Interview with Fellow Bahodur Sheraliev

Name: Bahodur Sheraliev

Country: Tajikistan

Degree: MA in Global Political Economy

Academic disci­pline: Inter­na­tional Relations, Political Economy

Specia­li­sation: Climate Change Mainstreaming, Policy Advice

Topic of the doctoral thesis: Tajikistan in United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Multi­la­teral Negotia­tions Process: Achie­ve­ments, Commit­ments and Perspec­tives for Tajikistan

How would you explain the topic of your disser­tation to a non-expert in the field? Tajikistan is a mountainous landlocked country that is severely affected by the negative conse­quences of climate change: the melting of glaciers, the Aral Sea shrinking, floods and droughts impact over 70 percent of  its population. Tajikistan has been active in multi­la­teral climate change negotia­tions, but without being able to take a strong position. Tajikistan has signed the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) Paris Agreement and submitted a natio­nally deter­mined contri­bution to reduce its green­house gas emissions. In order to fulfill its inter­na­tional commit­ments, Tajikistan has to go through a complex five-year long process. Unfor­tu­n­ately, many experts from the key minis­tries lack knowledge on climate change in general as well as on the substance and commit­ments agreed upon by the country in the Paris Agreement in parti­cular. Thus, a compre­hensive analysis of Tajikistan’s commit­ments and the imple­men­tation roadmap is of utmost impor­tance for domestic adminis­tra­tions and decision-makers.

I am writing a doctoral thesis because I would like to project how inter­na­tional framework agree­ments, namely the UNFCCC Paris Agreement, can shape domestic policy develo­pment in the field of climate change.

What are your expec­ta­tions from the EUCACIS programme? I expect to gain sound knowledge in research methods through mentoring by postdoc­toral resear­chers and online coaching; to use the oppor­tunity for joint publi­ca­tions; to commu­nicate with young resear­chers and expand my network within the academic community in the EU, Central Asia and the Caucasus. I would like to gain as much as possible from tutors, confe­rences, online courses, and training sessions.

In ten years, I see myself holding a decision-making position within government, dealing with climate change issues in Tajikistan and leading a negotiation platform in UNFCCC. I see myself as high-level government expert working in the field of climate change policy in Tajikistan. I am a leading professor at a university teaching Inter­na­tional Relations with a parti­cular focus on climate change in Central Asia, writing and publi­shing in inter­na­tional academic journals, giving lectures at leading univer­sities of the region and providing mentorship for young scholars. I am a profes­sional marathon runner and see myself as the champion of Tajikistan in the nine-kilometer or semi-marathon compe­tition and as a parti­cipant in inter­na­tional and regional marathon compe­ti­tions.

If I was not doing a PhD right now, I would continue working as an advisor for the Committee on Environ­mental Protection of Tajikistan for climate change mainstreaming and climate finance access. I would continue teaching at the university, but as an assistant to professors rather than myself designing and holding courses for students.