Understanding Political Economy of Education in Central Asia: Research dissemination workshop in Uzbekistan →

From the 13th to 15th of March 2023, the Central Asia Hub of the Political Economy of Education Research Network (PEER Network), led by Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education, together with partners from the University of Ulster, organised a three-day workshop on the “Research outputs and dissemination” in Tashkent (Uzbekistan). The workshop was organised for early-career researchers from Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan as part of the PEER Networks’ Research and Practice Fellowships in the Political Economy of Education. On the 13th and 14th of March, the team had productive conversations discussing ideas and approaches for research dissemination with the workshop facilitators, Professor Kelsey Shanks and Research Director for Social Work and Social Policy, Dr Karl O'Connor (Ulster University), Professor Naureen Durrani and Associate Professor Hélène Thibault (Nazarbayev University). During these days, the Hub’s fellows also had an opportunity to prepare some of their research outputs and receive feedback from their mentors and peers.

On the 15 of March, the Hub organised the research dissemination day in cooperation with the Institute for Advanced International Studies under the University of World Economy and Diplomacy. The research dissemination day started with welcoming and introduction notes from the Vice-Rector of the University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Dr Gulnoza Ismailova, and the PEER Network’s Joint Principal Investigator, Professor Kelsey Shanks (University of Ulster) and the Central Asia hub’s team, Professor Naureen Durrani and Associate professor Hélène Thibault (Nazarbayev University). During the whole day, fellows presented their research projects to researchers and practitioners in Tashkent. Discussing the challenges for education within the countries’ historical, social, political, and cultural contexts, researchers presented the observed discourses in relation to religion, language, gender, inclusion and internationalisation.

Research and Practice Fellowships in the Political Economy of Education aim to provide training and mentorship on applying for research funding and conducting research projects, as well as developing a new cohort of researchers working on issues of education through a critical political economy lens as part of the wider PEER Network ( PEER Network is a three-year initiative led by four universities: Ulster University (Northern Ireland), the University of Sussex (England), Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan) and the University of Cape Town (South Africa).