Almaty invites MCB for research seminar

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This year, MCB researcher Marlen Komorowski travelled to Kazakhstan, Almaty. The researcher was invited to present and discuss the newest research results of the project with the professors and faculty members of the International School of Economics and Social Sciences (ISE). ISE is a joint project between the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the Kazakh-British Technical University (KBTU). In 2009, the ISE became the affiliate centre of the University of London, offering BSc degrees in Economics as part of the University of London International Programmes. Since then, the ISE emerged as the primary institution to study Economics in the region of Central Asia. The seminar was a great success and will hopefully lead in the future to close ties between the MCB project and Central Asian research faculties.

About the Seminar

The seminar had the title “Media Clusters: A Typology for a New Research Discourse”. The MCB researcher presented the idea that not all media clusters are the same. Therefore, a new media cluster typology is necessary for future media cluster research. The members of the ISE KBTU faculty gave valuable feedback, encouraged future research based on the typology and discussed possible application of the framework.

Download the presentation by clicking here:
Seminar Presentation, Almaty, 15.02.2017

More insights on the typology of media cluster can be found in the journal article published by the European Planning Studies journal by clicking here:
A novel typology of media clusters”

About Almaty, Kazakhstan and their cluster strategy

Almaty is Kazakhstan’s largest metropolis. It is set in the foothills of the Trans-Ili Alatau mountains and served as the country’s capital until 1997.  Today, Almaty is still Kazakhstan’s trading and cultural hub. It displays a mixture of Asian, Russian and European lifestyle including a new ski resort, trending cafes and restaurants. Also, the idea of industry clustering is incorporated in the governmental strategies. In 2003, the government decided to establish a Park of Innovative Technologies. In this Park, many innovative firms cluster including media businesses. Currently, the cluster incorporates more than 150 companies including joint ventures with Russia, South Korea, Israel, China, Germany and Italy while many are working on the extraterritorial basis.