CAFDP 2010, Kyrgyz Republic
- Candidate, PhD in Human Geography, Free University of Berlin, Germany. Doctoral Research: “Population Geography: Geography of Migration in the Kyrgyz Republic”
- MSc in Geography, Kyrgyz National University, Kyrgyz Republic
- BSc in Geography and Ecology, Kyrgyz National University, Kyrgyz Republic
Lira has conducted research on migration and was a researcher for a Kyrgyz-German project Interaction Human- Environment in Nut-Fruit Forests of South Kyrgyzstan, conducting a survey on migration in Jalalabat oblast. Lira also conducted surveys among migrants from Kyrgyz Republic in Moscow and Moscow oblast of the Russian Federation funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. Lira has presented her findings broadly, and has published over ten articles including one in Central Asian Survey.