Gyan Nyaupane is Interim Associate Dean of Research in the ASU's Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions and Professor in the School of Community Resources and Development. He has been a faculty member at Arizona State University since 2004. Trained in both natural and social sciences from three different continents, his scholarship is truly interdisciplinary and international. He received his doctoral degree from the Pennsylvania State University, master's degree from Lincoln University, New Zealand, and bachelor's degree from the Institute of Forestry, Nepal.
He has research interest in understanding the human-environment interactions, particularly connecting communities and public lands using non-traditional and sustainable approaches. He is also interested in sustainable development, natural resource management, and sustainable tourism. Some of his most recent projects include understanding the role tourism can play to conserve the environment and alleviate poverty, mostly in peripheral regions. He recently led an international research project on Indigenous people’s changing relationships with the natural environment. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He has co-authored a book on Heritage and Tourism in the Developing World. He is currently co-editing a book titled, "Tourism and Development in the Himalayas: Social, Environmental and Economic Forces." He serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Tourism Review International and Associate Editor/Editorial Board member of many leading tourism journals, including Annals of Tourism Research and Journal of Travel Research. He regularly teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on Sustainable Tourism, Critical Issues in Community Development, and Tourism Planning.
Prior to academia, he worked for governmental and non-governmental organizations.