, as Consultant on Web Site Redesign with the Soros Foundation Kazakhstan and as researcher for the Credibility Project at the American Library Association. He also was an editor for the Information Commons Project at the American Library Association.

Alma Kudebayeva (4)

Alma Kudebayeva, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics/College of Social Sciences


Faculty profile

  1. Faculty name: Alma Kudebayeva
  2. Position at KIMEP: Assistant professor, Research Director of CSS
  3. Education: PhD in Development Economics from the University of Manchester (UK); PhD in Mathematics from KazNU named Al-Farabi (Kazakhstan),
  4. Experience (teaching / professional)

2020- current     Research director of College of Social Sciences, KIMEP University

2004 – current    Assistant Professor, KIMEP University.

2015   Teaching assistant at the Institute of Development Policy and Management, the University of

2010- 2011      Research Fellow at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) by the Erasmus Mundus Program

2003 –2004     Research Fellow of the Fulbright Program, Indiana University

2001 – 2003     Associate Dean of the college of Economics and Business, Kazakh State National University (KazNU), Kazakhstan

2001-2003    Associate Professor (part-time), International Academy of Business (Almaty)

1995- 2001 Senior Lecturer, KazNU

1992-1995    Lecturer, KazNU  

  1. Classes taught

Principles of microeconomics, principles of macroeconomics, econometric methods, advanced econometrics, financial econometrics, quantitative methods in economics, managerial economics, mathematical economics, economy of Kazakhstan, internship for undergraduate students and graduate students, Research seminar, special topic in economics, thesis seminar, research methods and methodology.

  1. Research interest: Poverty, inequality, well-being, labour economics, BRI, Central Asia.
  2. Recent/top publications (with active links)

Reza Arabsheibani, Alma Kudebayeva, Altay Mussurov (2021) “Note on Bride Kidnapping and Labour Supply of Kyrgyz Women”. Economic Systems. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecosys.2021.100885

Kudebayeva, A., Sharipova, A., & Sharipova, D. (2021). Social Capital and Subjective Well-Being in Central Asia. Europe-Asia Studies, 1–24. https://doi.org/10.1080/09668136.2021.1973965

Primiano, C. B., & Kudebayeva, A. (2020). What is democracy and who supports it? Findings from a university survey in Kazakhstan. Central Asian Survey, 39(4), 463–479. https://doi.org/10.1080/02634937.2020.1823318

Barrientos, A., and Kudebayeva, A., (2018) “Social Transfers and Women’s Labour Supply in Kyrgyzstan” IZA Institute of Labor Economics, GLM|LIC Working Paper No. 41. https://conference.iza.org/conference_files/GLMLIC_Nepal2019_Conference/kudebayeva_a8594.pdf

Kudebayeva, A., & Barrientos, A. (2017). A Decade of Poverty Reduction in Kazakhstan 2001–2009: Growth and/or Redistribution? Journal of International Development, 29(8), 1166–1186. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1002/jid.3278

Brück, T., Esenaliev, D., Kroeger, A., Kudebayeva, A., Mirkasimov, B., & Steiner, S. (2014). Household Survey Data for Research on Well-being and Behavior in Central Asia. Journal of Comparative Economics, 42(3), 819–835. https://doi.org/http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jce.2013.02.003


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Altay Mussurov, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics/College of Social Sciences


Dr. Altay Mussurov obtained his doctorate in Economics from the University of Wales. Before joining KIMEP, he worked as a consultant for the World Bank and then as a tutorial leader at the LSE Summer School, after which he was a research associate at Sheffield University. He has taught courses in macroeconomics, development economics and labor economics, and he is also involved in supporting the internship program. His recent research focuses on questions concerning marital sorting and compensation for danger. In a project supported by the International Development Research Centre (Canada), he examined questions concerning employment decisions and earnings in the formal and informal wage employment.

Eldar Madumarov (1)

Eldar Madumarov, Doctorate in Economics

Chair, Department of Economics/College of Social Sciences


Research and Publications:

Alimbekov, A.,  Madumarov, E., &  Pech, G. (2017). Sequencing in Customs Union Formation: Theory and Application to the Eurasian Economic Union. Journal of Economic Integration 32.

Madumarov, E. (2008) External Factors of Economic Growth: Transition Economies of the Baltics and Central Asia. VDM Verlag, Saarbrücken, August 2008. (Book).

Leon Taylor (1)

Leon Taylor, Ph.D. in Economics

Associate Professor, Department of Economics/College of Social Sciences


Research and Publications:

Taylor, L., Coats, R. M., & Dalton, Th. (2006) Economics and the Easter Island metaphor. Rapa Nui Journal 20:2. 97-110.

Taylor, L., Johnson, J., & Pecquet, G. M.(2007). Gains from trade in ‘dirty’ industries: Lawrence Summers’ memo revisited. Cato Journal 27:3. 397-410.

Kabdiyeva Aliya (2)

Aliya Kabdiyeva, MPhil

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration/College of Social Sciences


Research and Publications:

Kabdiyeva, A. (2015). Development of NGOs in Kazakhstan. European Journal of Business and Social Sciences 4 (2), pp. 159-169.

Dixon, J., Kabdiyeva A. (2014). Collaboration between the State and NGOs in Kazakhstan. International Journal of Community and Cooperative Studies 1(1), pp. 27-41.


Saule Emrich-Bakenova, Ph.D. in Public Policy

Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration/College of Social Sciences


• Doctor of Philosophy, Public Policy, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
• Master of Study in Law, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
• Master of Public Administration, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, SUNY, New York, U.S.A.

Selected Publications:
– Janus-Faced Dysfunctional Law: Case of Kazakhstan’s Socioeconomic Support to Refugee Community. Central Asia and Caucus: Journal of Social and Political Studies March: 125-135. 2015

– Mapping the Legislation, Policies and Programmes on Child Labour and Youth Employment in Kazakhstan. ILO-IPEC. 2012.

– Study on Self-Reliance Opportunities for Urban Refugees in Kazakhstan. UNHCR. 2011.

– Sex-workers in Kazakhstan Seek Legalization and Regulation of Their Trade, A EurasiaNet commentary, 2016. http://www.eurasianet.org/node/80201

– Kazakhstan: New Labor Code Squeezes Older Workers, A EurasiaNet commentary (with Frederick Emrich). 2016. http://www.eurasianet.org/node/80201

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Azhar Baisakalova, Ph. D.

DBA, Adjunct
Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration/College of Social Sciences


Research and Publications:

Baisakalova A.B. (2015). Grounded Action Research: Systems Thinking Approach to Promoting CSR in Kazakhstan. Abstracts of the Papers Presented at the ISSS2015 International Conference “Governing the Anthropocene: The greatest challenge for systems thinking in practice?” pp.131-132. Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, 2-7 August, 2015, ISBN: 978-1-906740-13-9.

Baisakalova A.B. (2016). Responsible Business and Social Entrepreneurship in Kazakhstan. Chapter in the book: The World Guide to Sustainable Enterprise (ed. Wayne Visser), v. 2, 78-83. Greenleaf Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-1-78353-462-3.

Gulnara Dadabayeva (1)

Gulnara Dadabayeva

Associate Professor, Department of International Relations and Regional Studies
Phone: 270-42-79, 270-42-88 ext. 3077
Office:129 /ac
E-Mail: dgulnara@kimep.kz


Associate Professor

D.Sc. (Historical Sciences), Kazakh National University named after Al-Farabi, Kazakhstan

Work experience:

2005 – present, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations, KIMEP, Kazakhstan

1987 – 2005, Lecturer, Department of History, in Kazakh National University named after al-Farabi, Kazakhstan

Primary teaching areas and teaching experience:
History of Kazakhstan,  “Nation-state building in Asian Republics of Soviet Union” ”Government and Politics in Central Asia”, ”Central Asian – Russian  Relations”, “History of Diplomacy from 1648 to 1815”, “History of Diplomacy from 1815 to 1945”

Research interests:
Nationalism and nation-state building processes in modern Central Asia.

Selected publications:


Post-Soviet Kazakhstan: Nationalism and Language Issues. The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review, vol. 37 no. 2 2010, Brill The Netherland, ISSN 1075-1262, e-ISSN 1876-3324 (co-author A. Adibayeva)

Kazakh Nationalism in Eurasian Context. History Research, vol.2, Number 7, July 2012. USA, David Publishing Company, ISSN 2159-550X, ISSN 2159-5518.

El Nasionalismo Kazajo en el Contexto Eurasia Tico, Eurasiatica Revista Online Sobre Asia Central, 2011, 2

Post-Crisis World: The Chinese Factor in The Transformation of Kazakhstan” , co-author A. Adibayeva (submitted for publication by Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (USA)

Problems of Refugees from Central Asia as Consequences of Stalin’s Modernization [Проблема Беженцев из Центральной Азии, как Последствия Сталинской Модернизации], Vestnik KazNU, Seriya Istoricheskaya, 2009, 2 (31): С. 11-18

Nationalism in Modern Kazakhstan Language Policy, Otan Tarihy, 2009, 2: 54-63

The Peculiarities of “Russification Processes” in SovietRepublics and Kazakh Language Problems [Особенности Процесса «Русификации» в Советских Республиках и Проблемы Казахского Языка], Аlash, 2009, 1 (22): 104 – 111

Kazakhstan – Russian relations in 2000-s geopolitical context (p. 21-27)// Kazakh civilization, # 3, 2012.

“Great Powers Politics in Central Asia in 2000-s: The New “Great Game”? // KazNU Herald [Вест. КазНУ, сер ист.] – 2013 – №3 (70).- с. 96-103.

Book chapters

“Mackinder’s legacy today: new challenges for Kazakhstan and Central Asia” in Central Asia in International Relations, ed. by Nick Megoran & Sevara Sharapova, Hirst and Co, London, 2013. (coauthor A. Adibayeva)

Государственная языковая политика в независимом Казахстане: внешне- и внутриполитические факторы.(с. 270-282) –/ Центральная Азия. Традиции и современность. Под ред. А.О. Чубарьяна. Институт всеобщей истории РАН РК.- Москва, 2011.- 330 с. ISBN 978-5-94067-326-2.

Нациестроительство в Центральной Азии: от советских наций к постсоветским нациям-государствам.(с. 295-317)  /Центральная Азия. Традиции и современность. Под ред. А.О. Чубарьяна. Институт всеобщей истории РАН РК.- Москва, 2011.- 330 с. ISBN 978-5-94067-326-2.

Kazakhstan during civil war [Казахстан в годы гражданской войны] //History of Kazakhstan  since ancient times to nowadays [История Казахстана с древнейших времен до наших дней (курс лекций)]. – Алматы: Уш Киян, 2003. – С. 360-382.


  • The Modern History of the World [Новейшая История Мира (Учебник для 9 классов 12-летних Школ)], (with G. Kokebayeva, M.Baisymakova), Mektep, Almaty, 2011
  • The Modern History of the World (Reading Materials Collection), [Новейшая История Мира] (Хрестоматия для 12-летних Школ), (with G. Kokebayeva, M.Baisymakova), Mektep, Almaty, 2011

Conference presentations

  • Russia and Kazakhstan: Searching for a New Partnership in 2000s, The Dragon and the Bear: Strategic Choices of China and Russia, 11th Aleksanteri Conference, Helsinki, Finland, November 2011
  • Kazakh Nationalism in Eurasian Context, CESS XII Annual Conference, Ohio State University, USA, September 2011
  • Nationalism Issues in Language Policy of Modern Kazakhstan, ICCEES XIII World Congress, Stockholm, Sweden, 2010
  • The Issues of Nationalism in Kazakhstan Language Policy, Osnovnite Problemi na Sovremenna Nauka, International Conference, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2009:  29-34
  • The Establishment of State Nationalism in Independent Kazakhstan, Strategiczne Pytania Awiatowej Nauki, International Conference, Przemysl, Poland, 2009: 72-78

Involvement in academic and professional associations:
Member of “Kazakhstan Historians” Association.
Member of Central Eurasian Studies Society (USA).

Contact info:

Phone: 270 42 79/88, ext 3077
Office: 129 Valikhanov bld.
E-Mail: dgulnara@kimep.kz

Aigul Adibayeva (2)

Aigul Adibayeva

Associate Dean, College of Social Sciences
Candidate of Science
Phone: 270-42-79, 270-42-88 ext. 3275
Office: 130/ac
E-Mail: aigula@kimep.kz


Assistant Professor/Associate Dean/College of Social Sciences

Candidate of Science in Political Science, Almaty State University named of Abay, Kazakhstan, 2009

Primary teaching areas and teaching experience:
Areas: Political Science, International Relations
Teaching experience: 12 years

Courses taught at KIMEP:

-Fundamentals of Political Science

-Foreign Policy of Kazakhstan

-Russia-Central Asia Relations

-Ethics in International Affairs.

– Management of International Organizations

Research interests:
Research experience involves the following areas: Central Asian integration, issues in foreign policy of Kazakhstan, political and economic situation in Turkmenistan, Caspian region.

Joint Research and Curriculum Development Project “Excellence in Teaching on Global Business and International Relations” with Agder University (Norway), with support from the Norwegian Centre for Cooperation in Education (SIU) in May 2012-2014; curricular development and teaching the course of “Ethics in IA”.

Selected publications:

  1. A. Adibayeva, D. Saari, A. Tleuzhanova (2016). To the Question of Legal Regulations of International Trade in the Context of Multi-dimensional Diplomacy. International Economic Law, issue 1, Moscow, November, 2016.
  2. J. Melich, A. Adibayeva. Nation-building and Cultural Policy in Kazakhstan. European Scientific Journal, ISSN: 1857 – 7431, December 2013, special edition, vol. 2, pp.265-279.
  3. G. Dadabayeva, A. Adibayeva: A Post-Crisis World: The Chinese Factor in the Transformation of Kazakhstan. Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Villanova University, Villanova PA, issue XXXVII no. 2, 2013.
  4. “Kazakhstani-Turkmenistan Relations at Modern Stage”, chapter in the edited book Historical Dictionary of Kazakhstan. Scarecrow Press Inc. Lanham, Toronto, 2012.           
  5. A. Adibayeva (co-authored with G. Dadabayeva). “H. Mackinder’s Legacy Today: New Challenges for Kazakhstan and Central Asia”, – a chapter in the edited book: H. Mackinder and the International Relations in Central Asia (Editor: Nick Megoran)//Published by: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd., London, ISBN-13: 978-1849042437/ December 2012.
  6. A. Adibayeva, (co-authored with G. Dadabayeva)Post-Soviet Kazakhstan: Nationalism and Language Issues, published in peer-reviewed journal The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review, volume 37, No.2, 2010, p. 127-141. – BRILL, the Netherland.

Contact info:

Phone +7(727) 270-43-12 (ext. 3189)
Office: 205 A Valikhanov bld.
E-Mail: aigula@kimep.kz

Nargis Kassenova (3)

Nargis Kassenova (On leave for AY 2021-2022)

Ph.D., Associate Professor


Associate Professor / Director of Central Asian Studies Center


PhD in Political Science, Nagoya University, Japan, 2006
MA in Political Science, Nagoya University, Japan, 2001

Work experience:

2008-2010, EU-Central Asian Monitoring (EUCAM) project

2005-2006, Asia Barometer Survey Project

Selected involvement in public service activities
Chair of the Board of Trustees of Soros Foundation – Kazakhstan, 2011 – present;
Member of the Board of Trustees of Soros Foundation – Kazakhstan, 2009-2011.

Courses taught at KIMEP:

  • Asian Security: Theory and Practice
  • Central Asia in Global Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Fundamentals of International Relations
  • Russia-Central Asia Relations
  • Undergraduate Seminar in International Relations (Japan in Global Politics)
  • US-Kazakhstan Relations

Research interests:

Central Asian security; Asian security; Eurasian geopolitics; Eurasian energy security; political development in Central Asia

Selected publications:


  • Central Asia: Contemporary Security Challenges and Sources of State Resilience, (with Alessandro Frigerio), Security and Human Rights, 2013, 24
  • Kazakhstan and Eurasian Economic Integration: Quick Start, Mixed Results and Uncertain Future, Russie.Nei.Visions Reports No.14, Institut Français des Relations Internationales (IFRI), Paris, November 2012
  • Kazakhstan: Constructing Identity in a Post-Soviet Society, (with Scott Spehr), Asian Ethnicity, 2012, 13(2)
  • Prospects and Hurdles in EU-Kazakhstan Energy Cooperation, EUCAM Commentary, November, 2011
  • The Impact of the Global Economic Crisis on Central Asia and Its Implications for the EU Engagement, EUCAM Working Paper, October 2009, 5
  • Beyond Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policies: EU’s Central Asia Strategies, EU4seas project papers, October, 2009
  • The Gas Crisis and the Financial Crisis: The Impact on EU-Central Asia Relations in the Energy Sphere, ISS Opinion, European Union Institute for Security Studies, April, 2009
  • Kazakhstan and the South Caucasus Corridor in the Wake of the Georgia-Russia War, EUCAM Policy Brief, January, 2009, 3


  • Kazakhstan and Eurasian Economic Integration: Quick Start, Mixed Results and Uncertain Future, in Eurasian Economic Integration: Law, Policy and Politics, Rilka Dragneva and Kataryna Wolszuk (Eds), Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 2013
  • EU-Central Asia Bilateral Cooperation, in The European Union in Central Asia, Alexander Warkotch (Ed), Routledge Taylor & Francis, 2010
  • Central Asian Regional Security Cooperation: Constraints and Prospects, in Security Sector Reform in Central Asia: Exploring Needs and Possibilities, Merjin Hartog (Ed), Greenwood Papers, Groningen: The Centre for European Security Studies (CESS), 2010
  • The SCO Energy Club: Purpose and Prospects, Petroleum Politics of the Caspian, Indra Overland, Heidi Kjaernet and Andrea Herschman Kendall-Taylor (Eds), Routledge Taylor & Francis, 2009
  • China as an Emerging Donor in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, Understanding Russia and the New Independent States, Thomas Gomart and Tatiana Kastueva-Jean (Eds), Russie.Nei.Visions, Institut Français des Relations Internationales (IFRI), Paris, France, 2009
  • Japan’s Hesitant Embrace of Central Asia: Will There Be a Strategy?, in Great Powers and Regional Integration in Central Asia: A Local Perspective, Mario Esteban and Nicolas de Pedro (Eds), Fundacion Alternatives, Madrid, Spain, 2009

Conference presentations

  • Russia and China in Central Asia: Soft Power Policy Instruments in Comparative Perspective, The Dragon and the Bear: Strategic Choices of China and Russia, 11th Aleksanteri Conference, Helsinki, Finland, November 9-11, 2011
  • Kazakhstan’s Regional Economic Ambitions and Eurasian Customs Union, The Eurasian Trade Task Force Roundtable, French Institute of International Affairs (IFRI), Paris, France, October 17, 2011
  • Russia and China: Stabilizers or Destabilizers in Central Asia?, IFRI Breakfast Debate with Bobo Lo and Didier Chaudet, Paris, France, June 25, 2011
  • Kazakhstan’s Foreign and Regional Policies, REP Seminar on Kazakhstan’s Chairmanship of OSCE and Prospects for Democracy and Human Rights, Chatham House, UK, December 17, 2010
  • Solving the Energy Puzzle: Regional and European Energy Security, Reviewing EU Policy toward Central Asia: Meeting the Upcoming Challenges, Berlin, Germany, November 11, 2010
  • Kazakhstan’s Political Development and Social Democratic Values, EU and Central Asia: Roles and Prospects, Almaty, Kazakhstan, November 6-7, 2010
  • Central Asian Regional Security Cooperation: Constraints and Prospects, Security Sector Reform in Central Asia, Almaty, Kazakhstan, September 24-25, 2009

Contact information:

Phone: 270-42 84, ext. 3078
Office: 116 Valikhanov bld
E-mail: nargis@kimep.kz