Westminster Development Policy Network Virtual Seminars
February 16 – March 30, 2022
6 Sessions | 17:00-18:00 (Tashkent time) | Every WEDNESDAY


This is an open online academic seminar series for any scholar / student worldwide interested in the issues of development policy. The webinars will be run in English via Zoom and include presentations on theoretical and empirical approaches.

All webinars begin at 17:00 (Tashkent time) every Wednesday. Each webinar lasts for up to 60 minutes, starting with the speaker's presentation of 30 minutes, followed by the next 15-30 minutes of questions from the audience. The questions should be submitted to the moderator online via chat, who will address the questions to the presenter. The webinars will be moderated by Bakhrom Mirkasimov (WIUT), Kamiljon Akramov (IFPRI) and Karen Jackson (WDPN).

Participation in the webinars and joining the mailing list can be made via the subscription form below. Subscribers will receive email with an announcement for each webinar to register. Instructions on how to access a webinar will be sent prior to the start of a webinar.

February 16: The post-socialist economic transitions: making sense of history and outcomes by Aleksandr Gevorkyan (St. John's University)

Dr Aleksandr V. Gevorkyan is Henry George Chair in Economics and Associate Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics and Finance of the Peter J. Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University in New York City. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Vincentian Centre for Church and Society, a Research Fellow at the Center for Global Business Stewardship. He is a Board Member at the Armenian Economic Association and at the Henry George School of Social Science. Dr. Gevorkyan also serves as ad-hoc Economics Subject Matter Expert for the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See To the United Nations. He is also a member of the editorial boards at the Review or Political Economy, Review of Keynesian Economics, Armenian Journal of Economics, and Journal of Eastern European and Central Asian Research. Dr. Gevorkyan is the author of Transition Economies: Transformation, Development, and Society in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union (Routledge, 2018).

Available to download:

Webinar Presentation by Aleksandr Gevorkyan

February 23: Russia and the Middle East: the Quest for Recognition by Roland Dannreuther (University of Westminster)
March 9: Food policies and obesity in low- and middle income countries by Kibrom Abay (IFPRI)
March 16: Business cycle synchronization in the CIS region by Kundan Kishor and Salome Giorgadze (University of Wisconsin)
March 23: Risk or opportunity? The Belt and Road Initiative and the role of debt in the China-Central Asia-West Asia Economic Corridor by Nienke van Twillert (Wageningen University & Research)
March 30: Rethinking Energy Security in Central and Eastern Europe by Wojciech Ostrowski (University of Westminster)

Jointly Organized by Westminster International University in Tashkent (WIUT), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Westminster Development Policy Network (WDPN)

Bakhrom Mirkasimov (WIUT)

Bakhrom Mirkasimov (WIUT

Kamiljon Akramov (IFPRI)

Kamiljon Akramov (IFPRI)

Karen Jackson (WDPN)

Karen Jackson (WDPN)


Akhtem Useinov

Tel: +99871 238 74 15

Email: a.useinov@wiut.uz

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