Centre for Global Food and Resources
Faculty of the Professions
Currently, I am with the Department of Geography, Environment and Population, University of Adelaide working on my PhD on the topic of human-environment interactions and climate-resilience in the Nepali plains. I have submitted my thesis to examiners and expected to finish by mid-2017.
Apart from the research work, I also volunteer at the Adelaide City Library Innovation Lab tutoring visitors about 3D printing and scanning technologies.
My PhD research explores the complex human-environment interactions in the Nepali plains (Tarai) to draw insights into non-linear environment-livelihood relationships, particularly the increasing use of ex-situ earnings from transnational migration.
The major tasks associated my research are:
- Design a mixed-methods study to evaluate human-environment interactions.
- Conduct household surveys and interviews at two study sites in the Nepali plains.
- Conduct quantitative analysis of primary field survey data.
- Conduct quantitative analysis of of trends on climate variability and change on long-term climatic data.
- Assess the impacts on environmental change to local livelihood at study sites using socio-ecological resilience, and risk society framework.
My previous research work involved climate change adaptation policy and environmental design.
Date Position Institution name 2014 - 2015 University Tutor The University of Adelaide 2012 - 2012 Teaching Assistant Institute of Engineering 2010 - 2012 Urban Planner ADF Nepal Pvt. Ltd. 2004 - 2008 Architect ADF Nepal Pvt. Ltd. 2002 - 2003 Trainee Architect Architects Collaborate (Nepal) Pvt. Ltd.
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2012 Scholarship Adelaide Scholarships International The University of Adelaide Australia — 2010 Award Distinguished Service Award East-West Center United States — 2008 Fellowship Asian Development Bank-Govt. of Japan Scholarship / East-West Center Degree Fellow, East-West Center United States — 2006 Recognition Citation for achievement Social Science Baha Nepal — 2004 Award Dr. S. B. Mathe Thesis Award for best B. Architecture Thesis — Nepal —
Language Competency Hindi Can read, write, speak and understand spoken Nepali Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
Date Institution name Country Title 2012 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD 2008 - 2010 University of Hawaiʻi United States Master of Urban & Regional Planning 1999 - 2004 Institute of Engineering Nepal B. Arch.
Research InterestsArchitecture Built Environment and Design Climate Change Processes Ecological Impacts of Climate Change Environment Policy Environmental Impact Assessment Environmental Management Environmental Sociology Geospatial Information Systems Land Use and Environmental Planning Migration Programming Languages Statistics Transnationalism Urban and Regional Planning
Year Citation 2019 Shrestha, U., Shrestha, A., Aryal, S., Shrestha, S., Gautam, M., & Ojha, H. (2019). Climate change in Nepal: a comprehensive analysis of instrumental data and people’s perceptions. Climatic Change, 154(3-4), 315-334.
2011 Shrestha, A. M. (2011). Preparing for climate change: an evaluative framework for prioritizing adaptation measures in Nepal. Botanica Orientalis: Journal of Plant Science, 7(0).
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