American University of Central Asia - AUCA - MYRZABEKOVA ASEL


Academic Background:


2015 – 2018

University of Bonn, Germany

PhD researcher, Development Studies, Social and Political Philosophy

Thesis: Romantic securityscapes of couples in Kyrgyzstan: day-to-day dating and marriage strategies


2012 2014

UiT the Arctic University of Norway

Master’s of Philosophy in Peace and Conflict Transformation

Thesis: Understanding Islamization and veiling in Post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan



American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Bachelor degree in Psychology

Tracks: Organizational, Counseling and General

Thesis: Guilt feeling as a display of role conflict of working mothers




Memberships in Professional Associations:

Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) (

Kyrgyz Gestalt Association in partnership with Moscow Institute of Gestalt and Psychodrama ( ), and GATLA (LA, USA. Gestalt Association,, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.


Current research interests:

Peace and development, gender equity, women, violence, sustainable development


On-going research projects


Bonn International Center for Conversion, Bonn Germany. “Local Security-Making in Kyrgystan and Tajikistan. The Production of Securityscapes by Everyday Practices”


Completed research projects (research): 


UNDP Kyrgyzstan and UNICEF Kyrgyzstan.

·         Baseline and Final evaluation of the project «Women as Peaceful Voters and Women as Candidates».

·         Case Study on Combating Gender Inequality in Political Participation in Kyrgyzstan.


April-May 2016, October-November 2016,

GIZ Kyrgyzstan. Evaluation of the Regional Programme “Sustainable and climate-sensitive land use for economic development in Central Asia”: implementation of the forestry sector reform

September - November 2015

The National Institute for Strategic Studies of the Kyrgyz Republic. Integration of ethnic Kyrgyz returnees (kairylman) in Kyrgyzstan

 July 2014 - February 2015

·         HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation and Aga Khan Foundation. Project: “Small Business and Income Creation Program in Alai and Chon Alai”


·         UN Women and EU project “Increasing Accountability in Financing for Gender Equality – EU/UN Partnership on Gender Equality”



·         UN Women Kazakhstan. Research on the effect of the migration for women in rural areas of Kyrgyzstan.



December 2014 - February 2015

October 2015 - November 2015

UN FAO, Kyrgyzstan.

·         Gender and Socio-Economic Research: UN FAO, UN Women, UN WFP joint project “Economic Empowerment of Rural Women”.

·         Gender Equity and Pasture Management


August - September 2013

UNDP Kyrgyzstan. Qualitative assessment of the potential effect of the grants in the area of “Peace and Development”, “Democratic Governance”, "Poverty Reduction", "Environment Protection" and "Disaster Risk Management"


January - March 2011

International Medical Corps, Osh, Kyrgyzstan. Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Psychosocial assessment




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