This page lists my publications and conference presentations. 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.
Books and book chapters
Book and article reviews
Knowledge mobilization (reports, non-peer reviewed essays, think pieces, blog posts, and other audio/visual outputs)
Co-editor of special issue Emerging Issues in the Internationalization of Canadian Higher Education (with Creso Sá). Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 50(4), 2021.
- The collection also includes my sole authored introductory essay: Emerging Issues in the Internationalization of Canadian Higher Education. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 50(4), i–x.
- My summary of the special issue contents/key findings: A New Agenda for Higher Education Internationalization
Science Diplomacy Policy Processes in Comparative Perspective: The Use of Scientific Cooperation Agreements in Canada, India, Norway, and the UK (with Creso Sá, Magdalena Martinez and Nadiia Kachynska). Minerva, 2021.
Constructing a Eurasian higher education region: “Points of correspondence” between Russia’s Eurasian Economic Union and China’s Belt and Road Initiative in Central Asia (with Natalia Leskina). Eurasian Geography and Economics, 0(0), pp.1–29, 2021.
Gender Gaps in Research Productivity and Recognition among Elite Scientists in the U.S., Canada, and South Africa (with Creso Sá, Summer Cowley, Magdalena Martinez and Nadiia Kachynska). PLOS ONE, 15(10): e0240903, 2020.
Dealing with disruption, rethinking recovery: Policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in higher education (with Amira El Masri). Policy Design and Practice, 3(3), pp.312-333, 2020.
Co-editor of special issue Moving Beyond “North” and “South”: Global Perspectives on International Research Collaborations (with Magdalena Martinez and Creso Sá). Journal of Studies in International Education, 24(1), 2020.
- I commissioned the majority of the eight articles in the collection and am lead co-author of the Introduction to the Special Issue.
- The collection also includes my sole authored article: Negotiating International Research Collaborations in Tajikistan. Journal of Studies in International Education, 24(1), pp.97-112, 2020.
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.
- Summary of this article by Creso Sá published in International Higher Education (issue 95, Fall 2018) as Forget the competition trope and Хватит говорить о «борьбе за студентов» (Russian)
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.
Unfolding Approaches to University Rankings in Central Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, and Europe, and Latin America (with Creso Sá, Nadiia Kachynska, & Magdalena Martinez. In M. Stack (Ed.), Global University Rankings and the Politics of Knowledge (pp. 50–73). University of Toronto Press, 2018.
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.
Article review: Educational research in Central Asia: methodological and ethical dilemmas in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Published on my website, September 2019.
Book review: 25 Years of Transformations of Higher Education Systems in Post-Soviet Countries: Reform and Continuity. European Journal of Higher Education, publishined online Nov 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.
On the former Soviet space
Interview, Educating Central Asia, From Soviet Collapse to COVID-19 – with Vasila Bozhichaeva. The Diplomat, October 2020.
Higher Education Policy in Central Asia and Afghanistan / Политика в сфере высшего образования в Центральной Азии и Афганистане. Working Paper #51. Bishkek: University of Central Asia, May 2019.
Regionalism in Higher Education. Guest editor of a collection of 12 short essays on regionalism in the former Soviet space. Higher Education in Russia & Beyond, April 2019.
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.
On the UK, Canada, and other settings
Shaping Sustainable Futures: A conference on internationalization in higher education. Early Career Higher Education Researchers blog, January 2019.
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.
Global policy discourses on immigration and international student mobility (Panel) (with Roopa Desai Trilokekar) • International Public Policy Association, online • July 2021
From policy design to lived experiences: Developing university research capacity in Tajikistan since 1991 • Comparative & International Education Society, online • April 2021
Virtual student mobility during Covid-19 • Sustainable & Inclusive Internationalization Conference, York University, online • January 2021
Central Asian education at the crossroads: Between post-Soviet regionalism and China’s Belt and Road Initiative (with Natalia Leskina) #ChinaHE20, University of Manchester, online December 2020
Between Post-Soviet Integration and China’s “One Belt, One Road”: Is A New Eurasian Higher Education Region Emerging in Central Asia? (with Natalia Leskina) • European Consortium for Political Research, online • August 2020
Destruction, construction, reconstitution? A comparative typology of new higher education institutions in the former Soviet space • Fifth Annual Tartu Conference on Russian and East European Studies • University of Tartu, Estonia • June 2020 [conference cancelled]
Making sense of the senseless: Enriching Canadian-Iranian relations in the wake of Flight 752 • Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education • Western University, London, Ontario • May 2020 [conference cancelled]
Negotiating international research collaborations in Tajikistan • Central Eurasian Studies Society • George Washington University, USA • October 2019
Gender and research performance: A study of research chairs (with Creso Sá, Nadiia Kachynska, Summer Cowley & Magdalena Martinez) • Consortium of Higher Education Researchers • Universität Kassel, Germany • August 2019
The analytic borderlands of student mobility: Leaving Tajikistan in a global and national age • Consortium of Higher Education Researchers • Universität Kassel, Germany • August 2019
Science diplomacy through research collaboration: Policy processes in comparative perspective (with Creso Sá, Magdalena Martinez & Nadiia Kachynska) • International Public Policy Association, Montréal • June 2019
The Bologna Process as a metaphor for higher education reform in Central Asia • Canadian Political Science Association, University of British Columbia, Vancouver and International Public Policy Association, Montréal, Canada • June 2019
“We have kept our traditions”: Durability in former Soviet higher education systems • Comparative & International Education Society, San Francisco, USA • April 2019
Moving beyond ‘North’ and ‘South’ in international research collaboration (Roundtable) (with Creso Sá & Magdalena Martinez) • Comparative & International Education Society, San Francisco, USA • April 2019
Negotiating international research collaborations in Tajikistan. Workshop on academic freedom • International Studies Association • Toronto, Canada • March 2019
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 • 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 • August/September 2018
Conceptualizing major institutional change in higher education • European Consortium for Political Research Annual Conference • Universität Hamburg, Germany • 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 • 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 • March 2018
Public policy and higher education reform in Central Asia • Good Governance and Economic Diversification in Resource Rich Economies Conference • Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan • August 2017
Connecting history with contemporary identity in higher education • Tradition and Change in a Contemporary World • University of Central Asia/Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, Dushanbe, Tajikistan • 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 • 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 • 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 • May/June 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • May 2016
Engaging with tradition? How history shapes current levels of community engagement in universities in England and Ontario, Canada • Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education Annual Conference • University of Calgary, Canada • May 2016
Higher education and nation-building in Kazakhstan • Association for the Study of Nationalities World Convention • Columbia University, USA • April 2016
Visions of higher education reform in Tajikistan • OISE Graduate Students’ Research Conference • University of Toronto, Canada • 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 nationals • Micro-level Analysis of Wellbeing in Central Asia • German Institute for Economic Research, Germany • May 2012