Publications

This page lists my publications and conference presentations/invited lectures and panels. Most of my publications are open access and you can click on the link connected to the title to read the full article. If you’re not able to access a publication, please contact me.

The list of publications below is organized by journal articles followed by books/book chapters and then reviews of other books and articles. A fourth category is knowledge mobilization, which includes non-peer reviewed essays, think pieces, blog posts, and other audio/visual outputs.

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Journal articles
Books and book chapters
Book and article reviews
Knowledge mobilization

Journal articles (peer reviewed)

The politics of the great brain race: Public policy and international student recruitment in Australia, Canada, England and the USA (with Creso Sá). Higher Education 75(2), pp.231-253, 2018.

The policy challenges of creating a world-class university outside the global ‘core’European Journal of Higher Education 7(4), pp.424-39, 2017.

Engaging with tradition? How history shapes engagement with local communities in universities in England and Ontario, Canada. Comparative and International Education, 45(3), Article 8, 2016

Challenges in contemporary higher education in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia. Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 19(2), pp.49-55, 2015.

Understanding universities’ responsibilities to their wider communities. Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 16(4), pp.123-128, 2012.

Books and book chapters (peer reviewed)

Emerging global players? Building international legitimacy in universities in Estonia and Kazakhstan (with Merli Tamtik). In Chankseliani, M. & Silova, I. (Eds.), Post-Socialist Transformations: Purposes, Policies, and Practices in Education. Oxford: Symposium Books, 2018.

Scientific nationalism in a globalizing world (with Creso Sá). In Cantwell, B., Coates, H. & King, R. (Eds.), Handbook on the Politics of Higher Education. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, 2018.

Managing your career in higher education administration (with Michelle Gander and Heather Moyes). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. 

Book and article reviews

Book review: 25 Years of Transformations of Higher Education Systems in Post-Soviet Countries: Reform and Continuity. European Journal of Higher Education 0(0): 1–3. 2018. My review is free to download here.

Book review: Research, Ethics and Risk in the Authoritarian Field. Published on my website, March 2018.

Article review: Reverse flow in academic mobility from core to periphery: motivations of international faculty working in Kazakhstan. Published on my website, December 2017.

Article review: Problems of forming tolerance in the educational environment of Tajikistan. Published on my website, May 2017.

Knowledge mobilization

On Central Asia

Fake dissertation scandal taints politicians, academics. University World News, April 2018.

Shaping the idea of the world-class university from outside the global “core”. Europe of Knowledge, February 2018.

Transformations in higher education in Eurasia. Webinar, Eurasia Special Interest Group of the Comparative & International Education Society, January 2018. Invited panellist (my presentation starts at minute 30).

Who are Tajikistan’s international students? Higher Education in Russia and Beyond, June 2017.

The darker side of international recruitment. University World News, March 2017.

Gender gaps in higher education across Central Asia. Invited commentary for University World News, July 2016.

The dominance of social sciences in English-medium instruction universities in Central Asia. Higher Education in Russia and Beyond, 3(5), pp.13-15, September 2015.

From wandering scholars to strategic partnerships: the experience of British universities in Central Asia. Perspectives on Central Asia, 4, pp.11-15, 2014.

http://emmasabzalieva.com. This blog! Recommended by The Guardian as a top social media account for academics (2016). Active since 2011.

On the UK, Canada, and other settings

The importance of the youth vote in the UK: Keeping higher education on the political agenda [despite Brexit] (with Andrew Gunn). Canadian and International Higher Education blog, October 2017.

When politics gets unpredictable: What happens now for higher education in the UK? Invited think piece for Canadian and International Higher Education blog, April 2017.

Populism and the academy: On the wrong side of history? Worldviews Lecture 2017, University of Toronto, Canada, April 2017. Invited panellist. Watch a recording of the lecture and panel discussion and read a write-up of the event on University World News.

Canadian universities get political (with Grace Karram Stephenson). Canadian and International Higher Education blog, March 2017.

How Brexit matters to higher education beyond Europe. University World News, July 2016.

What to expect from the British white paper on higher education. Invited essay for Canadian and International Higher Education blog, May 2016.

Public policy and the attraction of international students (with Creso Sá). Report for Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, March 2016.

Conference presentations and invited lectures/panels

Global Bolognaization: Central Asian encounters with the European Higher Education Area • Roundtable discussant/co-organizer with Aliya Akatayeva • Central Eurasian Studies Society Annual Conference • University of Pittsburgh, USA • 25-28 October 2018

How and why international scientific collaboration becomes policy: A cross-national study (with Creso Sá, Magdalena Martinez & Nadiia Kachynska) • Annual Conference of the Consortium of Higher Education Researchers • Higher School of Economics, Russia • 30 August-1 September 2018

Conceptualizing major institutional change in higher education European Consortium for Political Research Annual Conference • Universität Hamburg, Germany • 22-25 August 2018

Mapping change in former Soviet higher education systems: A view from the Russophone space Comparative and International Education Society Annual Conference • México City, México • 26-29 March 2018

Living with, through, and beyond globalized change in higher education: Faculty perceptions of internationalization in post-conflict Iraq and Tajikistan (with Hayfa Jafar) • Comparative and International Education Society Annual Conference • México City, México • 26-29 March 2018

Transformations in higher education in Eurasia • Invited panellist • Webinar • Eurasia Special Interest Group of the Comparative & International Education Society • January 2018

Public policy and higher education reform in Central AsiaGood Governance and Economic Diversification in Resource Rich Economies Conference • Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan • 17-19 August 2017

Connecting history with contemporary identity in higher educationTradition and Change in a Contemporary World • University of Central Asia/Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, Dushanbe, Tajikistan • 24-25 July 2017

From Soviet to European to global? Future directions for higher education in Central Eurasia • Roundtable panellist and panel organizer • European Society for Central Asian Studies/Central Eurasian Studies Society Joint Conference • American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan • 28-30 June 2017

Conceptualizing change in post-Soviet higher education • Presenter and panel organizer • European Society for Central Asian Studies/Central Eurasian Studies Society Joint Conference • American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan • 28-30 June 2017

Emerging global players? Building international legitimacy in universities in Estonia and Kazakhstan (with Merli Tamtik) • Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education Annual Conference • Ryerson University, Canada • 29 May-1 June 2017

Populism and the academy • Invited panellist  Annual Worldviews Lecture on Media and Higher Education • Hosts: Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations and OISE, University of Toronto • April 2017

Global players on their own terms: (Re)building images of higher education in Estonia and Kazakhstan (with Merli Tamtik) – selected for highlighted session on higher education transformations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia • Comparative and International Education Society Annual Conference • Atlanta, USA • 5-9 March 2017

Making the invisible visible: Mapping a postmodern approach to higher education reform in Tajikistan, Central Asia • Comparative and International Education Society Annual Conference • Atlanta, USA • 5-9 March 2017

The politics of the great brain race (with Creso Sá) • Annual Conference of the Consortium of Higher Education Researchers • University of Cambridge, UK • 5-7 September 2016

International student mobility and public policy (with Creso Sá) • Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education Annual Conference • University of Calgary, Canada • 28-31 May 2016

Engaging with tradition? How history shapes current levels of community engagement in universities in England and Ontario, CanadaCanadian Society for the Study of Higher Education Annual Conference • University of Calgary, Canada • 28-31 May 2016

Higher education and nation-building in KazakhstanAssociation for the Study of Nationalities World Convention • Columbia University, USA • 14-16 April 2016

Visions of higher education reform in Tajikistan • OISE Graduate Students’ Research Conference • University of Toronto, Canada • 1-2 April 2016

Developing a career in higher education administration • sole and joint presentations at five Association of University Administrators national/regional conferences • Various venues, UK • September 2013-May 2014

The impact of study abroad on the wellbeing of Tajik nationalsMicro-level Analysis of Wellbeing in Central Asia • German Institute for Economic Research, Germany • 10-11 May 2012