Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Resource Economics

Dr. Ulan Kasymov


Matteo Roggero
Fig.: Ulan Kasymov


Research Interests



  • Institutional economics
  • Environmental governance
  • Institutional change
  • Transformation
  • Rural development

Room: 1.19
Phone:   +49-30-2093-6225
Fax:     +49-30-2093-46361

kasymovu (at)

Current Research Projects

  • Informing the Climate sensitive Land and Forest Management Policies in Central Asia – InForMa (June 2016 – December 2017)



Academic Career

Since 2016  

Post-Doctoral Researcher
Resource Ecomomics Group
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


PhD in Agricultural Economics
Faculty of Life Sciences
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Awarded degree – Doctor Rerum Agriculturarum (Dr. rer. agr.)


Visiting scholar
Department of Agricultural Economics, Gent University


Regional coordinator of the National Competence Centre in Research (NCCR) North-South Program in Central Asia implemented by the University of Bern, funded by the Swiss Scientific Foundation (SSF) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The regional program supported Central Asian and Swiss scholars in studying global change and sustainable development


Diploma in Philosophy (State University of Tomsk, Faculty of Philosophy) Awarded degree – Teacher of Philosophy (Dipl.-Phil.)


Selected Publications

Kasymov, U., Hamidov A., & Hagedorn, K. (2020). Editorial: Introducing Transformation in Common-Pool Resources Management in Central Asia. International Journal of the Commons. 14(1): pp. 439–444, doi:

Hamidov, A., Kasymov, U., Salokhiddinov, A. & Khamidov, M. (2020). How can intentionality and path dependence explain change in water-management institutions in Uzbekistan? International Journal of the Commons. 14(1), pp. 16–29, doi:

Yu, L., Kasymov, U. (2020). Social construction of pastureland: Changing rules and resource use rights in China and Kyrgyzstan, International Journal of the Commons. 14(1), pp. 1–15, doi:

Kasymov, U., Thiel, A. (2019). Understanding the role of power in changes to pastoral institutions in Kyrgyzstan. International Journal of the Commons. 13(2), pp. 931–948, doi:

Simoncini, R., Ring, I., Sandström, C., Kasymov, U., Arlettaz, A. & Albert, X. (2019). Constraints and opportunities for mainstreaming biodiversity and ecosystem services in the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy: Insights from the IPBES Assessment for Europe and Central Asia. Land Use Policy. Vol. 88, 104099, doi: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2019.104099.

Olschewski, R., Sandström, C., Kasymov, U., Johansson, J., Fürst, Ch., & Ring, I. (2018). Challenges and opportunities in developing new forest governance systems – Insights from the IPBES assessment for Europe and Central Asia. Journal of Forest Policy and Economics. Vol. 97, 175-179, doi:10.1016/j.forpol.2018.10.007.

Complete CV including publication list pdf



Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

  • Advanced Empirical Methodology for SES Analysis: (1) Multiple Methods in Socio-Ecological Systems Studies; (2) Game Theory & Behavioural Experiments in Natural Resource Use (SS 2017)

American University of Central Asia

  • Theoretical, experimental and empirical methods to study Socio-Ecological-Technical Systems in Central Asia (WS 2017)


Other Activities


  • 2005 – 2010 Initiator and director of Kyrgyz NGO “CAMP Alatoo”. Overall management of the organization and coordination of projects in the field of mountain development and natural resource management in Central Asia (pasture and water use, energy efficiency and natural disaster risks management)
  • 2000 – 2008 Project coordinator at Central Asian Mountain Partnership (CAMP) program implemented by University of Bern and funded by SDC. Program representation and coordination of projects in the field of rural development and natural resource management in Central Asia