Dr Saltanat Janenova

Dr Saltanat Janenova

International Development Department
Teaching Fellow in Public Policy and Management

Contact details

Address
International Development Department
School of Government
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Dr Saltanat Janenova joined the International Development Department as a Teaching Fellow in Public Policy and Management in January 2020. Dr Janenova received a PhD degree in Social Policy from the University of Edinburgh and MA degree in Sociology from the University of Durham.  

Dr Janenova’s research interests are concerned with public sector and civil service reforms in Central Asia, including authoritarianism, patronage, corruption, open government, and public service innovations.

Prior to joining the IDD, Dr Janenova worked at the Graduate School of Public Policy, Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan. She also spent 6 years as a practitioner in the central government prior to joining academia.

Dr Janenova has published in reputable peer-reviewed journals. Her mostly-recent published work are the article ‘Bureaucracy, authoritarianism, and role conceptions’ in Review of Public Personnel Administration (with O’Connor and Knox), ‘The boundaries of research in an authoritarian state’ in International Journal of Qualitative Methods, and a Palgrave Pivot book ‘A Primer on Policy Communication in Kazakhstan’ (with B.Nair et al.)  

Dr Janenova received three Best Paper Awards at various international conferences and Nazarbayev University Teaching Award. In December 2019 Dr Janenova was awarded with the SCOPUS award by Elsevier.    

Feedback and office hours

Office hours: Monday (12 noon – 7 pm); Tuesday – working online; Wednesday - Friday (9.00 am – 4.30 pm)
Consultation hours for students: Wednesday (2-3 pm); Friday (10 am – 12 noon)

Qualifications

  • PhD in Social Policy, University of Edinburgh, 2010
  • MA in Sociology, University of Durham, 2000
  • BA in Foreign Philology, Eurasian University, Kazakhstan, 1999

Biography

Dr Saltanat Janenova received a PhD degree in Social Policy from the University of Edinburgh and a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Durham.  

In January 2020 Dr Janenova joined the IDD, School of Government, University of Birmingham as a Teaching Fellow in Public Policy and Management. Dr Janenova’s research interests are concerned with public sector and civil service reforms in Central Asia, including authoritarianism, patronage, corruption, open government, and public service innovations. 

Prior to joining the IDD, Dr Janenova worked at the Graduate School of Public Policy, Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan. She also spent 6 years as a practitioner in the central government prior to joining academia and was a a national consultant for the OECD, EU, and UNDP. 

Dr Janenova has published articles on public sector reforms in Central Asia in reputable peer-reviewed journals including Review of Public Personnel Administration; International Review of Administrative Sciences; Public Administration and Development; International Journal of Qualitative Methods; International Review of Public Policy; Teaching Public Administration.  

Her research was funded by the British Council Newton-Al-Farabi Programme; Norwegian Institute of International Affairs; Ministry for Education and Science of Kazakhstan; and Open Society Institute.   

Dr Janenova was awarded three Best Paper Awards at various international conferences and Nazarbayev University Teaching Award in the nomination ‘Internationalisation’. In December 2019 Dr.Janenova received the SCOPUS Award by Elsevier.

Research

  • Public sector and civil service reforms in Central Asia / post-Soviet countries
  • Bureaucracy, patronage, and corruption 
  • Innovations in public service delivery (e-government, open government, one stop shops)

Other activities

Dr Saltanat Janenova has been a long-term national consultant to the OECD and received acknowledgment in 15 OECD Reviews on Kazakhstan. Also she provided consultancy to the EU and UNDP on governance projects.

Publications

Recent peer-reviewed articles 

O'Connor, K., Knox, C., & Janenova, S. 2019. Bureaucrats, authoritarianism, and role conceptions. Review of Public Personnel Administration, https://doi.org/10.1177/0734371X19888009.

Janenova, S. & Knox, C. 2019. Civil service reform in Kazakhstan: trajectory to the 30 most developed countries? International Review of Administrative Sciences, 85(3): 419-439. https://doi.org/10.1177/0020852317722397   

Janenova, S. & Knox, C. 2019. Combatting corruption in Central Asia: a role for ethics commissioners? Public Administration and Development, https://doi.org/10.1002/pad.1873 

Janenova, S. 2019. The boundaries of research in an authoritarian state. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 18: 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1177/1609406919876469     

Janenova, S. 2019. Public Administration Academies in Central Asia: ‘government puppets’ or independent seats of learning? Teaching Public Administration, https://doi.org/10.1177/0144739419886624 

Knox, C. & Janenova, S. 2019. The e-government paradox in post-Soviet countries. International Journal of Public Sector Management, 32 (6): 600-615. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPSM-08-2018-0173

O'Connor, K., Janenova, S., & Knox, C. 2019. Open Government in authoritarian regimesInternational Review of Public Policy, 1(1): 65-82. http://doi.org/10.4000/irpp.325

Book and book chapters:

Nair, B., Janenova, S., & Serikbayeva, B. 2020. A Primer on Policy Communication in Kazakhstan, Palgrave Macmillan.

Baimenov, A. & Janenova, S. 2019. Civil service development in the former Soviet Union countries: an emergence of a new model? In Public Service Excellence in the 21st Century (pp.105-143), Palgrave Macmillan, Editor(s) – Alikhan Baimenov and Panos Liverakos.

Expertise

Interview with the Global Government Forumhttps://www.globalgovernmentforum.com/whole-in-one-the-rise-and-rise-of-one-stop-shops/ 

Interview with the SAP Institute for Digital Governmenthttps://www.linkedin.com/pulse/travelling-digital-silk-road-belinda-mckeon?trk=hp-feed-article-title-publish 

Media article in The Astana Times ‘Governance in Kazakhstan: improvement but could do better’: https://astanatimes.com/2018/09/governance-in-kazakhstan-improvements-but-could-do-better/ 

Media article in The Astana Times ‘New Civil Service Reforms in Kazakhstan’: https://astanatimes.com/2016/02/new-trajectories-of-civil-service-reform-in-kazakhstan/

Media article in Forbes Kazakhstan on ‘Soft Power in Kazakhstan’ (in Russian language): https://forbes.kz//life/opinion/pochemu_vajno_razvivat_myagkuyu_silu_kazahstana/?

 

Media article in Vlast on public participation (in Russian language):

https://vlast.kz/avtory/36231-pocemu-kazahstanu-vazno-stat-slysasim-gosudarstvom.html

Languages and other information

Russian and Kazakh