Sofya Omarova

Sofya Omarova

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Email: somarova@brookes.ac.uk

Thesis title: Trajectories of state and regime development in Central Asia and Caucasus: Informal and formal political institutions

Start year: 2015

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Research topic

Sofya Omarova is a Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellow and PhD student in Politics

She received an MA Degree in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva, Switzerland). Sofya has work experience in a number of international organizations, including the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Commission for Europe (UNECE) and International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Ms Omarova is a recipient of multiple international fellowships, such as European Commission Marie Curie Sklodowska Horizon 2020 Innovative Training Networks Grant, Swiss Federal Excellency Scholarship, Nazarbayev Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Achievements.

General research interests

The study of authoritarian regimes, including their political stability and the nation-building practices in Central Asia and the broader post-Soviet space.

Work in progress

  • A comparative assessment of justice, political stability and institutional development in modern Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan, PhD dissertation
  • Opportunities for volunteering development at the state institutions of Kazakhstan, research (2015–2016), a joint project of UNDP, UNV and the National Volunteering Network of Kazakhstan

Teaching experience

  • Research and Teaching Assistant at the Department of Social Sciences, KIMEP University, 2009–2011

Publications

Conference papers

  • Omarova, S. (2007) Renaissance Duhovno-Nravstvennoi Kulturi v Kazakhstane (trans. The Renaissance of Moral and Spiritual Culture in Kazakhstan), Turan University Press: Almaty
  • Presented at the State School Research Projects competitions at Turan University in April 2007, Philosophy and Culture Section, Best Project Award
  • Omarova, S. (2008) Preobrazovania Obrazovatelnoi Systemi Na Osnove Obshechelovesheskih Chennostei (trans. A transformation of School Educational system based on the Human Universal Values), Turan University Press: Almaty
  • Presented at the State School Research Projects competitions at Turan University in April 2008, Sociology Section, “Creative Thinking” Award
  • Omarova, S. (2011) A private Equity deal structuring in Kazakhstan: Challenges and Opportunities, KASC Annual Research Publication, KIMEP University: Almaty
  • Omarova, S. & Hansen, J., Kobayashi, K. (2013) Transnational Communities in between Governance and Development, IOM Migration Dynamics publication: Geneva
  • Presented at the IOM headquarters, Geneva in April 2013

Academic and professional training

  • BA International Affairs and Foreign Policy (with honors), KIMEP University, Kazakhstan (2012)
  • MA MA in Interdisciplinary International Affairs (with honors), Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva (2015)

Scholarships and prizes

  • European Commission Marie Curie Sklodowska Horizon 2020 Innovative Training Networks Grant, Swiss Federal Excellency Scholarship, Nazarbayev Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Achievements.

Other experience and professional activities

  • Member of Eurasian Nexus Forum, Swiss Society for Studies of Migration and OSCE Conflict Sensitivity Network.