American University of Central Asia - AUCA - Social Innovation Lab (SILK)

Social Innovation Lab Kyrgyzstan (SILK)


Social Innovation Lab Kyrgyzstan (SILK) is a faculty initiative within the Division of Social Sciences at the American University of Central Asia. The primary goal of SILK is to engage in socially significant projects in Kyrgyzstan and develop innovative solutions to social problems. SILK is a platform from which faculty members design and implement research and civic engagement projects across a very broad spectrum of topics.

SILK is open to researchers at other universities and organizations that are interested in developing innovative approaches to social issues in the region.

The primary partners at this time are,

  • Soros Foundation Kyrgyzstan
  • American University of Central Asia
    • Department of Anthropology, Technology, and International Development
    • Department of Environmental Studies
    • Technical School of Innovation
    • Center for Civic Engagement

Active projects as of September 2020 include

  • City Dashboard, a website with real-time data about the City of Bishkek
  • Bishkek Walkability Index, a study of walkability of the City of Bishkek
  • Rivers Morphology and Mythology, a study of urban rivers in the City of Bishkek with the goal of turning them into a community asset
  • Media, Migration, and Sociology
  • Mapping of MTU Districts in Bishkek
  • Central Asian Urban Forum: The City, Prototype 20XX

AUCA is looking for a Director for SILK.  Please see the SILK Director Position.

Contact us at

   Seth Fearey, Liberal Arts and Science Department, AUCA

   Bozhil Kondev, Tian Shan Policy Center, AUCA

   Amangeldy Djumabaev, Soros Foundation Kyrgyzstan

American University of Central Asia
7/6 Aaly Tokombaev Street
Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic 720060

Tel.: +996 (312) 915000 + Еxt.
Fax: +996 (312) 915 028