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Madina Junussova is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Policy and Administration and teaches three core courses in the Executive Masters in Economic Policy at UCA. Her research interests include urban policy, local economic and community development, rational use of local resources, governance and sustainability. Dr Junussova was awarded a fellowship with UCA’s Central Asian Faculty Development Programme (CAFDP) in 2012. She holds 25 years of experience internationally and nationally in urban and regional development planning and management, and is also a National Delegate representing Kazakhstan and Central Asia in the International Society of City and Regional Planning. In 2015, Dr Junussova was an instructor for UCA’s Certificate Programme in Policy Analysis, teaching Research Methods for Policy Analysis to civil servants from the Ministry of Finance of Afghanistan. She also developed and delivered training to Afghans on Local Economic and Private Sector Development in 2016. In 2017, she contributed to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development report (OECD Urban Policy Reviews: Kazakhstan) ordered by the Ministry of National Economy of Kazakhstan. In 2018, she served as an Expert Member of the External Reference Group for the Children Rights and Urban Planning Initiative of the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF).


  • PhD in Public Policy, Carleton University, Canada. 2018. Doctoral Research: “Local Government and Economic Development in Kazakhstan.”
  • Candidate of Science in Architecture from the K. I. Satpayev Kazakh National Research Technical University, 2010.
  • Masters Degree in Architecture and Urban Design from the Kazakh Leading Academy of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Kazakhstan, 2003.