Dr. Joe Hill

Research themes
  • Land use and food security
  • Theories of Development
  • Development Politics
  • Governance and conflict
Research countries
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Tajikistan
Research projects
"Hill irrigation across the Alai – Pamir – Karakoram – trans-Himalaya: inequalities, impacts of nonfarm employment, and social mobilisation", under "Crossroads Asia: Conflict - Migration - Development" research programme, funded by German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) - Work package completed Teaching qualitative research methods to, and overseeing research of, MPhil students at GC University, Lahore, under the "German-Pakistani Research Collaboration and Academic Capacity Building Programme", supported by Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) - Project completed

Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) / Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) (ZEF Doctoral courses, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)

Interviewing (ZEF Doctoral courses, 2012)

Research Ethics, and Health and security in the field (ZEF Doctoral courses, 2013, 2014)

Qualitative Research (Spring School, at GC University, Lahore, 2012, and 2013)

Additional Information:

PhD Advisor to:

Mibi Ete - Title of Thesis: An Ethnographic Study of Local Development Brokers in the Arena of Hydropower Development in Arunachal, India (see www.zef.de/staff/Mibi_Ete)

Formerly PhD Advisor to:

Dr Julia Schöneberg - Title of Thesis: NGOs- Development actors as alternatives to Development? Exploring the role of the privileged in regard to Post-Development theory by looking at cooperations and partnerships of Haitian and international NGOs (see www.zef.de/student/1212.html)

Additional information

Founding member, ZEF Research Ethics Committee (2013-2014)


2008: PhD degree; Contexts, ideologies and practices of small-scale irrigation development in East India, School of International Development (DEV), University of East Anglia, UK (Research in Jharkhand, India)

2001: MSc degree; Catchment Dynamics and Management, School of Geography, University of Leeds, UK (Research with CESS in Andhra Pradesh, India, contributing to APRLP Water Audit)

2000: BSc degree with Honours; Environmental Chemistry, University of Leeds, UK (Research with BCAS in Tangail, Bangladesh)

Funding institutions

BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research)


Hill, J. and S. Singh.  2018.  Food insecure for 20 years.  In: Narain, S., Bhushan, C., et al. (eds.): State of India’s Environment 2018. Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), New Delhi.   96-99. 
Hill, J., Singh, S., Ranjan, P., Nishant.  2018.  Misuse of chemical pesticides in Jharkhand: What should be done?.  Ranchi, India.
Novotny, J., Ficek, F., Hill, J.K.W., and A. Kumar.  2018.  Social determinants of environmental health: The case of sanitation in rural Jharkhand.  Science of the Total Environment, 643   : 762-774   .


Baghel, R., Stepan, L. and J.K.W. Hill.  2017.  Water, knowledge and the environment in Asia: Epistemologies, practices and locales.  Routledge. London.
Hill, J.  2017.  Agrarian crisis in Jharkhand: Results of a farmer survey.  Bindrai Institute for Research, Study and Action (BIRSA). Ranchi, India.
Hill, J. and S. Singh.  2017.  Dangerous use of chemical pesticides in Jharkhand (video interview).  Further Information
Hill, J. and S. Singh.  2017.  Why farmers remain uninformed about pesticides and their use.  Down to Earth. New Delhi. Further Information
Hill, J.K.W.  2017.  Supporting farmer-managed irrigation systems in the Shigar Valley, Karakorum: Role of the government and Aga Khan Rural Support Programme.  Journal of Mountain Science, 14(10)   . Further Information
Hill, J.K.W.  2017.  Science as friend or foe? Development projects undermining farmer managed irrigation systems in Asia’s high mountain valleys.  In: Baghel, R., Stepan, L. and J.K.W. Hill (eds.): Water, knowledge and the environment in Asia: Epistemologies, practices and locales. Routledge, London.   70-86. 


Hill, J.  2016.  A lesson in plagiarising.  The Wire. Further Information
Hill, J.  2016.  The irrigation systems of Ladakh’s farming communities: Survivability of traditional practices in the modern era.  In: Ghosal, S. and T. Dolkar (eds.): Sustainable Mountain Development Summit-V: Water security and skills for development in the mountains. Integrated Mountain Initiative, Leh, Ladakh.  
Hill, J.K.W.  2016.  Organic agriculture in India and Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS): A case study from West Bengal.  Jharkhand Journal of Development and Management Studies, 14(2)   : 7037-7055   . Further Information
Hill, J.K.W. and S. Singh.  2016.  Seed biotechnology and Eastern India’s “new Green Revolution”: Issues and challenges.  Jharkhand Journal of Development and Management Studies, 14(2)   : 6949-7055   . Further Information


Hill, J.K.W.  2015.  F1 hybrid rice in eastern India: Silver bullet or capitalist ploy?.  Capitalism Nature Socialism, 26(3)   : 73-88   . Further Information
Hill, J.K.W. and P. Nehls.  2015.  In the lap of the mountains: The irrigation systems of Ladakh's farming communities (Documentary).  Further Information


Hill, J.  2014.  Farmer-managed irrigation systems in Baltistan and Kargil.  Ladakh Studies, 31   : 4-23   . Download [PDF]
Further Information
Hill, J.  2014.  Irrigation practices, irrigation development interventions, and local politics: Re-thinking the role of place over time in a village in Baltistan, in the central Karakorum.  (Misc. 16) Further Information
Hill, J.  2014.  Agriculture, irrigation and ecology in Adivasi villages in Jharkhand: Why control and ownership over natural resources matter.  Journal of Adivasi and Indigenous Studies, 1(1)   : 43-61   . Download [PDF]
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Villamor, G.B., Palomo, I., López Santiago, C.A., Oteros-Rozas, E. and J. Hill.  2014.  Assessing stakeholders' perceptions and values towards social-ecological systems using participatory methods.  Ecological Processes, 3(22)   . Further Information


Chhotray, V., Hill, J., Biswal, R. and S. Behera.  2013.  Socio-political and environmental dimensions of vulnerability and recovery in coastal Odisha: Critical lessons since the 1999 super-cyclone.  United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) India and the School of International Development, UEA, Norwich   . Further Information
Hill, J.  2013.  The role of authority in the collective management of hill irrigation systems in the Alai (Kyrgyzstan) and Pamir (Tajikistan).  Mountain Research and Development, 33 (3)   : 294-304   . Download [PDF]
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Sommazzi, J., Symes, C., Hill, J., Behera, S. and R. Biswal.  2011.  The wind and the water: Tales from the cyclone and flood affected areas of Odisha (Documentary).  Further Information

Publications and Presentations, November 2014.  Download [PDF]

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Joe Hill

Associated Researcher

Cultural and Political Change


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