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PhD student Serik Orazgaliyev receives ABTA Doctoral Researcher Award

last modified May 20, 2016 12:48 PM



Our Ph.D. student Serik Orazgaliyev has received an award in recognition of academic excellence at ABTA 2016 Doctoral Researcher Awards in the category of Management & Social Sciences.

ABTA Doctoral Researcher Awards is an annual event organised by the Association of British Turkish Academics (ABTA). It is designed to promote and reward academic and scientific excellence among young researchers pursuing doctoral degrees in the UK. The award recognises doctoral students for conducting outstanding research and evaluates both the student’s general research experience and specific completed research papers. The research independence of the applicant, as well as the novelty and implications of research conducted, were used for assessment purposes.

At the award ceremony, which took place on 14 May 2016 at University College London (UCL), Serik received an honourable mention award for his paper that introduces a model of bargaining relationships between petroleum industry multinationals and host governments in developing countries.

This year ABTA received applications from over 200 doctoral students from 56 universities across the United Kingdom. In the final stage, shortlisted candidates presented their research through oral presentations and at the poster exhibition, assessed by the panel of judges composed of academics from UK universities.

Serik Orazgaliyev is a final year PhD student at the Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge. He is the recipient of a Bolashak scholarship from the government of Kazakhstan. Serik’s PhD research focuses on studying the political economy of petroleum resource management in the Caspian region and relations between the host government and multinational enterprises in Kazakhstan. Serik is supervised by Dr.Siddharth Saxena and Dr.Shailaja Fennell.    

"It has been almost two years since the murder of Giulio Regeni in Cairo. As we approach this anniversary, we are no nearer to knowing the truth of what happened to this promising post-graduate, tortured and killed while pursuing wholly legitimate academic research... It has been especially troubling to note that, in the absence of apparent progress in investigations into Giulio’s death, attention has been turned to his doctoral supervisor, Dr Maha Abdelrahman – an honourable and distinguished scholar..." Stephen J Toope, Vice-Chancellor. To read the message in full, please go to our News page. The message can also be found on the University of Cambridge homepage.

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