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Ilkhom Soliev

Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

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Ilkhom Soliev is an institutional economist and interdisciplinary social-environmental researcher with focus on governance of common pool resources. He studies behavioral and institutional change for equitable and sustainable environmental governance. He examines societal transformations and path dependence across natural resource domains of water, land, forests, biodiversity, and climate, as well as in various cultural and political contexts. Currently he is leading the Horizon Europe Project PLANET4B. His most recent interests include experiential learning, survey experiments, power of discourse and social movements in the context of environmental governance, as well as transdisciplinary approaches to values and rights of nature.

Country(ies) of Specialty

Germany India Uzbekistan

Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics Communications research Behavioral action Social movements

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Falk, T., Zhang, W., Meinzen-Dick, R., Bartles, L., Sanil, R., Priyadarshini, P., Soliev, I. (accepted). Games for experiential learning: Triggering collective changes in commons management. Ecology and Society (2022).

Soliev, I., Janssen, M.A., Theesfeld, I., Pritchard, C., Pirscher, F., Lee, A. (2022). Erratum: Channeling environmentalism into climate policy: An experimental study of Fridays for Future participants from Germany (2021 Env. Res. Lett. 16: 114035). Environmental Research Letters 17: 049601

Soliev, I., Janssen, M.A., Theesfeld, I., Pritchard, C., Pirscher, F., Lee, A. (2021). Channeling environmentalism into climate policy: An experimental study of Fridays for Future participants from Germany. Environmental Research Letters 16: 114035

Soliev, I., Theesfeld, I., Abert, E., Schramm, W. (2021). Benefit sharing and conflict transformation: Insights for and from REDD+ forest governance in sub-Saharan Africa. Forest Policy and Economics 133: 102623

Adefila, A., Arrobbio, O., Brown, G., Robinson, Z., Spolander, G., Soliev, I., Willers, B., Morini, L., Padovan, D., Wimpenny, K.(2021). Ecologized collaborative online international learning: Tackling wicked sustainability problems through education for sustainable development. Journal of Teacher Education for Sustainability 23(1): 41-57

Knorr, H., Theesfeld, I., Soliev, I. (2021). License to drill: Typology of groundwater use regulations in agriculture of Uzbekistan. International Journal of Water Resources Development

Niyazmetov, D., Soliev, I., Theesfeld, I. (2021). Ordered to volunteer? Institutional compatibility assessment of establishing agricultural cooperatives in Uzbekistan. Land Use Policy 108: 105538

Fadeeva, O., Soliev, I. (2020). Institutional analysis of land tenure system in post-socialist Russia: actors, rules, and land use. In M. Frühauf et al. (eds) KULUNDA: Climate Smart Agriculture. Innovations in Landscape Research. Chapter 18. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

Soliev, I., Theesfeld, I. (2020). Benefit sharing for solving transboundary commons dilemma in Central Asia. International Journal of the Commons 14(1): 61-77

Bunkus, R., Soliev, I., Theesfeld, I. (2020). Density of resident farmers and rural inhabitants’ relationship to agriculture: operationalizing complex social interactions with a structural equation model. Agriculture and Human Values 37(1): 47-63

Soliev, I., Wegerich, K., Akramova, I., Mukhamedova, N. (2018). Balancing the discussion of benefit sharing in transboundary water governance: stressing the long-term costs in an empirical example from Central Asia. International Journal of Water Governance 6(2): 19–42

Kulmatov, R., Groll, M., Rasulov, A., Soliev, I., Romic, M. (2018). Status quo and present challenges of the sustainable use and management of water and land resources in Central Asian irrigation zones – The example of the Navoi region (Uzbekistan). Quaternary International 464(Part B): 396-410

Soliev, I., Theesfeld, I. (2017). Reframing for sustainability: exploring transformative power of benefit sharing. Sustainability 9(8)

Soliev, I., Theesfeld, I., Wegerich, K., Platonov, A. (2017). Dealing with “baggage” in riparian relationship on water allocation: a longitudinal comparative study from the Ferghana Valley. Ecological Economics 142: 148-162

Wegerich, K., Soliev, I., Akramova, I. (2016). Dynamics of water reallocation and cost implications in the transboundary setting of Ferghana Province. Central Asian Survey 35(1): 38-60

Wegerich, K., Van Rooijen, D., Soliev, I., Mukhamedova, N. (2015). Water security in the Syr Darya Basin. Water 7(9): 4657-4684,

Soliev, I., Wegerich, K., Kazbekov, J. (2015). The costs of benefit sharing: historical and institutional analysis of shared water development in the Ferghana Valley, the Syr Darya Basin. Water 7(6): 2728-2752