School of Social and Political Science

Kanykey Jailobaeva

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Honorary Fellow

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My PhD research focused on the promotion of civil society by international development agencies in post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan. I successfully defended my PhD in Sociology in 2011 at the University of Edinburgh.

I have been involved in teaching at the University of Edinburgh since 2008. I have tutored on the undergraduate and postgraduate courses such as Sociology 1 A, B, 2, Social and Political Enquiry, and Analysis of Qualitative Data. I have also provided guest lectures to postgraduate students on the issues of development and researching civil society. In 2013, I was also involved in designing a course syllabus for the newly introduced Fundamentals in Sociology course. I also successfully acted as a senior tutor on the undergraduate courses of Sociology 1 A and B.

Since my graduation, I have been actively involved in the policy oriented research with a range of international organisations. For example, in 2013, I carried out a mapping and assessment of the child protection system in The Gambia. Additionally, I have worked in Central Asia with such organisations as Aga-Khan Foundation, the World Bank, and SOS Children’s Villages researching issues of local self-governance, community development and well-being of children and families.

Before doing my PhD I worked for NGOs and United Nations Population Fund in Kyrgyzstan on the projects aimed to encourage local communities to become involved in developing their own communities and improving their lives.

Currently, I am researching the impact of scholarship programmes of international development agencies on the development of low income countries and their civil society based on the case of Kyrgyzstan. My PhD research made it clear that, through scholarship programmes, donors intended to contribute to strengthening of civil society in Kyrgyzstan and thus promote overall social and political development of the country.


  • Bayalieva-Jailobaeva, K. (2014) ‘A New Look: Professionalisation of NGOs in Kyrgyzstan’. Central Asian Survey. Volume 33, Issue 3, pp: 360-374
  • Jailobaeva, K. (2012) Cooperation of Foreign Development Agencies and Civil Society in Kyrgyzstan Since April 2010: Perspectives, Risks, and Limitations. Zentralasien – Analysen Working Papers, No 60. December. Published by the German Society for East European Studies and the Research Centre at the University of Bremen. Available at
  • Jailobaeva, K. (2010) ‘From Within Kyrgyzstan’. Scotland-Russian Forum. Available at
  • Stevens, D. and Jailobaeva, K. (2009) ‘False Choice?: The War on Terror and Its Impact on Civil Society in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan’ in J. Howell and J. Lind (eds) Civil Society under Strain: the War on Terror Regime, Civil Society and Aid Post-9/11. Sterling: Kumarian Press.
  • Jailobaeva, K. (2008) ‘Enhanced Government Commitment: A Key to an Effective Government-NGO Relationship in Kyrgyzstan’ in J. Couper (ed) Kyrgyzstan Today: Policy Briefs on Civil Society, Migration, Islam, Corruption. Bishkek: Social Research Center of American University of Central Asia.
  • Jailobaeva, K. (2008) ‘The Associational Life: Kyrgyzstan and Scotland’, Edinburgh Working Papers in Sociology, Issue. 30
  • Jailobaeva, K. (2008) ‘All the truth about NGO funding in Kyrgyzstan: Number and Fact’, Social Research Centre (AUCA),
  • Jailobaeva, K. (2008) ‘NGOs in Kyrgyzstan’, Social Research Centre (AUCA),
  • Jailobaeva, K. (2007) ‘Civil society from the liberal and communitarian perspectives’, Social Research Centre (AUCA),
  • Maxwell, S. and Jailobaeva, K (2006) ‘Historical Overview of Civil Society in Scotland’ in Ruchir Shah (ed.) An Assessment of Scottish Civil Society: CIVICUS Civil Society Index Report for Scotland. Available at
  • Jailobaeva, K. (2006) ‘Brief overview of civil society in the former Soviet Union’, View, Vol.5, p 19.

Research interests

Research interests

Organizations and institutions, Civil Society and Democratization, Social movements, International development, Non-governmental organisations, Non-state actors, nonprofit organisations, Children's Rights, Youth, Community Development

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