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 in Asia and Africa. 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; water security and governance; and ecosystem services and poverty alleviation.


I have eighteen 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 (Warwick University, 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).

Academic Background

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). 

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