Call for Book Chapter Proposal: “Institutions and Sustainable Economic Development in Central Asia”

Book Overview:

Central Asia, comprising the former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, is a region of immense geopolitical significance within Eurasia. Rich in natural resources and cultural heritage, Central Asia faces a multifaceted array of challenges and opportunities in its pursuit of sustainable economic development. The Russia-Ukraine war has engendered significant geopolitical turbulence and a host of problems in this region. Russia’s diminishing influence in the Central Asian nations, which were once part of the Soviet Union, has opened a window of opportunity for other countries to enhance their presence through long-term investments in the region. Notably, China is strengthening its ties to the region.

This edited volume seeks to delve into the role of institutions in shaping the sustainable development trajectory of Central Asian nations. We eagerly anticipate your valuable contributions to this timely and essential project, which will enrich the scholarly discourse on the challenges and opportunities for sustainable economic growth in Central Asia.

Topics of Interest:

We welcome contributions that delve into various aspects of institutions and sustainable economic development in Central Asia, including but not limited to:

  • Political economic institutions: Analyses of political economic systems, governance structures, and policy frameworks affecting economic development.
  • Economic and trade institutions: Assessments of economic and trade policies, trade relations, financial market dynamics and entrepreneurship in the context of sustainability.
  • Dispute resolutions: Studies on mechanisms and frameworks for resolving disputes in economic and commercial context.
  • ESG: Investigations into how environmental, social, and governance factors influence economic decision-making, corporate behaviour, and sustainable development outcomes.
  • Regional and international Cooperation: Studies on regional or international organisations, economic cooperation efforts in Central Asia, and Central Asia’s interactions with the rest of the world.
  • Case Studies: In-depth examinations of specific Central Asian countries and their unique experiences and challenges.

Editorial Team:

  • Prof. Flora Huang, Professor of Law and Business, University of Derby, UK
  • Dr. Horace Yeung, Associate Professor in Commercial Law, University of Leicester, UK
  • Dr. Khalida Azhigulova, Associate Professor of Law, Eurasian Technological University, Kazakhstan
  • Beibut Dosmurzinov, Project Lead of Astana International Financial Centre, Kazakhstan

Submission Guidelines:

Chapter proposals should be approximately 300 words and include a working title, brief summary, methodology, and expected contributions.

Full chapters should be between 6,000 to 8,000 words, including references.

All submissions should be original work not previously published elsewhere.

Important Dates:

Proposal submission deadline: 1st November 2023

Notification of acceptance: 15th November 2023

First draft chapter submission deadline: 31st August 2024

Revised manuscript of chapter (if revisions requested) due: 30th November 2024

How to Submit:

Please send your chapter proposal and a Curriculum Vitae to the editors: Flora Huang ([email protected]) and Horace Yeung ([email protected]) by 1st November 2023. Please share this Call for Chapter Proposals to your colleagues or anyone whom you think might have interest, as we hope to have a diverse group of contributors for this novel and innovative project. If you have any questions or suggestions for us, please let us know. Thank you.

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