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Weng Tat Hui
Dean
Weng Tat Hui specialises in the impact of globalisation on labour markets, economic issues of migration, education, ageing and retirement, and labour market policies in Singapore. He has also taught in the Department of Economics at the National University of Singapore before joining the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in 2004.

Position: Dean
Education Background: PhD (Economics) Australian National University
Research areas: Globalisation on labour markets impact, economic issues of migration, education, ageing and retirement

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Riccardo Pelizzo
Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor
Dr Riccardo Pelizzo is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Public Policy at Nazarbayev University. Dr Pelizzo is an internationally recognized political development specialist.
Dr Pelizzo’s research focuses on issues of political development, institutional reform and institutional performance in developing countries. After designing measures and benchmarks for assessing parliaments’ capacity and performance, he is currently devising several diagnostic tools to measure political stability and other dimensions of good governance.

Position: Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor
Education Background: Ph.D. in Political Science, 2004, The Johns Hopkins University
Research Areas: Political Development, Political Parties, Good Governance, Parliamentary Strengthening, and Anti-corruption

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Colin Knox
Professor
Colin Knox joined the Graduate School of Public Policy as Professor of Public Policy in 2016. Dr Knox received his doctorate in public policy from Queen’s University Belfast, one of the Russell Group Universities in the United Kingdom.

Position: Professor
Education Background: Ph.D., Public Policy, 1989, Queen’s University, Belfast (UK)
Research Areas: Public Sector Reform, Public Management, Public Policy Evaluation and Divided Societies, Public Councils in Kazakhstan, Civil society in Kazakhstan, Quality of Life and Well-being.

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Peter Howie
Associate Professor
Peter Howie has joined the Graduate School of Public Policy as an Associate Professor of Economics in 2012.  Prior to accepting his present position, Dr. Howie taught for seven years at Mount Royal University, which is located in Calgary, Canada.  In addition, Peter taught for two years at the Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research and one year at the University of Montana.

Position: Associate Professor
Education Background: Ph.D., Mineral Economics. 2002, Colorado School of Mines (USA)
Research Areas: Energy and Development issues, Mineral Policy, Research Methods

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Omer F. Baris
Assistant Professor
Omer F. Baris has joined the Graduate School of Public Policy as an Assistant Professor of Economics in 2013. Dr. Baris received his doctorate in economics from Georgia State University in August 2012. His fields of research include microeconomic theory, bargaining and game theory with a special focus on asymmetric information in public economics.

Position: Assistant Professor
Education Background: Ph.D., Economics. 2012, Georgia State University (USA)
Research Areas: Microeconomic theory, Game Theory and Bargaining, Public Economics, Behavioral Economics, Behavioral Public Policy, Social Choice and Welfare Economics, Public Choice

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Aziz Burkhanov
Assistant Professor
Aziz Burkhanov has joined the Graduate School of Public Policy as an Assistant Professor in 2014. Dr. Burkhanov received his doctoral degree from Indiana University in October 2013. His research interests include nationalism and identity theories, national identity politics, policies and practices with a special focus on identity issues and their perceptions in the public narratives in former Soviet area.

Position: Assistant Professor
Education Background: Ph.D., Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University (USA)
Research Areas: Nationalism and Identity Theories, Identity Politics

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Saltanat Janenova
Assistant Professor
Saltanat Janenova holds PhD degree in Social Policy from the University of Edinburgh, UK and Master degree in Sociology from the University of Durham, UK (topic of PhD thesis: Public Service Integration in Kazakhstan: the Case of One Shop Shops).

Position: Assistant Professor
Education Background: Ph.D., Social Policy. 2010, University of Edinburgh (UK)
Research Areas: New Public Management in transitional countries, e-government, Public service innovations

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Iftikhar Lodhi
Assistant Professor
Dr. Iftikhar joined GSPP in 2016 as an Assistant Professor. His previous position was Assistant Professor (Tenure- track) at National Research University, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia. He is interested in public policy (theory, analysis, and evaluation), quantitative and qualitative Research Methods (Stata), international and comparative public policy, international relations and institutions, energy security and climate change, political and regulatory risk analysis.

Position: Assistant Professor
Education Background: PhD in Public Policy, from LKYSPP, NUS, Singapore
Research Areas: Public Policy (theory, analysis, and evaluation), Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods (Stata),
International and Comparative Public Policy, International Relations and Institutions, Energy Security and Climate Change,
Political and Regulatory Risk Analysis

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Serik Orazgaliyev
Assistant Professor
Dr Serik Orazgaliyev joined the Graduate School of Public Policy as an Instructor in 2016. Serik received his doctorate in Politics and International Studies from University of Cambridge.

Position: Assistant Professor
Education Background: Ph.D., Politics and International Studies, 2016, University of Cambridge, Cambridge (UK)
Research Areas: Law and Public Policy, International Political Economy, Petroleum Resource Management

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Michael R. Waschak
Assistant Professor
Dr. Waschak received his doctorate in public policy in 2009 from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He also holds graduate degrees in Public Administration (MPA) and in City and Regional Planning (MCRP). He joined Nazarbayev University in 2017. His research focuses on the development of community based approaches to solving local policy problems. In the past he has done extensive work focused on the evaluation of large national programs in education and the environment.

Position: Assistant Professor
Education Background: PhD., Public Policy, 2009, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta (USA)
Research Areas: Sustainability, Energy and the Environment, Urban Planning, Research Methods

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Simeon Nanovsky
Post-Doctoral Scholar
Dr. Simeon Nanovsky obtained his Ph.D in Economics from the University of Kentucky. Research interests of Dr. Nanovsky include International Economics; and Macroeconomics. Before joining Nazarbayev University Semion Nanovsky was teaching as Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of North Florida.

Position: Simeon Nanovsky
Education Background: Ph.D in Economics from the University of Kentucky
Research Areas: International Economics; and Macroeconomics.

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