Research Fellow

PhD, Public Policy, Nanyang Technological University

Assel Mussagulova is a Research Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities (LKYCIC). She is part of the research team for the Open Loop Careers project. Her current research project focuses on career transitions of Singaporean workers, the main factors contributing to successful career transitions, and policies needed to support the workforce in precarious employment conditions.

Her research interests are in organisational behaviour and human resource management, particularly in the public sector context, and draws on insights from multiple disciplines, including psychology, management studies, political science and ethics. As a policy researcher she is particularly keen to learn how findings from human resource management research can inform strategies and policies aimed at workforce management and development.

Assel’s PhD dissertation explores the impact of competitive, merit-based selection in the government on national development outcomes. Her work has been published in Public Administration Review, Review of Public Personnel Administration, Public Administration and Development, and Australian Journal of Public Administration, among others. She is an associate editor for social media at Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration.

Prior to her academic pursuits, Assel worked as a civil servant in Kazakhstan in a government agency responsible for recruitment, development and retention of government employees. She authored several important legislative acts on civil service employment. She also has extensive experience working with the United Nations Development Programme as a consultant on public management reform.