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 -- 2024-03Ismailov 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 -- (current)Japan 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
2023-06Certificate 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
2021-06Professional Learning Record, 21C Teaching & Learning, Stanford Graduate School of Education, Stanford University, USA
Academic societies
2023-06 -- (current)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.
  • [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
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
2023-01 -- 2023-01Aspects of Contemporary Japan B (Winter Intensive Course, 3 days)Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Global Liberal Arts Program
2023-04 -- 2023-08English Presentation Skills IUniversity of Tsukuba, CEGLOC
2022-10 -- 2023-02English Presentation Skills IIUniversity of Tsukuba, CEGLOC
2022-10 -- 2023-02English Reading Skills IIUniversity of Tsukuba, CEGLOC
2022-09 -- 2022-09Japan in International OrganizationsTokyo University of Foreign Studies
Other educational activities
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
2023-06 -- (current)Leader, Campus-Wide 'English for Teaching Purposes' (CLIL & EMI) Faculty Development ProgramLead Trainer
2023-03 -- (current)Member, Mental Health Committee, Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Doctoral Program in Japanese and Advanced International StudiesMember
2019 -- 2020Entrance Examination (English)Member
2018-11 -- (current)University of Tsukuba - FD CommitteeTreasurer
Other activities
2023-09 -- (current)Peer-reviewer, Behaviour and Information Technology (Taylor&Francis journal, Q1)
2023-04 -- (current)Peer-reviewer, Applied Sciences (peer-reviewed int'l journal)
2023-08 -- (current)Peer-reviewer, Social Sciences & Humanities Open (Elsevier journal)
2023-05 -- (current)Peer-reviewer, Systems (peer-reviewed MDPI journal)
2023-07 -- (current)Review Editor, Frontiers in Developmental Psychology (Cognitive Development)
2023-02 -- (current)Peer-reviewer, Trends in Higher Education (MDPI journal)
2023-02 -- (current)Peer-reviewer, International Journal of Educational Research Open (Elsevier)
2023-02 -- (current)Peer-reviewer, Behavioral Sciences (IF 2.286, Scopus/SSCI indexed)
2022-11 -- (current)Consultant at, Toyohashi University of Technology Project
2022-10 -- (current)Peer-reviewer, Journal for STEM Education Research (Springer, SSCI)
Murod Ismailov, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Transformative Education at the University of Tsukuba (Japan), and a Visiting Professor of Policy Studies at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (Japan). He is the President of the CAMCA Academic Consortium and CAMCA Academy ( - an inter-regional non-governmental organization that promotes inclusive, sustainable, and innovative education in ten countries across Greater Central Asia, Mongolia, and the Caucasus region (also known as the CAMCA region). Murod Ismailov's current teaching and research interests are interdisciplinary, including (1) educational psychology (motivation); (2) educational technology, (3) sustainability and climate change education; (4) English medium instruction (EMI); and (5) Transformative education and curriculum reform in CAMCA region and the Asia-Pacific. His research appeared in many international journals, including Interactive Learning Environments, Educational Psychology, The Asia-Pacific Education Researcher, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, E-Learning and Digital Media, Sustainability, Frontiers in Psychology, International Higher Education, 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).

(Last updated: 2023-09-20)