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Niraj Khatiwada

PhD Fellow, Livelihoods

My role at ICIMOD

A Ph.D. Research Fellow under the Atmospheric Watch Initiative, I am part of the Livelihoods Theme and I conduct research in applied microeconomics with a primary focus on environment and sustainable development. My ongoing dissertation work examines the socio-economic impacts of air pollution using data from Nepal.

Niraj Khatiwada

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How do you protect the pulse of the planet?

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I protect the pulse of the planet through my work on air pollution, which has become one of the biggest environmental concerns in the HKH. My research aims to shed light on existing air pollution-related impacts on livelihoods, and based on my findings I will recommend evidence-based interventions and public policies to mitigate air pollution problems in the region.

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What is your favorite part of the work you do at ICIMOD?

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The working environment at ICIMOD is amazing because the staff are all amicable.

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What are you passionate about?

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As a budding researcher, I am currently really motivated to acquire proper research skills. I’m happy that at ICIMOD, I’m getting opportunities to learn from a team of experienced research scientists.

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My qualifications

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I completed my undergraduate degree in mathematics and business management (with a minor in philosophy) from Bryn Athyn College, USA. After that, I joined the graduate programme in economics at the University of New Mexico (UNM), USA and also worked as a research assistant for the Nepal Study Center (NSC) at UNM. I have been involved in various research projects undertaken by NSC, one of which is developing a Citizen Science programme to monitor water quality, air quality, and urban ecosystems in Siddharthanagar Municipality of Nepal. I’ve also been involved as a graduate assistant in the Himalayan Study Abroad Program that provides unique interdisciplinary research experience to undergraduate students to examine environmental and development challenges in Nepal. A large part of my graduate assistant responsibility was to mentor undergraduate students and assist them with data analysis.