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Olena Fimyar

Position/Status

Senior Research Associate, Kazakhstan Project;

Organiser: Kazakhstan programme open seminar series

E-mail Address

ohf21@cam.ac.uk

Phone

+44 (0)1223 767677

Qualifications

  • PhD (University of Cambridge)
  • MPhil (University of Cambridge)
  • BA (Kherson State University, Ukraine)

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • British Educational Research Association (BERA)
  • British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE)
  • European Educational Research Association (EERA)
  • Comparative and International Education Society (CIES)
  • Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)

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Profile

Olena holds an MPhil and PhD from the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education and has published extensively on education reform, actors and power of educational policy-making in Ukraine. Prior to joining the Kazakhstan Projects team, she led a project on 'Return Academic Migration in Post-Communist Europe' at the Centre for Area Studies, Free University Berlin and prior to that, a study on the 'Sociology of Post-Communist Intellectuals' at the Collegium Budapest, Hungary. In the past two years Olena has been a visiting scholar at the School of Education, University of Nottingham, a DAAD scholar at the Department of Social Sciences, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main and a Returning Scholar at the Faculty of Political Sciences, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine. Before embarking on her research and university teaching career, for five years Olena worked as an EFL teacher in Tsyurupynska Gymnasium, Kherson region, Ukraine.


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Research Topics

  • Education policy sociology
  • Discourse analysis
  • Governmentality and production of subjectivity
  • Academic mobility and migration
  • Comparative education

Current Research Projects

  • Internationalization and Education Reform in Kazakhstan

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Teaching


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Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Fimyar, O. and Kurakbayev, K. (2015, forthcoming) ‘Soviet’ in teachers' memories and professional beliefs in Kazakhstan: Points for reflection for reformers, international consultants and practitioners, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/tqse20/current#.VKqwxHu3ExI  

Fimyar, O. (2014). What is policy? In search of frameworks and definitions for non-Western contexts, Educate, 14 (3), pp. 6-21. http://www.educatejournal.org/index.php/educate/article/view/375

Fimyar, O. (2011). A Manifesto of a Post-Communist Post-Structuralist Researcher: Post-Viva Voce Reflections, European Education: Issues and Studies, 43 (2), pp. 74-97. Link to the article: http://mesharpe.metapress.com/app/home/contribution.asp?referrer=parent&backto=issue,5,6;journal,4,161;linkingpublicationresults,1:110907,1;

Fimyar, O. (2009). (reprint of 2008b) 'Governamentalidade como Ferramenta Conceitual na Pesquisa de Politicas de Educacionais', Educação and Realidade, 34(2), mai/ago, 35-56 Available online: http://seer.ufrgs.br/educacaoerealidade/article/view/8308

Fimyar, O. (2008a) 'Educational Policy-Making in Post-Communist Ukraine as an Example of Emerging Governmentality: Discourse analysis of selected curriculum choice and assessment policy documents (1999-2004)', Journal of Education Policy, 23 (6), 571–593. Link to the article: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02680930802382920

Fimyar, O. (2008b) 'Using Governmentality as a Conceptual Tool in Education Policy Research', Educate, The Journal of Doctoral Research in Education, 3-18. Available online: http://www.educatejournal.org/index.php?journal=educate&page=article&op=viewFile&path[]=143&path[]=157

Chapters in Edited Volumes

Fimyar, O. (2014). Five conversations and three notes on the ‘Soviet’, or finding a place for personal history in the study of teacher education policy in Kazakhstan. In Smeyers, P., Bridges, D., Burbules, N. and Griffiths M. eds, International Handbook of Interpretation in Educational Research, Dordrecht: Springer. http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-94-017-9282-0_74

Fimyar, O. (2014). ‘Soviet’, ‘Kazakh’ and ‘world-class’ in the contemporary construction of educational understanding and practice in Kazakhstan. In Bridges, D (ed.) Educational Reform and Internationalisation: The case of school reform in Kazakhstan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 177-195. http://education.cambridge.org/uk/subject/cross-curricular/the-cambridge-education-research-series/educational-reform-and-internationalisation-the-case-of-school-reform-in-kazakhstan

Fimyar, O. (2014). Translating ‘Excellence’ into three languages, or how Kazakhstani teachers ‘change’. In Bridges, D (ed.) Educational Reform and Internationalisation: The case of school reform in Kazakhstan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 301-324. http://education.cambridge.org/uk/subject/cross-curricular/the-cambridge-education-research-series/educational-reform-and-internationalisation-the-case-of-school-reform-in-kazakhstan

Fimyar, O., Yakavets, N. & Bridges, D. (2014). Educational reform in Kazakhstan: the contemporary policy agenda. In Bridges, D (ed.) Educational Reform and Internationalisation: The case of school reform in Kazakhstan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 53-70. http://education.cambridge.org/uk/subject/cross-curricular/the-cambridge-education-research-series/educational-reform-and-internationalisation-the-case-of-school-reform-in-kazakhstan

Frost, D., Fimyar, O., Yakavets N., & Bilyalov, D. (2014). The role of school directors in educational reform in Kazakhstan. In Bridges, D (ed.) Educational Reform and Internationalisation: The case of school reform in Kazakhstan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 217-238. http://education.cambridge.org/uk/subject/cross-curricular/the-cambridge-education-research-series/educational-reform-and-internationalisation-the-case-of-school-reform-in-kazakhstan

Fimyar, O. (2010a) 'Policy Why(s): Policy Rationalities and the Changing Logic of Educational Reform in Post-Communist Ukraine (1991-2008)', in I. Silova (ed.) Post-Socialism is not Dead: (Re)reading the global in comparative education. Bingley: Emerald Publishing. Link to the chapter: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/books.htm?issn=14793679&volume=14&chapterid=1905476&show=abstract

Fimyar, O. (2010b). 'The (Un)Importance of Public Opinion in Educational Policy-Making in Post-Communist Ukraine: Education Policy 'Elites' on the Role of Civil Society in Policy Formation'. In S. Fischer and H. Pleines (Eds.), Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe: Successes and Failures of Europeanisation in Politics and Society, Changing Europe Book Series (Vol. 7, pp. 157-173). Stuttgart: Ibidem Publishers. Pre-publication version available online: http://www.changing-europe.org/download/Summer_School_2009/Fimyar.pdf

Book Reviews

Fimyar, O. (2013) Book review: 'Borderlands into Bordered Lands: Geopolitics of Identity in Post-Soviet Ukraine', by T. Zhurzhenko (2010) in Ab Imperio, pp. 490-494. https://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/ab_imperio/v2013/2013.3.fimyar.pdf

Fimyar, O. (2012) Book review: 'Politics, Modernisation and Educational Reform in Russia: From Past to Present', by D. Johnson (ed.) (2010) in COMPARE: A Journal of International and Comparative Education, 42 (3), pp.553-557. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03057925.2012.657929