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Prajakti Kalra is Events and Communications Officer on the RCUK funded GCRF COMPASS project 'Comprehensive Capacity Building in Eastern Neighbourhood and Central Asia: research integration, impact governance and sustainable communities'. She is also a Research Associate with the Cambridge Central Asia Forum. She has trained as a historian, political scientist and a psychologist. Her interests are in the areas of the history of Eurasia, specifically the Mongol Empire and Central Asia. She has worked extensively on regional and international organisations (OSCE, OIC, SCO, Eurasian Economic Union and the Belt and Road Initiative) in the present day. Her focus is locating avenues of communication and exchanges based on historical precedents and bringing local narratives into global speak in order to best facilitate interaction and knowledge production.

Her key publications are a monograph entitled the ‘The Silk Road and the Political Economy of the Mongol Empire’ (Routledge, 2018); Pax Mongolica: Trade and Traders in the Mongol Empire' in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Asian Commercial History edited by S. Levi (Forthcoming OUP, 2020); ‘Asiatic Roots and the Rootedness of the Eurasian Project’ in ‘The Eurasian project and Europe: Regional Discontinuities and Geopolitics’, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015 and ‘Uzbek Relations with the Countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council in modern and pre-modern times,’ (in Russia and CIS Relations with the Gulf Region Current Trends in Political and Economic Dynamics, Gulf Research Centre, 2009). She is the research, administrative and social coordinator for the Cambridge Central Asia Forum.

Affiliated Lecturer, Centre for Development Studies, University of Cambridge
Events and Communications Officer, GCRF RCUK COMPASS Project
Research Fellow, Cambridge Central Asia Forum, Jesus College
Currently not taking PhD students

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 Prajakti  Kalra

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