International climate research

Team Aralsea
Makset Karlibaev
Askar Dzhumashev
Oktyabr Dospanov
Team Saxony
Olaf Guenther
Marco Stegemann
Jens Forkel
Team Bangladesh
Hassan Shafie
Team of the Virtual Institute Woldwide.

Natalya Ryzhova, cyberanthropologist

Natalya Ryzhova, Excellence project “Sinophone Borderlands” Palacky University Olomouc

Natalia Ryzhova obtained her first degree (the Russian equivalent of a doctorate) in economics in 2005 and her habilitation (doctor of science) in 2013. She also holds an MPhil in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge (2014).

As an economist who believes in the value of anthropological thought for understanding (non-)development, Natalia focuses on post-socialist transformations in the Russian Far East. Most of her work deals with “informal” or real economic practices in the region. She has investigated mediation in cross-border mobility, land ownership rights, smuggling, commuting, bribes. Her current research has focused on cross-border securitisation and agricultural conversion on the North Asian borders.

Hasan Al Shafie, Specialist on Climate change and resilience research

Hasan Shafie, Anthropologist, University of Dhaka

Hasan Al Shafie is specialist on Climate Change Adaptation and Community Resiliencein South Asia and elsewhere. His main focus lies in the Ecology,
Sustainability and Natural Resource Management of rural communities in Bangladesh. He observed that Traditional/ Indigenous
Knowledge Systems (IK & TEK) are an archive of human behaivior in moment of ecological crisis and change. He also is advising government bodies in terms of Disaster Risk Reduction and Community Based Preparedness. Several action plans of the Bangladeshi goverment are build on his expertise or written by him.

Askar Dzhumashev, Specialist on Postapokalyptik Migrations

Askar Dzhumashev, Academy of Sciences Uzbekistan
Askar Dzhumashev is a historian of modern times and a specialist on questions concerning the Aral Sea disaster, which stretches from 1960 to the present day. His main focus is on the migration movements on the southern shore of the Aral Sea from the beginning of the catastrophe until the transformation period of the 1990s.

Oktjabr Dospanov, Oral history und Clima Change in the longue duree´

Oktjabr Dospanov, Academy of Sciences Uzbekistan

Dr. Oktyabr Dospanov combines two characteristics: he is a witness to the decline of the Aral Sea in the 1960s and an archaeologist. He is thus familiar with modern times in his home town of Moynaq and the past of the Aral Sea area and the Ust Jurt Plateau at a historical depth of 2000 years. He specialises in the myths and reflection of catastrophes in folklore and archaeological evidence of the past.

PD Dr. Olaf Günther

Olaf Guenther, University Olomouc, University of Leipzig

Olaf Günther is a Scientist for Asia and has conducted research on the consequences of climate change in North Afghanistan, the Altai, the Aral Sea region and Bangladesh. He specialises in human-environment relations in the past and present.