With a background in the natural and social sciences, I have interests in interdisciplinary and policy relevant research on environment and development, in particular environmental governance, forest management and climate change. I also have broader research interests in other key environment and development challenges: conservation and human rights; natural resources conflicts; food security and agriculture; forest politics and policy; social, environmental and climate justice; businesses and corporate social responsibility; and ecosystem services and poverty alleviation.
I have fifteen years of experience in interdisciplinary research, teaching, consultancy and project management in environment and development sector. Prior to my current role at UEA, I was a research fellow at the Crichton Carbon Centre and ClimateXChange – Scotland’s Centre of Expertise on Climate Change. I have also worked as a researcher and consultant with a number of organizations in the UK (The Open University, UNEP – World Conservation Monitoring Centre, BirdLife International, Fern, and Forests Monitor) and Nepal (Himalayan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Forum for Sustainable Development Nepal, and Institute for Sustainable Agriculture Nepal).
I received my PhD from the Geography Department of The Open University, UK (2005-2009). I also have an MPhil in Environment and Development from the University of Cambridge, UK (2001-2002), BSc (Honours) in Agriculture from Haryana Agricultural University, India (1996-2000), and a BSc from Tribhuvan University, Nepal (1994-1996).
Assessing Civil Society Participation in REDD+ and FLEGT: Case Study Analysis of Cameroon, Ghana, Liberia and the Republic of Congo
A novel impact assessment methodology for evaluating distributional impacts in Scottish climate change adaptation policyUEA Repository
Blue Ridge Commons: Environmental Activism and Forest History in Western North Carolina (2012), Kathryn Newfont, The University of Georgia Press, Athens, GA.Full Text
Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change in Semi-Arid Areas in East Africa
Using a multilevel approach to analyse the case of forest conflicts in the Terai, NepalFull Text UEA Repository
The changing discourse of social justice in NepalUEA Repository
Bridging certification and community forestry through NTFPs: a case study from Nepal
The use of synthesised indicator sets to understand climate justice impacts in an intra-national context: methodological perspectives
Impact Assessment of the Report on Proposals and Policies (RPP2): Final Report
Renewable Energy Routemap and Gender Equality Assessment
Shifting conceptions of social (in)justice in NepalUEA Repository
Looking back to move forward: Understanding history of forest politics to explore consensual forest management model in the Terai, Nepal’UEA Repository
Forests, People and Power: The Political Ecology of Reform in South Asia, Springate-Baginski and Blaikie (eds.) (2007) Earthscan, London],
Realizing Community Futures: A Practical Guide to Harnessing Natural Resources, Vanclay, Prabhu and Sinclair (2006), Earthscan, London
Forestry Sector in Nepal: A Country Profile Report
Green revolution in Asia: its impact on socio-economic and ecological arenaUEA Repository
A Practical Manual on Poultry ProductionUEA Repository
External Activities and Indicators of Esteem
I have contributed to teaching in the UEA's short course on Forest Governance and the University of Glasgow’s MSc Applied Carbon Management, taught in the BSc Honours Agriculture programme of the Himalayan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, and tutored in the BSc Life Sciences programme of Anglia Ruskin University.
I am a member of the UEA’s Global Environmental Justice Group and an affiliate fellow of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.
I am also an adjunct professor in environment and development at the Agriculture and Forestry University, Nepal; an affiliate member of the OpenSpace – Centre for Geographical and Environmental Research of the Open University, UK; and a visiting/honorary fellow of the Southasia Institute of Advanced Studies, Nepal.
At UEA, I coordinate CoCooR project (2014-2018), an interdisciplinary cross-country project that focuses on an analysis of conflicts and co-operation over REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) in Nepal, Mexico and Vietnam. It is funded by NWO Netherlands with finance provided from DFID and involve these partners: UEA International Development, RECOFTC – The Centre for People and Forests, Winrock, Southasia Institute of Advanced Studies (Nepal), Institute of Cultural Studies (Vietnam), and Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia (Mexico).
I am also involved in ASSAR (Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions) project. This five-year collaborative work is funded by DFID and IDRC under the CARIAA (Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia) programme and involves these partners: UEA International Development, University of Cape Town (South Africa), Start International (USA), Oxfam (UK) and Indian Institute for Human Settlements (India). As part of the project, UEA's work is focused on vulnerability and adaptation in some of the driest zones of East Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda).
At the Crichton Carbon Centre (2011-2013), my work was at the interface between research and policy on the distributional and equity impacts of climate change. In particular, the research used a ‘climate justice’ frame and explored how equity and justice considerations relate to the performance of climate change policies and plans in Scotland (including their potential conflicts, synergies, and differential impacts). Three pieces of research works in relation to this included: (a) a wider impact assessment of the updated Report on Proposals and Policies (mitigation policies aimed to meet Scotland’s emission reduction targets); (b) gender equality assessment of the Renewable Energy Routemap; and (c) impact assessment of the Scottish Adaptation Programme.
At the Open University (2009-2011), I worked in a number of ecosystem services and poverty alleviation (ESPA) related project development works; carried out a scoping study on corporate social responsibility, climate change and small and medium enterprises in the UK; and assisted in project development of Creative Climate, a web-based participation project aimed to explore human dimensions of environmental change.
At the BirdLife International (2009-2010), I was involved in research and analysis of conservation-human rights linkages and at the UNEP-WCMC (2009-2010), I explored the linkages between biodiversity, ecosystem services, and human wellbeing with an empirical country-level case study of Nepal’s eco-regions.