Kyrgyzstan: CAFDP 2010
- Graduated, PhD in Human Geography, Free University of Berlin, Germany. 2015. Doctoral Research: “The Impact of International Migration on Livelihoods in Jalal-Abad Oblast, 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 the 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. She has presented her findings widely and has published over ten articles including one in the Central Asian Survey. Since 2015, she joined UCA’s Mountain Societies Research Institute as a Research Fellow and previously worked as a Consultant with the International Organisation for Migration and was a Visiting Fellow at Moscow State University from 2007-2008.