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Academic interests

Finance and ethics; sustainable finance; value, money, debt; state, governance, regulatory regimes and politics; energy and oil politics; financial markets, financialization and globalization; pensions and social welfare; social policy; entrepreneurship; social studies of finance.


Ainur "Aina" Begim is a sociocultural anthropologist with research and teaching interests in economic and political anthropology, finance, natural resources, entrepreneurship, gender, Eurasia and Norway. Her first book project, supported by the United States National Science Foundation and the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University, concerns financial markets, oil politics, and the state in the former Soviet Union. Aina received her B.A. degree from Bates College and her M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in Anthropology from Yale University. In 2016-2017 she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Russian and East European Studies and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to graduate studies, Aina worked as a credit analyst on Wall Street.

Aina is affiliated with the Cultures of Finance Group and “Oikos” Working Group, Institute for Public Knowledge (IPK), New York University, and the Center for Russian and East European Studies, University of Pittsburgh. 


  • Begim, Ainur (2018). How to retire like a Soviet person: informality, household finances, and kinship in financialized Kazakhstan. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. ISSN 1359-0987. 24(4), p. 767–785. doi: 10.1111/1467-9655.12916.
  • Begim, Ainur (2018). Am I Muslim or Just Kazakh? Politics of Care in Postsocialist Kazakhstan. In Naguib, Nefissa & Inhorn, Marcia C. (Ed.), Reconceiving Muslim Men: Love and Marriage, Family and Care in Precarious times . Berghahn Books. ISSN 978-1-78533-882-3. p. 156–181. doi: 10.2307/j.ctvw04g42.12.

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  • Begim, Ainur (2021). Data, Finance, and Ethics: The Case of ESG in Sustainable Finance .
  • Begim, Ainur (2021). Words and Numbers: Sustainable Finance, Stories, and Data.
  • Begim, Ainur (2021). “Greening” Finance in the Wake of the Pandemic: Sustainability Work and Hunt for Non-Financial Data.
  • Begim, Ainur (2019). Oil Wealth, Ethical Risks, and Market Reason.
  • Begim, Ainur (2017). From Words to Numbers.
  • Begim, Ainur (2017). Household Finances, Offshore Money, and Bonds of Kinship in Financialized Central Asia.
  • Begim, Ainur (2017). How to Retire Like a Soviet Person: Informality, Household Finances, and Kinship in Financialized Kazakhstan.
  • Begim, Ainur (2010). Abschied von den Mythen. [The Modern Entrepreneur: Farewell to Myths.] . Impulse. ISSN 0720-9037. p. 40–42.

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Published Sep. 1, 2017 11:42 AM - Last modified Apr. 30, 2021 8:08 PM


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