July 13-14, September 6-8, 2018
German-Kazakh-University (DKU) Almaty/Kazakhstan
The Seminar series ‘Sustainable Development: Regional and Interregional Cooperation in Central Asia’ was jointly organized by Bielefeld University (Germany) and the German-Kazakh University (Kazakhstan) under the supervision of Chiara Pierobon.
It constituted Component II of the Research-Based Professionalization Project ‘Between Stability and Transformation: Regional and Transnational Cooperation in Central Asia and between Central Asia and Europe’ conducted by Bielefeld University and Dortmund University and funded by Volkswagen Foundation (2016-2019).
The series consisted of three seminars aimed at professionalizing researchers from Central Asia who work on regional and interregional cooperation and sustainable development through the provision of intensive training in theories and approaches, methodologies and methods, and scientific transferrable techniques and skills.
Altogether, 51 participant from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan were selected through an open call for proposals, also taking into consideration gender balance and the difference between the academic institutions and degree of internationalization in the Central Asian region. Remarkably, this research professionalization activity met the interest of MA, PhD, and Post-Doc candidates as well as of professors.
- Seminar ‘Theories and Approaches to Regional and Interregional Cooperation and Sustainable Development in Central Asia’
The Seminar focused on the theories and approaches to cooperation and integration as well as to sustainable development in Central Asia and their use in the thematic research projects of the selected participants. Several distinguished and well-known experts in the field of regional and interregional cooperation and sustainable development in Central Asia were invited as lecturers, representing both the international academic community and the community of practitioners. In addition, during the second day, special sessions were organized where the participants presented and discussed their research with their fellow colleagues and collected feedback from the senior lecturers in the framework of four thematic panels.
- Seminar ‘Scientific and Transferable Techniques and Skills’
The Seminar was conducted by Vera Leberecht and was designed to improve the writing and oral skills of the participants with a focus on their specific research projects on regional and interregional cooperation and sustainable development. The Seminar was highly interactive and practice-oriented. The evaluation showed that it was much appreciated by the participants since it allowed them to receive peer feedback on their research proposals.
- Seminar ‘Research Methodologies and Methods for the study of Regional and Interregional Cooperation and Sustainable Development’
The Seminar focused on methodologies and methods for the study of sustainable development in regional and interregional perspectives. Particular attention was given to the use, applicability and implications of these methodologies and methods in the participants’ research projects. As in the case of Seminar 1, during the second day special sessions were organized for the participants to present and discuss their research.
Overall, the Seminar series received very positive feedback from the international participants, who expressed appreciation of the excellent organization of the event and of the high quality of academic presentations and discussions held.