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Asia Khamzina

Role in Dryland Systems: 

Representative, Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn

Dr. Asia Khamzina is an environmental scientist, with 15 years of experience in the field of dryland agroforestry and landscape rehabilitation.

She holds a PhD in Agricultural Sciences from the University of Bonn, Germany and the Engineering degree from Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Agricultural Mechanization Engineers (TIIAME), Uzbekistan.

She is a Junior Professor at the Agricultural Faculty of Bonn University since 2009. During this time, she has led a multidisciplinary research group at the ZEF investigating environmental, economic, and policy aspects of degraded landscape rehabilitation through agroforestry in drylands of Central Asia and West Africa.

Prior, she was an affiliated senior research at ZEF and the institute of Water Problems of the Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences.

She has authored and co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed publications and about 40 books, book chapters, and conference and discussion papers.

She is a recipient of several awards such as Robert Bosch Junior Professorship from the Robert Bosch Foundation, Germany and Postdoctoral Fellowship from the International Association for Promotion of Co-operation with Scientists from the New Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (INTAS) of the European Commission.

Her current research and teaching interests lie at the interface of farming and the environment in drylands within a global-change context. The focus is on the development of environmentally balanced but economically competitive agroforestry options and how their adoption can be stimulated by policy incentives.