Call for Papers and Sessions: Annual Life in Kyrgyzstan Conference

Date: 03 May 2018
Other languages: Русский язык |
Park Hotel, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
October 17th-18th 2018

The University of Central Asia's Institute of Public Policy and Administration, ISDC - International Security and Development Center, and the Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) are pleased to announce the forth annual ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Conference to take place in Bishkek on October 17th and 18th 2018.

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

The conference will also inform on the results of the 5th wave of the “Life in Kyrgyzstan” Study carried out in 2016 by an international consortium of research institutions with funding from IFPRI, IGZ, FAO and UCA (see 

To contribute to the discussion, we invite the submission of proposals for entire 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' Study data, which is accessible at We also encourage researchers to present other micro and macroeconomic studies with relevant topics of research. We encourage PhD students and postdoctoral researchers to apply to participate at the conference and use this opportunity to receive feedback from senior researchers.  

Research topics of individual submissions or entire sessions may include but are not limited to: 
  • Poverty and inequality;
  • Employment and labor markets;
  • Migration and remittances;
  • Entrepreneurship and informality;
  • Gender, children and intra-household decision making;
  • Education and health outcomes;
  • Nutrition and food security;
  • Rural livelihoods and agricultural market access;
  • Home gardens and rural coping strategies;
  • Value chains and export orientation;
  • Economic policy;
  • Public service delivery and decentralization;
  • Impacts of trade and integration reforms;
  • Social capital and social cohesion;
  • Peace-building, trust and expectations;
  • Micro-level data quality, survey methodology and panel data collection; 
  • Methods of rigorous impact evaluation;
  • Sustainable development goals;
  • Climate change and its impact. 
The organisers are seeking both individual papers and proposals for sessions of three or four papers, with preference given to complete session proposals.
Those interested in submitting sessions or papers to the conference are welcome to submit their applications by June 30th 2018 at ( Please list a session title, a session chair, a session organizer, and the titles and all co-authors for each paper, and enclose a 200-word session summary. 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 before July 31st 2018

Academic committee: Professor Tilman Brück (IGZ/ISDC), Dr Damir Esenaliev (SIPRI), 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 2018.

For further inquiries please contact 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 based research 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:

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:

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 wellbeing 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:
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