Dr Dugarova has nearly 15 years of experience leading rigorous policy research, data analysis and evaluation of socio-economic issues, including poverty reduction, unemployment and social protection, while integrating intersectional considerations such as gender, age, rural/urban location, and race/ethnicity. At the United Nations, she has provided policy advice and technical support on gender mainstreaming to over 100 country offices.
In 2020, Esuna created the Global Gender Response Tracker - an online data-driven tool that monitors and analyzes over 5,000 policy measures in 221 countries/territories, thereby informing decision-making and providing evidence for advocacy and accountability. The tracker has been widely used by policymakers, civil society and academia, and was rated among the top three of the world’s most significant policy tracker initiatives.
Esuna has also coordinated complex multi-stakeholder processes and developed new partnerships with governments, international organizations, private foundations, NGOs and academic institutions. She has also evaluated large-scale socio-economic proposals for the European Union and acted as a jury in the Swiss Network for International Studies. Based on her research, Esuna has authored over 50 publications, including technical reports, research articles and policy briefs. She is regularly invited to serve as a reviewer in high-impact journals such as The Lancet, World Development and Social Politics.
In parallel with her policy work, Esuna leads a scholarly project that examines the evolution of ethno-cultural identity based on the case of Buryats in the transnational space. It uncovers social, economic and political transformations which have forged transnational flows, while leading to reconstructing identity, invigorating local agency, and shifting power dynamics. The study serves to shape a more holistic ethno-cultural landscape and at the same time create a more granular narrative that reveals the diversity of its populations, their intricate pathways within and beyond borders, and nontrivial forces that underlie transnational motion.
As part of her community leadership, Esuna founded the global Buryat club "Buryad sedkhel" in October 2021. It aims to preserve the endangered Buryat language as a key pillar of identity and sustain cultural heritage for current and future generations. The club offers four types of classes: conversational Buryat, grammar, culture & traditions, and Mongolian language. It provides a platform for gaining knowledge, peer learning, and creating a sense of belonging based on shared values, while strengthening intergenerational social capital. As a head of the club, Esuna has coordinated its educational activities, guided the design of curricula, and developed community relationships across boundaries. Contact the Buryat Club to learn more.
In her spare time, Esuna has provided tailored mentorship and consultations to individuals interested in professional growth, educational opportunities and personal development. She has also helped develop capacities of local grassroots organizations through sharing knowledge and resources, skills development, and connecting within the global network. Her mentees work in major international organizations, private companies and non-governmental organizations, study in high-ranking universities, and create their own startups and innovative solutions with positive impact.