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Master of Public and Municipal Administration

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 program “Master of Public and Municipal Administration” (MPMA) offers contemporary knowledge in the following directions: 

  • Public administration and management 
  • Municipal administration and governance 
  • Public financial administration 
  • Taxation and customs 
  • Public service 
  • State regulation of national economy 

There are two majors at MPMA program:

  • Human Capital and Innovation
  • Policy Advocacy and Communication

The Master of Public and Municipal Administration adopts the best international practices and standards of education. During their studies, students gain essential knowledge and practical skills in the spheres of economics, policy analysis, indicative and strategic planning, forecasting and decision making from financial and economic perspectives at different levels on national and regional scale, as well as in private entrepreneurship. The curriculum of the Master of Public Administration program at KIMEP is unique, and contains courses which are unrivalled in national academic practice. 

The program is taught by the experienced international and Kazakhstani faculty members-holders of world-class terminal degrees from the recognized universities of the USA, Canada, Netherlands and the UK. 

Program graduates are highly qualified and skilled professionals who apply effectively their skills and knowledge in public and municipal organizations and in business structures. They possess all the instruments of industrial management, strategic planning and on-going operations planning, project implementation efficiency analysis, project work and organizational structure development. 

If you need more information about the program and course transfer opportunities, please contact the coordinator of the program. 

Program Coordinator, College of Social Sciences, KIMEP University, Abai avenue 4, office #503 A, 050010, Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan Tel.: (727) 270 42 12, e-mail: css_coordinator@kimep.kz

Requirements for the MPMA are as follows:

Credits ECTS
Program Foundation Requirements 11 15
Program Specialization Requirements 27 45
Experimental Research Work 6 18
Final Attestation 4 12
Total Required for Graduation 48 90

Program Foundation courses 11 / 15 ECTS

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
Essentials of Public Administration and Management   3 4,5
Statistical Methods for Public Administration  3 4,5
Public Sector Economics 3 4,5
Subject Item KIMEP-credits ECTS-credits
Program Major required courses 15 25
Economic Perspectives on Government  3 5
Fiscal Governance  3 5
Statistical Methods for Public Administration   3 5
Organizational Behavior for Public Organizations  3 5
Research Methods  3 5

*Students may choose one of two majors and need to take any four elective courses from the chosen major 12

Major in Policy Advocacy and Communication
Subject Item KIMEP-credits ECTS-credits
12 20
Economic Perspectives on Government  3 5
CSR and Public Policy  3 5
NGOs and Non-Profit Management  3 5
Public Sector Reform  3 5
Current Issues in Public Administration 3 5
Political Communication  3 5
Major in Human Capital and Innovation
Subject Item KIMEP-credits ECTS-credits
12 20
Economic Perspectives on Government  3 5
Administrative and Management Ethics  3 5
Governance and Development  3 5
Social Policy  3 5
Human Resource Management  3 5
Special Topics in Human Capital and innovation 3 5
Work and Organizational Psychology  3 5
Education and Science Policy  3 5
Investment for Human Capital Development  3
Experimental Research Work 6
Research Seminar  3
Research Internship  3
Final Attestation  4 12
Thesis and Thesis Defense  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 of 25 % of the total amount of the credits from bachelor to master program.

PAD5000 Academic Reading and Writing in Public Administration (2 Credits)

This course introduces students to the concepts and ideas of public administration, public policy and public management in the English language. Students are required to read, summarize and make short presentations during the course.

PAD5216 Public Management and Leadership (2 credit)
Prerequisites: PAD5114
The aim of this course is to introduce students to the existing research in public management. The course will focus on critical examination of the evolvement of public management philosophies through the time and assess the impact of managerial reforms by using comparative case study approach. In the course students will learn about challenges that public leaders face in making public organizations more performance and customer oriented and how they are prepared to meet demands of citizens and other stakeholders with different and competing interests in a context of fragmented authority.

PAD 5261: Work and Organizational Psychology (2 Credits)
Prerequisite: None
This course will introduce students to the major concepts of and debates surrounding work and organizational psychology.  Work and organizational psychology is the application of psychological research and theory to human interaction in the workplace. The “Work” part deals with human resource functions such as analyzing jobs, appraising employee performance, selecting, placing, and training employees. The “Organizational” part is concerned with the social and psychological aspects of work, including employee attitudes, behavior, emotions, health, motivation, leadership, etc. Both real-world applications and research will be emphasized throughout the course.

Program Foundation Elective courses

Course Code Course Title Credits
PAD 5223 Public Sector Economics 3
PAD 5219 Public Policy Analysis 3
PAD5123 Economic Perspectives on Government 3
PAD5222 Social Policy 3

PAD5223 Public Sector Economics (3 credits)

Prerequisites: PAD5114, PAD5123

This course focuses on the role of the government in the economy.  It discusses how the government affects the economy, what the government should and should not do, and why.  It addresses the range of questions of why some economic activities are undertaken in the public sector, and others are in the private sector.  Students will study the size and scope of the public sector in selected countries, and will explore the reasons of why there are substantial differences in government sector activities in countries around the world.  While the main goal of the course is to develop students’ critical thinking about the government involvement in the economy, students will study reasons for government intervention such as a market failure, public goods, government redistribution programs, and government taxation policies.

PAD5117 Public Policy Analysis (3 credit)

Prerequisite: PAD5114

The objective of this course is to develop students’ capacity to conceptualize policy issues and problems, devise strategies for addressing them, and comprehend policy documents. Students will gain an understanding of what is involved in studying public policy, how the political, social, cultural and the social contexts shape public policy, and how public policies are typically made, implemented and evaluated.

PAD5123 Economic Perspectives on Government (3 credit)

Prerequisites: None

This course is about economic issues concerning the public sector and its interface with the private sector in a mixed economy. It examines the free market as the basis for the allocation of scarce resources (market governance) and identifies the causes of market failure that may justify intervention by the state (state governance). It considers the role, scope and capacity of government in terms of the protection and promotion of welfare of society in the face of market instabilities, market inefficiencies, and market inequalities and injustices.

PAD5222 Social Policy (3 credits)

Prerequisite: PAD5114

This course introduces students to the concepts, history, and development of social policy, the funding authority and patterns of service delivery, and how political and social ideologies influence policy development. It shows that policy is a function of social, political, and economic context and transitions. An analytic framework is utilized to identify trends and assess gaps in policies and programs, especially as they impact on women, child support enforcement, nutrition programs, and medical care.

Program Major Required course

Course Code Course Title Credits
PAD5114 Essentials of Public Administration and Management 3

PAD5114 Essentials of Public Administration and Management (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: Academic Reading and Writing in Public Administration

This is an introductory course for all MPA students. The main goal of this course is to present students with a basic and yet comprehensive understanding of the field of public administration. Students will be acquainted with various terms, definitions, theories, concepts and models used in the field. It also covers aspects of public management, such as strategic management, performance management, and organizational behavior. At the end of the course, students should have a clear understanding about the processes and mechanisms of public decision-making and implementation.

Program Major Elective courses

Course Code Course Title Credits
PAD5200 Decision-making 3
PAD5122 Administrative and Management Ethics 3
PAD5219 Public Sector Reform 3
PAD5255 Current Issues in Public Administration 3
PAD5214 Fiscal Governance 3
PAD5218 Project Evaluation and Management in Public Sector 3
PAD5213 Local Government 3
PAD5256 Seminar in Public Administration 3
PAD5262 Organizational Behavior for Public Organizations 3
PAD5266 Organization Theory and Practice 3
PAD5113 Research Methods and Statistics 3
PAD5260 Selected Issues in Public Administration and Management 3
PAD5268 CSR and Public Policy 3

PAD5131  Research Methods/Thesis I (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: None

This is an introductory course in social science research methodology and the first step in writing a Master’s Thesis. It is designed to introduce you to basic concepts and problems encountered in social scientific investigation, including types of data and measurement, sampling, probability, and research design. Structuring research is about the planning of scientific inquiry, designing a strategy for finding out something. Ultimately, scientific inquiry comes down to making observations and interpreting what you have observed. However, before you can observe and analyze you need a plan. You need to determine what you are going to observe and analyze – why and how. That’s what research design is all about. This course will also emphasize the importance and limitations of theory and methodology in social science research as well as the purposes of applied research, program evaluation, policy analysis, and research ethics. By the end of the first semester you will design an original research project that will hopefully turn into your Master’s thesis.

PAD5122 Administrative and Management Ethics (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: PAD5114

The course provides students with a basic understanding of ethics in government. Topics that will be covered include the ethical dimension of public service, contemporary insights and current ideas on management practice in ethics, practical tools and organizational initiatives to aid administrators, and achieving ethical quality of decision-making. Towards the end of the course students are expected to understand what are administrative ethics, ethical dilemmas, managerial ethics, notions of social responsibility, sources of ethical values in organization, key concepts and strategies that individuals and organizations use to deal with ethical dilemmas, and principal categories of enforcement mechanisms.

PAD5219 Public Sector Reform (3 credits)

Prerequisite: PAD5114

The focus of this course is on the changing role of the public sector in the context of globalization and marketization trends in the contemporary political-economic environment. Students will explore issues related to allocative, distributive and stabilizing role of the state in the market economy. Among issues to be discussed will be questions of scale and scope of the public sector, public and private sector competition and partnership, the role of quasi-autonomous organizations, and tension between majoritarian and non-majoritarian institutions.

PAD5214 Fiscal Governance (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: PAD5114

The focus of this course is the study of the budget cycle, legislative control of the budget and the politics of the budgetary process; market failure and the role of government; fiscal and monetary policies; types of public budget formats; program design, planning, and evaluation; cash management, risk management, and pension funds.

PAD5218 Project Evaluation and Management in Public Sector (3 credit)

Prerequisites: PAD5114

This course is designed to help students enhance their skills in project evaluation and management. This course emphasizes the practice and process of project evaluation. In the course, we will not only develop an understanding of why projects fail, but also how they can succeed. The course provides practical tools, techniques and best practices adapted to the local environment. Students will be accompanied and supervised throughout all stages of the evaluation process. No previous experience with evaluation research and empirical or qualitative data analysis is required.

PAD5213 Local Government (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: PAD5114

The course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the political, institutional, and legal framework of local governments’ activities. The focus will be on decentralization in Kazakhstan, with regard to particular problems and constraints that local governments encounter. Students will learn how core public services are provided and managed. Other areas that will be emphasized are fiscal decentralization, and notions of accountability and responsiveness.

PAD5260 Selected Issues in Public Administration and Management (3 credits)

Prerequisite: PAD5114

This course examines particular issues of public administration and management. Topics vary according to the interests of students and instructor.

PAD5113 Research Methods and Statistics (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: None

The purpose of this course is to introduce students and practitioners to some of the basic research methods and statistical concepts and issues in public administration as they relate to problems that typically exist within public agencies. All statistical techniques used by public administration professionals are covered by integrating both quantitative and qualitative approaches to research. Emphasis will be on the use of commonly available statistical software programs such as Excel and SPSS. The course’s overall aim is to develop effective, efficient research skills among future public administrators so that they will be better policy makers and good administrators.

CSR and Public policy (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: PAD5114

This course critically examines a host of issues related to key public policies and policy instruments which are used for promoting CSR locally and globally, relationship between government and business, public policy and business social responsibility. Students will critically evaluate the ways in which national and multinational corporations affect large-scale changes in societies via their practices. This course will also focus on the origins of CSR, its meaning and motivations, the relationships between business and its internal and external stakeholders as they impact public policy.

Internship (4 credits)



Internship in Public Administration and Management*


Applied Research Project in Public Administration and Management


PAD5230 Internship in Public Administration and Management (4 Credits)

Prerequisite: PAD5114

Internship is designed to provide the student with an experiential learning opportunity by placing the individual in the office of a public official or a nonprofit organization on a part-time, volunteer basis. Students are expected to examine and analyze the functions, processes and outputs of organizations in the public or private sector.

PAD5230.1 Applied Research Project in Public Administration and Management (4 credit)

Prerequisite: PAD5131

The project involves the development and implementation of a solution for a theoretical or design problem. Methodological knowledge and skills play a vital role both in developing and conducting applied research project. Although Master’s projects generally address a practical research/design problem and its background, they can also focus specifically on an academic research question.

Thesis requirements (10 credits)

PAD5131 Research Methods/Thesis I 3 credits
PAD5231.1 Thesis II (For details, please see the CSS Guidelines for Master’s Thesis.) 3 credits
PAD5231.4 Thesis III (Including Thesis Defense) 4 credits

PAD5231.1 Thesis II: Thesis Proposal (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: PAD 5131

Under the guidance of a PA faculty member, all students are expected to submit a proposal before the end of the second semester. A proposal should make a genuine contribution to the understanding and analysis of public policy issues, management, and administration in Kazakhstan. All students shall have a “Thesis Proposal Defense” before three members of a Master’s Thesis Committee constituted by the Graduate Program Director. The Thesis Committee consists of a thesis supervisor and two full-time faculty members. One member of the Committee may be a full-time faculty member from another department, when the discipline represented is relevant to the student’s thesis. Once the proposal has been approved, permission to enroll in Thesis Option III Form may then be issued by the Graduate Director.

PAD5231.2 Thesis III (Including Thesis Defense) (7 Credits)

Prerequisite: PAD5231.1

Before a student may enroll for Thesis Option III a successful thesis proposal defense must be held, during which the thesis proposal is discussed by the student and all committee members. The final revised draft of the completed thesis should be submitted to the Thesis Committee Chair (thesis supervisor) at least four weeks prior to graduation. Students are expected to carefully consider the comments of their Thesis Committee. The Committee Chair (the supervisor) has final responsibility for thesis approval. The supervisor, in consultation with the student, shall set a date for the oral defense of the thesis before the Master’s Thesis Committee.

Program graduates are highly qualified and skilled professionals who effectively apply their skills and knowledge in public and municipal organizations and in business structures. They possess all the instruments of industrial management, strategic planning and ongoing operations planning, project implementation efficiency analysis, project work, and organizational structure development.
photo_Zhang Xiaotong

Xiaotong Zhang

Professor, Department of International Relations and Regional Studies /College of Social Sciences and Director of China and Central Asian Studies Center (CCASC – www.ccasc.kz)



Ph.D., Political Science at Université Libre de Bruxelles

Most significant publications in the last 5 years:

  1. Zhang Xiaotong, Colin Flint, ‘Why and Whither the US-China Trade War?: Not Realist ‘Traps’ but Political Geography ‘Capture’ as Explanation’, (2021), 55, Journal of World Trade, Issue 2, pp. 335-358
  2. Colin Flint and Zhang Xiaotong, “Historical–Geopolitical Contexts and the Transformation of Chinese Foreign Policy”, The Chinese Journal of International Politics, 2019, 1–38
  3. “From Wealth to Power: China’s New Economic Statecraft”, The Washington Quarterly, Spring Issue, 2017

Some facts from Dr. Zhang’s employment history

Full Professor, Institute of Belt and Road Initiative & Global Governance, Fudan University, Shanghai, China, 2020-

Full Professor, School of Political Science and Public Administration, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China, 2016-2020

Associate Professor, School of Political Science and Public Administration, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China, 2012-2016

Vice Dean, Institute of International Studies, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China, 2017-2020

Executive Director, Wuhan University Centre for Economic Diplomacy, Wuhan, China, 2013-2020

Executive Director, the Joint Research Centre for Caribbean Studies between Wuhan University and the University of the West Indies – St. Augustine Campus, 2015-2020

Deputy Director, US Desk, Ministry of Commerce, China, 2010-2012

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Dilara Orynbassarova

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


Dilara Orynbassarova is an Assistant Professor in the College of Social Sciences at KIMEP University.

Dr.Dilara Orynbassarova obtained her Ph.D. in Education with distinction from Graduate School of Education, Nazarbayev University. She completed her BSS and MPA degrees with diploma of excellency at KIMEP university.

She served on academic and research activities at the Nazarbayev University, University of Pennsylvania (USA), KIMEP University and the Eurasian Research Institute. She also headed division for analysis and quality in the Independent Agency for Quality Assurance in Education, served in the Office of Prime Minister of Republic of Kazakhstan, Department of Informational Analytic Center (traineeship) and Center for Research and Consulting.

Dr. Dilara teaches course on Introduction to Social Sciences at KIMEP. The courses co-taught and assisted elsewhere include Communication and Society, World Prehistory, Professional Identity, Learning to Work, Academic Writing for Doctoral Students, English for Research.

Her current research interests include innovation in higher education system and policy, multi-stakeholder and cross-sector partnerships, and social network analysis.

E-mail: d.orynbassarova@kimep.kz


  1. “Delivering Environmental Education in Kazakhstan Through Civic Action:  second-wave values and governmental responses,” Environmental Values, 1, (2013), 101-122, with Dennis Soltys, UK, Harris
  1. “Family Medicine as a Model of Primary Health Services Delivery: A Pilot Study in Almaty, Kazakhstan”, Central Asian Journal of Global Health, 4 (1), (2015), USA, University of Pittsburgh Press (Master Thesis Publication, USA, University of Pittsburgh) (Indexedin PubMed and Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) of the Web of Science)
  1. “Entrepreneurial University Perspective: Tracking Labor Force Capacity to Support Industrialization Processes in the Emerging Markets, Evidence from Kazakhstan Data”. EMAJ: Emerging Markets Journal 6(2), (2016), 5-11. USA, University of Pittsburgh Press. (Indexed in DOAJ, WorldCat)
  1. Teacher Education Research in Central Asia: An Analysis of Journal Publications (2006-2016), The Case of Kazakhstan”. Eurasian Research Journal, 2(1), (2020), 81-95.

Conference proceedings

  1. “Developing University-Industry-Government Research Partnerships in Republic of Kazakhstan: factors enhancing and constraining”. Jun 15, (2020).The Proceedings of the 18th Triple Helix Conference. Future of innovation and Innovation for future online. Finland, Tampere University, 21-23.
  1. “Modernization of Teacher Education in Kazakhstan: Experience of Finland”. Asyavrupa, 4 (46), (2019), 71-77.
  1. “Teacher Education in the Context of Transformation Processes in Kazakhstan: Challenges and Perspectives”, Sep 19, (2017). The Collection of the International Conference on Institutionalization of Innovative Education Environment of High Pedagogic School, Kazakhstan, Pavlodar, Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan and National Pedagogic Institute of Pavlodar.
  1. “Policy Reception of Cascade In-Service Teacher Education Model in Kazakhstan through the Lens of Policy Borrowing Theory”, Jun 15-16, (2017), 340 (142), 79-84 The Collection of IV International Scientific-Practical Conference on Science and Education in Globalization Processes, Russian Federation
  1. Developing Research Competence Through a Student-Run Peer-Review Journal at Higher Education Institutions of Kazakhstan”, May 19-20, (2017), The Collection of the II-nd Annual Conference on Academic Integrity and University Governance, Kazakhstan, Astana, with Philip Montgomery, Anna CohenMiller and Kamila Kozhabayeva, KAZGUU University and Nazarbayev University.
  1. “Guidelines for Writing a Book Review: Through the Lens of a First-Year Doctoral Student”. NUGSE Research in Education Journal, 2 (1), (2017), 43-44, Nazarbayev University, Editorial.
  1. “A Comparative Study of Teacher Attitudes toward Inclusion in Kazakhstan and Turkey: A Literature Review”, (2017),2-16, Preprints of the Eurasian Research Institute for Social and Cultural Studies, Eurasian Research Institute, ERI Working Papers.
  1. “New Methods and Approaches in Modernizing the Continuous Professional Development of Teachers in the World’s Practice: the case of Finland”, Feb 23, (2017), 15-20, The Collection of the International Scientific-Practical Conference on Continuous Professional Development of Teacher: From High School To Post-Graduate Education, Kazakhstan, Petropavl, National Centre for Professional Development ‘Orleu’ in the North-Kazakhstan region and Institute of Increasing Teachers’ Qualifications and Professional Skills.
  1. “Putting inclusive principles into practice: teacher attitude and education as factors impacting inclusive education development”, Vol.1, No. 94 (Nov-20, 2015), p 234, The Collection of the II-nd International Scientific and Practical Conference: “Innovations in Education: Research and Solutions”, Kazakhstan, Astana, published by Ministry of Education and Science of Republic of Kazakhstan,  National Academy of Education named after Y.Altynsarin and Ural State Pedagogical University.

Ulzhan Kazybekova

Ulzhan Kazybekova

PhD, Assistant Professor Department of International Relations and Regional Studies



PhD in Sociology, The Nottingham University, United Kingdom, 2017
MA in Public Administration, The Nottingham University, United Kingdom, 2009
Bachelor of Public Administration, KIMEP, Kazakhstan, 2008

Courses Taught at KIMEP

Introduction to Social Science; Nutrition in Modern World

Courses Taught Elsewhere

Sociology, Political Science, Cultural Studies, Research Design in Social Policy, The Management Support of Youth Policy, Psychology Management

Research interests:

Gender Inequality, Leadership, Motivation, Education policy


  • Bugytayeva, S. and Kazybekova, U. (2022). The South Korean component in the doctrines of the United States Presidents (1945-2022). Public Administration and Civil Service journal. Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. No 3 (82).
  • Polozhentseva, Y., Kazybekova, U., Subalova, M., and Ghosh, A. (2022). We or I? Survival and Success Challenges Jokeasses. Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies, Vol. 12 No.1.
  • Kazybekova U. (2014). Presented the paper on “Working mothers’  understanding of the shift from state to non-state pension provision” (Conference Stream: Negotiating Access to Research Participants) at the 7th Enquire Conference “4D Research: Early experiences of Designing, Debating, Doing and Disseminating Social Research”, The University of Nottingham, School of Sociology and Social Policy, 14th November 2014.
  • Kazybekova U. (2013). Presented the paper on “Understanding of working mothers of the shift from state to private pension provision” at the 6th Enquire Conference “Normality in an Uncertain World”, The University of Nottingham, School of Sociology and Social Policy, 10th-11th September 2013.
  • Kazybekova U. (2012). New model of educator’s personality in the educational system. Collection of materials of Republican Scientific Conference. “Spiritual and moral component in the triad of education-science-innovation”, Almaty, May 18, 2012, Kazakh Ablai Khan University of International Relations and World Languages.

Contact information:

Office: # 231 Valikhanov building
E-mail: u.kazybekova@kimep.kz

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David Porter

David Porter is an Assistant Professor at the Economics Department….


David Porter is an Assistant Professor at the Economics Department. He has obtained his PhD degree in Economics from the University of Georgia, USA.

In January 2021, he joined Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU ) in Fort Myers, Florida and taught numerous sections of ECO 2023 Microeconomics, both in-person and online, to more than 600 students as a Visiting Instructor. Since 1999, Dr. Porter has been employed in the energy sector as electricity load forecaster, tariff rate forecaster (Enron Energy Services), real-time electricity trader (Enron and Nextera), financial trader (Nextera) and proprietary speculative trader for numerous firms. He has an extensive background in Financial Economics and Monetary Economics dealing with foreign exchange, option pricing, swaps, collars and derivatives.

Dr. Porter joined KIMEP University from the Spring 2023 semester, he is currently teaching “Monetary Economics”, “Money and Banking” and “Financial Management Institutions” courses.

Scholarly Research Papers Published in Peer-reviewed Journals

The Demand for residential, industrial and total electricity, 1973-1998.  Kamerchen, D.R. and Porter, D.V., Energy Economics, 26 (1), p.87-100, Jan 2004

Market Structure in the US Electricity industry: A long-term perspective. Kamerschen, D.R., Klein, P.G. and Porter, D.V., Energy Economics, 27 (5), p.731-751, Sep 2005


Contact information: d.porter@kimep.kz


Alen Askar

Alen Askar is a Ph.D. candidate in Eurasian Studies at…


Alen Askar is a Ph.D. candidate in Eurasian Studies at Nazarbayev University. He is finishing his dissertation on the history of Tselinograd during the 1950s and 1960s in the context of building an ideal socialist city. His research interests revolve around the history of the Muslim population in the early twentieth-century Russian Empire, memory studies, and historical politics.
In addition to his research pursuits, Alen Askar offers courses on the History of Kazakhstan. Recently, he joined the KIMEP team in Spring 2023 as a senior lecturer. If you would like to contact him, you can do so via email at a.askar@kimep.kz


Aslan Tanekenov

(Kazakh) Әлеуметтік ғылымдар факультетінің мемлекеттік басқару кафедрасының ассистент-профессоры


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.

Dennis Soltys (7)

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).

Milen Nikolaev Filipov (3)

Milen Nikolaev Filipov

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).

Aigerim Kalybay (2)

Aigerim Kalybay, Ph. D.

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.

Nurseit Niyazbekov (2)

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.

Nadeem Naqvi (4)

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.

Francis Amagoh (2)

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

Alma Kudebayeva (4)

Alma Kudebayeva, Ph. D.

PhD, 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


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).

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.

Azhar Baisakalova (2)

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

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



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


Application for the academic rank of professor


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

Ryzhkov V.

Vladimir Ryzhkov

Professor of Research, Department of International Relations and Regional Studies


PhD degree in History, North-Western Institute of Management – a branch of the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation.


The dissertation title of his doctorate is “Political regime and institutions of Russia in the 1990s.” The dissertation was published as a book “The Fourth Republic” (2000).

Dr. Ryzhkov’s been participating in social and political activities in the democratic movement in Russia since 1987. He worked as a Vice-Governor of the Altai Region in the new democratic administration.

In 1994 – 2007 was a Deputy of the State Duma of Russia 1-4 convocations.

Since the spring of 2000 Dr. Ryzhkov was in opposition to the policies of Vladimir Putin. He worked closely together with Boris Nemtsov, Mikhail Kasyanov, Garry Kasparov and others.

Since 2007 Dr. Ryzhkov’s been a columnist and host of several programs at the independent radio Ekho Moskvy, “The Moscow Times” daily newspaper.

Since 2007 – Professor at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) teaching courses on the history and theory of European integration and the study of the Euro-Atlantic region.

Author of several books including “The Fourth Republic” (2000), “Gift of Democracy” (2006), 6 books on the history of World War II and two big volumes about Altai.


Contact information: office # 127 Valikhanov building


Assylzat Karabayeva

Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations and Regional Studies


PhD in International Relations from the International University of Japan, Japan

Master of International Law and Economics, World Trade Institute, University of Bern, Switzerland

Bachelor of International Relations, Suleiman Demirel University, Kazakhstan


Visiting scholar at George Washington University’s Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies


Courses taught at KIMEP: “Ethics in International Affairs”; “Theories of International Relations” and “Comparative Foreign Policy”


Research interest: Role of norms (ideas, identity, and culture) in both constraining and strengthening region-building processes in Eurasia.


Contact information: office # 117 Valikhanov building

Scott Burgess

Scott Burgess

Assistant Professor, Department of Media and Communications


Mr. Scott Burgess, new Assistant Professor at the Department of Media and Communications, CSS, joined KIMEP in Fall 2023. Currently he is teaching courses: Advanced Media Writing; Editing and Communication Research.


PhD candidate at Wayne State University, USA

MA, Wayne State University, Detroit, USA

Bachelor degree from UCLA, USA


Research interests: perceptual biases in mass media including Hostile Media Effect and Third Person Effect and how the media can exacerbate these effects. He’s also interested in examining problems new journalists encounter when beginning their careers


Scott Burgess is a former journalist with more than three decades of experience. He has worked at small and large newspapers as a reporter and editor. He was the Middle East Bureau Chief for Stars & Stripes covering conflicts in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He was the Auto Critic at The Detroit News and the Detroit Editor at Motor Trend.


Contact information: office # 511 Valikhanov building