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AG-InstitutionsNaturalResources – Institutions and Natural resources

Research domain:
Natural resource use

Project duration:
01.05.2010 - 31.12.2022

This research project conducts theoretical and empirical research, often interdisciplinary, to better understand farmers’ behavior in agricultural water management and land use while facing institutional constraints. Furthermore, research centers on the effects of policies and institutions on agricultural production.

In a number of transition countries property rights on water are often poorly defined and incentives for collective action designed to maintain irrigation infrastructure are missing. To varying degrees, and depending on the country, this holds similarly for land and forestry management.

Researchers use mainly quantitative methods relying on primary data collected in a number of transition countries, but are in principle also open to qualitative methods. The research focuses on a number of transition countries from China, Central Asia, and Southeast Europe.


  • Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), Germany Website
  • University of Glasgow, United Kingdom Website
  • Wageningen University, The Netherlands Website

Qualification Works

The following theses are part of the project:

  • Tapping two sources: Farmers’ conjunctive use of groundwater and surface water in North West China (Carried out by: Eefje Aarnoudse)
  • The land and water nexus in a transition context: the case of Tajikistan (Carried out by: Frederike Klümper)
  • Too much but not enough: Issues of water management in Albania (Carried out by: Klodjan Rama)