CALL FOR PAPERS : Annual Life in Kyrgyzstan Conference

Date: 06 July 2016
Other languages: Русский язык |
The University of Central Asia's Institute of Public Policy and Administration (UCA IPPA); Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ); International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI); International Security and Development Center (ISDC) and the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are pleased to announce the second annual Life in Kyrgyzstan Conference to take place in Bishkek on 6-7 October 2016.

The two-day conference will bring together national and international experts from government and the public sector, development agencies, non-governmental organisations, academia and research institutions, and media to exchange knowledge and experiences on recent socio-economic developments in the Kyrgyz Republic and Central Asia, and to promote evidence-based policy making.

The conference will also inform on the Life in Kyrgyzstan Study carried out in 2016 by an international consortium of research institutions with funding from IFPRI, IGZ, FAO and UCA. Visit for full details. Conference costs are sponsored by UCA. 

To contribute to the discussion, we invite the submission of proposals for full sessions or for individual research papers studying various aspects of socio-economic development in Kyrgyzstan or Central Asia. We welcome empirical papers using panel micro data, especially the Life in Kyrgyzstan survey data, which is accessible at However, we also want to encourage researchers to present macroeconomic studies with relevant topics of research. We encourage PhD students and postdoctoral researchers to apply to participate and use this opportunity to receive feedback from senior researchers.
Research topics may include but are not limited to: 
Poverty and inequality;
Employment and labor markets;
Migration and remittances;
Gender, children and intra-household decision making;
Education and health outcomes;
Nutrition and food security;
Public service delivery and decentralization;
Rural livelihoods and agricultural market access;
Home gardens and rural coping strategies;
Value chains and export orientation;
Entrepreneurship and informality;
Impacts of trade reform;
Social capital and social cohesion;
Peace-building, trust and expectations;
Micro-level data quality, survey methodology and panel data collection; and
Methods of rigorous impact evaluation.
The organisers are seeking both individual papers and proposals for sessions of three or four papers, with preference given to complete session proposals.

Deadline for submitting applications has been extended until the end of August 2016. Those interested in submitting sessions or papers to the conference are welcome to submit their applications by 31 August 2016 at Please list your session title, session chair, session organiser, and all co-authors for each paper and enclose a 200-word session summary. Preference will be given to session proposals including full research papers. Individual papers may also be submitted either in a 200-word extended abstract form or in full papers. All submissions should be in English. The conference language will be English, with simultaneous translation provided in Russian. Shortlisted applicants will be notified by 10 September 2016.

Academic committee: Professor Kathryn Anderson (Vanderbilt University), Professor Tilman Brück (IGZ/ISDC), Dr Damir Esenaliev (SIPRI), Dr Kamiljon Akramov (IFPRI), Dr Roman Mogilevskii (UCA), and Dr Kanat Tilekeyev (UCA).
There is no conference fee. Please note that travel and accommodation funds cannot be provided. Registration for participation in the conference will close on September 15th 2016.

For further inquiries please contact Dr Kanat Tilekeyev at

Organising Institutions
University of Central Asia's Institute of Public Policy and Administration was established in 2011 to strengthen public policy in Central Asia. It provides in-depth analysis on current and emerging policy issues facing the region, and improves the analytical capacity of governments and civil society to use evidence in decision-making processes through professional development. The Institute has produced a series of peer-reviewed research papers on social and economic issues, public administration and public policy relating to  Central Asia and Afghanistan. For more information on IPPA, please visit:
IGZ - Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops carries out basic and applied research supporting the sustainable production of vegetable and ornamental plants and the rational use of natural resources. It contributes to the success of horticulture in Germany and other countries, understanding fundamentals of horticultural and plant science, sustainability in production and use of plants, healthy nutrition and well being of the population. Its work is rated by acceptance and appreciation by professionals in practical horticulture and by the society, publications in high-ranking scientific journals and acquisition of competitive grants. For more information on IGZ, please visit:
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is an international agricultural research center founded in the early 1970s to improve the understanding of national agricultural and food policies to promote the adoption of innovations in agricultural technology. Additionally, IFPRI aims to shed more light on the role of agricultural and rural development in the broader development pathway of a country. The mission of IFPRI is to seek sustainable solutions for ending hunger and poverty through research. For more information on IFPRI, please visit:
ISDC - International Security and Development Center is a Berlin-based, non-for-profit research center conducting research, providing policy advice and building capacity on international security and socio-economic development. We are unique in the global research scene for being dedicated to work exclusively on the security-development nexus. For more information on ISDC, please visit:
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is an agency of the United Nations founded in 1943 with headquarters in Rome, Italy.  Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO's efforts – to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. Our three main goals are: the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; the elimination of poverty and the driving forward of economic and social progress for all; and, the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources, including land, water, air, climate and genetic resources for the benefit of present and future generations. For more information on FAO, please visit:

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