Department of Education

Olga Mun

DPhil Student

College Affiliation: St Edmund Hall

Born and raised in Kazakhstan, Olga grew up in a multi-ethnic Russo-Korean family.

Her positionality as a researcher with an interest in comparative and international education with a focus on post-Soviet education is informed by her intersectional background. Olga’s main research interest is in the social justice and equity issues across all levels of education and across national borders with a focus on higher education and the process of knowledge production.

Her new research at Oxford will explore the impact of internationalisation and commercialisation of research on the development of the social sciences and the humanities in Kazakhstan. Prior joining Oxford, Olga taught at University College London Institute of Education in London on the topics of migrant, refugee and minority education and European education traditions from a comparative lens.

She has been a recipient of multiple research awards in Kazakhstan, United States, United Kingdom and Hungary and is an elected co-convenor of the Comparative and International Education Special Interest Group at the British Educational Research Association (BERA).


Palandjian, G., Silova, I., Mun, O., Zholdashaliyeva, R. (2018). ‘Gender and Nation in Postsocialist Educational Transformations.’ In Silova, I., & Chankseliani, M. (Eds.), Comparing Post-Socialist Transformations: Education in Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Union. Oxford: Symposium Books.

Mun, O., & Zholdashaliyeva, R. (2017). ‘Alippe, Bukvar’ and Gender: A comparative analysis of early literacy textbooks in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.’ In E. Brown & R. Craven & G. McLean (Ed.), International Advances in Education: Global Initiatives for Equity and Social Justice Series. Information Age Publishing

Patel, K. and Mun, O. (2017). ‘Marketing ‘development’ in the neoliberal university.’ DPU Working Papers

Fimyar, O., Saniyazova, A. & Mun, O. (2017) ‘Methodology of Collaborative Research: Or, Searching for a Synergy in the Study of Student Transition in Kazakhstan.’ In SAGE Research Methods Cases. London, United Kingdom: SAGE Publications.

Mun, O. (2015). ‘(Re)imagining national identity through early literacy textbooks in Kazakhstan’, Forum of Young Central Asian Experts, 2nd edition.

Silova, I., Mead Yaqub, M., Mun, O., Palandjian, G. (2014). ‘Pedagogies of Space: (re)imagining nation and childhood in post-Soviet states.’ Global Studies of Childhood, 4(3), 195-209.

Silova, I., Brezhenyuk, V., Kudasova, M., Mun, O., Artemev, N. (2014). ‘Youth Protests against Privatisation of Education in post-Soviet states.’ European Education, 46(3), 56-65.


The impact of internationalisation and commercialisation of research policies on the development of the social sciences and the humanities in Kazakhstan

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