Launching the Life in Kyrgyzstan Webinar Series

We are delighted to announce the commencement of our monthly webinar series, “Life in Kyrgyzstan,” with its inaugural session featuring the discussion titled “How War in Ukraine Has Shaped Migration Flows in Central Asia“, co-authored by Aleksey Oshchepkov (Free University of Berlin), Kanat Tilekeyev and Christopher Gerry (University of Central Asia). Join us online on […]


The LiK conference 2023 report published

The University of Central Asia published the Life in Kyrgyzstan 2023 conference report in its website. The conference report highlights the key findings from each presentation. The report can be found in this link: link to report. The ninth annual LiK conference took place on October 12-13, 2023 in Bishkek, and was co-hosted by the […]

Conferences, New publication

LiK Data Users Workshop 2023 announced

We are happy to announce the details of the LiK Data Users Workshop to be held on October 20, 2023 in Bishkek at the University of Central Asia. The workshop will be delivered by Dr Damir Esenaliev, the Academic Coordinator of the LiK Study. The details on the content, requirements, and registration are provided in […]

Call for Applications, Conferences

An article on civil society development in Central Asia published in Central Asia Survey journal

The paper by Kemel Toktomushev from University of Central Asia is published at the Central Asian Survey journal in September 2023. The paradox of social capital in Central Asia lies in the region’s restrictive environment for civil society, despite international efforts to promote it. This paper aims to shift discourse on Central Asian civil society […]

New publication

Student Research Poster Competition

We are delighted to announce the Student Research Poster Competition as part of the upcoming ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Conference, to be held on 11 – 12 October 2023 in Bishkek. The poster competition provides an exciting opportunity for talented students to showcase the research they have done for their theses or other project work. The poster should be […]

Call for Applications, Conferences

An article on welfare effects of export participation by household farms in Kyrgyzstan published at the Journal of Development Studies

The paper by Damir Esenaliev analyses if small farms in Kyrgyzstan improve their welfare by selling their products to export markets. It finds no evidence that selling for export makes farmers better off in terms of their household income or consumption. A lack of welfare effects is likely related to the functioning of export value […]

New publication

An article on household resilience and food security published at Food Security journal

Resiliency against food insecurity is of particular importance for rural household under the impression of recent price surges and supply chain disruptions. The paper by by Egamberdiev et al. (2023) analyzes the effect of household resilience capacity on food security outcomes in Kyrgyzstan, using LiK data from 2011-2016 waves at individual, household and community levels. […]

New publication

An article on employment vulnerability and earnings in Kyrgyzstan published in the Journal of Development Studies 

Employment vulnerability is considered as working under inadequate conditions. The paper authored by Krymshakov et al., examines the impact of employment vulnerability on earnings with reference to gender-based differences. Analyses were based on the LiK data for 2010–2013 and 2016 indicate negative impact of employment vulnerability on earnings. Women experienced this negative effect more severely. […]

New publication

Summary of presentations from the LiK 2022 conference published

IPPA UCA colleagues have summarised all talks and presentations from the Life in Kyrgyzstan Conference 2022 in a report published at the UCA’s website. The report can be found in this link.

Conferences, New publication

LiK data used in a multi-country study on age and risk-taking

The LiK data was used in a study of aging and risk preferences published by Liu and her co-authors in the Journals of Gerontology: Series B and titled “Life-Course Trajectories of Risk-Taking Propensity: A Coordinated Analysis of Longitudinal Studies”. The results – based on data from 19 countries – reveal a negative relation between age […]

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Save the Date: Life in Kyrgyzstan Conference 2023

The dates for the Life in Kyrgyzstan (LiK) Conference 2023 have been announced! The conference will take place on October 11 and 12, 2023 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. More details will be shared soon. The LiK Conference is an annual academic conference that complements the LiK Study. The conferences include invited plenary talks and topical sessions […]


Call for participation in LiK Data Users Workshop is announced

The Life in Kyrgyzstan Data Users Workshop 2022 will be offered at the University of Central Asia in Bishkek on October 10, 2022, 09:00-12:30. This is a pre-conference event before the 8th Annual ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Conference. More details and application process on the workshop can be found here: