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SSA – Socio Economic Research Associate,
In my role as a Research Associate within the Livelihoods Theme, I primarily research and write reports on the socio-economic impacts of poverty, water-energy-food nexus and changes in the cryosphere. I also assist my supervisor to write, research and edit reports.
How do you protect the pulse of the planet?
Beyond the sphere of research, I protect the pulse of the planet by reaching out to people and having conversations about the changes in the Himalaya and how they affect us. To me, it’s very important to proactively hold conversations around climate change and its environmental and socio-economic impacts with people outside my professional circle. Very often people are unaware of the changes and are intrigued upon learning about them, and I thoroughly enjoy answering their questions to the best of my abilities.
What is your favorite part of the work you do at ICIMOD?
ICIMOD has an amazing work environment and conversations with my colleagues are almost always fruitful, no matter how leisurely the subject.
What are you passionate about?
I love hiking, which is opportune given that ICIMOD is located in Nepal. I keep looking for opportunities to hike and trek, and usually save my holidays for the same.
I have a Master’s degree in sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. Prior to holding the position as a Socio-Economic Research Associate (SSA), I interned for six months in ICIMOD. I have also assisted research scholars to conduct qualitative and quantitative research in their respective fields of health and development in the Khasi society in Meghalaya, India and on child security and protection policies in Nepal.