Win-Win on the Local Level: Study of the Belt and Road Initiative’s Linkage Effects in Central Asia
Oyuna Baldakova joined a PhD program at the Graduate School of East Asian Studies at Freie University, Berlin with a full fellowship in October 2016. Her research focus is China’s participation in the international development cooperation via its outbound direct investments under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, and its potential consequences for the economic development in Central Asia.
Oyuna comes from Buryatia (Russian Siberia) and have been living in Germany for the past seven years. Oyuna completed her Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics (English and Chinese) at Buryat State University (Russia) and Master’s degree in Modern East Asian Studies at Goethe University Frankfurt (Germany) for which she was awarded a scholarship from the DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service. After that, she worked in the field of international development interning at UNESCO Bangkok, managing an EU-funded project in Central Asia, and running communications as vice-chair of the International Organization of Folk Art (IOV) World Youth Committee for a two-year term.
Belt and Road Initiative, Chinese Foreign Policy, International Development, Development Economics, Outbound Direct Investments