Dr Esuna Dugarova is an expert in multidisciplinary research, analysis, and evaluation of public policy issues related to poverty reduction, social protection and gender equality within the sustainable development agenda globally and in Eurasia particularly. Esuna has authored nearly 50 publications and is a Chevening laureate for her contribution to international development. She holds a PhD in Asian Studies from Cambridge University and speaks 7 languages.

In her spare time, she leads the global Buryat club aimed at preserving the endangered Buryat language, mentors local grassroots organizations, and supervises young scientists. Esuna is driven to make a positive impact on the global society and a meaningful contribution to her homeland Buryatia.

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Esuna's first award-winning book “The Star of the Nomadess” — an authentic account of living experience in the West through the intersectional lens of Buryat identity — contributes to transforming social norms about women’s agency in Buryatia and beyond, while promoting interconnectedness in today’s globalised world.

Available on Amazon, Google Books, British Library, Cambridge University Library, and public libraries in Moscow, St Petersburg and Buryatia.

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Dr Dugarova has conducted quantitative and qualitative research on a wide range of issues — from poverty, social protection and gender equality globally to Buddhism, language, and identity in Buryatia — which reflects multiple and intersecting dimensions of development while showing interlinkage between global policy and local practice.

As an academic, she has worked at Cambridge University and London School of Economics, and gave various talks and lectures around the world, including at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland), Global Institute for Women's Leadership of King's College London, and Chinese University of Hong Kong. She also supervises young Cambridge scientists in their efforts to humanize artificial intelligence.

Based on her research, Dr Dugarova has written nearly 50 publications, including articles in international scientific journals, policy papers and technical reports published by multilateral organizations (UN, World Bank, IMF, EU), and blogs in international and national newspapers and magazines. 


In addition, Esuna regularly contributes to high-quality research as an invited expert reviewer at various academic journals - from The Lancet and Global Change, Peace & Security to Social Policy & Administration, Social Politics and International Journal of Discrimination and the Law.

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Policy expert

Esuna Dugarova has provided strategic policy guidance and support on gender mainstreaming to over 100 country offices at UNDP. She is a member of the UN Secretary General's High-Level Task Force on Financing for Gender Equality, and also coordinates the Gender Steering and Implementation Committee, the highest-level decision-making mechanism at UNDP.

Esuna is a co-creator and research coordinator of the COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker that monitors and analyzes socio-economic policy measures in response to COVID-19 in 221 countries from a gender perspective, contributing to evidence-based policymaking and public good worldwide.

She also led a coalition of over 50 workers resulting in a position paper that influenced the adoption of International Personnel Services Agreement in 2020 at UNDP, its first policy of this kind that created better employment, access to healthcare, and learning opportunities for 10,000 employees in 130 countries, thereby making the institution more equal, fair, and inclusive.



Esuna is a founder of the global Buryat club which preserves the endangered Buryat language and cultural heritage for current and future generations, while enhancing Buryat-Mongolian transnational community capital based on shared values and principles.

She also mentors individuals from diverse national, ethnic, gender, and educational backgrounds, as well as local grassroots organizations. Some of her mentees work in major multinational organizations and academic institutions around the world, while some create innovative home-grown solutions to improve livelihoods in their local communities.

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