Kazakhstan: CAFDP 2010
- Graduated, PhD in Sociology, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge, UK. 2016. Doctoral Research: “Elites and the Making of Post-Soviet Nations: Nationalising Regimes in Kazakhstan and Latvia”
- MA in International and Intercultural Relations, specialisation in European Foreign Policy, Deusto University, Spain (Erasmus Mundus Scholar)
- BA in International Journalism and Public Relations, Department of International Journalism and Mass Communications, Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research (KIMEP), Kazakhstan (Nursultan Nazarbayev Scholarship recipient)
Diana has worked as a journalist and public relations manager in Almaty and has published papers on identity issues and regionalism in Europe and Latin America. She has published extensively and has more than 10 peer-reviewed publications in various academic journals worldwide. She has also worked as a Research Associate at KIMEP, where she taught in the Journalism Department. Her research relates to the patterns of post-Soviet national developments in Central Asia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Estonia and Latvia. She is particularly interested in the formation of national identities and symbols in these countries and elites that influence such processes. Currently, she is Course Organiser for the Graduate Module on Social Sciences Research Methods with the University of Cambridge Department of Sociology.