I am a doctoral researcher at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex currently applying ethnographic and participatory research methods to analyse issues of social exclusion and marginalisation of disabled people in Uzbekistan. I was very lucky to become the Wadsworth International Fellow of the Wenner-Gren Foundation and the Civil Society Scholar of the Open Society Foundations.
Prior to joining IDS in September 2017, I worked as a Programme Coordinator of Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects in Uzbekistan and as a Project Assistant at Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) project on ‘Improvement of Social Protection and Rehabilitation of Disabled People in Uzbekistan’.
Apart from my professional experience in the sphere of disability and inclusive development, I have been actively volunteering for local disabled people’s organisations such as the Society of the Disabled of Uzbekistan, the Cultural Center for the Deaf of Tashkent City and the Association of the Disabled People’s Organisations of Uzbekistan. In 2016, I also co-founded a local NGO Sharoit Plus (Opportunity Plus) which aims to promote a barrier-free and inclusive society for all in Uzbekistan.