Kristin Fjæstad

Senior Research Fellow, head of the Research group on Russia, Asia and international trade

Kristin Fjæstad is a senior research fellow and leader of the research group on Russia, Asia and international trade.

From August 2020, Fjæstad has a post doc position in the LORAX project. In this project, she will work on questions about how and by whom the Caspian Sea is defined as a regional ecosystem.

Fjæstad holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of St Andrews (2020). The PhD traces and examines Kazakhstan’s transition from a recipient to a donor of official development assistance and discusses this process through the prism of identity-building.  

Fjæstad works predominantly on global development, development and foreign policy, as well as questions of identity, foreign policy and state formation in the former Soviet Union, in particular Central Asia.


2020 PhD, International Relations, University of St Andrews

2010 Master in development studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, London

2008 Bachelor in economics, the University of Oslo


Work Experience

2020- Head of the Research group on Russia, Asia and international trade

2020- Senior Research Fellow, NUPI

2013-2020 Research Fellow, NUPI

2011 - 2013 Junior Research Fellow, NUPI

2011 Teaching and Research Fellowship, the OSSE Academy in Bishkek

2010-2011 Internship/media consultant, International Media Support (IMS), Denmark and Kyrgyzstan

2008 Intern, the Embassy of Norway in Baku


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