Dr Karolina Kluczewska

Postdoc Research Fellow

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Schifferstraße 44
47059 Duisburg

Phone: +49 (0)203 379-5230
Fax: +49 (0)203 379-5276
E-Mail: kluczewska@gcr21.uni-due.de


Since 11/2020

University of Marburg

Centre for Conflict Studies

Occassional Lecturer

03/2020 – 11/2020

University of Giessen

DFG Collaborative Research Center SFB / TRR 138 'Dynamics of Security

Visiting Fellow

10/2018 – 12/2020

Tomsk State University

Laboratory for Social and Anthropological Research

Associate Senior Research Fellow

02/2019 – 02/2020

Tajik National University

Faculty of History and International Relations

Research Affiliate

10/2018 – 11/2019

University Sorbonne Paris Nord

Centre for Research on Local Action Initiatives

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

09/2015 – 08/2018

University of St Andrews

School of International Relations

Maria Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow

Research Interests

  • International organisations
  • Critical development studies
  • Localisation of global governance frameworks (migration and healthcare)
  • Knowledge production and feedback effect in international development
  • Central Asia


Dr Karolina Kluczewska joined the research group 'Global cooperation and diverse conceptions of world order' in February 2021 and will be a Postdoc Research Fellow at the Centre until January 2022.

Research Project at the Centre

Conceptualising competing conceptions of world order through the eyes of aid recipients? Governance models, developmental visions and imaginaries of the future in Central Asia: the case of post-Soviet Tajikistan

This research project explores competing conceptions of world order by looking at the ‘field’ where these perspectives are projected and enacted. It focuses on aid receiving countries which are subject to simultaneous development interventions from a multiplicity of Western and non-western donors. Three specific components of world orders are investigated. These include: governance frameworks, i.e. specific models of decision-making, power distribution and interconnectedness promoted by donors in countries which they aid; developmental visions, concerning particular donors’ understanding of modernity and progress; and imaginaries of the future, which refer to the prospects for cooperation.

This research project takes the case of Tajikistan, a post-communist Central Asian country which became a new playground of international peacebuilding and development interventions after the Soviet collapse in 1991 and the subsequent civil war (1992-1997). Over time, Tajikistan found itself at a crossroads of multiple conceptions of world order promoted by a range of Western donors, Russia, China and increasingly also other emerging donors, such as India, Turkey and Gulf states.

First, this research project investigates local perceptions of seemingly incompatible prospects of world order promoted in Tajikistan from outside. It thus asks how actors on the ground understand the differences between governance models, developmental visions and imaginaries of the future advanced by donors with whom they interact. Second, it examines how local actors navigate these heterogenous influences to maintain good relations with a broad range of international actors and preserve a high influx of aid. Third, it explores how the external conceptions of world order interact with local priorities and views, and with what outcomes.

Current Projects

  • Special Issue 'European Union – Central Asia Interactions: Mutual Perceptions, Interests and Practices,' with Rick Fawn and Oleg Korneev

  • Special Issue 'Contesting Global Health and Welfare Governance in the post-Soviet Region: International Actors and "the Field",' with Oleg Korneev and Simon Rushton


Kluczewska, Karolina and Oleg Korneev, 'Securitising HIV/AIDS in Tajikistan: Policy Framings, Polices and Practices,' Europe-Asia Studies (accepted for publication)

Kluczewska, Karolina and Oleg Korneev, 'Engaging with Labour Migrants: Emigration Policy in Tajikistan,' Asian Studies Review (accepted for publication)

Kluczewska, Karolina and Oleg Korneev (2020) 'Policy Translation in Global Health Governance: Localising Harm Reduction in Tajikistan,' Global Social Policy, online first, doi:10.1177/1468018120961851

Kluczewska, Karolina and Niso Hojieva (2020) 'Socialist in Form, “National” in Content”? Art and Ideology in Soviet Tajikistan,' with Niso Hojieva, Nationalities Papers, online first, doi:10.1017/nps.2020.67

Kluczewska, Karolina (2020) 'Worlds Apart? The World Bank’s Business Rankings and Small Entrepreneurship in Tajikistan,' Eurasian Geography and Economics, online first, doi:10.1080/15387216.2020.1807382

Kluczewska, Karolina (2020) 'Tajikistan’s Atomised Peace: Approaching Conflict Management from the Ground up,' Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 14(4), pp. 551-570, doi:10.1080/17502977.2020.1761118

Kluczewska, Karolina (2020) 'Knowledge Production at the IOM: Looking for Local Knowledge in Tajikistan,' in The International Organization for Migration: The 'New Migration Agency' in Critical Perspective, edited by Martin Geiger and Antoine Pécoud. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 173-193, doi:10.1007/978-3-030-32976-1_8c

Kluczewska, Karolina and Shairbek Dzhuraev (2020) 'The EU and Central Asia: The Nuances of an Aided Partnership,' in Managing Security Threats along the EU’s Eastern Flanks, edited by Rick Fawn. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 225-251, doi:10.1007/978-3-030-26937-1_10

Kluczewska, Karolina (2019) 'When IOM Encounters the Field: Localising the Migration and Development Paradigm in Tajikistan,' Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, online first, doi:10.1080/1369183X.2019.1691914

Kluczewska, Karolina (2019) 'Questioning Local Ownership: Insights from Donor-funded NGOs in Tajikistan,' Journal of Civil Society, 15(4), pp. 353-372, doi:10.1080/17448689.2019.1668629

Kluczewska, Karolina (2019) 'How to Translate “Good Governance” into Tajik? An American Fund for Good Governance Initiatives and Norm Localisation in Tajikistan,' Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 13(3), pp. 357-376, doi:10.1080/17502977.2018.1537668

Kluczewska, Karolina (2019) 'Donors LGBT Support in Tajikistan: Promoting Diversity or Provoking Violence?,' in Sex and Translation in World Politics, edited by Caroline Cottet and Manuela Picq. E-IR, pp. 112-126.

Seminars and Conferences

Invited talk 'Conceptual and Methodological Approaches to Peace Research in and with Tajikistan,' research colloquium at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, University of Hamburg, 6 January 2021, online

Roundtable participant 'Governance of Migration and Integration: Multi-level, Multi-actor, Multi-dimensional Perspectives between "Crises" and "New Normal",' conference International Conference on Inequality and Diversity, Higher School of Economics, 5-7 November 2020, online

Panel discussion participant 'Development Damlyama: Reflecting on Development Aid Cooperation in Central Asia,' 30 July 2020, University of Cambridge, online

'Securitisation of HIV/AIDS and Social Practices in Tajikistan,' workshop Topologies of Security: Critical Security Studies in Postcolonial and Postsocialist Scenes, 29 June 2020, University of Giessen, online

'Tajik Youth on the Move: Continuous Engagement with the Homeland,' symposium Turning Brain Drain Into Brain Circulation in Central Asia, 25-27 November 2019, Tajik National University, Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Policy Translation in Global Health Governance: Localising "Harm Reduction" in Central Asia,' with Oleg Korneev, workshop International Knowledge Transfer and Learning in Social Policy: The Case of the post-Soviet Region, 9 November 2019, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany

'Localising the Migration and Development Paradigm: The Case of Tajikistan,' 3rd International Conference on Forced Displacement and Migration - Linking Policies and People: New Insights on Migration and Development, 30-31 October 2019, German Development Institute, Bonn, Germany

'International Development and Cultural Diplomacy in Tajikistan,' COMPASS conference, 16-17 September 2019, Tajik National University, Dushanbe, Tajikistan

'Contesting Global Governance in "Weak" States: A New Research Agenda on Post-Soviet Central Asia,' with Oleg Korneev, 11 International Convention of Asia Scholars, 15-19 July 2019, University of Leiden, Netherlands

'Learning from Your Students? Knowledge Production and a Feedback Effect in the European Union’s Interactions with Central Asia,' with Oleg Korneev, workshop Transformations of EU Approaches towards Central Asia, 10 July 2019, University Paris 13 and European Neighbourhood Council, Brussels, Belgium

'Contested Priorities and Hidden Agendas: International Action against HIV/AIDS in Tajikistan,' with Oleg Korneev, British International Studies Association (BISA) conference, 12-14 June 2019, London, United Kingdom

'Collaborative Field Research, Fieldwork Lab: Approaching, Reflecting and Processing Research, Engagement and Ethics in the Field,' with Philipp Lottholz, 16th conference of the European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS), 27-29 June 2019, University of Exeter, Exeter, United Kingdom