I obtained my BA (Hons.) degree in International Relations from Baku State University, and my MA degree in International Relations from the University of Nottingham. Subsequently, I had the opportunity to work for international organizations such as International Republican Institute (IRI) and Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
My interest in conflict and peace studies was shaped during my study at the University of Nottingham where I was a Research Fellow at the Centre for International Crisis Management and Conflict Resolution. The dissertation for my Master’s degree in IR was on conflict resolution in the South Caucasus.
On completion of my MA course and my return to Azerbaijan, I was invited to Khazar University as a guest lecturer in the Department of Political Science and International Relations. This provided me with an opportunity to coordinate the activity of Imagine Center for Conflict Transformation in Baku.
I am a recipient of the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy (ADA) Faculty Development Scholarship and Open Society Foundation's GSGP-Europe Scholarship for the 2011-2012 academic year.