MSRI Staff Publications

Below is a list of selected journal articles, book chapters and research essays published by scholars from the University of Central Asia's Mountain Societies Research Institute.


Levine, J., A. Isaeva, H. Zerriffi, I. M. S. Eddy, M. Foggin, S. E. Gergel, and S. M. Hagerman (2019). Testing for Consensus on Kyrgyz Rangelands: Local Perceptions in Naryn Oblast. Ecology and Society 24(4):36.

X, Zhu, W. Liu, J, Chen, L.A. Bruijnzeel, Z. Mao, X. Yang, R. Cardinael, F.-R. Meng, R.C. Sidle, S. Seitz, V.D. Nair, K. Nanko, X. Zou, C. Chen, and X.J. Jiang. 2019. Reductions in Water, Soil and Nutrient Losses and Pesticide pollution in agroforestry practices: a review of evidences and processes. Plant and Soil, Impact Factor 3.26

K. Koyanagi, T. Gomi, and R.C. Sidle. 2019. Characteristics of landslides in forests and grasslands triggered by the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake. Earth Surf. Processes & Landforms, doi: 10.1002/esp.4781. Impact Factor 3.60

Yang, A. L., Djoudi, H., & Bakhtibekova, Z. (2019). Understanding Migration and Remittance to Improve Forest Management Projects and Policies: Synthesis Report: Tajikistan. CIFOR.

Azarov, A., Maurer, M. K., Weyerhaeuser, H., & Darr, D. (2019). The Impact of Uncertainty on Smallholder Farmers' Income in Kyrgyzstan. Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development in the Tropics and Subtropics, 120(2), 183–195.

A. Azarov, D. Darr, M. Maurer, H. Weyerhaeuser, The Impact of Uncertainty on Smallholder Farmers’ Income in Kyrgyzstan, Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development in the Tropics and Subtropics (Accepted for publishing after minor revision).

H. Asadi, K. Shahedi, R.C. Sidle, and S.M.K. Heris. 2019. Suspended Sediment Modelling Using Intelligence Models and Index of Connectivity. Iran Water Resources Research (accepted, in Persian with English abstract).

G. Blöschl, M. F.-P. Bierkens, A. Chambel, G. Destounmi, A. Fiori, J.W. Kirchner, R.C. Sidle, T. Skaugen, et al. 2019. Twenty-three Unsolved Problems in Hydrology (UPI) – a Community Perspective. Hydrol. Sci. J., doi: 10.1080/02626667.2019.1620507.

J. Koci, R.C. Sidle, B. Jarihani, and M.J. Cashman. 2019. Linking Hydrological Connectivity to Gully Erosion in Savanna Rangelands Tributary to the Great Barrier Reef using Structure-from Motion Photogrammetry. Land Degrad. & Develop., doi: 10.1002/ldr.3421.

J. Nespoulous, L. Merino-Martín, Y. Monnier, D. Bouchet, M. Ramel, R. Dombey, G. Viennois, Z. Mao, J.-L. Zhang, K. Cao, Y. Le Bissonnais, R.C. Sidle, and A. Stokes. 2019. Tropical Forest Structure and Understorey Determine Subsurface Flow through Biopores Formed by Plant Roots. Catena 181, 104061, doi: 10.1016/j.catena.2019.05.007.

Kharismalatri, H.S, Ishikawa, Y., Gomi, T., Sidle. R.C., and Shiraki, K. 2019. Evaluating Factors for Controlling Sediment Connectivity of Landslide Materials: A Flume Experiment. Water 11, 17. doi: 10.3390/w11010017.

Murzakulova, A., Schmidt-Vogt, D., Balla, D., Darr, D., Hamidov, A., Kasymov, U., Mendelevitch, R., Orazgaliyev S. (2019) Water for Agriculture and other Economic Sectors. In Xenarios, S., Schmidt-Vogt, D., Qadir, M., Janusz-Pawletta, B., Abdullaev, I (Eds.), The Aral Sea Basin: Water for Sustainable Development in Central Asia, Earthscan Series on Major River Basins of the World, Routledge Publ. ISBN: 978-1-13-834888-2

R.C. Sidle, B. Jarihani, S.L. Kaka, J. Koci, and A.M. Al-Shaibani. 2019. Hydrogeomorphic Processes Affecting Dryland Gully Erosion: Implications for Modelling. Progress Phys. Geog. 43(1): 46-64, doi:10.1177/0309133318819403.

R.C. Sidle, R. Greco, and T. Bogaard. 2019. Overview of Landslide Hydrology. Water 11, 148, doi: 10.3390/ 11010148.

Susan Thieme & Asel Murzakulova, Migration, Multilocality and the Question of Return in Kyrgyzstan. In Bachmann, F., Maharjan, A., Thieme, S., Fleiner, R., & Wymann von Dach, S., eds. 2019. Migration and Sustainable Mountain Development: Turning Challenges into Opportunities. Bern, Switzerland, Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern, with Bern Open Publishing (BOP). 72 pp.

Wang Y., Wu N., Kunze C., Long R., and Perlik, M. (review editor, M. Foggin). (2019) Drivers of Change to Mountain Sustainability in the Hindu Kush Himalaya. Chapter 2 in: Wester P., Mishra A., Mukherji A., Shrestha A. (eds) The Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment. Springer, Cham.


Hergarten, C., Foggin, M., Adler, C., Arguello, M., Huggel, C., Kanyamibwa, S., Nanchen, E., Salzmann, N., Wester, P., Wymann, S., Kaufmann, M. (eds). 2018. A Call for Mountains; from the participants of the World Mountain Forum 2018. Published on World Mountain Day, 11 December 2018. Prepared in context of the program Sustainable Mountain Development for Global Change, SMD4GC, supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, SDC. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan: Mountain Societies Research Institute, University of Central Asia.

Foggin, M. 2018. Snow Leopards at Large: One herding community's hope for the future in the grasslands of Tibet, pp. 135-142 in J. Xu (ed.) (Chap. 20), Mountain Futures: Innovation and Inspiration from the World's Highlands. Nairobi, Kenya: World Agroforestry Centre.

Loaiza-Usuga, J.C., Monslave, G., Pertuz-Paz, A., Arce-Monslave, L., Sanin, M., Ramírez-Hoyos, L., and Sidle, R.C. 2018. Unraveling the Dynamics of a Creeping Slope in Northwestern Colombia: Hydrological Variables and Geotechnical and Seismic Signatures. Water 10, 1498.

Sidle, R.C., Al-Shaibani, A.M., and Kaka, S.L.I. 2018. Geomorphic Hazards in South-West Saudi Arabia: the Human – Environmental Nexus. Area.

Sidle, R.C., Jarihani, B., Kaka, S.L., Koci, J., and Al-Shaibani, A.M. 2018. Hydrogeomorphic Processes Affecting Dryland Gully Development – Implications for Modelling. Progress in Physical Geography.

Foggin, M. In press. Memory of Andreas Gruschke. (1960-2018). Nomadic Peoples 22: 187-191.

Foggin, J.M. 2018. Environmental Conservation in the Tibetan Plateau Region: Lessons for China's Belt and Road Initiative in the Mountains of Central Asia. Land, 7, 52.

Foggin, M., Emslie-Smith, M., and Hergarten, C. 2018. Food Systems and Agrobiodiversity in the Mountains of Central Asia. Mountain Research and Development 38(2): 175-79.

Kulikov, M., Schickhoff, U., Gröngröft, A., & Borchardt, P. In press. Modelling Soil Erodibility in Mountain Rangelands of South-Western Kyrgyzstan. Pedosphere.

Laldjebaev, M., Morreale, S. J., Sovacool, B. K., & Kassam, K. A. S. (2018). Rethinking Energy Security and Services in Practice: National Vulnerability and Three Energy Pathways in Tajikistan. Energy Policy, 114, 39-50.

Xenarios, S, Gafurov, A, Schmidt-Vogt, D., Sehring, J., Manandhar, S., Hergarten, C., Shigaeva, J., and Foggin. M. 2018. Climate Change and Adaptation of Mountain Societies in Central Asia: Uncertainties, Knowledge Gaps, and Data Constraints. Regional Environmental Change (online).


Eddy, I.M.S., Gergel, S.E., Coops, N.C., Henebry, G.M., Levine, J., Zerriffi, H., and Shibkov, E. (2017). Integrating remote sensing and local ecological knowledge to monitor rangeland dynamics. Ecological Indicators 82: 106-116.

Foggin, J.M. and Torrance-Foggin, M.E. (2017). Pastoralism, Development, and the Future of Tibetan Rangelands: Experiences in the Development and Provision of Social Services and Environmental Management. In: A. Gruschke & I. Breuer (eds.), Tibetan Pastoralists and Development: Negotiating the Future of Grassland Livelihoods. Wiesbaden: Reichert.

Jaffar Ud Din, Hussain Ali, Aziz Ali, Muhammad Younus and Muhammad Ali Nawaz (2017). Pastoralist-predator Interaction at the Roof of the World: Conflict Dynamics and Implications for Conservation.

Kulikov, M., & Schickhoff, U. (2017). Vegetation and Climate Interaction Patterns in Kyrgyzstan: Spatial Discretization Based on Time Series Analysis. Erdkunde, 71(2), 143–165.

Levine, J., Isaeva, A., Eddy, I., Foggin, M., Gergel, S., Hagerman, S., and Zerriffi, H. (2017). A cognitive approach to the post-Soviet Central Asian pasture puzzle: new data from Kyrgyzstan. Regional Environmental Change (online).

Pickee, Y., Shresta, R., Schmidt-Vogt, D., Qasim, S. (2017). A comparative assessment of land management approaches in Bhutan. International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology (online).

Sagynbekova, L. (2017). International Labour Migration in the Context of the Eurasian Economic Union: Issues and Challenges of Kyrgyz Migrants in Russia. IPPA Working Paper No. 39, Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA), University of Central Asia. > Find out more

Shigaeva, J., Isaeva, A. (2017). Soviet legacy in the operation of pasture governance institutions in present-day Kyrgyz Republic. Journal of Alpine Research. (online)

Staeubli, A., Nussbaumer, S.U., Allen, S.K., Huggel, C., Arguello, M., Costa, F., Hergarten, C., Martínez, R., Soto, J., Vargas, R., Zambrano, E., and Zimmermann, M. (2018). Analysis of weather- and climate-related disasters in mountain regions using different disaster databases. In: S. Mal, R.B. Singh & C. Huggel (eds.), Climate Change, Extreme Events and Disaster Risk Reduction: Towards Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainable Development Goals Series. Springer.


Chen, H., Yi, Z., Schmidt-Vogt, D., Ahrends, A., Beckschäfer, P., Kleinn, C., et al. (2016). Pushing the Limits: The Pattern and Dynamics of Rubber Monoculture Expansion in Xishuangbanna, SW China. PLoS ONE 11(2): e0150062.

Foggin, J.M. (2016). Conservation Issues: Mountain Ecosystems. Reference Module in Earth Systems & Environmental Sciences (online). ScienceDirect, Elsevier Publishing Company.

Sagynbekova, L. (2016). The Impact of International Migration: Process and Contemporary Trends in Kyrgyzstan. Springer International Publishing.

Schmidt-Vogt, D. , Foggin, J.M., and Hergarten, C. (2016).Strengthening Mountain Societies in Central Asia in a Context of Multidimensional Change. Mountain Research and Development 36(3): 380 - 383.

Shigaeva, J., Hagerman, S., Zerriffi, H., Hergarten, C. , Isaeva, A., Mamadalieva, Z., and Foggin, M. (2016).Decentralizing Governance of Agropastoral Systems in Kyrgyzstan: An Assessment of Recent Pasture Reforms. Mountain Research and Development 36(1): 91 - 101.

Sujakhu N.M., Ranjitkar, S., Niraula, R.R., Pokharel, B.K., Schmidt - Vogt, D. and Xu J. (2016).Farmers' Perceptions of and Adaptations to Changing Climate in the Melamchi Valley of Nepal. Mountain Research and Development 36 (1): 15-30.


Ashley, L., Zhumanova, M. , Isaeva, A. , and Dear, C. (2015). Examining changes in local adaptive capacity resulting from climate change adaptation programming in rural Kyrgyzstan. Climate and Development 8(3): 281-287.

Aziz Ali, Anzurat (2015). Status and Potential Use of Medicinal Plants in the Pamir Region of Tajik and Afghan Badakhshan, the paper published in Understanding Mountain Soils- A contribution from Mountain Areas to the International Year of Soils (pp: 128-130), FAO Rome 2015. Page 128.

Schmidt-Vogt, D. and Miehe, G. (2015). Land Use.In: G.Miehe & C.Pendry (eds.), Nepal: an introduction to the natural history, ecology and human environment of the Himalayas.A companion volume to the Flora of Nepal. Edinburgh: Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh.

Shiferaw, A., Hergarten, C. , Kassawmar, T., Zeleke, G. (2015). Meta-Analysis of Long-Term Land Management Effect on Soil Organic Carbon(SOC) in Ethiopia. International Journal of Agricultural Research 10(1): 1-13.

Wolfgramm, B., Shigaeva, J. , and Dear, C. (2015) The Research–Action Interface in Sustainable Land Management in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan: Challenges and Recommendations. Land Degradation and Development 26(5): 480-490.

Zhang, X.H., Schuman, M., Gao, Y.H., Foggin, J.M. , Wang, S.Z., and Joosten, H. (2015). Restoration of High Altitude Peatlands on the Ruoergai Plateau.In: A.Bonn, T.Allott, M.Evans, H.Joosten & R.Stoneman(eds.), Peatland Restoration and Ecosystem Services: Science, Policy and Practice.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Aziz Ali, Yi Shaoliang and D. Aslisho Nazarbekov (2014). Survival in the Frontiers: Yak Husbandry of Kyrgyz Communities in Pamir Region of Afghanistan.

Dr.Aslisho, Yi Shaoliang, Aziz Ali (2014). Cross-Border Cooperation in Managing Animal Diseases and Winter Fodder Shortage in Afghanistan Pamir. The paper was presented at 5th International Conference on Yaks, 29 August 2014, Lanzhou, China.

Buytaert, W., Zulkafli, Z., Grainger, S., Acosta, L., Bastiaensen, J., De Bièvre, B., Bhusal, J., Chanie, T., Clark, J., Dewulf, A., Foggin, M. , Hannah, D., Hergarten, C., Isaeva, A. , Karpouzoglou, T., Pandey, B., Paudel, D., Sharma, K., Steenhuis, T.Tilahun, T., Van Hecken, G., and Zhumanova, M. (2014). Citizen Science in Hydrology and Water Resources: Opportunities for Knowledge Generation, Ecosystem Service Management and Sustainable Development. Frontiers in Earth Science, Volume 2 (October 2014).

Foggin, J.M. (2014). Managing Shared Natural Heritages: Towards More Participatory Models of Protected Area Management in Western China. Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy 17(3):130- 151.

Hodges, J., Foggin, J.M. , Long, R.J., and Zhaxi, G. (2014). Globalization and the sustainability of farmers, livestock-keepers, pastoralists and fragile habitats. Biodiversity 15(2 - 3):109-118.

Suyarkulova, M. (2014). Between National Idea and International Conflict: The Roghun Hydropower project(HPP) as an Anti-colonial Endeavour, Body of the Nation, and National Wealth. Water History 6(4): 367-383.


Dear, C. , Shigaeva, J. and Wolfgramm, B. (2013). Assessing the State of Sustainable Land Management Research in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Mountain Research and Development 33(4): 443-452.


Aziz Ali, Yi Shaoliang (2012). Highland Rangelands of Afghanistan: Significance, Management Issues, and Strategies.

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