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The Challenge of Establishing World-Class Universities in Emerging Countries
Contextualizing the drive for world-class higher education institutions and the power of international and domestic university rankings, this lecture outlines possible strategies and pathways for establishing globally competitive universities and explores the challenges, costs, and risks involved. Its findings will be of particular interest to policy makers, university leaders, researchers, and development practitioners.
Migration and Gender Relations: How Does Russia Shape a Tajik Male Migrant's Perspective?
Migration has, in many ways, come to define the current economic situation in Tajikistan and Central Asia. Of course, movement of this kind, at such a scale, also has profound effects on individuals and society here in Tajikistan, both for those who go and for those—individuals and communities—who remain behind. This presentation will explore migration’s effects on the views and perceptions of those who travel, through the lens of Tajik taxi drivers.
Beyond Remittances: Three Perspectives on the Myriad, Deeper, Personal Effects of Migration
The presentations introduce ongoing anthropological and ethnographic field research at three different field sites in Tajikistan to explore the effects of migration on land and people. Finally, these presentations will consider the dynamic state of migration—the recent Russian economic downturn, Russian visa policies—to ask how variations might relate to gender relations and land use. How much will change if more migrants come back, if more stay?
Interdisciplinary research and capacity development – a strategy for mountain societies
In this presentation I will draw on my own research experience – from a long-term, interdisciplinary research project on land and water management in Central Asia (Khorezm region in Uzbekistan) – and on the more recent debates on development and climate research, to explore how a long-term, salient, and credible science program could be shaped that would help delivering the needed ‘change from within’.
Moving Mountains: Reflections on an Agenda for Central Asian Mountain Studies in a Context of Change and Integration
The presentation will explore a possible agenda for Central Asian mountain studies by drawing upon experience from mountain areas outside Central Asia, especially from Mountainous Mainland Southeast Asia which in many respects such as increasing trans boundary integration, multi-ethnic mountain societies, and the influence of dominant powers such as the People’s Republic of China, provides points of reference for a comparison with Central Asia.
Climate Change, Energy Poverty and the Global Energy System
The world faces two global energy grand challenges that are inextricably intertwined with one another. The first is the present and growing risks of climate change, largely as a direct consequence of the burning of fossil fuels to meet our need for energy services. The second is the lack of modern energy services in many parts of the developing world. The result is a large gap between different parts of the world in both energy consumption and climate relevant emissions.
The Impact of Kumtor Gold Mine on the Economic and Social Development of Kyrgyzstan
This lecture will present the findings of an impartial, evidence-based and rigorous assessment of Kumtor’s impact on current and future economic and social development in the Kyrgyz Republic, designed to inform discussions on the country’s onward development and the development of the mining sector in particular.
Priming Economic Growth in the Context of Uncertainty and External Influences
Lecture will consider the following: requirements for regions on successful economic growth in the context of uncertainty and the increase of external influences; basic development models of territories and economic goals of the models; approaches to priming economic growth; modern tools to prime economic growth of territories, and the main principles and use of tools in the context of growing external influences.
Work, Productivity and Jobs in the Kyrgyz Republic
Jobs are at the centre of sustainable poverty reduction and improved living standards. As a result, around the world, countries have identified creating more and better jobs as a top development challenge. Many development trends in the Kyrgyz Republic indicate the need for better jobs outcomes, such as persistent levels of poverty, low levels of formal sector job creation and rapid rates of out-migration that could impact the availability of skills needed for future growth and development.
Understanding the Link between Climate Change and Alpine Cryosphere
This lecture will describe the impact of climate change on three aspects of the cryosphere: snow cover, glaciers and permafrost. It will also discuss the importance of long-term monitoring based on modern approaches, including establishing a sound database to allow for more accurate estimates of changes in sea levels, river runoffs and natural hazards and help reduce uncertainties about climate change.