In light of the recent reforms in doctorate education and increased need for evidence based policy formulation, it is becoming increasingly important to train doctorate students in economics in line with the current state of the art in the field, which has become very rigorous and technically demanding.
Westminster International University in Tashkent (WIUT) is organizingjointly with with the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Special Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan a Doctorate Jamborée for Uzbekistan Economists on 1-5 May, 2018. This event is designed to stimulate cooperation and research collaboration among doctorate students and independent researchers in Economics or related social sciences, to provide a platform for the discussion of their research with experienced scholars and, most importantly, create an opportunity for acquiring and applying modern tools of economic analysis.
The event will start with the introductory lectures of the experienced WIUT faculty members on modern tools of economic analysis and publishing in peer review journals. In the following days, the Jamborée participants will present their research work to receive critical feedback to help them improve their work and prepare them for the next steps of their research projects.
All current doctorate students as well as researchers working on or planning to start their doctorate thesis in the future are eligible to apply. The Jamborée participants will be selected competitively based solely on the quality of their proposed research papers and academic potential of the author.
All meetings will be held on WIUT campus with English as the working language of discussions and presentations.
- CV in English (up to 2 pages);
- A copy of the article to be presented at the Jamborée. Preliminary and incomplete versions of the papers are allowed given that the final version is submitted to the committee no later than April 26, 2018;
- For doctorate students: A confirmation letter from the university documenting the student’s status on the University’s official letterhead;
- For independent researchers: a short essay (up to 500 words) indicating their motivation for proposed project as well as when and where the applicant intends to pursue doctorate studies.
Requirements for the structure of the papers:
Provide a clear and concise statement of the project’s objectives and develop the hypotheses. Describe the importance of the question and the hypotheses from the scientific point of view. Within the research framework, the hypotheses will have to be theoretically justified or empirically tested. The ultimate goal of the project should be to provide explanations for economic phenomena.
Describe the economic policy context of the problem you are addressing in the project. Provide a brief overview of the alternative solutions that you are aware of and explain how your project will contribute to their evaluation and/or development of new policy instruments and/or legislation.
Describe and provide assessment of the documented results and the extant approaches to your topic in the literature. Do not simply list authors and papers. If you are proposing an extension of an existing theoretical model, provide its formal structure. Empirical research should also elaborate on methodologies employed by other authors and, if there were any modifications, include their formal description. The analysis of empirical literature should discuss the quantitative results of previous research (documented in other regions and transition economies) and distinguish your own approach and/or results.
Should typically include the references, structure and methods of the chosen methodology as well as explanation of the sampling approach; mathematical description of the basic parameters and reasoning for the relationships between variables for a theoretical model. In an econometric analysis you should describe the model and construction of the chosen dependent and independent variables from the standpoint of economic theory. It has to include how the expected results shall be interpreted and what could be the policy implications of these results.
Note: Jamborée in the language of Indians means a massive gathering, assembly or rally. This word denotes big rallies, where participants demonstrate their skills, share their experience and network. Doctorate Jamborées are regular and popular events in the research centers of Western Europe and North America. During the event, doctorate researchers from different universities gather for a few days to share their research results in the usual research seminar format with active discussions. The participating doctorate students may normally receive academic credits for participating in the Jamborée, which count towards the required academic workload in doctorate programs.