The Author: Aigul Alieva received her MSc in Politics from the University of Edinburgh (UK), and her M.A. in Social Policy
from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium). She conducted the Ph.D. project at the Bremen International Graduate School
of Social Sciences (Germany). Currently she is an assistant professor in the International Master in Social Policy Analysis
programme at CEPS/INSTEAD and at the Catholic University of Leuven.