Michael Kollmair, PhD

Programme Manager/Senior Social Scientist

Sustainable Livelihoods and Poverty Reduction (SLPR)


Dr. Michael Kollmair joined ICIMOD in November 2005 as a Programme Manager for the Culture, Equity, Gender and Governance (CEGG) Division. Dr. Kollmair has a Ph.D. in Geography from Giessen University in Germany, and was a Lecturer and Senior Researcher at the Human Geography Division of the Department of Geography in Zurich, Switzerland before joining ICIMOD. As a Project Coordinator for the SDC-supported National Centre of Competency in Research (NCCR) North-South development research project, he worked mainly in South and Central Asia. He has also been associated with ICIMOD's PARDYP project since 2003 as a Scientific Advisor. Working for more than 15 years in the region, especially in Nepal, Dr. Kollmair has experience in a broad area of development studies and in the application of qualitative and quantitative methods with interdisciplinary and intercultural teams. His main research activities are in the social implications of nature conservation projects including questions of equity, participation, marginalisation, and issues of international labour migration.