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Prajakti Kalra, GCRF COMPASS, Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge

Prajakti Kalra


Prajakti Kalra is a Research Associate with the Cambridge Central Asia Forum. She is affiliated lecturer in the Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge. She works on the RCUK funded GCRF COMPASS grant as an Events and Communications Officer in the Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge.

She has trained as a historian, political scientist and a psychologist. Her interests are in the areas of the history of the Mongol Empire and Central Asia. She has worked extensively on regional and international organisations (OSCE, OIC, SCO, Eurasian Economic Union and the OBOR). Her focus is building avenues of communication and exchanges based on historical precedents and bringing local narratives into global speak in order to best facilitate interaction and knowledge production.

Her book, ‘The Silk Road and the Political Economy of the Mongol Empire’ came out in 2018(Routledge). Other publications include ‘Asiatic Roots and the Rootedness of the Eurasian Project’ (in ‘The Eurasian project and Europe: Regional Discontinuities and Geopolitics’, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and ‘Uzbek Relations with the Countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council in modern and pre-modern times,’ (in Russia and CIS Relations with the Gulf Region Current Trends in Political and Economic Dynamics, Gulf Research Centre, 2009). She is the research, administrative and social coordinator for the Cambridge Central Asia Forum.

Her latest publication is  “Pax Mongolica: Trade and Traders in the Mongol Empire.” In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Asian History. Oxford University Press, 2016—. Article published November 19, 2020. doi:

Reflective Piece on 'Is Central Asian History Peripheral?' by Prajakti Kalra on Peripheral Histories, 14 December 2020