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PHD in Public Administration

The PhD in Public Administration is an interdisciplinary program aimed at developing a deep and nuanced knowledge of public sector administration, governance and management of public assets, national and
international policy-making, and functioning and transformation of societal institutions. Graduates of the program will be recognized as top experts in their fields.The program invites applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to conduct research from the perspective of the applicants’ individual interests, such as economics, sociology, psychology, organizational studies, political science and other relevant fields. A master’s degree is required for admission, while work experience in government, business and industry, or other institutions is desirable.

You can learn about available scholarships for our PhD programs here https://www.kimep.kz/prospective-students/en/financial-aid/

Degree RequirementsRequirements for the Ph.D. program are as follows:

Requirements Credits ECTS
Course Work 15 25
Core Courses 6 10
Specialization Courses 9 15
Pedagogic Internship 3 10
Research Internship 3 10
Experimental Research Work Including
Dissertation and Research Practice
49 123
Final Attestation 5 12
Total 75 180

Grade Point Average

A student must maintain a cumulative 3.33 GPA throughout the program. Courses in which
grades below “B-” are received but are not accepted for the Ph.D. degree. Grades received in
courses transferred from another
institution are not included in calculation of the grade point average. If a grade of “C+”
or lower is received, the student should repeat the course. More than one retake should
acquire an approval from the
Council. When the GPA is calculated, the grade for the repeated course will substitute for
the original grade. Grades of “I” turn to “F” if work is not completed by the 7th week of
the following semester.

Core Course (6 credits/ 10 ECTS)

Course Code Course Title Credits ECTS Prerequisite
PAD6503 Research Methods 3 5 none
CSS6103 Academic Writing for Ph.D. Students in the Social Sciences 3 5
Total 6 10

Specialization Courses (9 credits, 15 ECTS)

Students may choose one of the following courses

Course Code Course Title Credits ECTS Prerequisite
PAD6269 Comparative Governance and Development of Industrial
3 5 None
PAD6211 Contemporary Models of Public Administration and Management 3 5 None
PAD6268 Comparative Public Policy 3 5 None
PAD6123 Economic Perspectives on Government 3 5 None
PAD6255 Selected Issues in Public Policy and Program Implementation 3 5 None

Pedagogic, Industry Internship and Research Work including Dissertation (Total of 55
credits, 143 ECTS)

Course Code Course Title Credits ECTS
Pedagogic Internship 3 10
Research Internship 3 10
Experimental Research Work and Dissertation 46 118
Research Practice 3 5

Final Attestation (5 credits/ 12 ECTS)

Course Code Course Title Credits ECTS
PAD6231.2 Dissertation and Defense 5 12

Research and Pedagogical Internship

Internship gives Ph.D. students an opportunity to put into practice the knowledge acquired
during their studies, get some business and academic experience and be better prepared for
their future career. Details
of this requirement are specified in the Ph.D. Handbook.

Research Work

Under this component of the Ph.D. program, requirement to undertake appropriate research
activities that lead to conference presentations, journal publications and international
internship abroad. Details of this
requirement are specified in the Ph.D. Handbook.

Dissertation and Ph.D. Dissertation Defense

Ph.D. dissertation is a scholarly research work, involving the analysis of a specific
problem in the area of specialization, evaluation of the results of the analysis, which
serves as a basis for developing specific
proposals and implementing the appropriate solution to the problem. The student will present
an oral defense of their dissertation in front of the members of the dissertation committee,
in a public forum. Details
of this requirement are specified in the Ph.D. Handbook.

Tentative Program Plan

Students may take courses in any order they wish as long as courses meet all prerequisites.
The following schedule is suggested to ensure that students make orderly progress towards
degree completion, by taking
prerequisites before the courses that require prerequisites.

The department’s areas of expertise are

  • state-building and comparative development
  • social modernization and New Institutional Economics
  • public administration and bureaucracy
  • organizational design and behavior
  • civil society and NGOs
  • local government
  • civil service reform
  • administrative law
  • human rights law
  • human resource management
  • public policy of Kazakhstan
  • social policy
  • healthcare delivery and reform
  • education and science policy
  • industrial policy
  • oil and gas policy
  • natural resource management
  • immigration studies
  • human geography and urban design
  • sustainable development and green economy
  • taxation and customs administration
  • public management
  • fiscal governance
  • contracting out and New Public Management
  • project management and evaluation
  • gender and women’s leadership
  • e-government and technology for sustainable development

The program prepares graduates for top-rank careers as:

  • Policy advisers and analysts to governments and international development institutions
  • Head of Research Units in private and public organizations
  • Faculty members in academic institutions
  • and in managerial positions combining roles in strategic decision-making, research and research

Admission to the PhD program is highly competitive. Admission is granted to candidates deemed most likely to
complete and benefit from the program. The final decision on admission is based on a comprehensive assessment of
the applicant’s overall qualifications, motivation, determination and commitment to the program.

  1. Completed graduate degree
  • Copy of a diploma confirming the completion of a graduate degree “master”
  • Copy of transcripts (diploma supplement) with grades
  1. Possession of the valid international certificates proving the knowledge of the English
  • IELTS – at least 5,5
  • IELTS INDICATOR– at least 5,5
  • TOEFL ITP – at least 460 баллов
  • TOEFL IBT – at least 46
  • TOEFL PBT – at least 45
  • CEFR level – В2

PHD candidates who have received master degrees from the universities
located in the countries where English is the state or official language, and
these universities have specialized accreditation from the accreditation
agencies officially recognized by OECD member states, are exempted from
English proficiency requirement. In this case candidate’s master degree
diploma should be no older than 5 years.

  1. Additional consideration by a selection committee:
  • The graduate GPA shall be 3.0 and above or more than 69% equivalent when converted into a scale
    comparable to the KIMEP grading scale
  • A typed statement of purpose of up to 500 words that states the applicant’s academic and professional
    interests; how the applicant will benefit from the PhD program professionally and personally; the
    applicant’s strengths and qualities that will enable them to complete a rigorous doctoral program.
  • A 2-3 page research proposal: In this proposal, the candidate should lay out the general idea of their
    intended research and some indicative description of the method they intend to use. The candidate should
    demonstrate familiarity with current research, the ability to identify open research questions and the
    ability to create an original research proposal.
  • An interview with program admissions committee where admissions committee may consider additional
    evidence of excellence or aptitude such as prior publications of work experience and have the final
    decision making authority on the recommendation of the candidate for admission to PHD program

Application package shall consist of the following:  

  • Application form
  • Copy of passport or of State ID
  • Digital photo with a resolution of 300 ppi (pixels per inch) with a size of no less than 8 MP
    (Megapixels) in JPEG format with low compression (high quality)
  • Copy of a document on completion of Master degree
  • Professional CV
  • Valid results of International Language Proficiency Tests (copy of IELTS certificate or original
    certificates of  TOEFL)
  • Medical certificate  – Form # 086-U or its equivalent for foreign citizens
  • Two professional letters of recommendation
  • List of relevant publications and sample publication (if available)
  • Upon own discretion, an applicant may include other documents that he/she believes are relevant
    for inclusion into the application package, such as copies of certificates, awards, and honors in the
    applicant’s sphere of interest, particularly ones received at national and international level.

Copies of documents have to be submitted to the Admissions Office together with originals. After
authentication, originals of documents are given back to the owners.

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.

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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).

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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).

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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.

Please also update

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).


  1. 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).

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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

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