Research Interests

Sustainable Development, Post-Soviet/ Transition Economies, Central Asia, Renewable Energy


Dr Nigora Djalilova has received her PhD in Sustainability Science from the Graduate School of Frontier Science, the University of Tokyo in September 2018. She has since been visiting scholar at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University (2018-2019) and Research Associate at the University of Tsukuba, Japan (2019 to present). She has published in Applied Energy (Elsevier), Asia Europe Journal (Springer) and International Journal of Sustainable Future for Human Society. Her research focuses on the sustainability issues in energy sector and the deployment of renewable energy sources in Central Asia.

Her forthcoming book titled “Sustainable Energy in Central Asia: Transition towards Renewable Energy Sources in Uzbekistan” (Routledge, UK) is dedicated to the issues of transition towards renewable energy systems in Central Asia. The study focuses on the deployment of alternative energy sources in the countries which endowed with natural energy resources (such as gas, coal and oil) to demonstrate challenges and also emphasize existing electricity supply issues in remote areas. It provides an outline of major problems which go beyond the issues faced by Central Asian (CA) countries, and common for other post-Socialist Countries.

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Recent Publications

PhD Thesis

  • Djalilova, N. (2018) Transition to renewable energy systems in Uzbekistan: socio-economic feasibility in remote areas (Doctoral thesis), University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, Graduate Program in Sustainability Science- Global Leadership Initiative.

Monographic volumes

  • Djalilova, N. Sustainable Energy in Central Asia: Transition toward Renewable Energy Sources in Uzbekistan. Routledge, UK: Central Asia Research Forum series (forthcoming, to be published in March 2021). ISBN: 9780367621377

Peer-reviewed journal articles

  • Djalilova, N. (co-authored with Dadabaev, T.) (2020). “Connectivity, Energy and Transportation in Uzbekistan’s strategy vis-à-vis Russia, China, South Korea and Japan”, Asia Europe Journal (Springer). DOI: 10.1007/s10308-020-00589-w (accepted, forthcoming).
  • Djalilova, N., Esteban M. (2018) “Feasibility study of hybrid wind-solar stand-alone energy systems for remote regions in developing countries: the case of Post-Soviet Uzbekistan”, J-Sustain: International Journal of Sustainable Future for Human Security (SustaiN Society, Kyoto, Japan), Volume 6, Number 1, pp.3-14.
  • Esteban, M., Portugal-Pereira, J., Mclellan, B. C., Bricker, J., Farzaneh, H., Djalilova, N., Ishihara, K., Takagi, H., and Roeber, V. (2018) “100% Renewable Energy System in Japan: Smoothening and Ancillary Services”, Applied Energy (Elsevier), Volume 224, pp. 698-707.

Contributed Chapters

  • Djalilova N. (co-authored with Dadabaev, T) (2021). “Towards Post-Great Power Silk Road: The Case of Energy and Transportation Policy of Uzbekistan”. In Miwa Hirono. What does Belt and Road mean? Tokyo: Keiso Shobo. (「脱大国主義のシルクロード:ウズベキスタンのエネルギーと交通イン フラ政策政策を中心に」廣野美和編『一帯一路は何をもたらしたのか(仮)』勁草書房)


  • Djalilova, N., Esteban, M., “Renewable energy deployment in Uzbekistan: wind/solar power development”. Japan-Brazil Joint Workshop “Towards Sustainable Urban Energy Systems: Experiences from Asia and Latin America”, Institute of Advanced Energy, Kyoto, JAPAN, February 1-3, 2018.