Social mobility in Kazakhstan’s extractive industries, implications for sustainable development

  • Howie, Peter (PI)
  • McCarthy, William (CoI)
  • McCollum, David (CoI)

Project: Research project

Grant Program

Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)

Project Description

The two-year “Social mobility in Kazakhstan’s extractive industries, implications for sustainable development” project is broken down into two one-year periods. The first year will entail collecting and performing preliminary analyses on various secondary data from Kazakhstan and training researchers on surveying and interviewing techniques. Secondary data that we already have collected includes labor force data, Bolashak data, information on the foreign labour force in Kazakhstan, and information on local content activities by extractive industries in Kazakhstan. The training program envisions instructing up to 10 Nazarbayev University graduate students via specialist workshops in primary data collection social science research methods. We have proposed 1) a 3- or 4-day workshop that includes Applied Questionnaire Design and Testing Survey Questions, and Survey Implementation and Sampling and 2) a second 2-3 day workshop on Interviewing. One of the days of both workshops would be spent performing actual face-to-face surveys/interviews with employees of Eurasian Resource Group (head office in Nur-Sultan). In addition, interviews carried out with workers and employers in two operating mines – in Ridder and Aktogay.

The second year will entail in-depth analysis of all secondary data and collection of primary data across Kazakhstan using the trained interviewers/surveyors from the workshops.

The amount budgeted for the with-Kazakhstan activities in the first year for the social science research training workshops is USD 21,000. The amount budgeted for the second year is USD 75,000.
Effective start/end date8/5/198/3/21


Social Mobility
sustainable development
labor force
social science
development project
research method
training program