PhD researcher, Anthropology and Sociology department
Spoken languages
Kazakh, Russian, English, Japanese
Areas of expertise
  • Development Organizations
  • Aid Dependency
  • Central Asian Studies
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Central Asia
  • Kazakhstan


PhD Supervisor: Till Mostowlansky
Expected completion date: 2026

Gulzhan Begeyeva is a researcher from Kazakhstan and a PhD student at the Anthropology and Sociology department. She holds an MA in International Studies from the University of Tsukuba in Japan and an MA in Politics and Security from the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. She was a visiting research fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs in Oslo, where she completed her research on donor organizations and aid efficiency in Kyrgyzstan. Her current research will be exploring the development aid networks in Kazakhstan through the lens of Muslim humanitarianism. She has joined the SNSF-funded research project Quiet Aid: Service and Salvation in the Balkans-to-Bengal Complex, 2022-2027 led by Research Professor Till Mostowlansky, as a PhD researcher.