Center For Policy Research and Outreach


Westminster International University in Tashkent (WIUT) launched the Center for Policy Research & Outreach (CPRO) in 2018 in response to research and outreach demands among the Uzbek government and international donor partners. CPRO supports the education and research missions of WIUT.

The Center is a platform where experts, policymakers, and implementing agencies come together for dialogue supported by evidence leading to more robust decisions and better operations. 
The outputs of the Center effectively respond to specific policy and outreach requests of the government, private sector, and civil society by pulling together experts to engage in new, collaborative, and interdisciplinary projects. Active participation of clients grounds the Center's consulting, capacity development, and policy research and outreach work.

policy briefs

About us

"When research works, it results in a stronger policy and practice. The Center builds on the University’s 17 years of research experience. The Center for Policy Research (CPRO) seeks to strengthen and expand research practice across campus while linking our expertise to new questions, opportunities, and partners (local and international). CPRO creates a platform bringing together interdisciplinary policy research and outreach across actors. To succeed, the Center will spread WIUT’s positive research culture in all we do.” – Peter Malvicini,  founding Director of the Center for Policy Research and Outreach.

Our team

Nilufar Rashitova
PhD, Acting Director of Center for Policy Research and Outreach
Etenesh B. Asfaw
PhD, Senior Research Fellow, Agriculture, Water and Rural Development
Sultanova Kamilla
Research assistant
Peter Mavlicini
Peter G. Malvicin
PhD, DSc, UNESCO Chair
Anticipatory Governance & Sustainable Policymaking

Iroda Amirova
Research Fellow

John A. Sweeney

Senior Research Fellow


The Center for Policy Research & Outreach (CPRO) is structured around Multisector Research Groups. Each Multisector Research Group (MRG) is led by a  full-time Research Fellow producing research and engaging others around the theme.
Human Capital & Decent Work

WIUT researchers have been examining issues around agricultural labor, the national education system, skills and workplace productivity for years. The country’s national employment strategy highlights the importance of jobs and growing new and better work for its people.
Agriculture and Rural Development

With partners from IFPRI, ILO, and the ADB, WIUT has established itself as a leader in the area of agricultural economics and rural policy. This broad multi-sector area includes the unique challenges of areas in transition, from migration, to quality of services, to the ramifications for housing, health, and education in rural areas..
Silk Road Connectivity

With recent heavy investment in transportation, energy, and trade along this large corridor there remain many challenges and questions for researchers to explore from a multidisciplinary perspective. As relationships across Central Asia have warmed, there is continued interest in development of resources, such as water, across borders.
Futures & Foresight

CPRO Futures & Foresight publishes articles which focus on methods that aid anticipation of the future in various sectors. We use international experience and method that particularly analyze the future potential and prospects of the country’s growth and the Central Asian region as a whole.

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