I am a Kazakhstani qualitative researcher specializing in gender, public policy, culture, and social constructs with an additional experience in corporate research analysis. In my research and writing, I largely employ ethnographic methods, as well as discourse and frame analyses, and support a decolonial approach toward academia. I authored various academic publications and opinion essays on the topic of gender-based violence, educational policy, state strategies, and nationalism.

My educational background includes a joint master’s degree in Gender Studies and Women’s Studies from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, and the University of Oviedo, Spain. In addition, I received my bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan, and a master’s degree in Public Policy and Public Administration from the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia. I see my scholarly work as an intersection of research and activism and am dedicated to raising awareness about the state of human rights in Central Asia.

Contact me via aarystanbek@gmail.com or LinkedIn.