Sofya du Boulay (Omarova)

Sofya du Boulay (Omarova)



Thesis title: Spectacles of Power: How authoritarian regimes legitimise their rule in Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan

Start year: 2015


Research topic

I am a PhD candidate in Political Science at Oxford Brookes University. My research focuses on comparative politics, authoritarianism in the post-Soviet Eurasia.


Selected Publications

Academic and professional training

  • MA degree in Interdisciplinary International Affairs, Graduate Institute of International Affairs (IHEID) (with honors), Geneva, Switzerland
  • BA degree in International Affairs and Foreign Policy (Summa Cum Laude), KIMEP University, Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • Visiting Research Fellow at Harvard University, The Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies (2017–2018)

Scholarships and prizes

  • Nazarbayev Scholarship for outstanding academic achievements (2010–2012)
  • Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship (2012–2014)
  • OSCE Conflict Sensitive Development Program Grant (2014)
  • British Council Researcher Links Grant “Newton-Al Farabi” (2016)
  • European Commission and Marie Curie Horizon 2020 Grant (2015–2018)
  • Central Eurasian Studies Society Travel Grant (2018)

Other experience and professional activities

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