Dr. Anastasiya Shtaltovna

Research countries
  • Ethiopia
  • Uzbekistan
  • Tajikistan
  • Ukraine
  • Kazakhstan
  • Georgia
Research projects

1) Epistemic Cultures and Innovation Diffusion in post-Soviet Southern Caucasus and Central Asia: Pilot Study: Agricultural Knowledge Systems in Georgia and Tajikistan www.zef.de/1847.html

2) A comparative study on cotton growing in Uzbekistan and southern Kazakhstan

3) ‘Follow-the-Innovation' work package in the BiomassWeb - Improving food security in Africa through increased system productivity of biomass-based value webs www.zef.de/2141.html

Working groups

Department of Political & Cultural Change (ZEFa)


• Atlas.ti

• Participatory research methods

• Rural development


• PhD in development studies, ZEF, University of Bonn, Germany;

• Joint Master of Business in Agriculture, National Agricultural University of Ukraine and Weihnstephan University, Germany;

• Joint International Master in Rural Development (under the Erasmus Mundus scholarship), Ghent University, Belgium, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, Wageningen University of the Netherlands, Pisa University, Italiy

Thesis title

Role of Governance in Diversification of Rural Economy: Analysis of Two Ukrainian Cases

Thesis abstract


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Shtaltovna, A.  2015.  Knowledge gaps and rural development in Tajikistan: agricultural advisory services as a panacea?.  Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, DOI: 10.1080/1389224X.2014.997257 . (Open Access) 
Shtaltovna, A., Van Assche, K., Hornidge, A.-K.  2015.  Accounting in evolving organizations.  Applying Evolutionary Governance Theory. Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-12273-1. 


Djanibekov, N., Van Assche, K., Hornidge, A.-K., Shtaltovna, A., Verschraegen, G.  2014.  Rural development and the entwining of dependencies: Transition as evolving governance in Khorezm, Uzbekistan.  In: Futures, 10.1016/j.futures.2014.08.006 .
Mandler, A., Hornidge, A.-K., Shtaltovna, A. & Boboyorov, H.  2014.  Coping with transition in rural Central Asia and Caucasus: ZEF researchers gain insights from farmers’ diaries. In: ZEF News, April 2014, 8.  Download [PDF | 686.62KB]
Shtaltovna, A. & Hornidge, A-K.  2014.  A comparative study on cotton Production in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.  ZEF, ISSN 1864-6638 .
Shtaltovna, A., Hornidge, A.-K., Mollinga, P.  2014.  “Caught in a Web – A Machine-Tractor-Park in Khorezm/Uzbekistan and its Search for a Future”.  In: John P.A. Lamers . Inna Rudenko. Asia Khamzina . Paul L.G. Vlek (eds.): Restructuring land allocation, water use and agricultural value chains: Technologies, policies and practices for the lower Amudarya region. Unipress, University of Bonn. 


Shtaltovna, A.  2013.  "Knowledge gaps and rural development in Tajikistan. Agricultural advisory services as a panacea?".  In: Working Paper Series, Bonn University Center for Development Research (ZEF), 117 : pp. 1-31 . Download [PDF]
Further Information
Shtaltovna, A.  2013.  Servicing Transformation. Agricultural Service Organisations and Agrarian Change in Post-Soviet Uzbekistan.  Doctoral thesis at ZEF at  Faculty of Agriculture, University of Bonn.  LIT Verlag  Further Information
Shtaltovna, A . and Van Assche, K..  2013.  Knowledge gaps and knowledge flows in agriculture in Georgia.  Download [PDF]
Van Assche, K., Hornidge, A., Shtaltovna, A., Boboyorov, H.  2013.  'Epistemic cultures, knowledge cultures and the transition of agricultural expertise. Rural development in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Georgia.  In: Working Paper Series 118, Bonn University, Center for Development Research (ZEF), : pp. 1-44 . Further Information
Van Assche, K., Shtaltovna, A., Hornidge, A.-K.  2013.  “Visible and invisible informalities and transformation. Lessons from transition countries: Georgia, Romania, Uzbekistan’ In: Informality in Eastern Europe: Structures, Political Cultures and Social Practices.  Interdisciplinary Studies on Central and Eastern Europe, Peter Lang, Frankfurt. Download [PDF]
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Shtaltovna, A., Mandler, A.  2012.  'Agricultural Knowledge Governance and Advisory Services in Post‐Soviet Tajikistan'. Workshop report, pp. 1-59.  Download [PDF | 207.01KB]
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Shtaltovna, A., Van Assche, K., Hornidge, A.-K.  2012.  "Where Did This Debt Come from? Organizational Change, Role Ambiguity and Development in Rural Khorezm, Uzbekistan".  Internationales Asienforum, 43 (3-4) : 179–197 . Download [PDF]
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Shtaltovna, A., A.-K. Hornidge and P.P. Mollinga.  2011.  "The Reinvention of Agricultural Service Organisations in Uzbekistan –a Machine-Tractor Park in the Khorezm Region".  ZEF working paper series, 75 : pp. 1-16 . Download [PDF]
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De Daniele, F., Shtaltovna, A. (2015, forthcoming).  Competition within the state, with the state and beyond the state: Agricultural extension in Tajikistan and the struggles of market formation.  In: Hornidge, A.-K., Shtaltovna, A., Schetter, C. (eds.): Agricultural Knowledge Systems in the Post-Soviet Societies.  
Hornidge, A.-K., Shtaltovna A., Schetter, C.  (2015, forthcoming) Agricultural Knowledge Systems in the Post-Soviet Societies, edited volume.  Peter Lang. Bern, Switzerland.
Hornidge, A.-K., Van Assche, K., Shtaltovna, A.  (2014, forthcoming) “Uzbekistan – A Region of World Society. Variants of Differentiation in Agricultural Resources Governance. In: Soziale Systeme.  . Further Information
Van Assche, K., Shtaltovna, A., Hornidge, A-K. (2015, forthcoming).  Local knowledge and expert knowledge in rural transition: Georgian wine production.  Agricultural Knowledge and Knowledge Systems in Post-Soviet Societies . Peter Lang. 

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