Nazarbayev University to host conference on good governance, diversification in resource-dependent countries

ASTANA – The Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Public Policy (NU GSPP) has announced plans to hold “The Good Governance and Economic Diversification in Resource Rich Economies” conference Aug. 17-19 in the capital, according to the school’s press release.  


The event with several panel sessions and notable speakers is expected to attract about 50 participants.

“Central Asian and post-Soviet state good governance and economic diversification are the main agenda of the event. The purpose of the conference is to provide attendees of academic and professional political communities with quality educational and networking opportunities focused on Central Asian and post-Soviet state good governance and economic diversification,” noted the release.

Investigation, research and analysis on various Central Asian issues and post-Soviet state good governance and economic diversification have been pursued at large institutions in China, Europe, Japan, Russia, the U.S. and other locations.

Issues on public management, political economy of natural resources, reforms in the post-Soviet states, public policy education in Central Asia, security in Central Asia and civil society and public sphere will be discussed. The conference will provide background for future research and networking opportunities for students.

The local organising committee includes NU Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor and conference chair Riccardo Pelizzo, GSPP Dean and local chair Weng Tat Hui, GSPP Professor Colin Knox and other faculty members.  

Conference registration is free to all participants and submission using the on-line form at the school website,, is open until May 5. The detailed conference programme and schedule will be available on the website in June.

GSPP regularly conducts guest lectures with government officials and practitioners, employees at international organisations and business structures and NU students and faculty.

NU GSPP is one of the newest and most modern public policy schools in Central Asia. It conducts Master’s and PhD programmes as well as professional development courses for government administrators, international organisation employees and business structures.

The school offers a two-year Master in Public Policy and launched its second degree programme, Master in Public Administration, in 2015. It incorporates scientific research into practices that, when combined, may place it amongst the most innovative and progressive Master’s programmes in the Central Asian region. The programmes are developed in a strategic partnership with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.


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