Michael R. Waschak


Michael R. Waschak

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

Contact information

Dr. Michael R. Waschak
Assistant Professor 
Graduate School of Public Policy
Room 4.006
Nazarbayev University
53 Kabanbay batyr Avenue
Astana, Kazakhstan 010000
Telephone: +7 7172 70 93 92
Email: michael.waschak@nu.edu.kz

Michael R. Waschak
Assistant Professor 
PhD., Public Policy, 2009, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta (USA)
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.

Prior to Joining Nazarbayev University Dr. Waschak worked for eight years at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, New York (USA) and for the RIT Kosovo campus in Pristina, Kosovo. While at RIT Kosovo, Dr. Waschak served as the Director of the RIT Center for Energy and Natural Resources. He worked to develop a partnership among the university, the Kosovo government agencies, the park Director and Staff of the Sharr Mountain National Forest, and members of the local community to develop sustainable environmental policies. Additionally, he and his students spent several years conducting externally funded research on biodiversity protection and the sustainable use of forest resources in the Sharr Mountains. This work was done for the use of the local community, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO) and for Kosovo’s national government (Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning).