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Sixth Annual Himalayan Policy Research Conference (HPRC) 2011 at Madison, (Oct. 20, 2011) organized by NSC, University of New Mexico
At the pre-conference venue of the University of Wisconsin's 40th Conference on South Asia (Oct. 20-23, 2011)
HPRC focuses on SAARC countries: South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation


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Sixth HPRC 2011 Announcement, Conference Details, and Coordinators


Sixth Annual Himalayan Policy Research Conference (HPRC 2011)
A focus on SAARC countries: South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation
Nepal Study Center, University of New Mexico

DATE: October 20, 2011

VENUE: The Madison Concourse Hotel, Wisconsin

The Nepal Study Center is pleased to announce the Sixth Annual Himalayan Policy Research Conference. The Conference will be held in Madison, Wisconsin at the University of Wisconsin’s 40th Annual Conference on South Asia ’s (October 20--23, 2011) -- pre-conference venue on October 20, 2011.

(Attention: We also encourage you to attend the Annual Conference on South Asia which begins on October 21st at the same venue. )


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.


We accept electronic as well as paper submissions of abstracts. Here are the abstract submission guidelines:

Abstract Outline:

1. Authors’ names, affiliations, email addresses;
2. Status of research/paper:

2.1 Complete
2.2 Writing stage
2.3 Data analysis phase
2.4 Data collection phase
2.5 Completion of desk study and data collection to begin
2.6 Conceptual state;

3. Title of the paper
4. Abstract (1-3 pages), including:

4.1 Research question with some background,
4.2 Methods used,
4.3 Results (if any at this stage), and
4.4 Conclusion (if any at this stage).

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. Please include the following information with your abstract submission:

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

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.


The submission deadline is June 30, 2011. Your timely response will be highly appreciated.


September 30th. Please attach a word document (not PDF).


Non-SAARC $50.00;
Students (non-SAARC) $30.00;
SAARC Countries (currently working and/or residing) $20.00


Papers, Abstracts, and Proceedings of the Himalayan Journal of Development and Democracy (HJDD):
After the conclusion of the conference, HJDD will publish a conference proceeding. You will be invited to submit an expanded version of the abstract for publication in the proceedings issue. Publication of your expanded abstract will not prevent you from submitting your work in other traditional journals. We also strongly encourage you to submit your preliminary draft version of your working papers for dissemination through the NSC's Himalayan Research Papers Archive <>. For past issues, click here: <>


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.

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


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 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


Wednesday October 19th from 5:00PM - 6:30PM. Come and join us for a happy hour to meet with other participants and form linkages and network. Basic snacks will be provided by the NSC.


HPRC 2011 Conference Page


Alok K. Bohara, Professor, University of New Mexico
Vijaya R. Sharma, Department of Economics, University of Colorado, Boulder
Jeffrey Drope, Department of Political Science, Marquette University
Mukti P. Upadhyay, Department of Economics, Eastern Illinois University
Jennifer Thacher, Department of Economics, University of New Mexico

Nepal Study Center, University of New Mexico
Global connectivity and policy research focus on SAARC nations
Department of Economics
MSC 05 3060
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001, USA
Ph: 505-277-5903/5304(w)
Nepal Study Center:


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 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
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.

HPRC2011 Live Webcasting

As an experiment, in 2010, NSC did live webcast (on the Internet) some segment of the conference for the benefit of those scholars who could not 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.

(Efforts are underway to evaluate this segment of the event. A notice will be posted regarding this. )

Conference Message Board

Participants are encouraged to share communication on, e.g., "" regarding information about the hotel accommodation, room sharing etc..

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

Download: program outline

Acknowledgement, Conference Survey Feedback and Comments


See HPRC 2011 proceedings

HPRC 2011 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 2011 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, 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

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HPRC 2011 Conference Photos

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