About

Ilkhom Soliev, Ph.D., is an institutional economist with research focus on governance of common pool resources. He has over 14 years of combined experience in research, education, and development dedicated to promotion of sustainable and equitable natural resource governance and effective institutions. He has an interdisciplinary academic background combining degrees in Economics and Environmental Sciences and Policy (dual degree from The University of Manchester and Central European University).

His doctoral research at Technical University of Berlin focused on applicability of benefit sharing as a governance approach to managing shared water resources in Central Asia, uncovering and analyzing longitudinal data over one hundred years. In 2016 he was awarded the Takasao Memorial Prize for Young Researcher (under 40) for his contribution to water diplomacy research at the 7th International Conference on Water Resources and Environment Research, held in Kyoto, Japan.

Since 2016 he holds a position of Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Martin Luther University in Halle, Germany, where his research focuses on testing the benefit sharing approach using new methods across multiple natural resource domains such as land, biodiversity and climate, as well as in various cultural and political contexts spanning from Central Asia and the wider post-Soviet region to developed countries such as Germany and the United States. He supervises bachelor, master and PhD theses and teaches graduate courses on Global Environmental Policy and Sustainability Governance, as well as on Methods of Institutional Analysis and Policy Evaluation. He has served as a consultant for a number of international organizations, including several different branches of the United Nations, International Water Management Institute, and Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. He also serves as a communications officer for the regional group of the International Association for the Study of the Commons in Europe.

A selection of recent publications in peer-reviewed journals:

  • Bunkus, R., Soliev, I. and I. Theesfeld (2019). Density of resident farmers and rural inhabitants’ relationship to agriculture: operationalizing complex social interactions with a structural equation model. Agriculture and Human Values (online first).
  • Soliev, I., Wegerich, K., Akramova, I., and N. Mukhamedova (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., and M. Romic (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. and I. Theesfeld (2017). Reframing for sustainability: exploring transformative power of benefit sharing. Sustainability 9(8): 1486.
  • Soliev, I., Theesfeld, I., Wegerich, K., and A. Platonov (2017). Dealing with “baggage” in riparian relationship on water allocation: a longitudinal comparative study from the Ferghana Valley. Ecological Economics 142: 148-162.