Dr Kuat B. Akizhanov

Dr Kuat B. Akizhanov

International Development Department
Teaching Fellow in Public Policy and Management

Contact details

Address
IDD - School of Government
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Dr. Kuat B. Akizhanov is a Teaching Fellow in Public Policy and Management in IDD. His academic and research interests include socio-economic inequality, public policy and development economics. More specifically, from the perspective of international political economy his research focuses on neoliberalism and financialisation in various countries, developmentalism, financial crises and regulation. His study is based on interdisciplinary and methodological pluralism and adopts an ontological perspective of critical realism and different heterodox economic schools as an alternative to the methods of formalistic deductivism of neoclassical economics.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath, 2019
  • MA in Public Policy and Management, University of Manchester, 2004
  • LLM, University of Virginia School of Law, 1999
  • LL.B (Hons) in International Law, Kazakh National Pedagogical University, 1998 

Biography

Kuat B. Akizhanov is Teaching Fellow in Public Policy and Management in IDD. Currently, he is also a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences of the University of Bath where he studied at the PhD Research Programme in Global Political Economy: Transformations and Policy Analysis (2015-2019).

Kuat joined academia in 2015 after serving for 15 years in different governmental agencies including ministries of justice, finance, the Kazakh President’s office and as a head of a state insurance company. While at the University of Bath, Kuat worked as a Teaching Assistant and was qualified as an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK). He has been teaching on the following modules: Development Economics: Macro Perspectives; Quantitative Data Analysis; Qualitative Social Research Methods; The Developmental State; Introduction to International Development; Introduction to the Politics of Development; Civil Society and NGOs in the Developing World; Power in Society; Critical Reading in Criminology.

His PhD thesis is entitled “The impact of financialisation on income inequality in the context of neoliberalism. Country cases study: USA, South Korea, Argentina, Sweden”. Kuat is a holder of the British Council Chevening Scholarship (2003) and the Bolashak Presidential Scholarship (1998 and 2015).

Teaching

  • Public Economic Management (PG)
  • Making Policy (PG)

Doctoral research

PhD title
The impact of financialisation on income inequality in the context of neoliberalism. Country cases study: USA, South Korea, Argentina, Sweden

Research

Research interests

  • Financialisation and neoliberalism
  • The political economy of socio-economic inequality
  • International development and finance capitalism
  • Critical realism  

 Current projects 

Kuat is currently working on a book manuscript which explores how financialisation impacts income inequality. His research agenda involves investigating economic inequality in countries of the Eurasian region which are still mostly “black boxes” for academia and policy-makers. The ultimate goal is to test the financialisation-induced income inequality hypothesis (developed in his doctoral study) in relation to the five former Soviet republics (Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan). His research on the political economies of the Eurasian countries needs to be seen in the context of the “big picture” of rising socio-economic inequality having its roots in processes occurring at the global level.

Other activities

  • Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Bath
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Centre for Development Studies, University of Bath
  • International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy, Financialisation Working Group
  • Central Eurasian Studies Society
  • Kazakhstan PhD Association in the UK