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Fourth Annual Himalayan Policy Research Conference 2009 at Madison, (Oct. 22, 2009) organized by NSC, University of New Mexico
At the pre-conference venue of the University of Wisconsin's 38th Conference on South Asia (Oct. 22-25, 2009)


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Fourth HPRC 2009 Announcement, Conference Details, and Coordinators


Call for Abstracts
Fourth Annual Himalayan Policy Research Conference
Nepal Study Center, University of New Mexico
(October 22, 2009, Madison at the pre-conference venue of the U. of Wisconsin--Madison's 38th Conference on South Asia, October 22-25, 2009)

The Nepal Study Center (NSC: is pleased to announce the Fourth Annual Himalayan Policy Research Conference. The Conference will be held in Madison, Wisconsin at the University of Wisconsin’s 38th Annual Conference on South Asia ’s pre-conference venue on October 22, 2009, 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 30, 2009. Your timely response will be highly appreciated.

Final Paper submission deadline: September 30th. Please attach a word document (not PDF).

Registration Fee: Non-SAARC $50.00; Students (non-SAARC) $30.00; SAARC Countries $20.00

Papers, Abstracts, 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. We also strongly encourage you to submit your perliminary draft version of your working papers for dissemination through the NSC's Himalayan Research Papers Archive. For past issues, click here: HJDD

Potential Travel Grant Sources:
We regret to inform you that the Nepal Study Center does not have any resources to cover your travel plans or the conference expenses. Some possible sources for funding could be as follows.

>>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.

For immediate assistance and queries please communicate with Dr. Sharma. Dr. Bohara will be traveling during the weeks of May 21 - June 30th.  Please avoid using the email and send your queries and abstract to Dr. Sharma's email and copy it to Steve J. Archambault <>

Details: HPRC 2009 Conference Page

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: Assembly Room and Caucus Room, ground floor (tentative), 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. For hotel accommodation at a discount rate, please contact Madison Concourse Hotel. Participants also gather to do a group dinner in the evening (self pay).

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;;

Great Deal / Madison Hostel (608)441-0144 Madison Hostel;; Office Hours: 8-11am and 5-10pm. Tentative rates: Dorm room: female dorm 6 beds in a room $22/person/night, across the hall bath; Male dorm: 6 beds in a room $22/person/night, attached bath; co-ed room 6 beds in a room $22/person/night, attached bath; Private rooms: 1 room with two beds $58/person/night; 1 room with 1 full size bed $58/person/night; 1 room with 4 beds $22/person/night. Within walking distance from Concourse Hotel. Arriving at the Madison Hostel by Bus, by Car, or from the Airport:

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.
Lowell Center / Wisconsin Center Guest House / Lowell Hall 610 Langdon St; Madison, WI 53703; (608)256-2621 Guest House; (608)262-5445 FAX; E-mail:; Overnight accommodations (single and double rooms) for people affiliated with the university, i.e., attending a conference or meeting sponsored by the state or university. Pool and sauna available for guests. 79 guest rooms available. Limited parking provided for guests. Can accommodate prospective UW students--must mention that they are a prospective student and what department they are visiting.

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 38th 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, Short Paper Abstracts


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

List of Abstracts

Acknowledgement, Conference Survey Feedback and Comments


It was a good collection of papers on SAARC nations with a diverse interdisciplinary fields. The conversation that ensued among the scholars after the conference was very productive as well.  Thank you all for that.

The conference organizers would like to thank you all for your active participation.  We are especially thankful to those who flew in from other countries --India, Pakistan, and Canada. We hope that you will pass on the news of this conference to other colleagues in your regions.  We would also like to appreciate tremendous help provided by Steve Archambault, Prakash Adhikari, Hari Katuwal, Dr. Mukti Upadhyay, Maria Daw, and Dr. Jeff Drope in preparing the logistics for the conference venue.  Dr. Sharma's untiring help in putting together the schedule is much appreciated.  We acknowledge partial financial support from the Dean of Arts and Sciences of UNM.

Colleagues from overseas expressed deep satisfaction in seeing such conference organized in North America. They see this as an opportunity for networking, sharing, and collaborating between the scholars from the two continents on research policy issues related to SAARC nations.

HPRC 2009 Proceedings

There are
three ways to get the conference work published and disseminated through the NSC's resources --conference proceedings (short expanded abstract), working papers series (full working papers), and/or NSC's peer-reviewed journal HJDD:

1) Proceeding of the expanded abstracts (maximum 6 pages) in the Himalayan Journal Developnent and Democracy (HJDD). This is mandatory for all conference participants. The proceeding publication does not prevent you from submitting it to other journals.
2) Uploading preliminary working papers (full draft) in NSC's Himalayan Research Papers Archive. Strongly recommended to get the preliminary work disseminated through the working papers series. Posting on the archive does not prevent you from submitting it for journal publication.
3) Subbmitting a final revised version for peer-reviewed process for possible publication in HJDD.

Click here for
HPRC 2009 Proceedings

FULL DRAFTS AS WORKING PAPERS: Himalayan Research Papers Archive
Downloads: These conference papers can be submitted for uploading on the UNM's Dspace open access e-repository: Himalayan Research Papers Archive. The Dspace respository goes out to several hundred universities and libraries all over the world. 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. For this year, to be uploaded.)

In 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)

Conference Photos

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HPRC 2009 conference photos

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