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Research Areas: E-Government, Digital Politics, Government Information Policies, Open Data Politics, Political Decision Making, Public Sector Innovations, Open Government, Media Politics, Decentralization and Federalism Studies, Political Communication and International Relations.

Dr. Maxat Kassen is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Public Policy at Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan). He is a former Fulbright Scholar in the University of Illinois at Chicago (USA) and fellow of the Annenberg Institute at the University of Oxford (UK). Over the past two decades, he lectured on political science disciplines at a number of foreign and domestic universities and research institutes, including as a visiting professor with guest lectures in the University of Massachusetts (Amherst, USA), the University of Woodbury (Los Angeles, USA), the US Electronic Government Center (Amherst, Massachusetts, USA) and other universities. Also before that, he had worked in various positions in government agencies, national companies and United Nations structures. He is a former head of the foreign information service in the Kazakh National Information Agency (Kazinform).

In December 2017, Dr. Maxat Kassen was awarded with A.Baitursynov Silver Medal for significant achievements in scientific research and excellence in teaching students (Association of Institutions of Higher Education, Almaty, Kazakhstan) and in November 2018 he received a prestigious Scopus Award 2018 for Contribution to Science (Elsevier, The Netherlands). In addition, in November 2020 he won one more prestigious distinction: The Web of Science - The Leader of Science Award 2020 in the category "Publication leader in social sciences" for his achievements in scientific research from such a global academic agency as Clarivate (Philadelphia, USA).

Dr. Maxat Kassen's research focuses on government information policies, open data politics, e-government, e-participation, digital politics, political decision making, public sector innovations, open government, media politics, decentralization and federalism studies, political communication and international relations. He has published more than 50 academic articles on related topics, including in various international peer-reviewed impact factor journals and the author of three books, titled “Understanding systems of e-government” (Rowman & Littlefield: New York, 2015), “E-government in Kazakhstan: a case study of multidimensional phenomena” (Routledge: London, 2016) and "Open data politics" (Springer: Switzerland, 2019).



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