Zarina is a social anthropologist from Kyrgyzstan. She received her BA from the Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University in Bishkek and her MA in social anthropology from Hacettepe University in Turkey. After completing her master studies, Zarina returned to Kyrgyzstan where she has worked since as a researcher on various projects conducted by such organizations as UN Women Kyrgyzstan, Public Foundation Urban Initiatives, Research Institute of Islamic Studies in Bishkek, and Analytical Center Polis Asia.
She has always been interested in religious practices, identity, ethnicity, feminism/gender, media and urban studies.
Zarina is the PhD student in the ROADWORK team. She will focus on the social life of roads in the Sino–Kyrgyz borderlands where she is going to conduct twelve months of ethnographic fieldwork in 2019-2020.