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British Educational Research Association Comparative and International Education Special Interest Group (CIE SIG) in collaboration with the Kazakhstan PhD Association in the UK presents: Doctoral webinar on the topic of Inclusive Education in Central Asia.

The webinar was moderated by Olga Mun, Co-Chair of the BERA Comparative and International Education SIG.


Michelle Somerton, Professor

Assistant Professor at Nazarbayev University

Professor Michelle Somerton is Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Education and current Academic Program Director of the degree Masters in Leadership Inclusive Education. She holds a PhD, Graduate Certificate in Research, and a...

Madina Karsakpayeva

Eotvos Lorand University

Madina Karsakpayeva is a PhD student at Eotvos Lorand University (ELTE) in Hungary and disability and inclusion specialist from Kazakhstan. She served as coordinator on work with disabled people at Almaty City Society of People with Disabilities...

Galina Nam

University of Waikato

Galina Nam is a PhD Candidate at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. Galina’s doctoral research focuses on the development and implementation of inclusive education policies for children and young adults with disabilities in Uzbekistan. The...

Zhanat Tutesheva

University of Bristol

Zhanat Tutesheva is a PhD Candidate at the School of Education, University of Bristol, United Kingdom. ‘Parental engagement in the learning of their children with SEND in the context of inclusive education development in Kazakhstan’...


Olga Mun

Doctoral Student at University of Oxford

Born and raised in Kazakhstan, Olga grew up in a multi-ethnic Russo-Korean family. Her positionality as a researcher with an interest in comparative and international education with a focus on post-Soviet education is informed by her...