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Gulzat Botoeva

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20142019

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Personal profile

Biography

Dr. Gulzat Botoeva is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from University of Essex in 2015, which was funded by the University of Essex and Overseas Research Students Award Scheme scholarships. Her doctoral work focused on small-scale illegal hashish production in one of the regions of Kyrgyzstan.

From 2010 to 2013 she worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant teaching criminology courses at the Sociology Department, University of Essex. Prior to doctoral studies she worked as Assistant Professor teaching sociology and sociology of crime and deviance, research methods courses at the Sociology Department, American University of Central Asia.

Qualifications

Diploma of higher education in Sociology, MA Sociological Research Methods, Ph.D. Sociology

Research interests

In general, I am interested in studying topics related to economic sociology and anthropology and sociology of law. I am interested in studying and supervising topics related to illegal drug markets, neoliberalization and crime, informal economies, crime in post-Soviet countries. Theoretically, I am interested in looking at the legality and illegality divide. Methodologically, I use qualitative research methods and conduct ethnographic fieldwork.

Research projects

During my academic career I was always involved in an empirical research. My latest research interest is in extractive industries in Kyrgyzstan. During 2017-2018 summers I collected interviews with small-scalle gold miners and panners In Naryn region of the country and expert interviews in Bishkek city. This is an ongoing research project. 

My previous research project was on studying illegal hashish production in Kyrgyzstan (2008-2013). It focused on understanding the role of illegal drug market in the local economy and culture. The main method of data collection was an ethnographic fieldwork, during which I was able to collect 64 qualitative interviews and make numerous observations. In addition, I collected 147 household questionnaires designed to assist the qualitative data obtained at the beginning of the project. This fieldwork was conducted as part of the PhD training at the University of Essex and lead to four different publications. 

Prior to PhD, I have worked as a research consultant, researcher for various international organisations interested in different topics such as: 'Islamic education in Kyrgyzstan’, Eurasia Foundation (2008), 'Childhood poverty in Kyrgyzstan’, Childhood Poverty Research and Policy Centre, UK (2002-2004).

Professional affiliations

Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) (2012 - )

British Society of Criminology (2015 - )

British Society of Criminology Early Career Researcher Network (2015 - )

European Society for Central Asian Studies (2018 -) 

Teaching

Illegal drug markets and drug policies; Illegal and informal economies; Crime in post-Soviet countries; Qualitative research methods; Ethnographies of Crime.


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Research Output

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Use of language in blurring the lines between legal and illegal

Botoeva, G., 7 Apr 2019, Governance beyond the law: The illegal, the immoral and the criminal. Polese, A., Russo, A. & Strazzari, F. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, p. 67-83 4. (International Political Economy Series).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The monetization of social celebrations in rural Kyrgyzstan: On the uses of hashish money

Botoeva, G., 2017, Diverging Paths of Development in Central Asia: Market Adaptations, Interventions and Daily Experience . Ozcan, G. B. (ed.). London: Routledge, p. 123-140

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The monetization of social celebrations in rural Kyrgyzstan: on the uses of hashish money

Botoeva, G., 2015, In : Central Asian Survey. 34, 4, p. 531-548

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hashish as cash in a post-Soviet Kyrgyz village

Botoeva, G., 2014, In : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DRUG POLICY. 25, 6, p. 1227-1234

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Activities

  • 5 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 4 Types of External academic engagement - Membership of peer review panel or committee
  • 3 Oral presentation
  • 1 Types of External academic engagement - Membership of external research organisation

Peer reviewer

Gulzat Botoeva (Reviewer)
1 Feb 202028 Apr 2020

Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Membership of peer review panel or committee

Online Round Table on the tenth anniversary of the 7th April Revolution in Kyrgyzstan

Gulzat Botoeva (Speaker)
4 May 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Central Asian workshop

Gulzat Botoeva (Organiser)
26 Jan 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

In/formal credit and debt among illegal hashish makers in Kyrgyzstan

Gulzat Botoeva (Speaker)
23 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

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Honorary Senior Research Fellow

Gulzat Botoeva (Member)
8 Apr 20197 Apr 2022

Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Membership of external research organisation