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Nepal Study Center

A Global Perspective on International Development, Environment, and Global Health

The objective of the Nepal Study Center (NSC) at the University of New Mexico is to promote research and policy debate among scholars who are interested on South Asia and the Himalayan region.  It also strongly encourages a comparative global perspective beyond South Asia to include other regions of the world such as Latin America and Africa. Nepal Study Center


In support of these objectives, the NSC brings together scholars and academic institutions from North America and the countries in the Himalayan region and elsewhere to share knowledge on policy research issues. NSC's activities include

  •     Annual conferences
  •     e-journals
  •     e-repository
  •     Doctoral research and mentoring
  •     Student exchanges and hands-on summer practicum Himalayan Study Abroad Program

International Partnerships

The NSC, through its offices at UNM and a branch in Nepal's Kathmandu University, strives to foster collaboration between the University of New Mexico, Kathmandu University, and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). NSC takes pride in generating opportunities for its affiliated faculty and students from UNM in the 8-country Himalayan University Consortium; UNM is an associate member of the consortium. UNM's MOU Partners in the Himalayan Region 

Doctoral Research

The NSC encourages research that is collaborative, multidisciplinary, policy oriented, theoretically motivated and data intensive.  Students affiliated with the center use state of the art research tools and statistical methods.

Multidisciplinary research area   
  • Development: poverty inequality, food security, migration decisions, microfinance, gender discrimination, political conflict, formal and informal sectors etc.
  • Environment: recycling, landfill management and sanitation, environmental degradation, water quality,  eco-systems and habitat range analysis, climate change, social and natural capital, amenity migration, invasive species, quality of life  etc.
  • Health: global health, maternal health, microfinance and health benefit, health inequality etc.
Analytical Methods
  • Bayesian MCMC methods, semi-parametric methods, GIS/spatial econometric tools, GMM dynamic panel analysis, non-market valuation, choice experiment surveys, small area estimate

  • Primary data collection and choice experiment surveys; secondary data bases: living standard surveys, demographic and health surveys, GIS images, land-use coverage, digital roads, census, GPS collared animal movements, aerial surveys  
Software Usage
  • Stata, ArcGIS, R, Mathematica, Stella 

Several papers have appeared in various peer-reviewed journals.  Students affiliated with the center have gone on to undertake positions as post-docs, tenure track faculty, and senior economists with international organizations. 

Useful links: Graduate Research, Graduate Research Fellowship

Global South (South-South) Initiative

The Center is undertaking this new initiative to promote scholarly dialogue on issues with a common theme affecting the three continents --South Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The International Development and Sustainability --South-South Initiative (IDS-SSI) is a common platform for UNM scholars and students, who are doing development-related research in different cultural settings across the globe.