The study examined the social identity of Almaty's three off-center districts as well as the capacity of their inhabitants for collective action. Locations that differed by demography and degree of infrastructural and socio-economic development were selected for the study.
The study first analyzed the social capital of Almaty's off-center districts. The study results helped to better understand the development capacity of urban polycentricity. The report of March 2017 laid the basis for future work of Urban Forum Almaty.
The study results confirmed the hypothesis that social and human capital could act as a form of economic capital. In Shanyrak, the area with lower living standards, the level of closed social capital is higher, as social connections help people compensate the lack of financial resources. As for open social capital, its level is low in all three districts. This means that solving problems that go beyond a family or a small community, for example, joint improvement of a public space, would be unlikely.