Dinara’s research interests are in architecture, political activism, urbanism, and heritage. She is currently working on the Master's thesis "Community Engagement in Adaptive Heritage Reuse: Soviet Modernist Architecture in Kazakhstan". The research is striving to understand possible mechanisms for Community Engagement in Adaptive Heritage Reuse of Soviet Modernist Architecture in Kazakhstan, based on the experience from other participatory adaptive reuse projects in post-Soviet space and beyond. The research tackles the problematic political context of post-Soviet Kazakstan, as one of the main issues behind heritage preservation. Some of the observatory cases include ExRotaprint in Berlin and Jam Factory project in Lviv.
On July 24, 2019, Dinara Satbayeva will deliver a lecture "How to Perceive and Recognize the Heritage Value? Soviet Modernist Architecture in Kazakhstan and Challenges in Preservation and Re-Usage".