Aselia Urmanbetova

Dr. U

Member Of:
  • School of Economics
  • Center for Paper, Business and Industry Studies
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Office Location:
Old Civil Engineering, Room 237
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Aselia Urmanbetova is an Associate Academic Professional in the School of Economics. Aselia's primary goal as an educator is ensuring that students in her classes feel that they can succeed and engage with economics course material in equitable and fun ways. She uses multiple active learning modalities that emphasize skill acquisition, application of knowledge to today's policy landscape, and long-term retention.

In addition to teaching, Aselia is actively engaged in student life as the primary advisor to Econ Minors, GT Econ Club, and Gatech's chapter of the ODE -- the international economics honor society. As an Yellow Jacket alumna, Aselia enjoys getting to know her students in and outside of class, and is an active service contributor to various initiatives focused on sustainability, equity, diversity, inclusion, mental health and wellbeing of all stakeholders on college campuses.

Her research areas include open education resources, active learning pedagogies, industry studies, environmental policy, economic development, and transportation economics. She has publications on the pulp and paper industry, U.S. manufacturing technology, and the role of education in China's economic development.

Outside of work, Aselia pursues an active life style as an avid yoga practitioner with 200 hours in YTT training and a certified dance enthusiast.

  • PhD in Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • MS in Economics, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • MS in International Relations, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • BBA, Emory University
Research Fields:
  • Economic Growth and Institutions
  • Economic Policy
  • Paper and Pulp Industry
  • Policy Analysis
  • Political Economy
  • Asia (North) / Eurasia
  • United States
  • United States - Georgia
  • Regional Development
  • Accessibility
  • Globalization and Localization
  • Higher Education: Teaching and Learning
  • Sustainability
Courses Taught:
  • ECON-2101: The Global Economy
  • ECON-2105: Prin of Macroeconomics
  • ECON-4412: Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • ECON-4811: Special Topics
  • ECON-8801: Special Topics