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SUSADICA – Structured doctoral programme on Sustainable Agricultural Development in Central Asia

Research domain:
Natural resource use

Project duration:
since 01.09.2018

Agricultural development in Central Asia requires a systemic approach that accounts for the various implications of agriculture resource use for economic, social, and environmental sustainability. Currently, there is no place in Central Asia where such an approach has been instituted in an academic environment that links cutting edge research to graduate education at international standards. This project aims at the creation of a collaborative research environment for doctoral researchers that is based at the Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Agricultural Mechanization Engineers (TIIAME) in Uzbekistan and that is established and maintained jointly with Justus Liebig University Gießen, IAMO, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC) and a network of international partners. The establishment of this Graduate School is driven by four guiding principles: (A) competitive and transparent recruitment of doctoral researchers, (B) focus on research topics that build a bridge between the international academic discourse and agricultural development challenges relevant for Central Asia, (C) structured education and training of the doctorate students that enables them to conduct independent research, and (D) integration into a network of international partners and events. Doctoral researchers for the Graduate School are recruited internationally in an open call for applications and will be selected based on their prior qualification. Research and education are structured along a matrix defined by the three dimensions of economic, social, and ecological sustainability and the five research areas (1) farm restructuring & labour relations, (2) agricultural innovations & technology, (3) agricultural policy, (4) environmental change & agriculture, (5) water governance.

Academic partners

Supervisors based in GermanySupervisors based in Central Asia

Prof. Dr. Martin Petrick, Justus Liebig University Gießen and IAMO
(coordinator in Germany)

Dr. Shavkat Hasanov (coordinator in Uzbekistan)
Dr. Nodir Djanibekov, IAMODr. Iskandar Abdullaev, CAREC
Prof. Dr. Thomas Herzfeld, IAMODr. Farhad Ahrorov
PD Dr. Daniel Müller, IAMODr. Ibragim Ganiev
Prof. Dr. Insa Theesfeld, Martin Luther University Halle-WittenbergDr. Golib Sanaev

International Advisory Board

Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research, Bremen, Germany Webseite
Prof. Dr. Phatima Mamardashvili, International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University, Georgia Webseite
Prof. Dr. Olim Murtazaev, Samarkand Agricultural Institute, Uzbekistan Webseite
Prof. Dr. Richard Pomfret, University of Adelaide, Australia Webseite
Prof. Dr. Tommaso Trevisani, University of Naples, Italy Webseite
Prof. Dr. Uktam Umurzakov, Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Agricultural Mechanization Engineers (TIIAME), Uzbekistan


18.-19.02.2020 | Research workshop of the SUSADICA doctoral programme

13.09.2019 | SUSADICA doctoral programme researchers testing data collection instruments in Central Asia

30.08.2019 | IAMO contributes to structured education and training of PhD students in Central Asia

19.06.2019 | Academic symposium on Sustainable Agricultural Development in Central Asia

26.-27.03.2019 | Kick-off workshop workshop for the PhD program has started

30.10.-01.11.2018 | Conference “Social science knowledge and sustainable agricultural development along the Silk Road”

27.-29.06.2018 | Meet SUSADICA representatives during the IAMO Forum 2018 “Large-scale Agriculture – For Profit and Society?”, 27 - 29 June 2018 in Halle, Germany

09.06.2018 | First research seminar on “Innovative academic research and teaching on agricultural and water in Central Asia” and meeting between IAMO and Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Agricultural Mechanization Engineers (TIIAME) in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

05.-08.06.2018 ǀ SUSADICA project presentation by Martin Petrick at the Central Asian International Environmental Forum 2018 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan


25.03.2019 | University of Giessen participates in international PhD program SUSADICA - Delegation from Uzbekistan visits the University

05.09.2018 | IAMO teams up with Asian Development Bank to support economic diversification in Kazakhstan

08.05.2018 | IAMO-led consortium launches new structured doctoral programme on Sustainable Agricultural Development in Central Asia

Related publications

Wegmarshaus, Gert-Rüdiger (2017) Uzbekistan’s higher education and research system: Main actors and recent reforms of doctoral graduation. IAMO Discussion Paper No. 165, Halle (Saale): IAMO. Download

Ganiev, Ibragim; Djanibekov, Nodir; Hasanov, Shavkat; Petrick, Martin (2017) The state of doctoral research in Uzbekistan: Results of a survey of doctoral students in agricultural economics. IAMO Discussion Paper No. 164, Halle (Saale): IAMO. Download