I can’t draw a speech bubble from the photo, but this is me, Emma Sabzalieva. Hello!
My research interests in Central Asian higher education and social change developed after living in the region working for an educational charity, and I set this blog up in 2011 to channel all the weird and wonderful things I read and hear about in the hope that others might find it interesting too. As the blog sub-title suggests, the posts are about Central Asia, higher education and more generally about social change in the region – see my intro post for more about my initial themes. My blog posts have attracted attention from a wider audience, including El País, Huffington Post and Yahoo Canada.
In addition to this blog, I’ve published on challenges in contemporary Kyrgyz higher education for Perspectives: policy and practice in higher education (2015) and British universities in Central Asia for Eurasian Dialogue (2014).
From September 2015, I am pursuing my research full-time as I start a PhD on post-Soviet developments in Central Asian higher education systems at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Expect to hear much more on this blog accordingly!
Prior to starting the PhD, I worked in higher education administration and management for 13 years in progressively senior roles in universities in Central Asia and the UK. I have co-authored a book with Michelle Gander and Heather Moyes, Managing your career in higher education administration (2014), part of Palgrave Macmillan’s Universities into the 21st century series, and have published an article on community engagement in British universities.
I’m keen to build up links with others working in Central Asian higher education with a view to future collaborations and knowledge exchange, so please get in touch.
So, that’s me… for now.