Shahzoda Alikhanova


I am a trained conservation ecologist with extensive cross-sector expertise spanning biodiversity conservation, sustainable forest, land, and water resources management, climate change mitigation and adaptation, good agricultural practices, renewable energy solutions, and SDG localization.
My passion for the Planet and conservation is deeply personal: I am driven by a sense of responsibility and commitment to making a positive impact in any way I can to advance a more sustainable and harmonious coexistence with our planet's precious biodiversity and ecosystems.

Research Interests

My research interests lie in biodiversity conservation and ecosystem restoration, spatial data analysis using Earth observation methods, and Nature-based Solutions to climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Current Research

My research is focused on exploring the potential of Nature-based Solutions in one of the world’s most challenging dryland ecosystems: the Aral Sea region. This exploration is conducted through a multidisciplinary approach at the cross-section of ecological, geospatial, and social sciences. More specifically, I am examining the human-nature nexus, land-use land cover change, adaptation, and mitigation solutions – all through the prism of Nature-based Solutions.


  • Alikhanova, S., & Bull, J. W. (2023). Review of Nature-based Solutions in Dryland Ecosystems: the Aral Sea Case Study. Environmental Management, 1-16.
  • Narain, D., Bull, J. W., Alikhanova, S., Evans, M. C., Markham, R., & Maron, M. (2022). A step change needed to secure a nature-positive future—Is it in reach? One Earth5(6), 589-592.
  • Alikhanov, B., Juliev, M., Alikhanova, S., & Mondal, I. (2021). Assessment of influencing factor method for delineation of groundwater potential zones with geospatial techniques. Case study of Bostanlik district, Uzbekistan. Groundwater for Sustainable Development12, 100548.