Abhimanyu Pandey, an Indian national, has been working as an analyst for cultural ecosystem services at ICIMOD since October, 2015. Prior to this capacity, Mr. Pandey worked in ICIMOD as an SSA consultant under the Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative (KSLCDI) from January, 2014 till September, 2014. His work as an analyst comprises developing a methodology for capturing the cultural ecosystem services of Himalayan landscapes; working closely with The India China Institute (of The New School, NY) to study the sacred, cultural, and historical geography of the Kailash Sacred Landscape (KSL); to support the process of nominating KSL as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and to provide inputs for fostering responsible and better tourism practices in the KSL.
Mr. Pandey holds an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge, and an MA in Sociology from the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. He has been the recipient of an EU short term grant for ethnographic research in Copenhagen (2011); a Commonwealth Cambridge Shared Scholarship (2012-2013); a Charles Wallace short-term research fellowship (2015), and a Sigrid Rausing grant from the Department of Anthropology, University of Cambridge (2016). He has ethnographic and qualitative research experience in Humla and Baitaidi districts (Nepal), Pithorgarh district, Shimla, and Old Delhi (India), and Copenhagen (Denmark). Reading, music, drawing, photography, trekking, travelling, and numismatics are some of his other interests.