Skip to content


Nodira Kholmatova is a Doctoral Researcher in the Social and Political Sciences Department with a specialisation in Sociology at European University Institute. Her PhD thesis is supervised by Prof. Olivier Roy and focuses on a complex nature of labor migration of women from developing countries, and looks at a discrepancy between high female mobility from traditional (patriarchal) society of the country of origin and re- integration of women migrants in their home society. More specifically, her work examines the constraints female migrants encounter and the strategies that women develop to re-integrate. She is interested in labor migration, gender and migration governance studies. Her research area includes former Soviet Union countries and Central Asia specifically. 

She holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Sociology from a Joint Programme in International Migration and Social Cohesion (MISOCO) from University of Amsterdam (Netherlands), University of Deusto (Basque country, Spain) and University of Osnabruck (Germany). She also holds BA in Sociology from American University of Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan).

Prior studying her master degree, she worked as a researcher in various research projects on citizenship, labor migration and informal economy funded by Social Research Center, American University of Central Asia. She also worked as a Programme Coordinator at HelpAge International in Tajikistan and as research assistant at HelpAge International in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.