Farkhod Aminjonov

Assistant Professor

Before joining Zayed University as an Assistant Professor at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, I was a Professor-Researcher at Narxoz University and Deputy Director of the Central Asia Institute for Strategic Studies based in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Prior to that, I worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Eurasian Research Institute of Akhmet Yassawi International Kazakh–Turkish University, where I contributed to Institute’s work on energy, economics, and security. I have experience engaging in a number of collaborative projects with the Canadian, German, Norwegian, U.S. and Turkish research institutions and leading two scientific expeditions “from the Glaciers to the Aral Sea”.

I hold a Ph.D. in global governance from Wilfrid Laurier University/ Balsillie School of International Affairs (Canada), an M.A. in international area studies from the University of Tsukuba (Japan), an M.A. in political science from the OSCE Academy in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) and a B.A. (Hon.) in international law from the University of World Economy and Diplomacy (Uzbekistan).

I have a track record of publications (journal articles, book chapters, reports, policy papers, etc.) and teaching experience in Canada, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.


Research and Professional Activities

Research interests:

  • Energy Security
  • Energy Governance
  • Belt and Road Initiative
  • Trans-boundary water management
  • Eurasian Integration

Current Projects:

2018-2019 NUPI (Norwegian Institute of International Affairs) Central Asia Data Gathering and Analysis Team (CADGAT) projects on:

  • BRI and Bilateral Chinese Projects in Central Asia
  • Renewable Energy Projects in Central Asia.

Teaching Areas

  • POL-311-901: Comparative Social Policy
  • POL-311-001: Comparative Social Policy
  • HIS-203-005: History of the Modern Middle East
  • HIS-203-001: History of the Modern Middle East

  • Energy Security Policies of the Central Asian Countries: Hydrocarbons and Electric Power Sectors. Khoca Akhmet Yassawi International Kazakh-Turkish University/Eurasian Research Institute. ERI Books No. 11. Almaty: ERI, 2018.
  • “Central Asian Gas Export Dependency Diversification Policies: Swapping Russian Patronage for Chinese?” RUSI Journal (London: Taylor and Francis, 2018). DOI: 10.1080/03071847.2018.1470392.
  • “Kazakhstan’s Regionalization Strategy in Central Asia.” Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Almaty, Kazakhstan, 2018.
  • “Multi-Vector Diversification: Kazakhstan´s Transnational Future.” UNICSCI Journal No. 45, 145-162 (2017).
  • “The Eurasian Economic Union and The Silk Road Economic Belt: competition or convergence?” Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Country Report (July, 2017). http://www.fes-centralasia.org/ru/statja/caiss-eaehs-i-ehkonomicheskij-pojas-shelkovogo-puti.html.
  • “Stability Over Prosperity and Security Over Development in Uzbekistan.” in Current challenges to Central Asia and Afghanistan: towards a better world, CAISS Papers and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Country Report (2017). http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/bueros/kasachstan/13545.pdf.
  • “Re-thinking Central Asian Energy Security: Pitfalls of Dependency Diversification Strategies.” Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Country Report (July, 2017). http://www.fes-centralasia.org/ru/statja/farxod-aminzhonov-pereosmylenie-ehnergeticheskoj-bezopasnosti-centralnoj-azii-podvodnye-kamni-politiki-diversifikacii-ehksporta.html.
  • “Russian’s Evolving Energy Interests in Central Asia and Afghanistan.” Columbia University online press, New York, US, Bishkek Project (April 2017). https://bishkekproject.com/memos/26.