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Towards a Critical Political Economy of Education and Conflict in Central Asia

 The Central Asia Hub of the PEER Network, led by the Graduate School of Education, Nazarbayev University, together with partners from the Centre for International Education, University of Sussex, hosted a 3-day workshop on the ‘Political Economy of Education’ from 23rd to 25th November in Almaty. The Central Asia Hub Director, Prof Naureen Durrani and the PEER Network joint Principal Investigator, Prof Mario Novelli, welcomed 13 Fellows across Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. 

The team had three great days of stimulating conversations and debates, discussing ideas, approaches and tools of political economy analysis in researching education as well as potential areas of research in the Central Asia context. The workshop ended with all fellows presenting their project idea and methods and received feedback from peers and the workshop facilitators, Prof Mario Novelli and Dr Helen Murray (University of Sussex), Prof Naureen Durrani, Dr Hélène Thibault and Dr Assel Sharimova (Nazarbayev University). 

Research and Practice Fellowships in the Political Economy of Education aims to advance conceptual and theoretical understandings of the Political Economy Analysis of education, provide training and mentorship on applying for research funding and developing a new cohort of researchers working on issues of education through a critical political economy lens as part of the wider PEER Network. The PEER Network is a three-year initiative led by four universities (Ulster, Cape Town, Nazarbayev and Sussex). The PEER Network is funded under the Global Challenges Research Fund and managed by UK Research and Innovation.