Dilmurad Yusupov is a PhD student at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) associated with the Participation Cluster. Being a development economist by training he is currently applying participatory research methods to analyze issues of social exclusion and marginalisation of disabled people and exploring ways how to increase effectiveness of Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) in Central Asia, particularly Uzbekistan.
Prior to joining IDS in September 2017, he worked as a Programme Coordinator of Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) in Uzbekistan and as an Assistant for the technical cooperation project of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on ‘Improvement of Social Protection and Rehabilitation of Disabled People in Uzbekistan’.
Apart from his professional experience in the sphere of social development, Dilmurad has actively volunteered for local disabled people’s organizations including the Republican Society of Disabled People of Uzbekistan and the Cultural Center for the Deaf of Tashkent City, as well as co-founded an NGO ‘SHAROIT PLUS’, which aims to promote a barrier-free and inclusive society for all in Uzbekistan.
Dilmurad posesses both quantitative and qualitative research skills combined with professional skills such as grant writing, project/programme management, monitoring and evaluation. He has an MA in Economics (with specialisation in Development Economics) from Waseda University and a BA in Economics from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University).