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Fifth Annual Himalayan Policy Research Conference (HPRC) 2010 at Madison, (Oct. 14, 2010) organized by NSC, University of New Mexico
At the pre-conference venue of the University of Wisconsin's 39th Conference on South Asia (Oct. 14-17, 2010)
HPRC focuses on SAARC countries: South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation


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Fifth HPRC 2010 Announcement, Conference Details, and Coordinators


Call for Abstracts
Fifth Annual Himalayan Policy Research Conference
A focus on SAARC countries: South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation
Nepal Study Center, University of New Mexico
(October 14, 2010, Madison at the pre-conference venue of the U. of Wisconsin--Madison's 39th Conference on South Asia, October 14-17, 2010)

The Nepal Study Center is pleased to announce the Fifth Annual Himalayan Policy Research Conference. The Conference will be held in Madison, Wisconsin at the University of Wisconsin’s 39th Annual Conference on South Asia ’s pre-conference venue on October 14, 2010, at the Madison Concourse Hotel.

Attention: We also encourage you to attend the Annual Conference on South Asia which begins on October 15th through October 17th at the same venue. For their registration information and other programmatic details click here.

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. Abstract submission guideline:

Abstract Outline:
1. Authors, affiliations, email addresses;
2. Status of research/paper:
a. Complete
b. Writing stage
c. Data analysis phase
d. Data collection phase
e. Completion of desk study and data collection to begin
f. Conceptual state;
3. Title of the paper;
4. Background;
5. Methods;
6. Results (if any at this stage);
7. Conclusions (if any at this stage).

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, 2010. 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

Note: These registration fees cover only the HPRC sessions on October 14th. In order to attend their conference sessions (October 15th -October 17th) and to receive their program booklets you must go through their registration process. For their registration information click here.

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, nor can we cover your hotel accommodation.

Some possible sources for funding could be as follows.

>>The Henry Luce Foundation Asia Project Grants
>>Social Science Research Council
>>Asia Society
>>Society for South Asian Studies

(For international scholars: Your firm plan and an advanced notification regarding the likelihood of attending the conference will help us organize the event more efficiently. So, please kindly provide the following information: Do you already have funds and visa for attending the conference? a. Yes, have both funds and visa b. Have funds, need to apply for visa c. Have visa, have to look for funds d. Have to apply for visa and find funds)

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.

Please copy your emails to Steve J. Archambault <>
Nepal Study Center Secretariat
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131, USA

Mark your calandar (Happy Hour): October 13th Wednesday evening (5:00PM-6:30PM) come and join us for a happy hour to meet with other participants and form linkages and network. Basic snack will be provided by the NSC.

Details: HPRC 2010 Conference Page

Conference Coordinators

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


Participants themselves are required to arrange for their air travel, hotel accommodations, and local transportation to and from the airport. All the necessary information including phone numbers and some valuable tips are provided below.

Conference Rooms: Capitol A and Capitol B (second floor), 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 (Madison Hostel): 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.

Local Transporation to and From the Airport

NSC conference does not provide any transportation to and from the airport. You should contact your own hotels or hostels and ask for the shuttle or the local bus schedule routing information.

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).

Those who are staying elsewhere should contact them directly to find out about the shuttle arrangements. Smaller lodges, hostels, university housing, and motels generally do not provide shuttle services. But Madison being a small university town, taking local buses and getting off near the nearby street intersections is not that inconvenient. Make sure to have some one dollar bills with you.

Bus ride: The Madison Metro provides bus service which connects the airport to downtown. The one way fare is $1.50 (exact change required). The airport stop is outside the baggage hall just beyond the taxi stand.

Cab Ride: You can also use a cab that may cost you about $17- $20 depending upon the traffic and the location of your hotel/hostel. There are cabs generally available outside the airport. Or you can use the courtsey phone at the airport to call Union Cab (601 242 2000).

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 39th 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 a 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, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Marquette University
Joel Heinen Dr Joel Heinen, Professor, Department of Environmental Studies, Florida International University
Jennifer Thacher

Dr. Jennifer Thacher, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of New Mexico. She specializes in environmental economics and empirical modeling and non-market valuation.

HPRC2010 Live Webcasting

In 2010, NSC will attempt to live webcast (on the Internet) some segment of the conference for the benefit of those scholars who cannot attend the conference in Madison. This is also one of the ways NSC intends to promote global connectivity.

Interested shcolars should register their names on the electronic signing sheet. Because of the limited seats, only the first 100-200 will be sent an email with the link to long in and watch the slides, hear voices, and perhaps see the video. They can also interact by sending questions through the chatline.

Click here:
HPRC2010 Live webcast signing sheet

Click here: Spatial Distribution of the Live Audience

Program Outline, Panelists, and List of Participants, Short Paper Abstracts


Download: click here for the latest draft

Acknowledgement, Conference Survey Feedback and Comments


NSC would like to thank the following organizations and individuals for their valuable financial support: University of New Mexico, College of Arts and Sciences; The Robert Wood Johnson (Foundation) Health Institute, UNM; Honorary Counsel General Marvin A. Brustin of Chicago;

HPRC 2010 Team: Coordinators: Alok K. Bohara, PhD; Vijaya Sharma, PhD; Jeffery Drope, PhD; Mukti Upadhyay,, PhD; Jennifer Thacher, PhD; and Joel Heinen, PhD. Graduate student volunteers: Steve Archambault; Hari Katuwal (UNM); Naresh Nepal (UNM); Prakash Adhikari (UNM); Santosh Lamichane (UW); Shika Basnet (UPitt); Surendra Prajapati (UW). UNM Staff: Maria Daw.

"The Nepal Study Centre is doing very sincere efforts by organising HPRC annual conference.It is very much fruitful for academicians, researchers, planners,students and managment."
NMP VERMA, Professor, Department of Economics; Formerly, Founder Head, Dean and Ex-Acting Vice Chancellor; Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University,A Central Universty,RBL Road, LUCKNOW - 226025, INDIA

"It is really good experience attending conference like HPRC-2010. I enjoyed the deliberations and gain feedback on our papers. I also appreciate the effort to bring webcasting of the conferece proceedings which was closed after first session. It is a suggestion if this facility can be extended to second session(i.e.after lunch) and both in both the halls also.The process of presentation/discussion was in order and exciting.

Secondly, as HPRC-2010 is the preconference of South Asia Conference, if SANDEE Nepal will communicate to all members in details about the second one it will be better to contribute some paper in that conference those who are participating from India. Above all the conference was upto the satisfaction of the partcipants. I hope that the suggestion given above will be considered in the next conference-2011. I applaud the effort of all the organising team."

Dr.AK Naik;Registrar,National Institute of Science Education and Research(NISER);An Autonomous Institute under Department of Atomic Energy,Govt.of India,
IOP Campus,Sainik School;Bhubaneswar,Odisha,India

HPRC 2010 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 2010 Proceedings

Guest Editors:
Vijaya R. Sharma, PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder; Jeffery Drope, PhD, Marquette University; Mukti P. Upadhyay, PhD, Eastern Illinois University

Technical Support: Steven Archambault, Prakash Adhikari, Hari Katuwal,Naresh Nepal (University of New Mexico)

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, searh by typing in "Himalayan Research Papers Archive, 2010")

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

Click here: photos

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