The Network

This network builds on collaborative fieldwork in Central Asia and the Caucasus that was initially undertaken for the project “Informal Markets and Trade in Central Asia and the Caucasus”, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation between 2016 and 2020.

The project had studied informal markets and trade in Eurasia; using primarily field methods, we had focused on shuttle and bazaar traders, who travel within Central Asia and the Caucasus, as well as to and from China.

Through this network we hope to facilitate collaboration and dialogue amongst researchers from different disciplines in different countries who share an interest in markets and trade along the so-called Silk Road, including but not limited to the Caucasus, Central Asia, China and Russia.

This website promotes recent and ongoing research and serves as a resource platform.