Bakhrom Mirkasimov is a Research Affiliate at ISDC. He currently holds a position of the Dean of Research, Postgraduate Programmes and Executive Courses and a Senior Lecturer at Westminster International University of Tashkent. He is the Managing Editor of the newly launched international peer-reviewed open-access journal – Silk Road: A Journal of Eurasian Development (www.silkroadjournal.online), published by the University of Westminster Press. He is also a Global Labor Organization Fellow. Previously, he visited CERGE-EI, Duke University and Hanover University as a Research Scholar, worked at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and served as a consultant to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Asian Development Bank, World Bank, United Nations Development Programme, International Labour Organization and International Food Policy Research Institute. He has studied economics at Humboldt University of Berlin, Vanderbilt University and Boise State University and has published in such academic journals as Journal of Comparative Economics and Demography.