American University of Central Asia - AUCA - Social Innovation Lab Kyrgyzstan (SILK)

Social Innovation Lab Kyrgyzstan (SILK)


Social Innovation Lab Kyrgyzstan (SILK) is a faculty initiative within the Division of Social Sciences at the American University of Central Asia. The primary goal of SILK is to engage in socially significant projects in Kyrgyzstan and develop innovative solutions to social problems. SILK is a platform from which faculty members design and implement research and civic engagement projects across a very broad spectrum of topics.

SILK is open to researchers at other universities and organizations that are interested in developing innovative approaches to social issues in the region.

The primary partners at this time are

  • Soros Foundation Kyrgyzstan
  • American University of Central Asia
    • Department of Anthropology, Technology, and International Development
    • Department of Environmental Studies
    • Technical School of Innovation
    • Center for Civic Engagement


Active Projects

  • Industrial Zones, Zhamilia Baiborieva and Ulan Gabdushev
  • Public Art, Meder Akhmetov and Seth Fearey
  • Social Capital, Tatiana Efremenko
  • Innovative Tools, Altynai Nogoibaeva
  • Social Entrepreneurship, Aiibike Esengulova
  • Monocities, Zarina Adambussinova
  • Social Innovations, Bakhrom Radjabov
  • Dashboard, Malika Solieva
  • Social Income Status Research, Olga Tarabashkina and Mehrigul Ablezova

Closed Projects

  • Urban Poverty, Talgat Zhumashev and Tolgonai Kozhokanova
  • Walkability, Rada Valentin Kyzy
  • Crack (Research on conditions of school in the regions), Anastasia Valeeva
  • k Bishkek, SILK team
  • Mythology and Morphology of Urban Rivers, SILK team


Contact us at

   Emil Nasritdinov, Anthropology Department, AUCA

   Seth Fearey, Liberal Arts and Sciences Department, AUCA

   Jamilya Baiborieva, Liberal Arts and Sciences Department, AUCA

   Emil Dzhuraev, Soros Foundation Kyrgyzstan


NEWS:  January 2022. SILK has opened an open free course on Innovative Tools for Urban planners and designers, the seminar and workshops are held by Altynai Nogoibaeva, a researcher from Urban Initiatives and Peshkom.

SILK won a grant from Internews for writing and editing the Alternative Guide to Bishkek City Book and developing a website and a mobile application.

American University of Central Asia
7/6 Aaly Tokombaev Street
Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic 720060

Tel.: +996 (312) 915000 + Еxt.
Fax: +996 (312) 915 028
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