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Research Associate - Ecosystems,
I am a Research Associate working with the hydro-climate group within the Water and Air Theme and with the Koshi Basin Initiative and have a diverse role working on different subjects such as drought, landslide and sedimentation, watershed management plans, and the Koshi DRR Knowledge Hub.
How do you protect the pulse of the planet?
Disasters are increasing because of climate change and I protect the pulse of the planet through my work in disaster risk reduction, which hopefully ultimately saves lives and livelihoods.
What is your favorite part of the work you do at ICIMOD?
The people and the working environment! I feel blessed to be part of a fabulous team and to have loving people around.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about traveling and exploring new places. I believe traveling is a spiritual experience. You can also call me a food lover!!
I have been associated with ICIMOD since I was a graduate student pursuing my M.Sc. at the Central Department of Environmental Sciences, Tribhuvan University, Nepal when I was awarded an M.Sc. research scholarship through the HI-AWARE Initiative.
Although disaster has always been my primary topic of interest and I’m passionate about working to reduce disaster risk, I’ve also been involved in diverse studies including ones focused on effective use of micro- hydroelectricity at the household level, adaptive water governance in Himalayan towns, climate change-induced climate stressors and critical moments affecting livelihoods, gender differentiated vulnerability research, and migration research in different parts of Nepal. I also have previous work experience as a consultant in different landslide hazard modelling and risk assessment projects, and as a Research Associate at Nepal’s National Institute of Natural Sciences where I was involved in the study of different ethno medical plants.
Some of my previous work has been selected for presentation in national and international conferences and I have been awarded as an IRDR Young Scientist, China.
KRIPA SHRESTHA & NISHIKANT GUPTA