NBS Research Institutes – NBS

Creative Cities Institute (CCI)

How do cities become engines of imagination and creation?
Over half the global population currently lives in urban areas, with the figure projected to reach nearly 70% by 2050. While cities present possibilities for sustainable living, enhanced quality of life and rapid innovation, they simultaneously pose myriad social, cultural and environmental challenges.


As the leading creative center in Central Asia, Almaty is a hub of cultural, artistic and entrepreneurial creation. Narxoz CCI strives to further cement this status, while promoting ongoing dialogue and outreach to develop related research and share insights into what constitutes a successful model for successful 21st century cities.

Affiliated faculty

Dr. Anjan Ghosh

Social Entrepreneurship and Strategy

Dr. Madina Subalova


Dr. John Sweeney

Future Studies

Dr. Nergis Aziz


CCI pursues work in the following areas:

  • Interdisciplinary research into leadership, creativity, innovation, future cities and design
  • Knowledge sharing opportunities among government officials, leading artists, researchers and universities
  • Integration of core Narxoz initiatives entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship; technology and innovation; data analytics and smart cities and the broader liberal arts program into framework for policy and practical impact
  • Cooperation across Narxoz departments and external universities to create novel academic courses, support student research and promote experiential learning opportunities

HR Research Center

HR Research Center (HRRC) was founded in 2018 with the goal of becoming a recognized center of excellence in HR education, research, and practice in Central Asia.

Our mission is to be a catalyst in bringing human resource researchers and practitioners together to maximize knowledge about human capital through a combination of teaching, research, and engagement with organizations.

Our aim is to develop a strong and reputable network of leading executives, faculty, and students who work together to create value for industries and the field. By combining scholars and industry professionals with our research center, we plan to succeed in creating a system that is changing the way HR is taught and practiced in Central Asia.


Dr. Assylbek Nurgabdeshov

University of Sheffield, UK

Dr. Kairat Moldashev

University of Malaya, Malaysia

Dr. Sanat Kozhakhmet

University of Malaya, Malaysia

Qazaq Futures Institute

The Qazaq Research Institute for Futures Studies (QRIFS) is an “indisciplinary” research-based and practice-driven learning lab designed to further futures studies and strategic foresight across Qazaqstan, Central Asia, and beyond. Our primary aim is to re-imagine how futures can and might be engaged, envisioned, and enacted at the university level. QRIFS will integrate futures into the general education curriculum, build a minor option for the bachelor’s of business administration degree, and offer thesis-track options for MBA, DBA, and PhD programs at Narxoz University. At present, QRIFS is nested within the Narxoz Business School. As the country’s first higher-education institute focused on futures and foresight, QRIFS is breaking new ground and will release content in three languages: Qazaq, Russian, and English.