Elliot Napier


School of Social and Political Sciences
University of Glasgow
Adam Smith Building
Bute Gardens
G12 8RT

Research title: Becoming a queer migrant in Kazakhstan

Research Summary

My PhD is funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council, through the Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences, and is provisionally titled "Becoming a Queer Migrant in Kazakhstan: Choices, Pathways, Identities." 

Through a participant-centred, participatory exploration of pre-movement queer migration decision-making with queer migrants and aspiring queer migrants in Kazakhstan, I aim to shed new light on queer migratory aspiration and destination choice not just in Kazakhstan but also across other countries and regions. 


  • Economic and Social Research Council 3.5 PhD Scholarship, 2022-2026


  • Central Eurasian Studies Society Annual Conference
    (September 2022) Napier, E., Conference Presentation:
    “It's half being queer and half just wanting to leave:" Queer migration in Kazakhstan


Widening Participation

Additional Information


  • Central Eurasian Studies Association, Student Member


Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Programme IMCEERES:

  • International Master (IntM) Central and East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, University of Glasgow (2022)
  • Master of Arts (MA) Central and East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, University of Tartu, Estonia (2022)
  • Master (M) International Relations, KIMEP University, Kazakhstan

Undergraduate degree

  • MA(Hons) Central and East European Studies and Russian Language, University of Glasgow (2022)

Professional experience

My professional background is wide and varied, including stints as a bus driver, police officer, chauffeur, library assistant, and two years as a full member of the University's highest governing body, the University Court.