Colin Knox


Colin Knox

Position: Professor & Vice Dean for Academic Affairs
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.

Contact information

Dr. Colin Knox

Professor of Public Policy

Graduate School of Public Policy

Room 4.017

Nazarbayev University

53 Kabanbay batyr Avenue

Astana, Kazakhstan 010000

Telephone: +7 7172 70 63 50


Colin Knox
Professor & Vice Dean for Academic Affairs
Ph.D., Public Policy, 1989, Queen’s University, Belfast (UK)
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. His fields of research include: public sector reform in developed and developing countries; local government; and public policy evaluation. He has also written widely on the politics of divided societies.
Prior to joining Nazarbayev University, Dr. Knox worked at Ulster University in the United Kingdom where he taught modules (Public Administration and Governance, Research Methods and Contemporary Issues in Public Policy) on the Masters in Public Administration Programme. He also led a team which designed the Professional Doctorate Programme (D.Gov) aimed at senior officials working in the public sector.
Dr. Knox also spent 8 years as a practitioner working in local government in the UK prior to joining academia.

Publications (since 2013)

Peer-Reviewed Articles

‘From the Margins to the Mainstream: Community Restorative Justice in Northern Ireland’ Journal of Peacebuilding and Development Vol. 8 (2), 2013, pp. 57 – 72.

‘The Contribution of Shared Education to Catholic-Protestant reconciliation in Northern Ireland: a third way?’  British Educational Research Journal, Vol. 39 (5), 2013, pp. 925-946 (with Vani Borooah).

‘Reconciliation and Human Rights in Northern Ireland: A False Dichotomy?’ Journal of Human Rights Practice, Vol. 6 (1), 2014, pp. 26 – 50 (with Maggie Beirne).

‘Access and Performance Inequalities: post primary education in Northern Ireland’ Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, Vol. 22 (2), 2014: pp. 111-135 (with Vani Borooah).

‘Professionalising the Civil Service: the Masters in Public Administration’ Perspectives on Pedagogy and Practice, Vol. 5, 2014,  pp. 43 – 64 (with Denis McMahon).

‘Sharing power and fragmenting public services: complex government in Northern Ireland’ Public Money and Management, Vol. 35 (1), 2015: pp. 23-30.

‘Segregation, inequality and educational performance in Northern Ireland: problems and solutions’, International Journal of Educational Development, Vol. 40, 2015 pp.196-206.

‘Local Government Reform: community planning and the quality of life in Northern Ireland’ Administration, Vol. 63 (2), 2015 pp.31-57 (with Paul Carmichael).

State-Society Relations: Non-Government Organisations in Kazakhstan, Journal of Civil Society, Vol. 11 (3), 2015 pp. 300-316 (with Sholpan Yessimova).

‘Northern Ireland: Where is the Peace Dividend?’ Policy and Politics, Vol. 44 (3), 2016 pp.485-503.

‘Inequality, segregation and poor performance: the education system in Northern Ireland’ Educational Review, 2017 Vol. 69 (3): 318-336 (with Vani Borooah)

‘Quality of Life Framework for Public Services in Central Asia and the Caucusus’, 2017 United Nations Development Programme, 50pps Astana, Kazakhstan.

‘Partnership with Government: an exit strategy for Philanthropies? The Foundation Review Vol. 9 (1), 2017 pp. 23-39 (with Padraic Quirk).

 ‘Comparative Policy Reforms’ in A. Farazmand (ed) Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy and Governance, 2017 Springer International Publishing: Cham. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-31816-5_3287-1.

‘Public Councils in Kazakhstan: a case of emergent participative democracy?’ Central Asian Survey, 2018 Vol 37 (2): 305-32. (with Saltanat Janenova).

‘Civil service reform in Kazakhstan: trajectory to the 30 most developed countries?’  International Review of Administrative Sciences 2017 DOI: 10.1177/0020852317722397 (with Saltanat Janenova).

‘Public Sector Reform in Central Asia and the Caucasus’ International Journal of Public Administration 2018 Vol. 37 (2), 2018 pp 305-321

‘Public Reforms in the Caucasus’ International Journal of Civil Service Reform and Practice 2018 Vol. 3 (1) pp 9-26


 The Economics of Schooling in a Divided Society: The Case for Shared Education (2015) ISBN: 9781137461865, 208 pages. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (with Vani Borooah).

Public Policy, Philanthropy and Peacebuilding in Northern Ireland (2016) ISBN: 978-1-137-46268-8, 285 pages. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (with Padraic Quirk).        

Book chapters

‘Public Sector Reform in Kazakhstan’ in A. Massey (ed.) Public Sector Reform. Volume III ‘Reform after the Cold War’, 2013: pp 147 – 168. London: Sage Publications

‘Research within Evaluation: the case of Northern Ireland’ in K. Bush and C. Duggan (eds.) Evaluation in the Extreme: Research, Impact and Politics in Violently Divided Societies, 2015: pp 165-188. India: Sage Publications.

‘Quality Peace: Northern Case Study’ in M. Joshi and P. Wallensteen (eds.) Understanding Quality Peace: Peacebuilding after Civil War, Chapter 15, 2018: London: Routledge. pp 235-256