Elmira Kakabayeva (SOCI '21, Kazakhstan)

October 14, 2020

Elmira is from Kazakhstan. After receiving her BA in International Journalism from Kazakh National University, she worked in advertising for nine years. In 2014, she joined a research project on the Future Urbanism at Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture, and Design in Moscow. Since then, she’s worked in Moscow in non-profit projects related to education and urban studies. In 2019, she graduated from Tel Aviv University with a master's degree in Public Policy (Conflict Resolution and Mediation). She joined the Sociology Department at CEU.

What is the one thing people should know about you?

My belief in collaboration power; that every person has some unique skill, talent, or ability that can be contributed to the common goal. I have some urge to help people connect and realize new unexpected projects. 

Why did you choose your particular course of study?

I love to explore human and social interactions and their contexts. I want to understand various critical approaches to that exploration and master practical research skills in order to pursue a further academic career. 

What do you hope to gain from your time at CEU?

I am looking forward to gaining not only theoretical and practical knowledge from the professional researchers in the field of my interests but also to meet like-minded people and create a network of colleagues and friends.