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Milan Shrestha

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Senior Sustainability Scientist
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Biography: 

Milan is a sustainability scientist with background in environmental anthropology, international development, and geospatial analysis. Milan’s expertise is socio-cultural dimensions of agriculture-food systems, common pool resources, and disaster risks. He also specializes in an interdisciplinary approach that combines social data with geospatial analysis and visualization techniques to reveal complex patterns of environmental change such as, land cover change, landscape fragmentation, deforestation, and urban growth. More recently, his research has focused on the agriculture-water-climate change nexus, particularly how people respond to climate change, glacial flood hazards and disaster risks, and how their sociocultural, economic and institutional factors might influence their social adaptation strategies.

Education: 
  • Ph.D. Ecological and Environmental Anthropology, University of Georgia
  • M.A. International Development, Clark University
Research Interests: 

With a long-term research focus in Nepal and the US Southwest, Milan has been studying how shared cultural knowledge and rules shape people's perception and decision-making on these sustainability challenges: 1) agriculture and food systems, 2) urban-rural linkages of land systems, 3) cryospheric disaster risks, and 4) common-pool resources. As an applied anthropologist, his research projects are interdisciplinary in nature and he combines anthropological methods (e.g., ethnography, surveys, ethnoecology) and geospatial analysis and visualization technique to better understand the intersectionality between societal roles and complex patterns of environmental change such as, deforestation, urban growth, landscape fragmentation, and melting glaciers. 

More recently, his research has focused on the climate change-water-agriculture nexus, particularly how people respond to climate change, glacial flood hazards and disaster risks, and how their sociocultural, economic and institutional factors might influence their social adaptation strategies.

Publications: 

Byers, A. C, M. B. Chand, J. Lala, M. Shrestha, E. A. Byers, and T. Watanabe. 2020. Reconstructing the History of Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOF) in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, East Nepal: An Interdisciplinary Approach. Sustainability, 12(13), 5407; doi.org/10.3390/su12135407

Thompson, I., M. Shrestha, N. Chhetri, & D. B. Agusdinata. 2020. An institutional analysis of glacial floods and disaster risk management in the Nepal Himalaya. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 47: 101567. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.101567 

Byers, A.C., E. Byers, M. Shrestha, D. Thapa, & B. Sharma. 2020. Impacts of Yartsa Gunbu Harvesting on Alpine Ecosystems in the Barun Valley, Makalu-Barun National Park, Nepal. HIMALAYA, the Journal of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies 39(2): 44-59

Sherpa, S., M. Shrestha, H. Eakin, H., & C. G. Boone. 2019. Cryospheric Hazards and Risks Perceptions in the Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) National Park and Buffer Zone, Nepal. Natural Hazards. DOI:10.1007/s11069-018-3560-0

Ishtiaque, A., M. Shrestha, & N. Chhetri. 2017. Rapid Urban Growth in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal: Monitoring Land Use Land Cover Dynamics of a Himalayan City with Landsat Imageries. Environments, 4(4), 72. DOI:10.3390/environments4040072

Chaudhary, P., N. B. Chhetri, B. Dorman, T. Gegg, R. B. Rana, M. Shrestha, K. Thapa, K. Lamsal and S. Thapa. (2015). Turning conflict into collaboration in managing commons: A case of Rupa Lake Watershed, Nepal. International Journal of the Commons 9(2):744-771.

Wagley, U. and M. Shrestha. (2015). Poverty in Nepal. In Encyclopedia of World Poverty 2nd Edition, edited by Mehmet Odekon. SAGE Reference

Shrestha, M. (2014). The Changing Dynamics of Mountain Agriculture and Land Use in Lamjung, Nepal. Global Environmental Research, 18: 173-182 

S. Zhang, A York, C. Boone, and M Shrestha. (2013). Methodological Advances in the Spatial Analysis of Land Fragmentation. Professional Geographer DOI:10.1080/00330124.2012.700501

Shrestha, M., A York, C. Boone, and S. Zhang. (2012). Land Fragmentation due to Rapid Urbanization in the Metropolitan Phoenix Area: Analyzing the Spatiotemporal Patterns and Drivers. Applied Geography, 32(2): 522-531. DOI:10.1016/j.apgeog.2011.04.004

York, A., M. Shrestha, C. Boone, S. Zhang. (2011). Land Fragmentation under Rapid Urbanization: A Cross-site Comparative Analysis. Urban Ecosystems, 14(3): 429–455

 

Research Activity: 
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 320Society and Sustainability
SOS 323Sustainable Urban Dynamics
SOS 492Honors Directed Study
SOS 596Capstone: Scientific Paper
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 320Society and Sustainability
SOS 321Policy & Gov in Sustain Systms
SOS 493Honors Thesis
SOS 494Special Topics
SOS 598Special Topics
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 320Society and Sustainability
SOS 323Sustainable Urban Dynamics
SOS 494Special Topics
SOS 598Special Topics
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 320Society and Sustainability
SOS 492Honors Directed Study
SOS 596Capstone: Scientific Paper
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 320Society and Sustainability
SOS 321Policy & Gov in Sustain Systms
SOS 494Special Topics
SOS 598Special Topics
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 494Special Topics
SOS 598Special Topics
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 320Society and Sustainability
SOS 321Policy & Gov in Sustain Systms
SOS 591Seminar
SOS 596Capstone: Scientific Paper
SOS 599Thesis
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 320Society and Sustainability
SOS 321Policy & Gov in Sustain Systms
SOS 494Special Topics
SOS 598Special Topics
SOS 790Reading and Conference
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 494Special Topics
SOS 598Special Topics
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 320Society and Sustainability
SOS 323Sustainable Urban Dynamics
SOS 591Seminar
SOS 592Research
SOS 596Capstone: Scientific Paper
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 320Society and Sustainability
SOS 321Policy & Gov in Sustain Systms
SOS 494Special Topics
SOS 598Special Topics
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 494Special Topics
SOS 598Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 320Society and Sustainability
SOS 323Sustainable Urban Dynamics
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 320Society and Sustainability
SOS 321Policy & Gov in Sustain Systms
SOS 494Special Topics
SOS 598Special Topics
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 494Special Topics
SOS 598Special Topics
Presentations: 

 

 

Honors / Awards: 

Selected Honors/Awards

  • Sustaining Fellow, Society for Applied Anthropology (2015-present)
  • Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Fellowship, National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council (NRC), Washington, DC (2008)
  • Dissertation Completion Award. The Graduate School, University of Georgia (2006-2007)
  • Earth System Sciences Fellowship of National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) (2004-2007)
  • Robert McNamara Fellowship. The World Bank, Washington, DC (1999-2000)
  • National Championship, the 22nd Ratna Shield Inter-College Quiz Contest, GAA, Nepal (1990)
Professional Associations: 

Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) since 2002 - currently Sustaining Fellow 
American Anthropological Association (AAA) since 2003 Member,
The Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies (ANHS) since 2004 Member,
American Association of Geographers (AAG) since 2014 
International Association for the Study of Commons (IASC) since 2005 Member,
American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) since 2004 Member (occassional),
International Society of Ethnobiology (ISE) since 2013 (occasional) 

Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History: 

Graduate Committee Chair
Ian Thompson, M. A., School of Sustainability, ASU, (May 2019)
Sonam F. Sherpa, M. S., Sustainability, ASU, (May 2018)

Graduate Committee Member
Tashi W. Gurung, Ph.D., School of Human Evolution and Social Change, ASU 2017 - present
Michelle Clark, Ph.D., School of Life Sciences, ASU, (August 2020)
Phillip Moore, M. A., School of Sustainability, ASU, (May 2020)
Anisa Villareal, MA, The New College, ASU, (December 2018)
Daniel Culotta, M.S., School of Sustainability, ASU (May 2011)

Undergraduate Honors Thesis Committee 
Lucien Dieter (Reader) 2020 - present
Alexandra Neumann (Director) 2019 - present
Sukhmani Singh (Director), December 2020
Vanessa Villalobos (Dierctor), August 2020
Laura Quintero Cervantes (Director) - December 2015
Katherine Phillips (Reader) - May 2016
Alex Parma (Reader) - May 2013

Service: 

Arizona State University
SURE (Sustainability Undergraduate Research Experience) Committee, 2019 - present
Examiner, President’s Award for Sustainability Committee, 2014 - present
Search Committee, Lecturers and Instructors, 2019
Reviewer, CAP LTER Graduate Students Research Grants Proposal Review Committee, 2010-2011

Professional Services
Executive Council Member, the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies (ANHS), 2008-2012 and 2020 - present
Member, Senior Fellowship Application Review Committee, ANHS, 2016
Board Member, Culture & Agriculture (C&A) Section, American Anthropological Association, 2007-2009  

Journal Manuscripts Review
Ambio, Applied Geography (x3), Chinese Journal of Population and Environment, Climate Change & Development, Conservation & Society, Contemporary South Asia, Culture & Agriculture, Ecology & Society (x3), Ecological Processes, The International Journal of Commons (x3), The Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Land – Interdisciplinary Journal, PLoS One (x4), SAGE Open, The Science of the Total Environment (STOTEN), Science Advances, Urban Geography    


Research Proposal and Grant Reviews
National Geographic Society (NGS) Research and Exploration Grant Proposals
Reviewer, proposals submitted to Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Arts and Humanities Research Council of the UK Research and Innovation (http://www.ukri.org)


Book Manuscript Reviewer
Wolters Kluwer (Aspen Publishers) 2017, Guilford Press 2015

Consulting: 

2000    International Centre for Integrated Development (ICIMOD), Nepal     
1998    Centre for Self-help Development (CSD), Nepal
1993    The World Bank, Kathmandu, Nepal