Saule Akhmetkaliyeva


  • Head of UK-Russia collaboration & APECS council, 2020 – 2021
  • Head of UK-Russia collaboration, 2018 – 2020



I earned a BSc in Petroleum Engineering from Kazakh National Technical University in 2010. For my undergrad thesis I conducted research on new methods of matrix acidizing of carbonate formations in western Kazakhstan. After graduation, I worked at Schlumberger in Bergen, Norway as a wireline field engineer providing services to oilfield production companies worldwide. In 2014, I earned a MSc in Environmental Science from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. During my MSc studies, I conducted research on advanced sedimentary analysis of sediments from Marmara Lake, Turkey. In 2015, I started working as a research fellow at Eurasian Research Institute in Kazakhstan, where I conducted research on environmental issues in Kazakhstan and Central Asia. In particular, my research area was water management in Central Asia (Economics and Politics of Energy in Central Asia and Caucasus, 2016), issues of climate change in Central Asia (Conference Materials: For “Actual Problems of Ecology in the XXI century”, 2015), environmental catastrophe of the Aral Sea (UCIR 2017: VIII. Uludag Congress on International Relations, Bursa, 2016), and potential of renewable energy resources in Kazakhstan (International Research Conference on Sustainable Energy, Engineering, Materials and Environment, Newcastle upon Tyne, 2017). I was also responsible for preparation of weekly e-bulletins and edition of material due to publication, and carried out the role of technical editor of the monthly “Asya Avrupa” magazine.

Currently, I am conducting a PhD research on the 21st century global glacier recession across the Arctic region at Manchester Metropolitan University which is funded by MMU Vice Chancellor’s PhD studentship. My PhD project aims to elucidate the role of glacial organic carbon as a carbon source in the dynamic Arctic region by comparing carbon transportation in two contrasting glacial systems. The primary fieldwork site of my PhD project is the Öræfajökull icecap, Iceland. A further site at Tarfala research station, Sweden was identified as a contrasting glacial system, and a successful EU INTERACT grant was submitted in October 2017 (funding awarded 4,250 EUR) to fund a summer 2018 research campaign in Tarfala. Since starting a PhD, I have participated in the following outreach activities, workshops and conferences: UnEarthed exhibition (Edinburgh, November 2017), research and cooperation in the Russian Arctic (Cambridge, December 2017), UK-Russia Arctic Research ECR collaborations workshops (Moscow and Cambridge, March 2018), British Organic Geochemistry Society conference (Bristol, July 2018), and recently became a UK-Russia representative of the UK polar network.