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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.    

We are delighted and proud to see that the Centre has gone from no.8 (2015) to no.6 (2016) to no.4 (2017) in the field of Development Studies in the QS Survey. This would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work from everyone within the Centre.

Message from the director: You will be pleased to know that we have moved up from 8 in 2015 to 6 this year in the QS world ranking for Development Studies. This is a remarkable result and a great tribute to the tremendous efforts of the whole team of teachers and administrators. It's a fantastic result! Professor Peter Nolan

Congratulations to PhD student Nungari Mwangi who was awarded the 2016 Andrew E Rice Award from the Society for International development!

Dr Fennell high level facilitator at WSIS 2016

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