My name is Sevara Khamidova. I am a researcher from Uzbekistan. Throughout the years I have been working in different social projects focused on community development, civil society and gender issues in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. My academic background is in social and policy oriented research. I graduated from Lancaster University obtaining my Master’s degree in Media, Culture and Society, and completed an Executive Masters in Development Policies and Practices – Central Asia at the Graduate Institute of International and Development studies, Geneva.
As a research fellow in EUCAM I am exploring the ways in which the EU can support civil society in Uzbekistan. Particularly I am interested to find out what expertise and technical assistance can be provided by the Union in the development of analytical centres and independent youth think-tanks in Uzbekistan. Being relatively new form of civic institutions, youth think-tanks may contribute into strengthening state policies on civic engagement and support strategies on eradication of extremism among young people by providing evidence based research, analysis and solutions.