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Dr Gulzat Botoeva

Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Criminology, Sociology and Social Policy
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Dr Gulzat Botoeva is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Swansea University. She investigates illegal economic activities ranging from drug trafficking in Central Asia to illegal gold mining and small-scale hashish harvesting in Kyrgyzstan. Dr. Botoeva is interested in studying illegal and informal economies (drug production, illegal gold mining, and illegal monies) in a post-Soviet context, primarily through qualitative research methods and ethnographies of crime. She has published in Theoretical Criminology, The International Journal of Drug Policy, and Central Asian Survey.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Illegal economies
  • Small-scale illegal drug production
  • Small-scale artisanal (illegal) gold mining
  • Ethnographies of crime and deviance
  • Drug trafficking in Central Asia

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Illegal economies

Qualitative research methods

Philosophy of social research

The political economy of crime in the Global South