Dietrich Schmidt-Vogt

Universitat Freiburg, Germany

Dr Dietrich Schmidt-Vogt is Director of the Mountain Societies Research Institute at the University of Central Asia (UCA). A geographer and Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation Fellow, Dr Schmidt-Vogt previously served as the Head of the Research Program at the World Agroforestry Centre East and Central Asia Office and as Professor at the Kunming Institute of Botany of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He was an Associate Professor with the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand and a Senior Lecturer with the South Asia Institute of Heidelberg University, Germany. 

He is also Distinguished Adjunct Professor at the Asian Institute of Technology and Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources at Freiburg University, Germany. Dr Schmidt-Vogt has doctoral and postdoctoral degrees from Heidelberg University, Germany and over 30 years of research experience in mountain areas of Asia, especially in the Himalayas, in Mountainous Mainland Southeast Asia, and in Central Asia. 

His research interests include forest-farming interactions, multifunctional landscapes, integrated land use systems, and land use change and livelihoods in mountainous areas. He has extensive experience in teaching and supervising Masters and PhD students from diverse national and cultural backgrounds, as well as in capacity building and curriculum development for academic institutions in Southeast Asia, such as the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, National University of Laos, and Andalas University in Padang, Indonesia.