Ismailov Murod

Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences
Official title
Associate Professor
Research fields
Educational psychology
Environmental policy and social systems
Research keywords
Human-Centered Education
Educational Psychology (Self-Determination Theory)
Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Learning Motivation/Learner Psychology
Educational technology, learner-centred pedagogy, interactive teaching in HE
EMI, Intercultural education, foreign language education, telecollaboration, collaborative learning, CALL
Education & Science for Social Change in CAMCA (Central Asia, Mongolia, the Caucasus, and Afghanistan) Region
Research projects
The Confluence of Human-Centered Education and Industry 4.0 in Designing Japan's Schools of the Future2023-03 -- 2028-03Murod Ismailov (Pre-Fellow)Selected As a Pre-Fellow - No Funding (Exploratory Research Ongoing), TRiSTAR Program - a Top Runner Development Program Engaging Universities, National Labs, and Companies; Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)/
The study of pedagogical competencies and skills of Japanese faculty involved in the English-Medium Instruction (EMI)2021-05 -- 2025-03Ismailov Murod (PI)JSPS/Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C)4,160,000Yen
Fostering researchers for mining informatics & network construction for sustainable resource development in Central Asia & Japan2021-04 -- 2023-03Akita UniversityJSPS/Core to Core Program B. Asia-Africa Science Platforms23,100,000Yen
Intercultural Communication: Eurasian Axis - Joint MA Degree design project2021-12 -- 2023-07Sofia University (EU, Bulgaria)European Education and Culture Executive Agency (Brussels, BE)/Erasmus+ Programme (ERASMUS)7,100,000Yen
Telecollaboration as Inquiry-based learning for enhancing Intercultural communication skills of Japanese students2019-08 -- 2022-03Murod Ismailov (PI)Japan Society for the Promotion of Science/Grant-in-Aid for Research Activity Start-up1,950,000Yen
A Post-Socialist State and Poverty in Central Asia: Implications for the Theory of Human Security2013-08 -- 2015-03Ismailov Murod (PI)Japan Society for the Promotion of Science/Grant-in-Aid for Research Activity start-up1,430,000Yen
Economic Causes of Political Violence in Asia2014-04 -- 2015-03Ismailov Murod (PI)University of Tsukuba/HASS Doctoral program small research grant250,000Yen
Uzbek 'Mahalla': Catalyst for Order and Security in Central Asia2012-02 -- 2014-03Ismailov Murod (PI)Gerda Henkel Foundation (Germany)/Security, Society and the State (research area)2,500,000Yen
Education and Social Capital in post-Soviet countries2009-08 -- 2010-01Ismailov Murod (PI)Rumsfeld Foundation, Washington DC, US/Central Asia - Caucasus Institute Fellowship grant350,000Yen
Career history
2023-03 -- (current)University of Tsukuba,Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences,Associate Professor
2018-10 -- 2023-02University of Tsukuba,Center for Education in Global Communication (CEGLOC),Assistant Professor
2019-04 -- 2024-03Japan National Police Academy,International Police Center,Visiting Instructor
2018-04 -- (current)Tokyo University of Foreign Studies,GLIP Program,Part-time Lecturer
2017-10 -- 2018-03University of Tsukuba,Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences,Part-time Lecturer
2017-04 -- 2017-09University of Tsukuba,Research Project (MEXT - Russia),Part-time Researcher
2013-02 -- 2017-03University of Tsukuba,Faculty of Humanities and Social Studies,Assistant Professor
2011-04 -- 2012-03University of Tsukuba, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Center for Advanced Japanese and International StudiesCAJS,Part-time Researcher
2007-05 -- 2010-11University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Uzbekistan,School of International Relations,Dean
Academic background
2020-09 -- 2021-07Harvard University, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Professional Program in Media and Technology for Education
2007-05 -- 2010-10University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Graduate School of International Relations, PhD Program in International Relations
2004-09 -- 2006-07Cranfield University & UK Defence Academy, Defense College of Management and Technology, Master of Science (Global Security Studies) *distinctions
2002-09 -- 2004-06University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Graduate School of International Relations, Master of Arts (International Relations) *distinctions
1997-09 -- 2001-07Samarkand State University, Department of History, Bachelor of Arts (History)
2001-07BA in HistorySamarkand State University
2004-06MA in International relationsUniversity of World Economy and Diplomacy
2006-07MSc in Global SecurityCranfield University & UK Defence Academy
2010-10PhD in Political ScienceUniversity of World Economy and Diplomacy
Licenses and qualifications
2023-11Professional Development Workshop - Building digital competence in a university setting: Experiences from the Macquarie University Teacher Digital Competency Project (Department of Curriculum and Instruction, the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Nov 13, 2023
2023-06Certificate of Completion, Interactive Teaching & Learning: A Constructivist Approach, a Professional Development Workshop at KBTU, Kazakhstan
2023-03Certificate of Achievement, Masterclass in Scientific Writing and Publishing (by Nature Journal)
2023-03Certificate of Service, 100 OJC Event ResearchIC and Toyohashi University of Technology
2021-12Certificate, English in Higher Education, British Council, UK
2021-11Certificate, English as a medium of instruction for academics, University of Southampton, UK (four-week programme)
2021-11PD Certificate in Devices, Designs & Algorithms: Critical Digital Literacy in Language Classrooms, University of Arizona, U.S.
2021-10Certificate in 'Research Ethics: Working with People,' Interdisciplinary Ethics Applied (IDEA) Centre, University of Leeds, UK
2021-082021 Summer Institute Certificate, Teaching Linguistic Politeness & Intercultural Awareness, CARLA, University of Minnesota, USA
2021-07PD Certificate, Online Teaching and Learning in Action (5/15-6/29), Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, US
Academic societies
2023-06 -- (current)President, CAMCA (Central Asia - Mongolia - Caucasus) Academic Consortium
2021-10 -- (current)European Educational Research Association, Environmental and Sustainability Education Research Network (ESER)
2021-09 -- (current)EMI Research Group, Oxford University (
2021-06 -- (current)American Educational Research Association (AERA)
2021-04 -- (current)Education Technology Management, Technical Committee (ICETM.ORG)
2020-12 -- (current)JALT Computer-assisted language learning SIG
2020-12 -- (current)The Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT)
2020-11 -- (current)International Academic Forum (IAFOR -
2019-03 -- (current)National AfterSchool Association (USA)
2014-01 -- 2015-01Southern Political Science Association, USA (
Honors & Awards
2023-03Pre-Fellow Award, TRiSTAR Program - a Top Runner Development Program Engaging Universities, National Labs, and Companies; Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)Outstanding Research
2023-06The Outstanding CAMCA Network ContributorPromoting the Central Asia, Mongolia and the Caucasus (CAMCA) Network and leading its regional education and science promotion activities
2006-06Best MSc Dissertation, Defense Academy of the United Kingdom
2005-12UK Defence Academy Best Defense Diplomacy FellowAcademic achievements
Conference, etc.
  • The FAIR System: A Fairly Simple Guide to Budgeting (2024 Edition)
    Ismailov Murod
    CEGCLOC Welcome Event for New Faculty/2024-04-09
  • English Medium Instruction in Japanese Higher Education: Issues and Expectations for the "Dejima" Model of English-Taught Degree Programs
    Yamamoto Yukiko; Murod Ismailov
    68th Annual Conference CIES 2024 : THE POWER OF PROTEST/2024-03-10--2024-03-14
  • On the Brighter Side of Academic Writing: How Do Visual Aids Improve Reader and Peer-Reviewer Engagement?
    Ismailov Murod
    AWSD Workshop, University of Tsukuba/2023-12-06--2023-12-06
  • [Interview] By Rumsfeld Foundation (Washington D.C.) August, 2023
    Ismailov Murod
  • Transformative Education In CAMCA: Innovating For A Shared Tomorrow
    Ismailov Murod
    Central Asia, Mongolia, the Caucasus (CAMCA) Regional Forum 2023, Almaty/2023-06-15--2023-06-16
  • EMI and Internationalization of Higher Education in CAMCA & the Asia-Pacific Regions: Are we prepared, pedagogically?
    Ismailov Murod; Yamamoto Yukiko
    The CAMCA Education, Science & Technology Conference (ESTEC2023)/2023-06-13--2023-06-13
  • The Proficiency Puzzle: Unpacking the Relationship Between Learner Language Ability and EMI Teacher Competencies
    Ismailov Murod; Yukiko Yamamoto
    The 1st Education, Languages and Internationalization Network (ELINET) Annual Conference 2023, University of Glasgow/2023-04-13--2023-04-15
  • English Medium Instruction (EMI) in Japan: from University Policy to Classroom Pedagogy
    Ismailov Murod; Yamamoto Yukiko
    Faculty Development Workshop, University of Tsukuba/2022-10-27
  • What makes quality interaction from a content lecturer’s perspective? Learner engagement pedagogy in a highly interactive university English Medium Instruction course
    Ismailov Murod
    The ICLHE East Asia Regional Group 2022 Symposium, 23 April 2022./2022/04/23
  • Using Mentimeter to boost student engagement
    Ismailov Murod
    University of Tsukuba CEGLOC & BPGI - Workshop on Online Teaching: Tips and Sharing Experience/2021-12-06
  • What makes an effective learner-centered EMI classroom in higher education? A qualitative systematic examination of students’ perceptions using thematic synthesis approach
    Ismailov Murod; Yukiko Yamamoto
    14th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI2021)/2021-11-8--2021-11-9
  • Building ‘digital bridges’ for intercultural learners in Europe and Japan in the Era of New Normal
    Ismailov Murod
    Japan Academic Network in Europe (JANET) Annual Virtual Forum/2021-11-10--2021-11-12
  • Does inquiry-based learning make or break telecollaboration?
    Ismailov Murod
    JALT-2021 Reflection and New Perspectives International Conference/2021-11-12--2021-11-15
  • “Managing the two ‘unknowns’ for effective Kakenhi grant proposals: Lessons learnt from successful applications”
    Ismailov Murod
    The 3rd JSPS/KAKENHI Grant Application Seminar for Non-Japanese Researchers July 6, 2021,  University of Tsukuba/2021-07-06--2021-07-06
  • Designing motivating online assignments and telecollaborative tasks in the time of a pandemic: evidence from a post-course survey study in Japan.
    Ismailov Murod
    The Conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE2021-Online), United States/2021-03-29--2021-04-02
  • Inquiry-based telecollaborative model of language exchange and intercultural communication (a theoretical investigation).
    Ismailov Murod
    Interdisciplinary Roundtable on Imagining the Future, Empowering the World: Approaches to Language Teaching, Learning, and Research. Second Language Acquisition & Teaching Program, University of Arizona, USA./2021-02-06--2021-02-06
  • Perceptions and Processes of Virtual Teamwork Involving Japanese Undergraduate Students
    Ismailov Murod
    The IAFOR International Conference on Education, January 6-10, 2021. Honolulu, Hawaii, United States/2021-01-06--2021-01-10
  • Telecollaboration through Inquiry: How deliberate intra-cultural learning promotes intercultural communicative competence
    Ismailov Murod
    Tsukuba Global science Week 2020 - Section: Data Science in Collaboration DaSciC 2020/2020-09--2020-12
  • Assignment Design for Emergency Remote Classroom: Effects on Student Motivation & Learning
    Ismailov Murod
    4th Annual Conference of the Center for Education of Global Communication (CEGLOC), University of Tsukuba, Japan/2020-12-05--2020-12-05
  • Online Exchanges and Inquiry-based Learning: Implications for Nurturing Learners' Intercultural Communication Skills
    Ismailov Murod
    The 19th International RAIS Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities, Research Association for Interdisciplinary Studies, Princeton, U.S.A./2020-10-18--2020-10-19
  • Can Social Capital Be Nurtured Outside a Democratic System? A Comparative Perspective on Uzbekistan and Japan
    Ismailov Murod
    The 85th Annual Conference of the Southern Political Science Association (SPSA), New Orleans, USA/2014-01-09--2014-01-12
  • How to Search, Select and Organize Papers as a Researcher? Online Journal Club Presentation (Research IC Platform), Toyohashi University of Technology, 2022-11-25
    Ismailov Murod
  • How to Read a Peer-Reviewed Journal Article as a Researcher? 100 Online Journal Club Presentation (Research IC Platform), Toyohashi University of Technology, 2022-12-05
    Ismailov Murod
2024-12 -- 2025-01Aspects of Contemporary Japan B - Winter 3-day Intensive Course, Human Security in Japan's Foreign Policy,Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
2024-09 -- 2024-09Aspects of Contemporary Japan A (Summer 3-day Intensive Course, Japan in International Organizations)Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (in partnership with Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology and Tokyo University of Electrocommunications)
2024-02 -- 2024-02Aspects of Contemporary Japan B (Winter 3-day Intensive Course, Human Security in Japan's Foreign Policy)Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
2024-04 -- 2025-02English Presentation Skills I & II, English Reading Skills II (Intensive)CEGLOC, UTsukuba
2024-04 -- 2025-02English Debate & English Discussion Seminar BSchool of International Studies, UTsukuba
2023-10 -- 2023-12English Discussion (AB Module, freshman course, 10 weeks)School of International Studies, University of Tsukuba
2023-10 -- 2024-02English Presentation Skills II (3 15-week courses)CEGLOC, University of Tsukuba
2023-09 -- 2023-09Aspects of Contemporary Japan A (Summer Intensive Course, 3 days)Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Global Liberal Arts Program
2023-09 -- 2023-09English Presentation Skills I (Summer Intensive Course)CEGLOC, University of Tsukuba
2023-04 -- 2023-08The English Debates (AB Module, Sophomore course, 10 weeks)School of International Studies, University of Tsukuba
Other educational activities
2023-09 -- 2023-09Lead Facilitator, All-Campus 'Effective Teaching for English-medium Higher Education (EMI & CLIL)' Faculty Development (FD) Group #1CEGLOC
2023-06 -- (current)Chair, The CAMCA Education, Science & Technology Conferences (ESTEC)
2023-06 -- (current)Chairman, CAMCA Academic Consortium (regional organization of universities) Academy
2023-01 -- (current)President, CAMCA Academy (Central Asia, Mongolia, the Caucasus)
2019-04 -- (current)Special language instructionJapan National Police Academy
2013-10 -- 2013-10Research Training: Communal Civil Society in AsiaUniversity of Tsukuba, CAJS, Gerda Henkel Foundation
Professional activities
2021-05 -- (current)Academic Writing Support Desk (AWSD) at the University of Tsukuba (launching in 2021 Oct )Coordinator/Consultant
University Management
2024-04 -- 2025-03Research Promotion Office, Institute of Humanities and Social SciencesMember
2023-11 -- (current)Regional Exchange Advisor (KZ), The Nippon Foundation Central Asia-Japan Human Resource Development Project (NipCA Project) at UTsukuba
2023-06 -- (current)Leader, Campus-Wide 'English for Teaching Purposes' (CLIL & EMI) Faculty Development ProgramLead Trainer
2023-04 -- (current)Member, Mental Health Committee, Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Doctoral Program in Japanese and Advanced International StudiesMember
2022-10 -- (current)Regional Exchange Advisor (UZ), The Nippon Foundation Central Asia-Japan Human Resource Development Project (NipCA Project) at UTsukuba
2019 -- 2020Entrance Examination (English)Member
2018-11 -- (current)University of Tsukuba - FD CommitteeTreasurer
Other activities
2024-04 -- (current)Member of the Editorial Board, Interactive Learning Environments (Q1, SSCI & Scopus, IF 5.4 as of 2022)
2024-02 -- (current)Peer-reviewer, Language and Education (Taylor&Francis, 2022 IF 1.9; CiteScore Q1)
2024-01 -- (current)Peer-reviewer, Computers and Education Open (Elsevier. IF 3.6 as of 2023)
2024-02 -- (current)Peer-reviewer, Acta Psychologica (Elsevier journal, IF 1.8 2023)
2024-01 -- (current)Peer-reviewer, Computers (Int'l peer-reviewed journal, Site Score 4.7; IF 2.8 as of Jan 2024)
2023-12 -- (current)Peer-reviewer, European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education (IF 3.2 CiteScore 3.5, PubMed journal)
2023-11 -- (current)Peer-reviewer, Discover Education (Int'l peer reviewed journal, SPRINGER Nature)
2023-10 -- (current)Peer-reviewer, Asian-Pacific Journal of Second and Foreign Language Education (Springer Nature IF 1.8 as of 2023)
2023-10 -- (current)Peer-reviewer, Children (International peer-reviewed journal, IF 2.4 (2023), MDPI)
2023-09 -- (current)Peer-reviewer, Behaviour and Information Technology (Taylor&Francis journal, Q1)
Murod Ismailov, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Education at the University of Tsukuba and a Visiting Professor of Policy Studies at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. He concurrently serves as the President of the CAMCA Academic Consortium and CAMCA Academy, an interregional non-governmental initiative supporting innovative educational projects in ten countries in Central Asia, Mongolia, and the Caucasus (CAMCA region; He previously served as Dean of the School of International Relations, at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Tashkent (2007-2010). Murod Ismailov's teaching/research interests include (1) educational psychology and technology, including AI in education; (2) human-centered education; (3) English Medium Instruction (EMI) and internationalization of higher education; (4) transformative education and development in the CAMCA and Asia-Pacific regions. His research appeared in prominent journals, including Computers & Education, Interactive Learning Environments, Computers & Education Open, International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, Educational Psychology, The Asia-Pacific Education Researcher, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, E-Learning and Digital Media, Frontiers in Psychology, The Proceedings of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and other peer-reviewed periodicals. He is a co-author of Social Capital Construction in Central Asia (Palgrave MacMillan, NY, 2017). Murod Ismailov is a member of the Editorial Board of Interactive Learning Environments (an SSCI/Scopus journal; IF5.4) and a peer-reviewer for over 20 journals in the field of education, technology, and society.

(Last updated: 2024-04-09)