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Third Annual Himalayan Policy Research Conference 2008 at Madison, (Oct. 16, 2008) organized by NSC, University of New Mexico
At the pre-conference venue of the University of Wisconsin's 37th Conference on South Asia (October 16-19, 2009)


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Third HPRC 2008 Announcement, Conference Details, and Coordinators


Call for Abstracts
Third Annual Himalayan Policy Research Conference
Nepal Study Center
(October 16, 2008 , Madison)

The Nepal Study Center (NSC: is pleased to announce the Third Annual Himalayan Policy Research Conference. The Conference will be held in Madison, Wisconsin at the University of Wisconsin’s 37th Annual Conference on South Asia ’s pre-conference venue on October 16, 2008, at the Madison Concourse Hotel.

Topics: We invite you to send an abstract of your research, recently completed or in progress, in the field of development, democracy, governance, or environment. We consider these fields broadly as encompassing socio-economic growth (macro or sectoral), political transition, institutional development, governance and administrative reform, poverty and income distribution, education and health, regional development, gender and ethnicity, trade and remittances, aid and foreign direct investment, resource and environmental management, public-private partnership in technology and investment, child labor, and many other issues. The papers are expected to have important implications for public policy in one or more countries of the Himalayan region or South Asia .

Abstract submission guidelines: We accept electronic as well as paper submissions of abstracts. Along with your abstract, please include your name, institution affiliation, e-mail and postal address, and your area of research.

If you are also interested in serving as a session chair or discussant, please include information on the subject areas in which you will be willing to serve.

Abstract submission deadline: The submission deadline is June 1, 2008. Your timely response will be highly appreciated.

Final Paper submission deadline: September 21st. Please attach a word document (not PDF).

Registration Fee: Non-SAARC $50.00; Students (non-SAARC) $30.00; SAARC Countries $10.00

Papers, Abatracts, and Proceedings of the Himalayan Journal of Development and Democracy (HJDD): After the conclusion of the conference, HJDD will be publishing a conference proceeding. You will be invited to submit an expanded version of the abstract for publication in the proceedings. Publication of your expanded abstract in the proceeding will not prevent you from submitting your work in other traditional jurnals. For past issues, click here: HJDD

Potential Travel Grant Sources:
>>John D. McArther
>>The Henry Luce Foundation Asia Project Grants
>>Social Science Research Council
>>Asia Society
>>The International Partnership Initiative (IPI)
>>Society for South Asian Studies

Contact Address: Send your abstract or Conference/Association inquiries to Professor Alok K. Bohara, Nepal Study Center , Department of Economics, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131, U.S.A. Phone: (505) 277-5903, <> and/or Dr. Vijaya Sharma <> of the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Conference Coordinators

Alok K. Bohara, Professor, University of New Mexico
Mukti P. Upadhyay, Department of Economics, Eastern Illinois University
Joel Heinen, Department of Environmental Studies, Florida International University
Vijaya R. Sharma, Department of Economics University of Colorado, Boulder
Gyan Pradhan, Department of Economics, Westminster College
Jeffrey Drope, Department of Political Science, Marquette University


Conference Rooms: Room numbers 629 and 634, The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club.

Hotel accommodation and other Details:

Nepal Study Center will provide breakfast, lunch and refreshments on the day of the conference, October 16, 2008 . For hotel accommodation at a discount rate, please contact Madison Concourse Hotel.

Other nearby hotel and dorm accommodations within .5 to 1 mile:

Short term dorms and hostels: reasonable rates (as low as $15) and within the walking distance from the university area (1. Lowell Center/ Wisconsin Center Guest House / Lowell Hall, (608)256-2621 Guest House;; 2. Memorial Union Guest Rooms, (608)262-1583 *Guest Rooms Reservations; 3. Union South Guest Rooms (608)263-2600 Union South Info Desk / Corner Store; 4. Short Course Dorms / Humphrey and Jorns Hall / Agriculture Residence Halls; (608)262-2270 Office/Reservations;; 5. Madison Hostel; (608)441-0144 Madison Hostel;;
Doubletree Hotel Madison, 525 W. Johnson Street, Madison, Wisconsin, USA 53703; Tel: +1-608-251-5511  Fax: +1-608-251-4824 (.5 miles away)
Best Western Inn on the Park: 22 S Carroll Street, Madison, Wisconsin, 53703-3309, US; Phone: 608-257-8811 Fax: 608-257-5995; ( 0.18 miles away)
Edgewater Hotel: 666 Wisconsin Avenue , Madison, WI;l 1-800-922-5512; (0.28 miles away)
Hilton Madison Monona Terrace, 9 East Wilson Street , Madison, WI;Tel: 608-255-5100 (0.35 miles away)
Holiday Inn Madison At The American Center, 5109 W TERRACE DRIVE MADISON, WI 53718 UNITED STATES
Hotel Front Desk: 1-608-2494220; Fax: 1-608-2494110 ( 0.44 miles away)
Hotel Ruby Marie, 524 E Wilson, Madison, Wisconsin (WI) 53703 Telephone: 608-327-7829 or Toll Free: 877-690-7829 Fax: 608-327-7833 (0.48 miles away)
Campus Inn and Chancellors Club, 601 Langdon Street; Madison, Wisconsin 53703; (608) 257-4391 (800) 589-6285; Fax (608) 257-2832; (0.53 miles away)
Hostelling International at Madison: HI-Madison; 141 S. Butler St.; Madison, WI 53703 (608) 441-0144;; (Shared room: $23; Private room: $47 as of September 20, 2007); Two blocks from the Capitol.

Travel Information: (Disclaimer: Use this information at your own risk and after verification.)
To arrive at Madison, the Dane County airport (MSN) is quite convenient, although, it can be somewhat more expensive.

If price is a concern, it may be cheaper to fly into either the Milwaukee Airport (MKE) or Chicago's O'Hare Airport (ORD). There is a bus from O'Hare to Madison that will stop right in front of the UW Memorial Union. Takes about three hours from O'Hare and costs about $25.00. We don't know about ground transportation from Milwaukee, although the distance is 75 miles. Here is the web site of the bus company that provides O'Hare to Madison service:

Here is the web site for the main event venue Concourse Hotel: Their web site says they have a "free complimentary shuttle" for their hotel guests. The main hotel is generally booked in advance, so your best options would be to look for nearby accomodations (see above).

Conference Proceedings: The proceedings of that Conference are published in a special issue of the Himalayan Journal of Development and Democracy (HJDD). We encourage you to take a look at the HJDD journal site. The abstracts, the feedback from participants, and some of the photos and videos are also available there.

Association for Himalayan Policy Research: One of the goals of the annual HPR conference is to form an Association for Himalayan Policy Research and obtain a membership of the Allied Social Science Associations which conducts annually the largest of such conferences in the U.S. For this purpose, Nepal Study Center has prepared NSCPolicyResearch-L, a list of people conducting policy research in related fields. If you are a research scholar but not yet a member of this group, we encourage you to sign up for the listserve and contribute to forming the Association.

For further details about the whole SA conference, please check the University of Wisconsin's 37th South Asian Conference Website.

Dr. Alok K. Bohara is a professor of economics at the University of New Mexico (UNM), and the founder of the Nepal Study Center at UNM. His research focus is in the areas of environment and development and their relationships with poverty and conflict. His is currently interested in looking at the ways of using the information communication technology (ICT) to alleviate poverty (health, education, and the environment). He is interested in undertaking initiatives to foster global scholarly connectivity to promote interactions among the scholars with policy research interest on the Himalayan region.

Dr. Mukti Upadhyay is an associate professor of economics at Eastern Illinois University. He specializes in development economics with a focus on macro and international aspects of development.

Dr. Vijaya R. Sharma., Faculty in the Economics Department of University of Colorado, worked from 1975 to 1990 in the field of industrial sector policy, planning, and programs in Nepal and was an active member of the task force to prepare the Seventh Five-Year Industrial Development Plan and the 1987, Industrial Policy.
Jeffrey Drope
Dr. Jeffrey Drope, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Marquette University
Joel Heinen

Dr Joel Heinen, Professor, Department of Environmental Studies, Florida International University

Dr. Gyan Pradhan is Associate Professor of Economics and the John E. Simon Chair in Business at Westminster College. He earned a PhD in Economics from American University (USA). His teaching and research interests include macroeconomics, international economics, development economics and public economics. He was chair of the ABEMIS department from 2000-2004. He is also a visiting faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis.


HPRC Message Board

This forum is created to help participants share information about the HPRC conference related logstical issues --hotel room sharing, travels, restaurants, meals, sightseeing etc.

They are also welcome to discuss any other issues related to the NSC's activities: annual Himalayan conferences, e-seminars, journals, creation of an association and so on. Click here:
HPRC Message Board.

Program Outline, Panelists, and List of Participants, Paper Abstracts, Full Paper Drafts


Download: Conference Session Program Outline: panelists, list of participants

List of Abstracts

Downloads: These conference papers are uploaded on the UNM's Dspace open access e-repository: Himalayan Research Papers Archive. For any questions, please contact Mr. Prakash Adhikari, Himalayan Research Papers Archive NSC-UNM coordinator:

Click here: Himalayan Research Papers Archive
(Search either by author or by title or key words.)

IIn order to satisfy the Dspace repository MetaData requirement set by our UNM's library Dspace coordinator, please follow the simple guideline:

1. First page: Title of the paper, author's name, affiliation and email address
2. Second page (Abstract Page): An Abstract, not more than 500 single-spaced words,
3. A few keywords at the bottom of the abstract page.
4. Third page: The actual article should begin from the third page.
5. Word document: (double-spaced; 12 point Times New Roman fonts; Put all the tables, graphs and chart at the end of the paper, not in the main body; use endnotes not footnotes; do not format your paper except inserting page numbers and footnotes)

Acknowledgement, Conference Survey Feedback and Comments

NSC would like to thank all the participants for making the conference a successful event. Special thanks goes to the chairs of the sessions: Dr. C. Candland, Dr. J. Drope, Dr. L. Acharya, Dr. K. Bhattarai, Dr. P. Kantha, Dr. F. Khan, and Dr. J. Heinen, and also to the coordinators. NSc is also grateful to those who gave tax deductible gifts to NSC to cover some of the conference costs (Mr. R. Shrestha, Dr. M. Upadhyay, Dr. V. Sharma, Dr. K. Upadhyay, Dr. A. Bohara)

21 survey forms were filled out.
Overall satisfaction (10 being the highest): mean = 8.6; median = 9
On Conference Venue question: No answer =1; indifferent or South Asian Conference of the U. of Wisconsin Madison venue = 11, In favor of changing the venue = 9 (Many graduate students showed concern about the room/board and travel cost).
On proving teaching service to NSC-supported grogram like the KU's prospective Graduate School of Economics and Public Policy at Kathmandu University and also to Security Management program at KU School of Management: 10 faculty or doctoral students showed interest -- demography; survey methods; economics; democracy; international economics; GIS/remote sensing; bio-diversity; environmental science and policy; goverance; rule of law; public policy and planning; economics.

Comments: rooms could have been better; Expand time for sessions; Great work; Attracting more women scholars for participation; sharing only 2/3 program revisions would be better to reduce confusion; changing the venue to UNM or other universities would be nice.

Observation: Some scholars attending the 37th South Asian main event presented at our HPRC conference too. Some scholars flying in from India for the main event expressed great interest to attend our conference next year. This complementarity between our HPRC conference and the main South Asian Conference of the U. of Wisconsin has been recognized as a draw for scholars who are interested on the broader issues related to South Asia. This has been cited as one of the main reasons for holding our HPRC conference at Madison to enhance our scholarly network.

Friday morning brainstorming at Michelangelo's Coffee House (9AM - 11AM): A group of participants gathered over coffee and bagel to discuss the following: how to expand participation from other South Asian nations; increasing the North American graduate student participation; seminar format; e-seminar option; peer-to-peer graduate student interaction, identifying sources for funds to supplement cost for junior scholars' expenses especially those flying in from South Asia. The group also looked at the NSC's brochure and provided feedback.

Lunch break discussion: NSC provided complimentary lunch to our participants. During the lunch break, Dr. Bohara gave a brief introduction to various NSC-related activities -- e-journals, summer program, HPRC conference, and Dspace archive. Dr. M. Upadhyay talked about our long-run goal of creating a Himalayan Policy Research Association and filing for a membership with the ASSA. Dr. Mahendra Lawoti informed us of a meeting, and Ms. Meeta Pradhan made quick announcement about a dataset.

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