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IAMO-led consortium launches new structured doctoral programme on Sustainable Agricultural Development in Central Asia

08 May 2018

The Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) and Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), both in Halle (Saale), Germany, in conjunction with Samarkand Agricultural University (SamAI) in Uzbekistan and the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC) in Almaty, Kazakhstan, announce the establishment of an innovative structured doctoral programme on “Sustainable Agricultural Development in Central Asia” (SUSADICA).

Given the fundamental importance of agriculture for sustainable development in Central Asia, the SUSADICA Doctoral Programme pursues cutting edge research on the three dimensions of economic, social and ecological sustainability and creates a challenging, collaborative research environment for doctoral researchers based in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. The Programme intends to act as a model for higher standards of doctoral education, international networking and academic output for other disciplines and universities throughout Central Asia. Current research areas include (1) farm restructuring & labour relations, (2) agricultural innovations & technology, (3) agricultural policy, (4) environmental change & agriculture, and (5) water governance. The new programme will be launched during an academic event to take place in October 2018 in Samarkand.

The academic consortium invites applications for 10 PhD positions in the areas of agricultural economics, development studies, environmental sciences, geography or related fields (vacancy announcement).

The programme is financially supported by the Volkswagen Foundation in Germany and the Ministry of Innovative Development as well as the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Uzbekistan with more than 1.2 million euros.