Book talk with the author of Social Innovations in Post-Soviet Countries
Author Bakhrom Radjabov posits that analyses of developments in Central Asia, the South Caucasus, and Eastern Europe often overlook the emergence of new social practices on the micro level. In his new book he evaluates how old, inefficient systems may be replaced and can also disrupt social, economic, entrepreneurial, and governance systems. As part of this, he examined Social Innovation Projects (SIPs) supported by various organizations in post-Soviet countries and will present his findings, including mapping of organizations supporting SIPs, the evolution of the social innovation concept in the post-Soviet context, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaker, Bakhrom Radjabov
Adjunct Professor at Webster University in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, where he teaches MA coursework in Education and Innovation. His research interests include social innovations, political economy, migration, and development issues. He has been a participants in the Voices from Uzbekistan Fellowship at the Elliott School of International Affairs of GWU and is currently the Asia Global Fellow at the Asia Global Institute at Hong Kong University.
Moderator, Sebastien Peyrouse
Research Professor, Central Asia Program, IERES, George Washington University and a Senior Fellow with the George H. W. Bush Foundation for U.S.-China relations. His main areas of expertise are political systems in Central Asia, economic and social issues, Islam and religious minorities, and Central Asia’s geopolitical positioning toward China, India and South Asia.