Volkswagen Foundation Initiative Between Europe and the Orient – A Focus on Research and Higher Education in/on Central Asia and the Caucasus.
Institutional Change and Social Practice. Research on the Political System, the Economy, and Society in Central Asia and the Caucasus”.
Post-doctoral fellowship project
Institutions, change mechanisms and impacts in natural resource management of Central Asia

Uncertainties, dubious status of the principle of rule of law, slow change processes, the significant distance between its formal and informal arrangements, and a generally top-down attitude of governance are the overall political and institutional descriptions for Post-Soviet Central Asia. These issues manifest themselves in the region’s natural resources, such as irrigation water and pastures. These common pool resources are the basis of the agricultural sector of semi-arid and arid Central Asia. Each of the politically independent Central Asian countries is going through a peculiar path of institutional change, which should be scrutinized in cross-country comparative analysis.

This project aims to better understand the institutional change in water and pasture governance, underlying change mechanisms and their impacts on the resources and their sustainability in a long-run evolutionary perspective.

The hosting institute of the project is the Center for policy Research & Outreach of Westminster International University in Tashkent (CPRO/WIUT) in Uzbekistan.

The partners (senior researchers) of the project are from the Justus Liebig University of Giessen in Germany and Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) in Halle (Saale), Germany.

Project duration: 3 years.[01.05.2020-30.04.2023]

Dr. Iroda Amirova

Principal Investigator | Post-doctoral fellow |CPRO/WIUT

Dr. Florian Schierhorn

Post-doctoral fellow based in Germany | Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) in Halle (Saale), Germany

Prof. Dr. Martin Petrick

Senior academic partner based in Germany |Justus Liebig University of Giessen in Germany


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