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Research and Graduate Student Mentoring at NSC
 

NSC has many affiliated doctoral students and faculty working on research areas such as health, remittances, child welfare, environment, social capital, conflict, food security, water quality and waste management, ecological habitat, and development issues. NSC has developed research capacity in GIS, survey instruments, and empirical modeling and state of the art methods.

The Center hopes to facilitate research collaboration between partner institutions and their affiliated faculty and students. The branch office of NSC-UNM at KU in Kathmandu will provide a venue to launch research projects in the region.



RSEARCH PAPERS:
NSC-UNM-related collaborative work by graduate students and faculty


I. INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT


Consumption from remittance and Non-Remittance Income in Nepal: A Semiparametric Analysis, Journal of Regional Studies and Development, 2011 (published): Corresponding first author: Dr. Michael Milligan

The Impacts of Social Networks and Household Forest Conservation Efforts in Rural Nepal, Land Economics, May 2007 N 83 (2): 174–191, Corresponding first author: Dr. Mani Nepal

Ethnic wage differential in Nepal: The cost of being Dalit, NSC/UNM Working Paper, Corresponding first author: Menuka Karki  

Consumption Insurance under Uncertainty: The Case of Nepal during Maoist Insurgency, NSC/UNM Working Paper. Corresponding first author: Dr. Mani Nepal  

Mapping and Decomposition of Poverty and Inequality: Nepal, NSC/UNM Working Paper, Corresponding first author: Dr. Mani Nepal


Women's and Children's Welfare:

The Effects of International Remittance Income on Child Education and Child Labour: Evidence from NepalThe Indian Journal of Economics, Volume XIC, No. 362, January 2011, pp. 519-541, ISSN 0019-5170, Corresponding first author: Dr. Michael Milligan

Household Shocks, Child Labor, and Child Schooling: Evidence from Guatemala
, Latin American Research Revew, 2010, vol. 45, no3, [Note(s): 165-186, 276 [23 p.]], Corresponding first author: Dr. William F. Vasquez

Mothers’ Bargaining Power and Educational Progress of Children in Nepal, NSC/UNM Working Paper, Corresponding first author: Alfred McCloud

Food Security:

Spatial analysis of strategies to increase household food security in Nepal. NSC/UNM Working Paper, Corresponding first author: Steven Archambault

Dynamic analysis of natural disaster and other determinants of food aid distribution, NSC/UNM Working Paper, Corresponding first author: Steven Archambault  


Political Shocks and Conflict:

Opportunity, Democracy and Political Violence: A Sub-national Analysis of Conflict in Nepal, Journal of Conflict Resolution 50 (Feb 2006): 108-128, Corresponding first author: Dr. Mani Nepal  

More Inequality, More Killings: The Maoist Insurgency in Nepal, American Journal of Political Science, Volume 55, Issue 4, pages 886–906, October 2011, Corresponding first author: Dr. Mani Nepal  

Internal Rural Migration During a Civil Conflict: The case of Nepal, NSC/UNM Working Paper, Corresponding first author: Robert Fonner

Somali Piracy: What Characteristics Materially Change the Probability of a Pirate Attack Being Successful?, NSC/UNM Working Paper. Corresponding first author: Glen McDermott



II. GLOBAL HEALTH


Maternal and Children Health:

Maternal Healthcare Amid Political Unrest: The Effects of Armed-Conflict on Antenatal Care Utilization in Nepal,   (Accepted for publication in Health Policy and Planning). Corresponding first author: Dr. James Price

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Children: Does Mothers' Demand for Antenatal Care Matter for Child Health in Nepal?, Health Policy and Planning. 2011 Sep; 26(3):242-256. Corresponding first author: Dr. Nafisa Halim


Environment, Public Health, and Attitude:

Coping with Poor Water Supplies: Empirical Evidence from Kathmandu, Nepal,Journal of Water and Health, 9(1); 143-158, 2011. Corresponding first author: Hari Katuwal

Knowledge, Information and Water Treatment Behavior of the Residents in Kathmandu Valley, NSC/UNM Working Paper. Corresponding first author: Hari Katuwal

Knowledge, Attitude, Behavior and the Environment, NSC/UNM Working Paper, Corresponding first author: Hari Katuwal



III. ENVIRONMENT, NATURAL RESOURCES, AND SUSTAINABILITY

Biogas: A promising renewable technology and its impact on rural households in Nepal, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Volume 13, Issue 9, December 2009, Pages 2668–2674, Corresponding first author: Hari katuwal

Food security: A dynamic optimization model, NSC/UNM Working Paper, Corresponding first author: Steven Archambault

Who pollutes? Household solid waste management problem in Kathmandu,Nepal, NSC/UNM Working Paper, Corresponding first author: Menuka Karki

Investigating the Impact of Social Networks on Household Forest Conservation Effort in Rural Nepal, Land Economics 83(2): 174-191, May 2007, Corresponding first author: Dr. Mani Nepal (listed under International Development)


Ecological and Habitat Modeling:

Habitat selection by mountain goats in Kenai Peninsula, Alaska: An application of spatial count regression model, NSC/UNM Working Paper, Corresponding first author: Naresh Nepal

Impact of winter recreation on Alaskan mountain goat habitat, NSC/UNM Working Paper, Corresponding first author: Naresh Nepal

Mountain goat habitat selection in South-Central Alaska: A comparison of GPS collared and aerially surveyed data, NSC/UNM Working Paper, Corresponding first author: Naresh Nepal


Non-Market valuation: Choice Experiment:

Public Preferences and Willingness to Pay for Improving Water Quality in Nepal's Bagmati River: Evidence from Choice Experiments, NSC/UNM Working Paper, Corresponding first author: Hari Katuwal

Respondent Uncertainty and Hypothetical Bias in Choice Experiment: A Survey Design with an Application to Valuing Invasive Species, Nepal, NSC/UNM Working Paper, Corresponding first author: Dadhi Adhikari



PHD DISSERTATION WORK


Graduate research work of students who are/were affiliated with NSC directly or indirectly and/or have used or are using NSC's research capacity and mentoring resources.

NSC-related Collaborative work

PhD dissertation completed

Download LoboVault: available in September 2012 Food Security in Developing Countries: Understanding the Relationships Between Dynamically Changing Social Systems and Natural Resource and Environmental Conditions, Steve Archambault (June, 2012),
Presentation Slides

Download LoboVault: available in September 2012 Demand for Environmental Quality: An Empirical Evidence from Knowledge Attitude, Behavior, and Choice Experiment Survey, Hari Katuwal, (June 2012) (Post-doc, University of Montana, Missoula. July 2012 -),
Presentation Slides


Download LoboVault: available in September 2012 Responding to Natural Hazards: The Effects of Disaster on Residential Location Decisions and Health Outcomes, James Price, Spring 2012, (Post-doc at University of British Columbia - Okanagan Campus. June 2012 -)
Presentation Slides


Download LoboVault: The Welfare Effects of International Remittance Income, Michael Milligan, Department of Economics, 2009
(Economic Affairs Officer, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe headquarters in Geneva, in the Housing and Land Management unit)

Download LoboVault: Healthy Mothers, Healthy Children: Does Mothers' Demand for Antenatal Care Matter for Child Health in Nepal? Nafisa Halim, (MA Thesis), Department of Sociology, 2009
(Assistant Professor, Department of International Health, Boston University)
Presentation Slides

Download LoboVault: Poverty, Inequality, Violent Conflict, and Welfare Loss: Micro-level evidence from Nepal, Mani Nepal, Department of Economics, 2007 (Associate Professor, Tribhuvan University / Sr. Environmental Economist, SANDEE)    


Current Student Dissertation Projects near completion or on-going

Wildlife Management and Value of Wildlife Recreation: Ecological and Economic Analysis of Mountain Goats in South Central Alaska,
Naresh Nepal, (expected December 2013).

Solid Waste Management, Recycling Behavior, and Public Health Implication: A choice experiment analysis and household survey of Kathmandu Valley, Menuka Karki (expected Summer 2014)  

The effect of climate vulnerability on food security in rural Nepal, Wenmei Gua (expected Summer 2014)

A Model of Dynamic Wildlife Management: considering animal preferences and non-market values, Robert Fonner (expected Summer 2014)  



Dissertation Projects of Students who indirectly Benefited from NSC Resources   

Download LoboVault: Conflict-Induced Displacement, Understanding the Causes of Flight, Prakash Adhikari, Department of Political Science, 2011 (Survey-based Research on Maoist Insurgency in Nepal)
(Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Central Michigan University)

Download HRPA: Assessing Development Strategies to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals in Guatemala, William Vasquez, 2007
(Assistant Professor Department of Economics Fairfield University)


Honors Thesis

Approaches to rural Health in Nepal, Kristina Nicole Piorkowski, March 2013
Presentation Slides


MA Thesis: Supervisory and Mentoring Support


Download LoboVault: The Effect of remittances on Child Schooling in Ecuador, (MA Thesis), Jose R. Bucheli-Penafiel, 2012



NSC would like to acknowledge research mentoring support of the following scholars

Dr. Alok K. Bohara (Professor, Department of Economics, UNM),
Dr. Jennifer Thacher (Associate Professor, UNM),
Dr. Keshav Bhattarai (Professor of Geography, Program Coordinator, School of Environmental, Physical & Applied Sciences, University of Central Missouri)
Dr. Wendy Hansen (Professor, Department of Political Science, UNM)
Dr. Grant Harris (Ecologist, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Albuquerque)
Dr. Kristine Grimsrud (formally at UNM, Researcher, Statistics Norway)
Dr. Christine Sauer (Professor, Department of Economics, and ISI Director)
Dr. Matias Fontenla (Associate Professor, Department of Economics)
Dr. Robert Berrens (Professor, Department of Economics, UNM)
Dr. Janie Chermak (Professor, Department of Economics) and many others


 



Research poster examples:

Habitat modeling PowerPoint editable version
Food security and natural capital PowerPoint editable version
Bagmati River benefit estimates

NSC's research grant activities:

Habitat modeling: funding partner US Forest Services
(NSC-UNM Research team: Alok K. Bohara, Jennifer Thacher, Naresh Nepal)

The Center is initiating important research programs in areas such as,

GIS and Public Policy Research

Some ongoing research interest: food security mapping, poverty mapping, small area estimates, climate vulnerability and food security, choice experiment, invasive species, climate change, micro health insurance, spatial pattern of WTP, habitat modeling, Bayesian application.

Working papers sponsored by or coming out of the Nepal Study Center are posted on Himalayan Research Papers Archive. The working papers are disseminated around the world through the open access Dspace repository network of universities and libray systems.


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