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Prof. Katharina Helming is professor for sustainability assessment at the University for Sustainable Development (University of Applied Sciences) in Eberswalde, Germany. She is co-chair of the Landscape Research Synthesis research area as well as the head of the Impact Assessment working group at ZALF. She has conducted sustainability impact assessment of agricultural land use in Central Asia, China and Europe. She uses scenarios and participatory methods to integrate knowledge systems for sustainable land use and soil management.


Prof. Andreas Thiel is professor and the head of the Section of International Agricultural Policy and Environmental Governance, University of Kassel, Germany. He has experience working on water management in Europe as well as in Uzbekistan. His research interests include water–energy–food nexus and its implications for governance, polycentricity, and institutional economics approach.


Prof. Yarash Pulatov is professor and the head of the Department of Innovative Technologies of the Institute of Water Problems, Hydropower Engineering and Ecology of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tajikistan. His main research interests are sustainable water and energy management, irrigation and water law, and water-energy-food-ecosystem nexus. He is a member of the Regional Council of the Global Water Partnership in Central Asia and Caucasus, a member of Tajikistan society of soil scientists, and the chairman of the National Water Partnership in Tajikistan.


Dr. Heidi Webber is a senior scientist at ZALF where she leads the Integrated Cropping System Analysis and Modelling working group. She studies cropping system adaptations to climate change using on-farm experimentation, biophysical models and integrated impact assessment methodologies. A particular research focus is to improve process based modelling tools to account for multiple stressors encountered in real production conditions (e.g. water scarcity, salinity, high temperatures). She has worked in Uzbekistan investigating water saving irrigation technologies and options to re-introduce legumes into cropping systems, as well as in various countries of West Africa and Europe.


Dr. Katrin Daedlow is post-doc researcher and a lecturer at Humboldt University of Berlin. She has profound knowledge and practice in natural resource management and impact assessment research, in particular in soil and land, but also fisheries. Her expertise comprises institutional economics, governance and resilience of social-ecological systems and she applies comparative case study approaches with qualitative and quantitative methods.


Dr. Ahmad Hamidov is post-doc researcher at ZALF and coordinator of BioWat project. He is a lecturer at Humboldt University of Berlin for Master students on Advanced Empirical Methodology for Social-Ecological Systems Analysis course. He has vast experience in conducting research related to natural resource management (e.g. water, land, and pasture) in Central Asia. His research work involves understanding the interconnectedness and the trade-offs of the three sectors water, energy, and food in small-scale river basins in Uzbekistan.


Dr. Dilfuza Egamberdieva is senior scientist at the Land Use and Governance research area at ZALF and has extensive experience on improvement of soil productivity and crop production under hostile environmental condition. She has wide experience in management of international projects related to research and education, and involved in capacity-building projects in higher education of Central Asia funded by the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education.


Dr. Hussam Hussein is post-doc researcher at the Section in International Agricultural Policy and Environmental Governance of the University of Kassel, Germany. His PhD - from the School of International Development, University of East Anglia (Norwich, UK) - investigated the discourse of water scarcity in the case of Jordan. His research interests lies within critical hydropolitics, transboundary water governance, and the water-food security nexus, with a geographic focus on the Middle East.


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