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The Centre for Euro-Asian Studies

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Formed to address a lack of awareness within the UK about Euro-Asia (with one British academic asking, "But tell me, where is Kazakhstan?" at a prominent research seminar in Oxford back in 1995), the aim of the CEAS is to increase our understanding of the reality in countries within the Commonwealth of Independent States and the wider region of Central and Eastern Europe.

Led by Professor Yelena Kalyuzhnova, the CEAS unites more than 30 professors and prominent academics who are working in politics, economics and security of the countries in transition. We are actively engaged in research and consultancy in the Euro-Asian region and are participants and contributors to the international conferences set up by organisations including the Academy of International Business, the United Nations, the IMF and the World Bank.

Five themes have provided a focus for CEAS' work:

  • The specifics of transition in Euro-Asia and the emergence of new economies in the region
  • Post-transition challenges
  • Energy security and renewable energy
  • Lifting the 'natural resource curse'
  • Economic transformation and business enterprises

Through consultancy work and conferences, we provide a forum in which professionals can discuss and share information and strategies for success in these areas.

Many of our alumni are ambassadors for the CEAS in the Euro-Asian region. For further information about taking a PhD in emerging markets and Euro-Asian Studies, please see our postgraduate research opportunities.

The next major initiative led by the CEAS, in collaboration with the Kazakh-British Technical University (KBTU) and Kurmangazy Kazakh National Conservatory (Kazakhstan), is an international scientific and practical roundtable, titled 'The Development of the Music Industry Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic: Evidence from the UK and Kazakhstan'. It will be held online on 30 June 2022, 9:00am to 12:00pm UK time (2:00pm to 5:00pm Kazakhstan time) and organised as part of the Creative Spark Higher Education Enterprise Programme in Kazakhstan.

The purpose of this roundtable is to discuss effective ways to implement the results of the research into the music industry after the pandemic. It also expands the conversation between researchers and the music industry representatives, assesses the real post COVID-19 situation in the music industry and outlines the prospects for using the results of the study by musicians, managers and government agencies in Kazakhstan.

The participants and presenters of the roundtable are as follows:

- Professor Yelena Kalyuzhnova, Director of the CEAS, Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK

- Dinara Keshubaeva, MA of Arts, Kurmangazy Kazakh National Conservatory, Kazakhstan

- Asel Imae, PhD researcher, Kurmangazy Kazakh National Conservatory, Kazakhstan

- Kaisar Sarybaev, the creative industries expert in Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan

- Dr Yerzhan Zhamenkeev, art director and member of the ensemble 'Hassak', Kazakhstan

- Bauyrzhan Bekmukhanbet, MA of Arts, leader of the ethnic-folklore band 'Turan', Kazakhstan

- Richard Meehan, composer, multi-instrumentalist, conductor and teacher, Reading, UK

- Professor Benjamin Laker, CEAS member and Forbes Expert Columnist, Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK

- Olena Khlystova, CEAS member and PhD researcher, Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK

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Professor Yelena Kalyuzhnova

If you have any questions, please contact Professor Yelena Kalyuzhnova, CEAS Centre Director.

Telephone: 0118 3786637