Social Science Researcher | Ph.D. Candidate
I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology and Climate Change Institute, University of Maine. I am a social science researcher and conduct research in the areas of human dimensions of environmental changes. In particular, my researches focus on the political dimensions of climate change.
I earned my undergraduate degree in the Forestry Science from the Institute of Forestry at Tribhuvan University, Nepal. Professionally, I held the position of the District Climate Change Specialist for the Adaptation for Smallholders in Hilly Areas (ASHA) project for one year in Nepal before I rejoined doctorate studies in the Anthropology and Environmental Policy at the University of Maine.
My academic and professional goals are to understand and examine the interrelationship between human and environment focusing on climate change from the political lens across scales in developing nations. I focus on the power and collective action theories to examine how power and politics in collective action across scales shape adaptation policies in developing countries drawing upon a multilevel governance framework. I believe that my researches support the policy planners and formulators in global south in particular and globally in general. Moreover, I believe that my research benefits the underprivileged communities who are discarded in policy planning, design, and implementation across scales. My academic and professional experiences have trained me to integrate the social, political, and environmental theories based in ethnographic fieldwork to generate extensive and comprehensive knowledge on socio-ecological system.
Presentation of chapters from ongoing dissertation
April 8, 2023 | University of Maine, USA
Presented one of my chapters from ongoing dissertation writing in the 2023 Borns Symposium organized by the Climate Change Institute, UMaine.
“Bio-Physical and Socio-Political Vulnerabilities: A Case Study from World’s One of the Most Climate Vulnerable Regions, Karnali Nepal”
Nov 1, 2021 | New York
I was awarded the Wenner-Gren Ph.D. Research Grant and for now only first round is passed.
Aug 24, 2021 | Maine
I was awarded Chase Distinguished Research Award.
Anthropogenic Threats to Survival of the Critically Endangered Chinese
Pangolins(Manis pentadactyla) and their Habitat in Kavrepalanchowk Nepal
Human activities are the prime reasons that cause the decline of Chinese Pangolins(Manis pentadactyla) throughout the world. Globally, the limited area is managed under protected areas while most of the area lies outside protected areas where anthropogenic threats are...
Acacia catechu (Khair) is one of the significant tree species that evolved together with Nepali communities. The tree is widely used for medicinal purposes, feeding the livestock, fulfilling the structural needs, and satisfying religious and spiritual needs. Despite...
Distribution and habitat preferences of the Chinese Pangolin Manis pentadactyla (Mammalia: Manidae) in the mid-hills of Nepal
The Chinese Pangolin is a ‘Critically Endangered’ species, which is estimated to have declined by over 90% in the last 21 years due to increased anthropogenic activities on the species and its habitat. Only a few pieces of research on the Chinese Pangolin have been...
Roles of Renewable Energy Technologies in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation: A Brief Review from Nepal
Acharya, S. (2021) Roles of Renewable Energy Technologies in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation: A Brief Review from Nepal. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 151 (2021): 111524
Distribution and Habitat Preference of Chinese Pangolin (Manis pentadactyla) in Mid-Hills of Nepal
Acharya, S., Sharma, H.P., Bhattarai, R., Poudyal, B., Sharma, S., & Upadhaya, S. (2021) Distribution and Habitat Preference of Chinese Pangolin (Manis pentadactyla) in Mid-Hills of Nepal. Journal of Threatened Texa, 13(8), 18959-18966.
Assessing Socio-Economic Factors Affecting the Implementation of Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) Mechanism
Poudyal, B., Upadhaya, S., Acharya, S., & Khanal Chhetri, B. B. (2021). Assessing Socio-Economic Factors Affecting the Implementation of Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) Mechanism. World, 2(1), 81-91.
Journals Under Review
Locals Perception of Climate Change Impacts and Practices of Adaptation Strategies in Trans-Himalaya of Nepal
Adhikari, D., Lamichhane, S., Gautam, D., Sharma, S., & Acharya, S. (2021) Locals Perception of Climate Change Impacts and Practices of Adaptation Strategies in Trans-Himalaya of Nepal. Journal of Forest and Livelihood.
Watershed Level Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Practices in Mid-Hills of Nepal
Ranabhat, S., Upadhaya, S., Acharya, S., Adhikari, B., Thapa, R., Gautam, D.R., Ranabhat, S., & Sharma, S. (2021) Watershed Level Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Practices in Mid-Hills of Nepal. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change.
Indigenous knowledge for climate change adaptation: Insights from Nepalese mountain region
I am an active reviewer on various international and national journals.