Public administration in multi-ethnic regimes poses a unique set of problems from corruption to absence of adequate planning measures. The Centre has undertaken internationally recognised research on these issues through global engagement with public service agencies and higher education institutions in Kazakhstan. The British Academy funded the Centre to look at public sector reform and the modernisation of public services in Kazakhstan. The Kazakh Government in its long-term strategy (Kazakhstan 2050) has set out research priorities under this theme. These priorities include: tackling corruption; citizen participation in the policy process; strategic planning; performance measurement; and, policy analysis. Our research in this area brought together eleven academics from four institutions. We maintain a very close working relationship with Nazarbayev University in Astana and hosted a number of staff and student exchanges. The Centre has an extensive network of University and Civil Society partners in the region.