Viktoria Akchurina defended her doctoral dissertation—titled “State as Social Practice: Sources, Resources, and Forces in Central Asia”—in January 2016. The thesis is about state and society relations in Central Asia. It examines state-building processes comparatively in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan. Viktoria conducted independent field research on Islamic resistance movements in Central Asia in 2012 and 2014. She worked as a researcher for the OSCE Office in Dushanbe, International Women’s Media Foundation in Washington, and the Defence Council under the President of the Kyrgyz Republic in Bishkek. Her main research interests include state-building, governance, social radicalization, and social engineering.
She speaks fluently English, German, Italian, and Russian (mother tongue).
Contact: viktoria.akchurina [at] alumni.unitn.it