Associate Professor, International Business, Norwegian University of Science and Technology


Ainur “Aina” Begim is a sociocultural anthropologist with research and teaching interests in economic anthropology, finance, sustainability, natural resources, Eurasia and Norway. Aina received her B.A. degree from Bates College and her M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in Anthropology from Yale University. In 2016-2017 she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Russian and East European Studies and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. From 2017 to 2021 Aina was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oslo, conducting research on the relationship between ethics and finance at the Norwegian Oil Fund. Prior to graduate studies, she worked as a credit analyst on Wall Street.

Selected publications

Begim, Ainur (2018). How to retire like a Soviet person: informality, household finances, and kinship in financialized Kazakhstan. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. ISSN 1359-0987.  24(4), s 767- 785