DKU Occasional Papers

Published on behalf of the Center for Research & Graduate Education (CRGE), DKU Occasional Papers are one outlet of the Kazakh-German University (DKU) academic community. Launched in spring 2021, the series appears irregularly several times per year. Authors are DKU faculty or select graduate students, guest lecturers from Germany, DKU Visiting Fellows and academic partners with whom the DKU collaborates. This original series covers the wide field of themes offered at the DKU, with geographic attention being paid to Kazakhstan, other Central Asian countries and their relationships with Germany and the European Union. While principally targeted at scientific communities and practitioners, studies appearing in the series are written to be accessible to non-experts as well. 

Two types of Occasional Papers are featured. Occasional Papers (Research) are academic pieces that cover a given theme thoroughly with conceptual rigor, either empirically or explicitly theoretically. They have a length of 6,000 – 8,000 words. In contrast, Occasional Papers (Policy) are shorter studies (3,000 – 5,000 words) which analyze a specific question and main argument, with immediate real-world relevance and findings that are instantly applicable to practitioners. Manuscripts for consideration are peer reviewed by at least one anonymous reviewer, and the DKU Occasional Papers are exclusively published in the English language.

The CRGE welcomes enquiries and suggestions for contributions to this series at

Latest Occasional Paper

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2 Danna Tyo Government support of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in Kazakhstan: Achievements and Challenges Download
1 Jiri Melich Strategic Economic Reform in Kazakhstan and its Political-Administrative Constraints Download