For many years, I have been fascinated with Central Asia and the Caucasus, and the evolution of cultural contact and exchange along the Silk Road. With a number of colleagues, I started a research foundation called Silk Road Research (established 2007), to promote research cooperation on the theme of spatial organization and cultural/political change in the areas of the former Silk Road. In 2010-11, I worked with people from ZEF/ Bonn University on a Unesco project on land and water management and institutional change in Uzbekistan, and I am still affiliated with ZEF, working on other Central Asia projects.

Cooperation with Joseph Salukvadze, Tbilisi State University; Martijn Duineveld, Wageningen University, Anna- Katherina Hornidge, Nodir Djanibekov, Anastasyia Shtaltovna, ZEF/ Bonn University.

One of the results is a report for FAO (project leader: Joseph Salukvadze) on natural resource governance in Central Asia. » download

My contribution to the Uzbek project led to a paper in Land Use Policy, on planning as policy integration, and the need to look at the evolution of informal integration arrangements (» abstract). An article on land consolidation and farm reform (with Nodir Djanibekov, Ihtyior Bobojonov and John Lamers) has been published in Europe- Asia Studies. A working paper, with Anna- Katharina Hornidge, on knowledge in evolving organizations has been published (ZEF working paper 98), as well as a paper deploying a Bourdieu- perspective on competition over land and water (Journal of Environmental Planning and Management). A book chapter (in a volume edited by Nicholas Hayoz and Christian Giordano) compares the evolution of informality in Romania, Georgia and Uzbekistan and stresses the importance of the management of transparency and opacity.

For full references and links, please the publications page.

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