Research Fellow


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Kanykey Jailobaeva (PhD, MSc, BA) is a Research Fellow in the Institute for Global Health and Development.

  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Research Publications

Dr Kanykey Jailobaeva's research expertise has focused on child protection, early childhood development, family strengthening, and community/civil society in low and middle-income countries. She has done feasibility studies, child rights situation analyses, and other types of research studies for different international development organisations (e.g. UNICEF) in Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Western and East Africa. For example, in 2013, she was part of the team which conducted a mapping and assessment of the Child Protection System in Gambia for UNICEF Gambia.

Kanykey Jailobaeva obtained her PhD in Sociology in 2011 from the University of Edinburgh. Her PhD research project, which was funded by the School of Social and Political Science Award and Sociology Bursary of the University of Edinburgh, explored international development agencies’ role in the development of civil society in post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan.

Research Overview:

Kanykey Jailobaeva has done research in international development for the past 10 years. In particular, she researched child protection, child rights, civil society and community development. She has also conducted evaluation of projects of international development organizations on family strengthening, promotion of religious freedom, gender equality and gender empowerment.

Active research interests:

Role of faith communities and faith leaders in child protection.

Research Methods:

Qualitative and quantitative research methods

Research/KE Centres and groups (if part of a research centre)

Research Centre name: Psychosocial Wellbeing, Integration, and Protection Cluster. Institute for Global Health and Development

Please indicate role (full member/associate or affiliate):   Member



Please see my research publications in eResearch – Queen Margaret University’s repository