GCRF-COMPASS: Capacity-building in Eastern Neighbourhood and Central Asia: research integration, impact governance and sustainable communities

Lead Research Organisation: University of Kent
Department Name: Sch of Politics & International Relation

Abstract

Global trajectories of development embedded in core Western notions of 'good governance', economic progress and democracy promotion, are being increasingly challenged by the rise of smaller states, emergent new orders and their counter geopolitical configurations. In their perception, the western approach still remains essentially 'unilateral', predicated on the 'universalism' of western norms and their seeming 'exceptionalism' rooted in a historic success and post-colonial discourses of Europe (Nikolaidis 2015). Therefore it comes as no surprise that 'good governance' as a way to structure external relations, encounters defiance and resistance from a non-European outside, who feel that their way of being, belonging and believing is ignored, excluded and even 'threatened'. COMPASS advocates for a new conceptual and practical approach to 'good governance', which would place more emphasis on local 'peoplehood' by way of capacity-building, on 'othering' as a way to de-centre and prioritise the needs of local communities, and on connectivity with all-level stakeholders, to ensure lasting and legitimate transformative effect, and dialogue.

The project thus seeks to set up the 'hubs of excellence' at the leading HEIs in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The chosen countries are former Soviet Republics, who share the legacies of the past including unreformed and heavily bureaucratised public sector, autocratic governance, outdated and inequitable education. Furthermore, they remain relatively inaccessible to the international community, and suffer from economic hardship, ongoing ethnic conflicts and Russia's geopolitical pressure.

COMPASS does not only aim to address the societal challenges of facilitating sustainable governance, equitable education and resilient and conflict-free communities in the developing countries. It also sets to develop lasting research partnerships with hitherto closed regimes, seeking to bring about change by way of inter-disciplinary research integration in the UK and European research frameworks.

In particular, drawing fully on our long-established contacts with the scholars of the region we seek to achieve 3 specific objectives:
- promote internationally recognisable specialist excellence capacity for each partner
- develop research synergies and joint projects
- integrate and disseminate output activities to scholarly, policy and public communities, regionally and internationally

To do so, we will establish knowledge platforms in the chosen countries, selected on the basis of their inter-disciplinarity, high research potential, specialist subject niche and connectivity with all-level stakeholders. They include:
- Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy, Centre of Excellence for European Studies, specialising in European Studies, regional security and energy diplomacy
- Belarusian State University, specialising in peace-building straddling History, Sociology, Economics and IR
- Tajikistan International Shahidi Foundation, specialising in Cultural Anthropology, Identity and Social Psychology
- Uzbek University of World Economy and Diplomacy, specialising in Eurasian economic relations and diplomacy practice

By conducting a wide range of research workshops, pilot projects, learning and training activities, policy forums, and public events, we would seek to positively impact on the welfare provisions in the developing countries. Looking prospectively, established strategic partnerships and research networks would also greatly enhance the UK academia and the work of the consortium with a long-standing interest in the eastern region and Central Asia. This will be achieved by providing direct and privileged access into hitherto closed autocratic regimes, and insightful research opportunities and synergies. Additionally, it would greatly contribute to the UK and EU policy sectors, offering first-hand evidence on regional security, economic, cultural and diplomatic cooperation.

Planned Impact

The project targets three common development challenges in the selected countries, which focus on inclusive and equitable quality education; resilient and sustainable livelihoods; and reduction of conflict, inequality and poverty. While commonplace in all four countries, they have significant variations and would require a tailored approach to account for political, economic and cultural sensitivities of each given case.

We believe that promotion of specialist 'hubs of excellence' in HE which would identify and enhance strength but also address the underlying weaknesses of the system, would ensure sustainable benefits for the countries' economies and their welfare. In particular, we believe, that by:
- updating learning provision, upskilling staff, enhancing student knowledge and training PhDs would invariably address the need for more equitable education to serve relevant sectors of economy and governance structures. Unlocked education provision would also respond better to the market demand, which is currently mismatched against the supply of the HE sector (WB 2015).
- integrating the hubs into a wider research framework, and establishing networks of excellence across the region and internationally would stimulate the demand for new knowledge production and transfer, as well as for cooperation on conflict related issue transcending geopolitics and internal divisions.
- Executive education provision and training programmes would offer better connectivity between different sectors of economy, and stimulate demand for modernisation of public administration, and for creativity in the private sector, striving to link with international markets.
- Reaching out to schools, and a wider public would stimulate change in attitudes and patterned behaviour, and contribute to the rise of the responsible and engaged citizenry, to render resilience and sustainability of livelihoods across the region.

For this to occur and become a legacy for continuing transformation, we would pursue the following 'impact pathways':
- 'COMPASS meets academia': sharing and developing research and learning provisions (PhD Training and Executive summer schools, research and study workshops, student conventions); facilitating joint publications (working and policy papers, articles and monographs) and data gathering; developing research synergies to apply for specific pilot projects following PI's success and experience with H2020 Twinning, AHRC Development and ESRC research grants; forging links with learned societies (BASEES, UACES, BISA, British Academy, Jean Monnet network)
- 'COMPASS meets policy': establishing regular policy forums in developing countries, roundtables with policy communities at the FCO, Westminster and EU institutions; linking up with GLOBSEC, RIGA, CEPS, LSE Dahrendorf to have a wider policy exchange and reflection groups; accessing Ministries (following PI's example of working with MFA and UNECE in Belarus, and MFA and EUD in Azerbaijan; COI work with MFAs and Public Councils in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan) and respective policy groups (Gaidar Foundation, Valdai Club, Eurasian Silk road forums) to ensure as wider impact as possible.
- 'COMPASS meets people': organising study packages and school fairs to forge closer links with centres of excellence; and running citizen juries and BBC style question time involving local authorities, and other stakeholders
- 'COMPASS meets media': fully engaging with social media, as well as establishing a regular time slot with BBC Russian service '5th floor', and BBC GLOBAL; and reporting to other media outlets (SKY, ITV, France 24, Euronews, and national broadcasters)

This research and policy connectivity between different stakeholders at the national and international levels would contribute to developing lasting legacies and value-added engagement of the current project provisions, for the benefit of the wider society in the target countries, the UK and globally.

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Description 2019/20 (3rd phase report): the project has progressed both conceptually and empirically, along the three principal dimensions - research integration, policy impact and community engagement.

The key findings of the project have been to locate specific nature of the capacity gap between social and political spaces, and the gap between research and policy. The severe lack of capacity in the region which can bridge this gap has been the most prominent outcome of the research, fieldwork and participation in regional forums. The global challenges affecting Central Asia and wider Eurasia have shown that knowledge and skills are disconnected in the region. The project has provided the necessary space for connecting social sciences with other disciplines, across east and west.

The multidisciplinary focus on academic research and policy projects reflects the multidimensional world and links research and practice. Through the events, specifically roundtables, training schools, for e.g. leadership programme on solving global challenges we have been successful in bringing together leading experts, policy, academic and diplomatic community together with postgraduate students from across the partner institutions to discuss and debate on the current transformation processes taking place globally and their impact on Central Asia and the Eastern Neighbourhood, and the need for people to adopt to economic, social and technological terms through practicing cross-cutting cultural and technical skills.

The project has been able to identify gaps which the teams are responding to through exercise in capacity building in research and policy. Recent specific examples are the roundtables and workshops with parliamentary and ministerial level delegations in contact with key experts on Science and Technology, Economic Reform, Industrial Policy, Community Harmony and Conflict Mitigation, Migration and Energy, both to the region and from the region has, served as dual tools for mapping the capacities and constructing strategies to mitigate the gaps. These activities have shown clearly the need for building links and capacity in order to inform policy in the region and the UK.

Conceptually, we have developed and theorised the core concepts of the project - 'resilience' and 'adaptive governance' at a series of research workshops and their subsequent major publication as a Special Issue 'Resilience in EU & international institutions: redefining local ownership in a new global governance agenda', Contemporary Security Policy, April 2020 41(2). Our new understanding of resilience as self-governance should enable local ownership, self-reliance and greater sustainability, to mitigate global challenges in the DAC countries, and Central Eurasia in particular.

We have also identified core synergies with our partner-HEIs through signature conferences and subsequent publications of conferences proceedings with unique first-hand data and analysis (https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/outputs/research-outputs/):
- University of Kent 'Resilience & Governance of Central Eurasia', 1-2 July 2019
- Tajik National University (TNU) 'Cultural Diplomacy and Resilience in Central Eurasia', 16-17 September 2019
- University of World Economy and Diplomacy (UWED) 'Uzbekistan in the Context of Regional Security and Global Change', 7-8 November 2019
-Cambridge University has organised a number of Policy forums and roundtables (03/19, 05/19, 10/19, 12/19), a workshop on Research in Action (04/19) and a programme on leadership to solve global challenges (02/20) bringing a multi-disciplinary (science-social sciences-humanities) approach into focus to translate research into practice (policy). All three activities are connected and provide a comprehensive picture of how research and policy are connected and need each other for overall progress.
- ADA University 'Connectivity and Resilience in Central Eurasia', 11-12 June 2020
- Belarusian State University (BSU) 'Migration, adaptation and global challenges', 26-7 November 2020

These signature conferences expanded our research networks, to include over 60 affiliates across the region and internationally; and new HEIs (e.g. Durham, Oxford, LSE Ideas, Coventry, Giessen, Southern Denmark, Ghent, Renmin (China), HSE (Moscow), IAI (Italy) and local universities. We also developed close policy partnerships with UK/EU institutions, and policy institutes (ZOIS Berlin; DOC Berlin; AIG; Chatham House; RUSI). This resulted in the 1st Future Leaders Policy at the Minsk Dialogue Forum (October 2020), with young leaders coached by UK, EU, Russia and Belarus Ambassadors.

We also established international GCRF COMPASS Early Career Training Schools, at Kent, Cambridge, UWED, and ADA University: https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/compass-research-training-schools/; and organised Work in Progress Series across the consortium. We have set up mentorship for young researchers through 'Training School Reports'. This has brought young researchers together with senior researchers in order to help them publish by the end of the COMPASS project. Overall we have generated about 200 research and policy outputs as a result of these activities.

Empirically, we concluded our Focus Groups (about 60 across four countries), and work on their analysis. The focus groups conducted in the partner countries have been far reaching and the data collected will help update information about the populations from the ground up as well as provide a snapshot of what local communities think about themselves and how they locate themselves in the national, regional and global contexts.

Having generated unique data and knowledge, we aim to continue our impact on academic and policy communities, as well as engagement with general public based on research results.
Exploitation Route While the roundtables (18/10/19; 5/12/19; 26/02/20) and workshops especially with high level ministers and the diplomatic corp have helped articulate and find these gaps, the signature conferences (07/19; 09/19; 11/19) have been a means to academically conceptualise these gaps, and finally the training schools (Cambridge and ADA 02/20) have helped to build real research capacity by working with young researchers and mid-level policy makers, entrepreneurs and civil society representatives.

The findings are intended to be used for:
- academic/scientific breakthrough in understanding governance, order formation and community resilience, which could make societies and states more resilient, and conflicts less likely
-constantly updating research helps make research relevant for policy and for social concerns. In the era of climate change and global challenges this is imperative in developing countries.
-collaboration across research cultures and knowledge of different cultures will help provide relevant research.
- more comprehensive policy advice based on indigenous regional knowledge, and understanding of existing normative and emergent regional orders - to ensure their cooperative existence and peaceful global order transformation
- closer engagement and input of communities in governance processes - through citizen juries and public debates
- better learning provision to grow a new generation of future leaders
- to grow a network of hubs of excellence focusing on different aspects of governance across the globe
-bottom up approaches require a much clearer picture of the reality on the ground, the project seeks to continue to inform and build on data from local communities/focus groups and surveys have helped to provide the missing information.
-international and regional organisations require national level information which can be integrated to provide efficient frameworks, programmes and advice.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Agriculture, Food and Drink,Communities and Social Services/Policy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Energy,Environment,Financial Services, and Management Consultancy,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Security and Diplomacy,Transport

URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/outputs/research-outputs/
 
Description COMPASS sets to foster excellence in research, policy and community impacts across our four partner-HEIs, to enable them to become the hubs for knowledge production and transfer, in order to make an impact and shape their countries' more resilient futures and regional stability. These impacts are generated in different ways and at different levels - institutional, national, regional and international. Global challenges require a far more complex approach both in terms of understanding and looking for solutions for problems of climate change, health and energy. The interdisciplinary nature of the concerns is all too evident and COMPASS teams across the UK and our partner countries are well on their way in providing the necessary space for interaction and dialogue which can help create frameworks of practice. At the institutional level, partners have already identified a range of gaps that could be addressed individually and in a joint effort - through training schools for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) to raise future leaders; CPD workshops to improve research and learning standards; academic conferences, student conventions and specialist research workshops to further their expertise and develop signature areas. An expanding record of these activities is available in Appendix 2 of this report. Policy dialogues in Cambridge with a variety of stakeholders- civil society organisations, parliamentarians, the diplomatic corps, representatives of commercial enterprises (BP), international organisations (EBRD) and young researchers and academics especially from the region but also from the UK provide the necessary space for constructive discussion and strategies to navigate the wider Eurasian space. Institutional capacity building begins by mapping the institutional capacity which already exists and these dialogue forums provide both the description of what already exists and what can be done to improve efficiency and good practice in the near future. The Research in Action workshop which encompassed the functions a training school, policy forum and community engagement in Bukhara, Uzbekistan (April 2019) and the Leadership programme for solving global challenges (February 2020) organised by COMPASS Cambridge were organised to engage with a variety of stakeholders which would not have found the space to communication/interact otherwise. The students from the UK and the region were exposed to different research cultures along with government institutions (policy and academic) to foster understanding. The aims of these workshops were to be able to translate research into practice which is sorely lacking worldwide. COMPASS teams through these exercises are able to identify the gaps in communication which oftentimes impedes policy. At the national level, our partners have already identified core societal challenges, which they feel they may tackle more effectively than other HEIs, in light of their existing and growing capacities - their signature areas. E.g. ADA has identified 'gender equality in research and education' as one of their core priorities when working with wider communities. To tackle it, the team have started developing TED-talks and video-materials to raise awareness about the issue, create a platform for public discussion, and via future executive workshops, to foster dialogue with decision-makers at the national level to address the challenge. BSU, on the other hand, has engaged in developing a neutral platform for academic and policy dialogue to foster peace in the wider region ('Minsk Dialogue'), and in establishing a centre for the study of the Eurasian Union and the role of member states to counterbalance Russia's hegemony. Uzbekistan and Tajikistan are prioritising the development of academic and policy fora respectively, to address the pressing issues of Central Asian identity-building, and wider security, to ensure balance in their relations with larger neighbours - the EU, Russia and China. Engagements and workshops organised in Uzbekistan in Cambridge, Kent and London have identified glaring differences in research cultures. The publication of proceedings from the training schools which have been conducted in ADA, BSU, UWED and Kent have shown the need for mentorship which can help teach the future generations of academic researchers how to conduct scientific research which can have real policy impact. As a concrete result, papers were identified from each workshop and young scholars were paired with senior researchers across COMPASS teams to develop their research further and plan for publications in impact journals. Regionally, the impact is already tangible, especially in helping to foster sustainable pathways for human and institutional dialogue between the countries, which hitherto had been historically at loggerheads. The political relationship between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, in particular, has been tense since their independence and our project were able to bring them at the same table multiple times to develop shared activities and future visions. Similarly, the Minsk Dialogue forum in May 2018 brought together academics and researchers from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan to discuss conflicts and security dialogue, making the occasion unprecedented in its regional diversity and representation. These interactions between countries which have hitherto been at odds with each other are laying the groundwork for the project's engagement with a wider society alongside academic and policy work. In 2019 April, Cambridge Central Asia Forum network and COMPASS was able to bring together leading experts, policy, academic, diplomatic community together with postgraduate students to discuss and debate on current transformation processes taking place globally and their impact on Central Asia and the Eastern Neighbourhoods in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. Through the discussions and presentations identified the need for people to adapt to economic, social and technological changes through practicing cross-cutting cultural and technical skills. In Cambridge Winter school in February 2020 a select group of local and international participants will engage with research cultures, interdisciplinary research, and methodologies of research while considering the most current concerns globally. Internationally, it is not often that the UK academics, students and politicians are able to engage more closely with 'difficult' and least accessible countries of the FSU - Belarus, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan in particular. The project already assures this opportunity - through conferences, workshops and forums - to openly discuss regional developments as well as relations with neighbouring Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan, as regional projects like BRI, the EEU vs the EU, and learn first-hand about the dynamics and developments in the wider Euro-Asian region. Our meetings and events (face to face and video conferences) have made this dialogue possible and provided a unique platform for discussion of controversial issues like terrorism, trafficking, human rights and democracy promotion, economy and active civil society etc. This increases capacity on both sides and opens up new avenues for exchange. Kent and Cambridge have been successful in bringing together parliamentarians and diplomatic personnel from EaP and Central Asia in to dialogue with senior academics working internationally on a variety of issues. Only by relating to global challenges some of the issues facing the wider Eurasian region be understood in their entirety. In addition, COMPASS teams have been very visible in international forums ranging from European meetings (Minsk, Brussels and London), Silk Road Forums (Tbilisi, China), Innovation Forums (Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan), and participation in regional programmes like CAREC and SENECA. These are high level meetings which attract a variety of stakeholders and are key platforms for informing policy nationally and internationally. By engaging in these forums COMPASS teams are able to showcase the research being done in the project and also hear the current debates affecting countries. Our project has brought together hard to access HEIs in countries like Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Belarus and Azerbaijan which through collaborating with UK institutions, learn about publication strategies, new methodologies and scholarly academic networks and conferences. Vice versa, the UK HEIs - UoK and UoC - by having access to research work in these countries through our partners, are better equipped to understand the region and able to offer insight into issues of institutional capacity, and governance in these countries. Globally, by considering aspects of European and Eurasian identities, as well as political struggles of regional powers like Russia, China and the EU, we would be in a better position to understand newly emerging orders and their prospects for cooperation, to avoid new dividing lines and potential conflicts in the region, and to ensure that all three region-building projects - the Eastern Partnership Initiative (EaP), the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), and Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) - will offer more sustainable and collaborative governance. Cambridge and Kent have now organised a variety of meetings on BRI and EAEU with a strong emphasis on the role of the UK and EU with policy makers and leading scholars in the region. These meetings and workshops have attracted interdisciplinary research (history, sociology, international relations, anthropology, physical sciences, engineers). The discussions as a consequence of these meetings have veered away from binary understandings of Asia and Europe and moved into more nuanced approaches of global development narratives.
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Education,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Security and Diplomacy
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description B.EST: Brussels Executive Study Trip
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact On 20-26 January 2019 the COMPASS project organised an Executive Study Trip to Brussels for the partner-countries. This event was held at the Press Club, in the heart of Brussels, bringing together top-level delegations from across the Consortium for five days of training and networking: partner-HEI representatives, affiliate academics and ministry officials from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, as well as UK Universities - Cambridge and Kent. The attendees of this landmark event met high-level EU officials and practitioners to exchange ideas and learn more about EU decision-making, negotiations, lobbying, trade, funding and tender opportunities, scientific cooperation and strategic priorities for the Eastern neighbourhood and Central Asia. The event was organised with the assistance of EUpportunity, to whom the COMPASS project extends its gratitude for excellent organisation and handling of the event.
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/compass-policy-training-schools/
 
Description Central Eurasian Studies Society Board Member and Conference Committee Chair
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact Since my election as the Board member of the Central Eurasian Studies Society, the largest international non-profit research organisation that deals with research, academic and policy development in wider Eurasia I've been active in organising and running workshops, collaborative publishing projects, academic skills training and further collaborations and empowerment of local Central Asian scholars. Since 2019 I am a Conference Committee Chair for the Annual and Regional conferences organised by the society. With every project I deal with at CESS I aim to bring more collaboration, academic and research-based capacity-building to local scholars in wider Eurasia.
 
Description China Executive Leadership Programme for BRI active State Owned Einterprises
Geographic Reach Asia 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Citations: Dear Dr Saxena, Your lecture was greatly appreciated by the participants. It took CELP into a new and vitally important territory. The session in the Maxwell Centre, University of Cambridge worked marvellously. The Central Organisation Department values CELP highly, awarding it an overall mark of 99.09%, which is higher than any other training programme in the history of the Department. They consider that CELP plays a vital role in China's interaction with global business at an important time in the evolution of China's relationship with the world. The final report on CELP each year is read by Prime Minister Li Keqiang and thereby contributes significantly to the Chinese reform process. CELP alumni include the governors of Guangdong and Zhejiang provinces, the Party Secretaries of Henan and Heilongjiang Provinces, and the Party Secretary of Chongqing Municipality, as well as the Head of SASAC and the heads of a large number of the countries' biggest SOEs.
 
Description Doctoral Training School
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
URL http://www.uptake.ut.ee/cfp-fourth-uptake-training-school-straight-talk-about-russia/
 
Description Influence on policy in the region
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Formulating a new strategy towards engagement in conflict-prone and transition economies of Armenia; Azerbaijan; Belarus; Ukraine, Moldova, Central Asia with Russia's, EU and China's added perspective
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/news/past-events/
 
Description London Forum: Building Resilient Communities
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact On 28 January 2019, the GCRF COMPASS project organised its landmark event - the London Forum. This event brought together high-ranking academics, including Vice-Chancellors and PVCs, policy-makers and practitioners from Belarus, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and UK Universities - Cambridge and Kent, to engage with UK government officials, policy-makers, funders and practitioners. The forum provided opportunities for networking, and exploring options for further cooperation on different levels of resilience-building - institutional, educational, community, economic, energy and security. The diverse and dynamic group of speakers and panellists provided an in-depth insight, as well as, actionable and practical tools for engagement.
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/events/forums/
 
Description Policy Impact workshop at the FCO
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Training and knowledge development to understand how policy impact is achieved in the UK when working with academics; and comparatively how it is done in the wider Eurasia region. The workshop was organised with FCO officials, and International Government Partnerships, and on the partner side - with MFA officials, academics and parliamentary representatives.
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/compass-policy-training-schools/
 
Description influence on policy of UK/EU towards Eastern Europe/Central Asia
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Formulating new strategies towards the Eastern region and Central Asia, with Cabinet Office (UK); Westminster (House of Commons - Stephen Kinnock MP); and European Commission, EEAS, and European Parliament
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/news/past-events/
 
Title FOCUS GROUPS 
Description As part of WP4 'Community engagement' COMPASS has conducted Focus Groups/experiential Citizen Juries in partner countries: - Belarus (8); Azerbaijan (8); Uzbekistan (8) and Tajikistan (26). We are at the stage of completing transcripts, and analytical reports. - a workshop on findings: technical reports; and preliminary findings from a comparative perspective (Almaty, January 2020) - the next stage is nation-wide survey in partner-countries (May-June 2020) 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact We anticipate wider community engagement based on the results; academic and policy outputs on how to make communities more resilient 
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/news/past-events/
 
Title Complexity and Emergence in Eurasia's Decision Making 
Description Goal: To model how emerging approaches to dealing with complexity can support effective, inclusive decision making processes in Central Asia. Identify perceptions of complexity in participant's field of expertise (sub-sector) Identify which variables can be used to accurately assess the decision-making processes (directions, hierarchies, driving forces, etc) Sudden transitions/ tipping-points/ non-linearity: Complex systems show non-linear dynamics. That means that they may suddenly change behaviour or move to another regime. Limited predictability/ Fundamental uncertainty: The behaviours of complex systems are extremely hard to predict in great detail. Small changes in initial conditions or history can lead to very different dynamics over time. Evolutionary dynamics: Complex adaptive systems are often shaped by evolutionary dynamics. The mechanism of evolution starts with variation. Then there is selection of elements that are fit for the changed conditions. 
Type Of Material Data analysis technique 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact FCO UK would like to use this model 
 
Title Work Package 4 Community Engagement Secondary Data Collection 
Description During the first stage of the research for WP4 Community Engagement we have collected and analysed database of secondary data about political, socio-cultural and economic development of our core countries since the collapse of the Soviet Union till present. The findings from this database served as a background to further conceptualisation and research design within this work package that aims to study identities, values and decision-making on the community level within each of the core countries. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The development of this database allowed us to evaluate the existing level of data, gaps that have to be addressed in our own data collection; it also shaped the way we construct our surveys, focus groups and interviews in the field. The database served as an initial contextual evaluation and drew important comparisons crossed all core countries involved in this research and allowed us to navigate community engagement activities better. 
 
Title Work Package 4 Community Engagement: Focus groups 
Description We are in the process of transcribing Focus Groups data collected in 4 partner countries, which will be uploaded to the sharepoint for further analysis 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact - to facilitate more effective community engagement, especially in deprived regions of the partner-countries - to develop better understanding of informal and formal support infrastructures helping communities to become/stay resilient in DOC countries - to develop policy recommendations for support of resilience measures 
 
Description Academic collaborations: Durham University 
Organisation Durham University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution - joint GCRF Cluster Call application (led by Durham, with Oxford and Kent)
Collaborator Contribution - PI for a joint GCRF Cluster Call application
Impact joint application for GCRF Cluster Call
Start Year 2019
 
Description Academic collaborations: ERASMUS+ IDEEAS call 2019 
Organisation University of Leuven
Country Belgium 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Jointly developed and submitted an application for a Jean Monnet Network Call 2019, bringing together, under the leadership of KU LEUVEN, 5 more universities - Tartu (Estonia), Kent (UK), BSU (Belarus), ADA (Azerbaijan) and Nazarbayev (Kazakhstan), to facilitate research integration and research-led teaching by developing online modules (MOOGS), policy seminars and academic workshops.
Collaborator Contribution PI for the above call: major budgetary and administrative preparations.
Impact application was submitted in February 2019; found unsuccessful in August 2019. planning to resubmit a revised version in 2021
Start Year 2018
 
Description Academic collaborations: Ghent University 
Organisation University of Ghent
Country Belgium 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution joint conferences joint publications joint funding applications
Collaborator Contribution joint conferences joint publications joint funding applications
Impact https://www.dahrendorf-forum.eu/the-eu-and-central-asia-new-opportunities-or-the-same-old-song/ https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/wp-content/uploads/sites/169/2019/11/UWED-Conference-Programme-and-brochure-final-res.pdf https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/wp-content/uploads/sites/169/2020/02/UWED-Conference-proceedings-2019-final-Feb-formatted.pdf
Start Year 2019
 
Description Academic collaborations: Giessen University 
Organisation Justus Liebig University Giessen
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution - joint participation in Volkswagen expert workshops for Central Asia & Eastern Europe - joint funding application (e.g. VW 2020)
Collaborator Contribution - joint participation in Volkswagen expert workshops for Central Asia & Eastern Europe - joint funding application (e.g. VW 2020)
Impact preparation of a joint funding application
Start Year 2020
 
Description Academic collaborations: IAI 
Organisation Institute for International Affairs
Country Italy 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution joint workshop on resilience (2018) joint conference (2020) H2020 joint funding application (March 2020)
Collaborator Contribution host and networking joint funding application joint publication: https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/outputs/research-outputs/
Impact joint publication - Special Issue : https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/outputs/research-outputs/ Korosteleva, E. and Flockhart, T. (2020, in press) 'Resilience in EU and international institutions', Contemporary Security Policy, Special Issue. Advance online publication 21 February 2020; full issue 41(2), April 2020 Korosteleva, E. & Flockhart, T. (2020) Resilience in EU and international institutions: redefining local ownership in a new global governance agenda DOI: 10.1080/13523260.2020.1723973 Tocci, N. (2019) Resilience and the role of the European in the world. advance online publication DOI: 10.1080/13523260.2019.1640342 Chandler, D. (2019) Security through societal resilience: Contemporary challenges in the Anthropocene. DOI: 10.1080/13523260.2019.1659574 Flockhart, T. (2020) Is this the end? Resilience, ontological security, and the crisis of the liberal international order DOI: 10.1080/13523260.2020.1723966 Korosteleva, E. (2019) Reclaiming resilience back: A local turn in EU external governance. DOI: 10.1080/13523260.2019.1685316 Bargues-Pedreny, P. (2019) Resilience is "always more" than our practices: Limits, critiques, and skepticism about international intervention. DOI: 10.1080/13523260.2019.1678856 Petrova, I. & Delcour, L. (2019) From principle to practice? The resilience-local ownership nexus in the EU Eastern Partnership policy. DOI:10.1080/13523260.2019.1678280 Anholt, R & Sinatti, G. (2019) Under the guise of resilience: the EU approach to migration and forced displacement in Jordan and Lebanon. DOI: 10.1080/13523260.2019.1698182 Juncos, A. & Joseph, J. (2019) Building sustainable peace and the EU's 'resilience turn': the contradictions of intervention in Bosnia. DOI: 10.1080/13523260.2019.1703082
Start Year 2018
 
Description Academic collaborations: LSE Ideas 
Organisation London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution - joint COMPASS workshop (December 2018) - Dahrendorf forum and conferences
Collaborator Contribution joint academic collaboration and publications
Impact - conference proceedings: https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/wp-content/uploads/sites/169/2019/05/LSE-IDEAS-COMPASS-UPTAKE-Greater-Eurasia.pdf - Special Issue 'Russia between east and west and the future of Eurasian order' (under review, International Politics)
Start Year 2018
 
Description Academic collaborations: SDU (Denmark) 
Organisation University of Southern Denmark
Country Denmark 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution - COMPASS Special Issue publication (work in progress - due in summer 2020) - joint conferences (ISA; APSA; ECPR; Kent signature conference) - joint workshops (Rome; WIPs) - joint publications (edited Special Issue, CSP) - COI for joint funding applications (H2020 MOU call - March 2019; NORFACE GRIT application - June 2019 - both unsuccessful)
Collaborator Contribution - joint conferences (ISA; APSA; ECPR; Kent signature conference) - joint workshops (Rome) - guest lectures (12-13 March 2020) - joint publications (edited Special Issue, CSP) - acted as PI for joint funding applications (H2020 MOU call - March 2019; NORFACE GRIT application - June 2019 - both unsuccessful)
Impact Korosteleva, E. and Flockhart, T. (2020, in press) 'Resilience in EU and international institutions', Contemporary Security Policy, Special Issue. Advance online publication 21 February 2020; full issue 41(2), April 2020 Korosteleva, E. & Flockhart, T. (2020) Resilience in EU and international institutions: redefining local ownership in a new global governance agenda DOI: 10.1080/13523260.2020.1723973 Flockhart, T. (2020) Is this the end? Resilience, ontological security, and the crisis of the liberal international order DOI: 10.1080/13523260.2020.1723966 Korosteleva, E. (2019) Reclaiming resilience back: A local turn in EU external governance. DOI: 10.1080/13523260.2019.1685316
Start Year 2018
 
Description Central Asia Reserach Capacity Building Partnership 
Organisation Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences
Department Coordination and Methodological center
Country Uzbekistan 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Training workshop on international research cultures
Collaborator Contribution Organsiation of workshop session with local content and post-soviet policy making cultures
Impact Research in Action" A 4-day Postgraduate & Early Career Researcher Symposium Bukhara, Uzbekistan, Tentative dates: 8-10 April 2019 (roughly 50 delegates) The workshop will bring together leading experts, policy, academic, diplomatic, business community together with COMPASS ++ affiliates, as well as undergraduate, graduate students to discuss and debate on the current transformation processes taking place globally and their impact on Central Asia and the Eastern Neighbourhoods and the need for people to adopt to economic, social and technological terms through practicing cross-cutting cultural and technical skills. The programme will be multidisciplinary with a focus on academic research and policy projects to reflect recent changes in the multidimensional world, that link research and practice in the COMPASS geographies of remit. The workshop will bring postgraduate students and senior researchers from the COMPASS partner Universities.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Policy Impact Partnerships: Chatham House and AIG 
Organisation Chatham House
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution participation (speaker) in top-level events organised cojointly by Chatham House and AIG on BRI 2.0
Collaborator Contribution networking
Impact policy paper and articles
Start Year 2019
 
Description Policy Impact Partnerships: Core Group Munich Security Conference 
Organisation Munich Security Conference
Country Germany 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution This higher-level top policy conference in the world attracts HOS and HOGs from Europe and beyond. Prof. Korosteleva was invited to contribute to the Core Group meeting of MSC in Minsk in 2018; and Profs. Trine Flockhart and Nathalie Tocci (AB members) are regular attendees and participants of MSC (2019; 2020).
Collaborator Contribution a venue for networking and debate
Impact networking and policy papers: https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/news/2018-2019-news/
Start Year 2018
 
Description Policy Impact Partnerships: Dialogue of Civilisations (DOC) 
Organisation Dialogue for Civilisations Berlin
Country Germany 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Dialogue for Civilisations (Berlin) is a think tank that researches and develops proposals that address the key challenges faced by the international community. DOC Research Institute carries out research into the causes of tension and identifies opportunities for conflict resolution.Its relevance is rooted both in the policy development proposals it puts forward, and in its ongoing engagement with a wide range of international experts. We are organising policy workshops in Brussels and Berlin; and a Rhodos Policy forum 2020.
Collaborator Contribution - Rhodos policy forum 2019; 2020 - joint workshop in Brussels (March 2020) - participation in our signature conferences (Kent; TNU)
Impact - joint events in 2020
Start Year 2019
 
Description Policy Impact Partnerships: Eastern Partnership @10 in Brussels (EEAS/EC), Natolin (COE) and London (EBRD) 
Organisation European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution participation in closed higher-level strategic analysis and policy planning of the Eastern Partnership policy towards the eastern region: - Natolin College of Europe (March 2019) - Brussels (May 2019) - London (November 2019) contribution to the consultation process
Collaborator Contribution policy insight, and collaboration
Impact policy briefs; academic papers and articles; guest lectures by policy officials
Start Year 2018
 
Description Policy Impact Partnerships: Summit of Minds 
Organisation LE BAROMETRE MENSUEL
Department Summit of Minds
Country France 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution participation (chair; discussant) at the higher-level forum in Dilijan hosted by the President of Armenia and Armenian National Bank
Collaborator Contribution networking and publicity to COMPASS
Impact policy papers
Start Year 2019
 
Description Policy Impact Partnerships: Westminster and European Parliament 
Organisation House of Lords
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution joint conferences and forums
Collaborator Contribution joint conferences and forums; chair of dedicated select committees
Impact joint policy papers and academic publications
Start Year 2018
 
Description Policy Impact partnerships: FCO, Cabinet Office, British Embassies and British Councils 
Organisation Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Working closely with the FCO (Laurence Broyd), Cabinet Office (Fionna Gibb); British Ambassadors in Belarus (Jacky Perkins); Tajikistan (Matthew Lawson); Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan we have launched GCRF COMPASS signature conferences to develop niche specialism in each partner-HEI. This included: - GCRF Kent signature conference on resilience (July 2019), with participation of FCO and DIT colleagues - GCRF TNU signature conference on cultural diplomacy in Eurasia, with the support of the EU High Representative and British Embassy in Dushanbe (Tajikistan) - GCRF UWED signature conference on regional security in Eurasia, with the support of the EU and British Embassies, Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
Collaborator Contribution - Presence and participation at our signature conferences in partner countries; reception for the COMPASS Delegations; local publicity and networking. The latter resulted in the successful launch of SPARKS project between ADA University and Kent, supported by the British Embassy (2019). - Training of future leaders at the Minsk Dialogue Policy Forum (2019), with the support of the British Embassy (Jacky Perkins) - Presence and networking at the Great British Festival (2019), with the support of the British Embassy (Fionna Gibb) - Training workshops for COMPASS delegates at FCO, 2019 (with Laurence Broyd)
Impact - policy paper 'Facilitating Cooperation in a World of Uncertainty' (2020): https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/wp-content/uploads/sites/169/2020/01/COMPASS-MD-Paper-Final-Jan20-web.pdf - future leaders session (25 young people from the Consortium and Belarus) training and Declaration: https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/wp-content/uploads/sites/169/2020/01/COMPASS-MD-Paper-Final-Jan20-web.pdf (Appendix 1) - policy briefs: https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/outputs/policy-outputs/ - press-releases https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/news/
Start Year 2019
 
Description Policy Partnership on Silk Road Countries 
Organisation Centre for Strategic Studies Under Presidential Administration of Tajikistan
Country Tajikistan 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We have constructed a research exchange mechanism to co-author policy relevant publications related to developments around BRI initiative in Central Asia
Collaborator Contribution We have constructed a research exchange mechanism to co-author policy relevant publications related to developments around BRI initiative in Central Asia
Impact Reserach publicaiton under preparation
Start Year 2019
 
Company Name CANTABRIGIA ADVISORS LTD 
Description Research and Innovation consultancy dedicated to global challenges research pertaining to climate change, energy and food security since 2018 
Year Established 2011 
Impact Designed and Built the Centre for High Technology in Tashkent Uzbekistan Consulted with Uzbek and Tajik national academy of sciences helped to frame global challenges remit with ministries across the central asia region
 
Description - official project launch 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The official launch of the GCRF-COMPASS project took place in the 'Red Building' of Belarus State University in Minsk on the 22nd of May and hosted more than 60 delegates including members of all partner institutions, Advisory Board members, GCRF Project Officer, representative from the Belarus Ministry of Education, Parliament, Presidential Administration and ERASMUS+ students and staff of the Belarusian State University. The project received a warm welcome from the PVC Internationalisation, Professor Sergey Khodin, and was also covered widely on national TV, press and social media.

Project and Advisory Board members met again the following day for detailed discussion and planning of the work in the first year.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/events/launch-events/
 
Description 10-year anniversary of the Eastern Partnership Initiative (14 May 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Professor Elena Korosteleva was invited to a high-level ministerial meeting in Brussels for the celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the Eastern Partnership Initiative (#EaP10) and discussions of its future for the neighbourhood.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/news/2018-2019-news/
 
Description 20th Annual Conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society (10 - 13 October 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Ulugbek Khasanov and Dr Akram Umarov (both UWED) and Dr Nargis Nurulla-Khodzaeva (TNU) represented the GCRF COMPASS project at the 20th annual CESS conference organised by the Central Asia Program of the George Washington University's Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies. The event brought together leading scholars and researchers from different disciplines united by their interest in Central Asia's past, present and future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/news/past-events/
 
Description Belt & Road 2.0 AIG Multinational Conference 2019 (10 October 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The focus was on the relaunch of the BRI 2.0 and its challenges, including the 'people-to-people' dimension, discussed at the final panel of the conference. Professor Korosteleva offered her insights on this important topic, with reference to the COMPASS project's findings and conceptual thinking about 'resilience' and local ownership.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/news/past-events/
 
Description British Parliamentary Debate Training School (8 April 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact A Training School on British Parliamentary Debate was run by Baroness Suttie on 8th April 2019 at BSU for the BSU Student Debating Society. In addition to a mock parliamentary debate, she adjudicated a game on EU-related topics and shared valuable advice on preparing for public debating.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/compass-research-training-schools/
 
Description Brussels Executive Study Trip (Brussels, 20 - 26 January 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 20-26 January 2019 the COMPASS project organised an Executive Study Trip to Brussels for the partner-countries. This event was held at the Press Club, in the heart of Brussels, bringing together top-level delegations from across the Consortium for five days of training and networking: partner-HEI representatives, affiliate academics and ministry officials from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, as well as UK Universities - Cambridge and Kent. The attendees of this landmark event met high-level EU officials and practitioners to exchange ideas and learn more about EU decision-making, negotiations, lobbying, trade, funding and tender opportunities, scientific cooperation and strategic priorities for the Eastern neighbourhood and Central Asia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/compass-policy-training-schools/
 
Description COMPASS 'Research in Action' Bukhara Training School (8 - 10 April 20129) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The workshop was designed to engage with varied research cultures, interdisciplinary research, and methodologies of research while considering the most current concerns in Central Asia, wider Eurasia and globally. It focused research methodologies across development paradigms and encompassed sustainability, multilateralism, scientific and cultural diplomacy, international relations, political economy, industrial policy and technology, science and education amongst other areas. This workshop provided the basis for research capacity building, a core goal of the COMPASS project, in academia, government and media.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/news/2018-2019-news/
 
Description COMPASS Field Trip Missions to Uzbekistan and Tajikistan (12 - 17 October 2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The COMPASS teams from the Universities of Kent and Cambridge visited the National Teams at UWED (Tashkent), and TNU (Dushanbe) from 12 - 17 October 2018. The purpose of the visit was to meet a wider pool of affiliates of the National Teams, present COMPASS priorities, discuss planned activities and shared calendar of events, and support the teams in their own countries. Furthermore, COMPASS teams had visits to the British Embassies and British Councils in Tashkent and Dushanbe, and meetings with representatives of national governments and parliaments, to alert them to the COMPASS agenda to develop prospects for cooperation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/news/past-events/
 
Description COMPASS Student Convention (25 - 27 April 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact More than 20 participants from COMPASS partner countries and further afield presented and discussed their research findings in three panels - Integration initiatives in wider Eurasia, European Integration Project, Conceptualizing "Integration of Integrations". This was a capacity developing event and the aim was to provide networking opportunities and enhance historical and cultural understanding between the participants. Participants expressed interest in the COMPASS project and its objectives
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/events/conferences/
 
Description COMPASS joint panels at the Tartu Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Researchers of the GCRF COMPASS project attended the 3rd Annual Tartu Conference on Russian and East European Studies in Tartu, Estonia. The team presented their work in two panels organised by the project. The panels built on Kent's partnership with the University of Tartu as part of the H2020 Twinning UPTAKE project. The panels' aim was to discuss different challenges for regional security and capacity-building in the region - in line with the project's key themes.

The consortium's participation in the conference was the first collective event regarding Research Integration. We aim at regular joint participation in conferences from now on, and will also work on joint outputs as a result of partners' participation.

Researcher presenting their work were: Anar Valiyev (ADA University), Munira Shahidi and Nargis Nurulla-Khozhaeva (Tajik National University), Akram Umarov and Sherzod Abdullaev (UWED), Leonardo Pataccini (University of Tartu), Roza Turarbekova (Belarusian State University), and Eske van Gils (University of Kent). The panels were chaired by the project's PI Elena Korosteleva.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/news/past-events/
 
Description Conference: Towards Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education: Opportunities for Action (19-20 June 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The conference brought together scholars, policymakers, independent researchers, educational practitioners, students and other stakeholders interested in national and international education development, present research analyzing educational strategies around the world and in Azerbaijan, reflect on best practices, discuss future steps and suggest policy recommendations for inclusive and equitable quality education system.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/news/2018-2019-news/
 
Description Connecting Central Asia in the 21st Century (25 - 26 April 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Through panel discussion, roundtable talks, debate, and academic presentation, the participants explored pressing topics such as resource management in Central Asia, foreign relations of the regional states with Russia and China, how Central Asia's past informs its present and future, the region's vision for itself in the 21st-century and comparative area studies approaches to contemporary Central Asia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/news/2018-2019-news/
 
Description Digital Doialogue for Central Asia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact As ICTs continue to play an important role in global commerce, governments in Central Asia will have to reconcile their often complex public policy goals in the digital age - meeting the access imperative while securing devices, networks, identities and livelihoods. To enable this, there is a need to create a forum convening policymakers and experts from the region to discuss and design policy goals and solutions for Central Asian economies.
Recognizing this Central Asia Forum, University of Cambridge, hosted a day-long launch event, a Digital Dialogue for Central Asia, in Astana, Kazakhstan with experts from government, industry and civil society to ideate and create norms for digital economies in Central Asia. Broadly, the Digital Dialogue adressed the following four themes - digital economy, cybersecurity, e-governance, e-education, smart cities, access and connectivity.
The forum will consisted of roundtables with 3-4 experts from each Central Asian country including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan with more representation from Kazakhstan. On the eve of the forum, an inaugural dinner will be organized hosting government officials from these countries to develop the policy priorities for a connected digital future for Central Asia and set the agenda for the forum. This allowed the GCRF COMPASS partner institutions to link-across their other geographic partners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://centralasia.group.cam.ac.uk/events/DigitalAsia
 
Description Eastern Partnership (EaP) Reflection Forum (21 - 23 October 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Forum reflected on the progress of the Eastern Partnership policy and outlined policy recommendations for the EU and Moldova.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/news/past-events/
 
Description First EBRD Eastern Partnership Investment Summit 22 November 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Professor Korosteleva was invited to attend the first EBRD Eastern Partnership Investment Summit organised in London to mark the 10-year anniversary of the Eastern Partnership Initiative in the neighbourhood, and discuss further cooperation and investment in the region. The focus was on continuing reforms against corruption to ensure political and economic stability, and citizens' greater involvement in the governance of the region.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Formation of the Belarusian statehood in the context of geopolitical shifts of the 20th century (Minsk, 29 - 30 November 2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The International Scientific Conference "Formation of Belarusian Statehood in Conditions of Geopolitical Shifts of the 20th Century", dedicated to the centenary anniversary of the events that led to the formation of the Belarusian Soviet Socialistic Republic (BSSR) and predetermined the future path of development of Belarusian statehood, was held on November 29-30, 2018 at the Belarusian State University with support of the GCRF COMPASS project.
More than 120 participants from Belarus, Russian Federation, Ukraine, Poland, Czech Republic and Germany discussed actual problems of the events that led to proclamation of the BSSR, and the influence of geopolitical transformations in East and Central European region on this process.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description GCRF COMPASS SIGNATURE CONFERENCE @Kent: Governance and Resilience in Wider Eurasia: are cooperative orders possible? (30 June -2 July 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The conference provided a platform for 'excellent discussions' exploring the widening relationships between Europe and Central Asia and also offered plenty of networking opportunities. The conference proceedings have been published and are available on the website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/events/conferences/
 
Description GCRF GCDC Early Career Researcher Training School (2 - 6 July 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A total of 25 Early Career Researchers participated, with 14 researchers from the COMPASS project consortium. Participants presented their diverse research on the themes of resilience and governance, and received in-depth feedback from their peers and senior colleagues. They also attended four skills training sessions on networking, publishing, and fieldwork funding, organised by the University of Kent. The Training School further provided opportunities for socialising and networking, including a visit to the UK Parliament in London and the international signature conference on Governance and Resilience, on the margins of which the TS was organised. Most researchers found the panel training sessions especially useful as they provided an opportunity to present their work and receive constructive feedback. The networking and social dimensions were also much appreciated resulting in lasting contacts between participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/compass-research-training-schools/
 
Description GROW Conference (21 January 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 21 January, Prof. Korosteleva presented the COMPASS project findings to the GROW conference at Kent University. The conference hosted current grant holders and future applicants, as well as funders' representatives to discuss opportunities for further growth.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/news/past-events/
 
Description Global Challenges Conference at Kent 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The University of Kent recently organised the 'Global Challenges Research Conference', to foster global partnerships and new research projects to help address the challenges of the developing world. The conference gathered all-level stakeholders - from government officials, and funders, to NGOs, practitioners, and scholars of multiple disciplines. Baroness Suttie, from the House of Lords, and the COMPASS AB member, gave a key-note speech underlining the importance of the funding initiative.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/researchservices/gcrf2018/
 
Description Guest Lecture by Ignacio Garcia Bercero (30 January 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact The COMPASS team at Kent and postgraduate students of the EU in the Global World, welcomed Mr Ignacio Garcia Bercero, Director General, DG Trade of the European Commission as their guest speaker. Mr Bercero shared his experience of negotiations with partners in the eastern Neighbourhood and Central Asia, and more recently - with the Eurasian Economic Union.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/news/past-events/
 
Description How to Prepare a Successful Project Proposal (Baku, 19 - 23 November 2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact The workshop took place in Baku from 19th to 23rd of November 2018 and was organised by ADA University in collaboration with BSU, TNU and UWED. TIt was aimed at developing basic competencies of project design and writing including problem identification, target groups analysis, understanding Logical Framework Matrix approach, applying ICT skills for project planning and budgeting, text writing and grant application management.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/compass-research-training-schools/
 
Description Institutional Change and Social Practice. Research on Political Systems, Economy and Society in Central Asia and the Caucasus (12 - 14 November 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Korosteleva was invited to participate at the conference titled 'Institutional Change and Social Practice. Research on Political Systems, Economy and Society in Central Asia and the Caucasus', and be part of the evaluation panel organised by the Volkswagen Foundation, in Frankfurt. She discussed opportunities for developing cooperation under the GCRF project with the VW staff.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/news/past-events/
 
Description International Conference: Cultural Diplomacy in Central Asia and Eurasia (16 - 17 September 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was the first landmark event of the Tajik National University (TNU) as part of the COMPASS project - a two-day international conference with a focus on Tajikistan and the role of cultural diplomacy in the regional revival. With reference to the Tajik National Development Strategy 2030, discussions addressed the issues of local vulnerabilities, including environment and trade/economic concerns, resilience-building and the role of cultural heritage for sustainable development. Apart from the TNU staff, NGO and government representatives, participants also included international scholars from the COMPASS partner universities. The conference also hosted a keynote speech on the EU New Strategy to Central Asia from the EU Special Envoy, Ambassador Burian, and HE Marilyn Josefson, Head of EU Delegation to Tajikistan; intervention by Peter Fernandes Cardy, Head of regional DFID, and a plenary session with HM Ambassador Matthew Lawson and Lord Sheikh (UK)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/news/past-events/
 
Description International Signature Conference: Uzbekistan in the Context of Regional Security and Global Change (7 - 8 November 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The conference focused on the ongoing reforms in the country, Uzbekistan's role in the region, as well as its relations with the UK, European Union, Russia, US and China.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/news/past-events/
 
Description International Workshop: 'Sustainable Future and Good Governance: Conceptual Approaches' (15 June 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The workshop participants discussed the theoretical aspects of sustainable development and good governance, models of political and economic reforms of developed and developing countries in Europe, East and Southeast Asia, as well as regional geopolitics in Central Asia and its impact on large-scale reforms in Uzbekistan.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/events/workshops/
 
Description International symposium ' Turning 'brain drain' into 'brain circulation' (25 - 27 November 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Tajik National University hosted an international symposium 'Turning "brain drain" into 'brain circulation" in Central Asia'. The symposium was jointly organised by the Faculty of International Relations TNU and Dialogue of Civilisations (DOC) Research Institute, a COMPASS partner, with the support of VW Foundation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/news/past-events/
 
Description Invitation to Speak at Ditchley Foundation Festival of Ideas on Globalisation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The festival's theme is Future Human: Future Communities. As such, the aim of this is to explore what we mean by community, whether real or virtual, geographical or philosophical, religious or social, and how communities will evolve in the future. The goal of this panel was to provide a macro-level survey of the ever-changing geopolitical context in which these aspects of community exist and interrelate. It will explored the ways in which national communities and the global community are shaping and challenging each other, with a view to understanding how traditional forms of intervention, rule of law, and intergovernmental organisations will be impacted by current trends in international affairs.

Speaker Bios

Mirko Hempel is Director of the Moscow Office of the Friedrich Ebert-Stiftung, a German think tank which ranks among the leading global policy advisory institutions with its head office in Berlin/Germany. He has been working as policy advisor and analyst for more than 26 years in various parts of the world (Africa, Latin America, Asia, South Eastern Europe, Central and Eastern Europe).

Roula Khalaf is the Deputy Editor of the Financial Times. In this role she provides strategic direction for the FT's editorial coverage and its large global network of foreign correspondents. An award-winning journalist, she also writes a weekly column on international affairs. Prior to this role, she served as the FT's foreign editor and assistant editor, responsible for overseeing the FT's editorial coverage of Europe, the Middle East and Africa and the management of the FT's international network. Her series on Qatar won the Foreign Press Association's Feature story of the year in 2013. She was named foreign commentator of the year at the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards in 2016. She is a Governor of Ditchley.

Jami Miscik is CEO of Kissinger Associates Inc. She serves on the board of Morgan Stanley, In Q-Tel, the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Ditchley Foundation. From 2009 to 2017, she served on the President's Intelligence Advisory Board and was co-chair from 2014-2017.

Paul Robinson holds an MA in Russian and Eastern European Studies from the University of Toronto and a D.Phil. in Modern History from the University of Oxford. Prior to his graduate studies, he served as a regular officer in the British Army Intelligence Corps from 1989 to 1994, and as a reserve officer in the Canadian Forces from 1994 to 1996. Having published six books, he has also written widely for the international press on political issues.

Siddharth Shanker Saxena is Chairperson of the Cambridge Central Asia Programme. He trained as an anthropologist, historian and a physicist and holds PhD. degrees both in Experimental Physics and Social Anthropology. His research interests are in the areas of religion and identity, knowledge systems, social and political development and institutional history in Central Asia and the Middle East. His work focus is, on the one side, in creation of scientific and industrial technology platforms, while on the other in studying social and economic development in Bukhara, Ferghana Valley, Almaty, Kashgar and areas of Afghanistan and Azerbaijan.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ditchley.com/events/festival-ideas-future-human-future-communities
 
Description Keynote Lecture 'Resilience: another buzzword or an opportunity for more adaptable (EU) governance?' (3 December 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Korosteleva's talk attracted over 40 students, scholars and practitioners, including from the IMF, EU trade and humanitarian policies divisions. She focused on unpacking the term 'resilience' to give it a more unifying meaning as 'self-governance', and its application by the EU.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/news/past-events/
 
Description Leadership Winter Training School Programme in Solving Global Challenges (9 - 19 February 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Leadership Programme in Solving Global Challenges Training School was an intensive winter training school for emerging young leaders. A select group of domestic and international participants engaged with research cultures, interdisciplinary research, and methodologies of research while considering the most current concerns globally.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/news/past-events/
 
Description London Policy Forum (London 28 - 29 January 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The London Policy Forum (London, 28-01-2019) brought together high-ranking academics, including Vice-Chancellors and PVCs, and practitioners from Belarus, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and UK Universities - Cambridge and Kent, to engage with UK government officials, policy-makers, funders and practitioners. The forum provided opportunities for networking, and exploring options for further cooperation on different levels of resilience-building - institutional, educational, community, economic, energy and security.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/events/forums/
 
Description Marx in a high technology era: Globalisation Capital and Class (Cambridge, 26 October 2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The conference was organised by the Cambridge Central Asia Forum in collaboration with the Centre for Development Studies and the Department of Sociology and took place in Cambridge on 26 October 2018. Papers addressed, Marxist Heritage, Marxism and contemporary issues, for example,and discussions included how the Eurasian and Central Asian worldview has evolved in the context of this history
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://centralasia.group.cam.ac.uk/news
 
Description Meeting with AIG Senior Partners (18 November 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Subsequent to the AIG/Chatham House event in October in Vienna where Professor Korosteleva presented the COMPASS project and its research, she was invited by the AIG senior partners to a meeting in London to discuss prospects for developing synergies between the AIG and the COMPASS project over the Central Eurasian region.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/news/past-events/
 
Description Minsk Dialogue Policy Forum: European Security: Stepping back from the Brink (7 - 9 October 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This year the forum focused on the theme of "European Security: Stepping back from the Brink", covering relations with major powers, the role of international organisations, regional conflicts development across Central Eurasia, and relations between competing initiatives from the EU, EAEU and BRI. The COMPASS project hosted two plenaries and initiated the Future Leaders Session, bringing together 16 young participants from the COMPASS consortium.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/events/forums/
 
Description Minsk Dialogue regional Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact COMPASS also supported the Minsk Dialogue policy forum through a reception and participation of partner team members in a number of panel and break-out sessions as well as a keynote address by Baronnes Suttie, member of the House of Lords and the COMPASS Advisory Board. One of the core activities of the project is to maximise policy impact at regional and international levels and the forum attracted over 600 experts and policy-makers from 50 different countries. The Minsk Dialogue was opened by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vladimir Makei, and was attended by President Lukashenko, and major Ministers, and EU policy-makers. The project's PI, Professor Korosteleva, was interviewed for a Prime Time National TV channel, of which an excerpt is available here.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/events/launch-events/
 
Description Munich Security Conference CORE GROUP MEETING (Munich 31 October to 1 November 2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Professor Korosteleva was invited to participate in the 12th Core Group Meeting of the Munich Security Conference (MSC, Munich 31-10 to 01-11-2018). Limited to an exclusive group of no more than 70 participants, the MSC Core Group Meeting in Minsk offered a neutral platform to discuss rising tensions between East and West, to establish dialogue and communication at the highest political levels. Organised in partnership with the Government of Belarus, the meeting focused on the issues of transnational security threats, arms control and confidence building, Minsk Process, regional conflicts and capacity-building measures in the wider Eurasian region. All discussions were held under the Chatham House Rule, to allow for open exchange of opinion bringing to the same table parties with potentially opposing views to establish common ground. Participants included several heads of state and government.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.securityconference.de/en/news/article/msc-core-group-meeting-in-minsk-from-october-31-to...
 
Description National Training School - Skills development on research methodology (Baku, 25 February to 2 March 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Valiyev, Dean and COMPASS WP2 lead, led a National Training School from the 25 February until 2 March 2019 at ADA University in Baku. The Training School offered an opportunity for further skills development on research methodology and exchange of ideas for Doctoral and Postdoctoral students, and early career researchers. This event was supported by the University of Kent Q-step lead, Dr Erik Larson. The Training School included sessions on the formulation of research questions and objectives; different data collection methods and strategies; and statistical methods with a focus on the use of SPSS.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/compass-research-training-schools/
 
Description Navroz celebrations and round table (Cambridge, 8 March 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Cambridge Central Asia Forum hosted its annual Navroz (Central Asian New Year) celebrations in Jesus College, University of Cambridge on 8 March 2019. The event started with a roundtable which attended by Ambassadors from Central Asia to the UK and senior academics from Cambridge. The theme of the roundtable this year was 'Dynamics and Dynamisms of the Emerging Global Order: Role of Parliamentary Structures'. It was followed by a cultural evening which included an exciting array of dance and musical performances from the region to an audience of more than 300 people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Open Lectures at UWED (5 November 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Senior Members of the COMPASS Consortium gave open lectures to the UWED students followed by Q& A sessions. The presentations generated much interest in the activities of the COMPASS project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/news/past-events/
 
Description Pre-Launch UKRI/GCRF Conflict Intersections Funding Call Event (28-29 January 2020) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The COMPASS team represented by scholars from Kent, Cambridge, regional partner-institutions and ERI from Kazakhstan, were invited by the GCRF challenge leader, Dr Neeelam Rainer, and her team, to participate in the pre-launch of the new GCRF Global Partnership Call, to develop new proposals on conflict intersections for Central Asia and wider Eurasian region.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/news/past-events/
 
Description Public Talk on Female Academics Engagement in Central Asia at the Femagora gender equality festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In March 2019 I participated as an invited speaker at the Central Asian Gender Equality Festival Femagora in Almaty. The festival attracted a number of speakers from different socio-cultural, political, media and economic spheres from across the region, policy-makers, opinion leaders, politicians and engaged public were present in the audience as well. As part of my two invited talks I dealt with the Female Academics Engagement and further enhancement of women's equal positions and opportunities in local academic fields. I presented results of an ongoing public engagement project where I surveyed more than 60 local Central Asian female academics who shared their views about obstacles and challenges of dealing with academic research on the ground and sharing it with the public. The results of this survey will be published in a planned engaging platform for the public and on CESS blog to raise awareness about further local female scholars engagement in academic debates and processes regionally and globally.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description RUSI Conference 'The Eastern Partnership: the next 10 years' (18 June 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Elena Korosteleva was invited to speak at the conference in Whitehall on the future of the Eastern Partnership.She spoke about 'The Security Dimension of the Partnership, in the context of resilience'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/news/2018-2019-news/
 
Description Roundtable on Community Dialogue and Democratisation of Society in Uzbekistan (Cambridge, 15 November 2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Roundtable involving high-level delegation from Uzbekistan discussing best practice in CSO engagement (15-11-2018, Cambridge)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://centralasia.group.cam.ac.uk/events/CivilSociety
 
Description Roundtable on OSCE & Europe's Strategy in Central Asia and the Caucasus (18 October 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact GCRF COMPASS Cambridge at Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge and Cambridge Central Asia Forum, Jesus College organised a policy oriented roundtable discussion on OSCE and Europe's strategy of engagement with Central Asia, Afghanistan, the Caucasus and Eurasia to mark Slovakia's Chairmanship of the OSCE this year.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Roundtable on Parliamentary Discussion (5 December 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact GCRF COMPASS Cambridge in collaboration with Centre of Development Studies and Cambridge Central Asia Forum hosted Senator Safoev and HE Rustamov, Republic of Uzbekistan for a Roundtable on Parliamentary Discussion
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/news/past-events/
 
Description Russia between East and West, and the Future of Eurasian Order (London, 13 December 2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The workshop (London, 13-12-2018) brought together over forty international participants from the COMPASS project, external universities and research institutes, and relevant Embassies, to examine Russia's external governance and the wider Eurasian region's response. As a result of the workshop discussions, the organising team will be developing a Special Issue with contributions from COMPASS and external participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/events/workshops/
 
Description SEnECA Final Conference 'What Future for EU-Central Asia Relations?' (14 - 15 November 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact SEnECA policy recommendations for strengthening the EU-Central Asia relations were discussed over two days with a particular focus on connectivity, culture and communication.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/news/past-events/
 
Description The Belt and Road Initiative @ Five: Taking stock of global ambitions, regional response, and looking ahead (13 - 15 March 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The workshop brought together scholars working on recent developments regarding China's BRI and the regional responses from Eastern Europe and Central Asia to China's growing investments.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/events/workshops/
 
Description The EU and resilience: interrogating theory, policies and practice (Rome, 9 November 2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The workshop took place in Rome on the 9th of November 2018. Participants reflected on the concept of resilience and its application in the EU's policies towards the eastern neighbourhood and Central Asia. A special issue of the papers presented will be prepared
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/events/workshops/
 
Description The Summit of Minds in Armenia (7-9 June 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact At the President's invitation, Professor Korosteleva attended the Summit of Minds in Dilijan-Yerevan, Armenia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/news/2018-2019-news/
 
Description The role of university education and science in modern society (Minsk, 26 - 27 February 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact he conference was timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the Soviet Belarus Government Decree of February 25, 1919 to open a University in Minsk. An international forum started the anniversary program of celebrating the 100th anniversary of the BSU in 2021. The opening speech was delivered by BSU Rector Professor Andrei Karol. Plenary sessions included reports made by leading BSU academics (professors O.Yanovski, G. Vasilevich, V. Shadurski) and Professor Igor Marzalyuk, Chair of the Standing Commission on Education, Culture and Science of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus. During breakout sessions participants discussed the university's achievements in research, educational and cultural fields, addressed issues of role and place of the university in the global academic community, as well as development strategies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/events/conferences/
 
Description Training School for ECRs in Uppsala 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Within the framework of the H2020 UPTAKE Project and GCRF COMPASS project we conducted the fourth UPTAKE PhD Training School, involving GCRF COMPASS Early Career Researchers and External Participants (21 in total). The event was held from 26 August to 1 September, at the Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Uppsala University, Sweden. Its main objective, as on previous occasions, was to offer an opportunity for research development, training and exchange of ideas for PhD and postdoctoral students working in the field of Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.uptake.ut.ee/cfp-fourth-uptake-training-school-straight-talk-about-russia/
 
Description Visit of Baroness Suttie at Belarusian State University (8 - 9 April 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Baroness Suttie, a COMPASS Advisory Board member, visited Belarus State University to meet with members of the university's leadership to discuss teh implementation of the COMPASS project and Belarusian-British cooperation in education and science. She delivered a public lecture and visited the Upper House of the Belarusian Parliament. Her public lecture stimulated an intense discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/news/2018-2019-news/
 
Description Visit of HE Khalifzoda, Ambassador of Tajikistan to the UK, to the University of Cambridge (10 May 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact HE Khalifzoda, Ambassador of Tajikistan was guest of the GCRF COMPASS team in Cambridge. The Ambassador discussed the aims and goals of the project with Dr Saxena and met COMPASS affiliates in Cambridge, heard about their research, and expressed his interest in finding out more about Tajikistan and its role in academia and the COMPASS capacity building project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/news/2018-2019-news/
 
Description Visit of Professor Elena Korosteleva at Australian National University (1 - 5 May 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Elena Korosteleva visited the Australian National University in Canberra to discuss the concepts of regional governance and order across wider Eurasia in a comparative perspective (including South Asia), and to develop opportunities for cooperation and research synergies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/news/2018-2019-news/
 
Description Visit to the Cabinet Office (14 August 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Professor Elena Korosteleva was invited to assist the Cabinet Office, UK government in the development of a new strategy towards Belarus and Central Asia, as part of the COMPASS project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/news/2018-2019-news/
 
Description Visit to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (15 July 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Professor Elena Korosteleva (Kent) and Yauheni Preiherman (BSU COMPASS) were invited by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to brief the UK Ambassador-Designate Mrs Jaqueline Perkins to Belarus. The event involved members from the Cabinet Office, FCO East European Division, EBRD, UCL, and a number of think-tanks. Professor Korosteleva discussed opportunities of working together with Ambassador-Designate under the GCRF COMPASS project, and invited Mme Ambassador Perkins to become member of the project Advisory Board
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://research.kent.ac.uk/gcrf-compass/news/2018-2019-news/