Mahesh Poudyal, BSc, PhD (York, UK)

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Key Interests

Institutions in natural resources management; equity, distribution and gendered nature of natural resources management and use; environmental justice; climate change impacts at the community and household level; protected areas management and park-people conflicts; poverty, livelihoods and resource degradation.

Key Qualification

Over 15 years (8 years post-phd) of policy-oriented research experience in developing countries in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa in socio-economic and institutional aspects of biodiversity conservation, payment for ecosystem services, natural resource management and utilisation, customary land and tree tenure systems, and gender, poverty and rural livelihoods.

Education

PhD in Environment and Politics, (2010) University of York, York, UK

Master of Resource Management (MRM), (2005) Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada

Bachelor of Science in Environment, Economics, Ecology (1st Class Honours), (2002) University of York, York, UK

Research

(Aug 2017 - Jun 2018) - Postdoctoral Fellow, Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA), Research Into Results, Edinburgh
I was involved in co-editing a book synthesising eight years of research outputs from the ESPA programme. See publications list below for full reference.

(Sep 2013 – Jan 2017) – Postdoctoral Research Officer, P4ges Project, School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography, Bangor University I led the economics work package of the ESPA-funded P4ges project that looks to assess how international ecosystem service payment schemes, such as REDD+, most effectively reduce poverty in low income countries.

(Sep 2011 – Sep 2013) – Postdoctoral Fellow, Forest in Rural Studies, Department of Forest Resource Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) Within the expertise area of Forest in Rural Studies, I am involved in studies of the forest commons in Sweden, and in ccommunity-based forest management regimes generally.

(Apr 2011 – Aug 2011) – Researcher (ForestAction, Nepal) Working with Department of Forest Resource Management at SLU in Umeå, Sweden, my responsibilities included analysing survey data on Swedish forest commons, preparing a journal article based on this work, and in the development of research proposals.

(May 2010 – March 2011) – Research Associate, Environment Department, University of York I worked in the EC-6th Framework INNOVKAR Project on the Study of Shea (Vitellaria paradoxa) in Sudano-Sahelian zone as the Leader of Work Package 1 (Shea tree dynamics and fruit production in the parklands), and as the Deputy Leader of Work Package 2 (Adaptation and resilience of shea tree facing climate change and drought using ecophysiological and modelling approaches).

(May 2007 – Feb 2010) – Post-graduate Researcher (part-time), Environment Department, University of YorkI worked in the EC-6th Framework INNOVKAR Project on the Study of Shea (Vitellaria paradoxa) in Sudano-Sahelian zone as the Leader of Work Package 1 (Shea tree dynamics and fruit production in the parklands), and as the Deputy Leader of Work Package 2 (Adaptation and resilience of shea tree facing climate change and drought using ecophysiological and modelling approaches).

(Oct 2003 – Sep 2005) – Research Assistant, Simon Fraser University I was one of the principal researchers on the Study of Rhino Poaching in Chitwan and Nawalparasi Districts, Nepal, part of which contributed towards my Masters Thesis.

Computing and Analytical Skills

Operating systems: Microsoft Windows (all versions), Apple MacOS, Ubuntu Linux

Document processing and spreadsheets: Microsoft Office, OpenOffice Suite, Apple iWork

Maths, Stats and Econometrics: R/RStudio, SPSS, LIMDEP, STATA

Others: STELLA (for Simulation modelling), QGIS, ArcView GIS (Basic working knowledge)

Graphics and Web design: Gimp, Adobe Lightroom, HTML & CSS

Programming and Databases: PHP and MySQL (Basic working knowledge of both)

Languages

Nepali – native language

English – speak fluently and read/write with high proficiency

Hindi – speak, read, and write with basic competence

French – beginner (completed level 1 course)

Publications
Journal Papers

Poudyal, M., J.P.G. Jones, O.S. Rakotonarivo, N. Hockley, J.M. Gibbons, R. Mandimbiniaina, A. Rasoamanana, N.S. Andrianantenaina (2018) “Who bears the cost of forest conservation?”, PeerJ 6:e5106 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.5106.

Rafidimanantsoa, H., M. Poudyal, B. Ramamonjisoa, and J.P.G. Jones (2018). “Mind the gap: the use of research in protected area management in Madagascar.” Madagascar Conservation & Development (in press). http://www.journalmcd.com/index.php/mcd/article/view/638

Jones, J.P.G., R. Mandimbiniaina, R. Kelly, P. Ranjatson, B. Rakotojoelina, K. Schreckenberg, and M. Poudyal (2018) “Human migration to the forest frontier: implications for land use change and conservation management.” Geo: Geography and Environment 2018;e00050. https://doi.org/10.1002/geo2.50

O.S. Rakotonarivo, J.B. Jacobsen, M. Poudyal, A. Rasoamanana, N. Hockley (2018) “Estimating welfare impacts where property rights are contested: methodological and policy implications”, Land Use Policy 70: 71-83. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2017.09.051

Poudyal, M., B.S. Ramamonjisoa, N. Hockley, O.S. Rakotonarivo, J.M. Gibbons, R. Mandimbiniaina, A. Rasoamanana, J.P.G. Jones (2016) “Can REDD+ social safeguards reach the ‘right’ people? Lessons from Madagascar”, Global Environmental Change 37: 31-42. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2016.01.004

Sandström, S., M. Poudyal, S. Berg Lejon, and G. Lidestav (2016) “Absent neighbours and passive shareholders – The issue of residency and involvement in the management of a forest common”, Journal of Forest Economics 24:205-217. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jfe.2016.05.003

Poudyal, M., G. Lidestav, P. Sandström, and S. Sandström (2015) “Supporting community governance in boreal forests by introducing participatory-GIS through action research”, International Journal of Action Research 11(3): 236-264.

Lidestav, G., M. Poudyal, E. Holmgren, and E.C.H. Keskitalo (2013) “Shareholder perceptions of individual and common benefits in Swedish Forest Commons”, International Journal of the Commons 7(1): 164-182. http://doi.org/10.18352/ijc.323

Poudyal, M. (2011) “Chiefs and trees: tenures and incentives in the management and use of two multipurpose tree species in agroforestry parklands in Northern Ghana”, Society and Natural Resources 24(10): 1063-1077. https://doi.org/10.1080/08941920.2010.523059

Poudyal, M., K. Rothley, and D. Knowler (2009) “Ecological and economic analysis of poaching of the greater one horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) in Nepal”. Ecological Applications 19(7): 1693-1707. https://doi.org/10.1890/09-0009.1

Lovett, J.C., and M. Poudyal (2006) “Terraforming Africa”. African Journal of Ecology 44: 302-304.

Rothley, K.D., D.J. Knowler, and M. Poudyal (2004) “Population model for the greater one-horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) in Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal”. Pachyderm 37: 19-27.

Edited Book / Book Chapters

Schreckenberg, K., G. Mace, and M. Poudyal (Eds.) (2018) Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation: Trade-offs and Governance. London: Routledge. Open Access Book, download from: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9780429016295

Mace, G., K. Schreckenberg, and M. Poudyal (2018) “Ecosystem services for human wellbeing: trade-offs and governance”, in K. Schreckenberg, G. Mace and M. Poudyal (eds) Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation: Trade-offs and Governance. London: Routledge. Open Access, download from: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9780429016295/chapters/10.4324%2F9780429507090-31

Cooke, P. and M. Poudyal (2014) “Local implications of forest tenure reform: section context and overview”, in R. Bluffstone and E.J.Z. Robinson (eds) Forest Tenure Reform in Asia and Africa: Local Control for Improved Livelihoods and Forest Management, Abingdon,UK: RFF Press/Routledge.

Poudyal, M., B. Adhikari, and J. Lovett (2014) “Community-Based Leasehold Forestry in Nepal: A Genuine Tenure Reform in Progress?”, in R. Bluffstone and E.J.Z. Robinson (eds) Forest Tenure Reform in Asia and Africa: Local Control for Improved Livelihoods and Forest Management, Abingdon,UK: RFF Press/Routledge.

Adhikari, B., D. Knowler, M. Poudyal, and W. Haider (2013) “Park-people conflicts, rhino conservation and poverty alleviation in Nepal”, in P.J.H. van Beukering et. al. (eds) Nature’s Wealth: The Economics of Ecosystem Services and Poverty, pp 37-55. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Poudyal, M. and J.C. Lovett (2010) “Biodiesel as the potential alternative vehicle fuel: European policy and global environmental concern”, in J.C. Lovett and D.G. Ockwell (eds) A Handbook of Environmental Management, pp. 408-430. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

Datasets

Poudyal, M., Rakotonarivo, O.S., Rasoamanana, A., Mandimbiniaina, R., Spener, N., Hockley, N., Jones, J.P.G. (2016). Household survey and discrete choice experiment for investigating the opportunity cost of conservation restrictions in eastern Madagascar. [Data Collection]. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Archive. 10.5255/UKDA-SN-852435

Poudyal, M., Rasoamanana, A., Andrianantenaina, S.N., Mandimbiniaina, R., Hockley, N., Razafimanahaka, J.H., Rakotomboavonjy, V., Rabakoson, J.C., Ambinintsoa, J., Randrianarisoa, M., Jones, J.P.G. (2017). Household-level agricultural inputs-outputs, off-farm income and wild-harvested products survey in eastern Madagascar. [Data Collection]. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Archive. 10.5255/UKDA-SN-852790

Working Papers

Poudyal, M., and D. Knowler (2005) “Economic Incentives and Poaching of the One-Horned Indian Rhinoceros in Nepal: Poaching of the One-Horned Indian Rhinoceros in the Chitwan Valley, Nepal – A Retrospective Econometric Analysis”. PREM Working Paper No. 05–07. Poverty Reduction and Environmental Management (PREM) Program, Institute of Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Knowler, D., and M. Poudyal (2005) “Economic Incentives and Poaching of the One-Horned Indian Rhinoceros in Nepal: Simulation Modelling of Policies to Combat the Poaching of Rhino in Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal”. PREM Working Paper No. 05–11. Poverty Reduction and Environmental Management (PREM) Program, Institute of Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Adhikari, B.P., W. Haider, O. Gurung, M. Poudyal, B. Beardmore, D. Knowler, and P. van Beukering (2005) “Economic Incentives and Poaching of the One-Horned Indian Rhinoceros in Nepal: Stakeholder Perspectives in Biodiversity Conservation – Analysis of Local, National and Global Stakes in Rhino Conservation in Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal”. PREM Working Paper 05–12. Poverty Reduction and Environmental Management (PREM) Program, Institute of Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Conference Proceedings / Papers / Abstracts

Poudyal, M., B.S. Ramamonjisoa, O.S. Rakotonarivo, N.S. Andrianantenaina, N. Hockley, J.M. Gibbons, R. Mandimbiniaina, A. Rasoamanana, and J.P.G. Jones (2016) “Who bears the cost of forest conservation?” Presented at 2nd Annual FLARE Meeting, 2-5 December 2016, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.

Poudyal, M., J.P.G. Jones, N. Hockley, S. Rakotonarivo, B. Ramamonjisoa, R. Mandimbiniaina, and A. Rasoamanana (2014) “Who bears the cost of forest conservation under REDD+?” Presented at ESPA 2014 Annual Science Meeting 26 –27 November 2014, New Delhi, India.

Poudyal, M., G. Lidestav, S. Sandström, and P. Sandström (2014) “Experiences of introducing tools for better communication about land uses: The case of forestry within Vilhelmina Upper Forest Commons”, In Future Direction of Small-scale and Community-based Forestry (Proceedings from the IUFRO 3.08 & 6.08 Joint Conference, 8-13 September 2013 in Fukuoka, Japan), pp 300-305. Fukuoka, Japan: IUFRO 3.08 & 6.08 Joint Conference Organizing Committee.

Poudyal, M., S. Sandström, G. Lidestav, and S. Berg Lejon (2014) “Absent neighbours and passive shareholders – the issue of residency and involvement in the management of a forest common.” Presented at IASC 3rd European Meeting: From generation to generation – the use of commons in a changing society 16-19 September 2014, Umeå, Sweden.

Poudyal, M., and G. Lidestav (2012) “Governance and benefits sharing in the Swedish forest commons: an assessment of the shareholder satisfaction”, In Forest Commons – Role Model for Sustainable Local Governance and Forest Management (Proceedings from the International Workshop 9-11 October 2011 in Burbach, Germany), Booklet 22 of the State Forestry Administration series North Rhine-Westphalia, pp 58-65. Münster, Germany: State Forestry Administration, NRW.

Poudyal, M. and G. Lidestav (2012) “Analysing participation in Swedish forest commons: where women stand?” Presented at IUFRO 6.08 – Gender and Forestry Conference, Environmental governance and four decades of gender research: Where do we stand? 27–29 November 2012, Wondo Genet Forestry College, Ethiopia.

Poudyal, M. and G. Lidestav (2012) “Increasing shareholder participation in forest commons’ governance: what are the chances and challenges?” Presented at Rural at the Edge /2nd Nordic Conference for Rural Research, 21-23 May 2012, Joensuu, Finland.

Poudyal, M., and G. Lidestav (2011) “Governance and benefits sharing in the Swedish Forest Commons: an assessment of the shareholder satisfaction”. Paper presented at Forest Commons – Role Model for Sustainable Local Governance and Forest Management, International Workshop, 9-11 October 2011, Burbach, Germany.

Poudyal, M. (2010) “Utilisation, management and ecology of indigenous economic trees in agroforestry parklands: the role of tree tenure”. Paper presented at the International Society for Ecological Economics, 11th Biennial Conference ISEE 2010 – Advancing Sustainability in a Time of Crisis, 22-25 August 2010, Oldenburg and Bremen, Germany.

Poudyal, M., and D. Knowler (2006) “The Economics of Rhinoceros Poaching in Nepal: An Empirical Analysis and Theoretical Extension”. Paper presented at the International Conference on Economics of Poverty, Environment and Natural Resource Use, 17 – 19 May 2006, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Adhikari, B., and M. Poudyal (2004) “Economic Incentives and Poaching of the One-Horned Indian Rhinoceros in Nepal”. International Society for Ecological Economics, 8th Biennial Scientific Conference, ISEE 2004, 11 – 14 July 2004, Montréal, Canada.

Teaching

(2016) – Session on “Social Research Methods” at the ESPA Summer School 2016, Lanark, Scotland (April 2016, Approx. 30 participants).

(2014) – One-week intensive course in ‘Community-based conservation & behavioural change’ as part of the Durrell Conservation Academy Mauritius’s Post-Graduate Diploma in Endangered Species Recovery (16-20 June 2014, Mauritius, 10 participants).

(2012) – “Gender and Natural Resources Management” (Masters/PhD course) in Department of Forest Resource Management, SLU. Lecture on Gender & Forestry in the Global South.

(2007/2008) – Teaching Assistant, Environment Department, University of York Occasional teaching duties in the Undergraduate/Masters courses “Environment, Law and Policy”, and “Forest Management”

(2004) – Teaching Assistant, School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University, Canada Running tutorials on the course “REM 100 – Global Change”

Professional Trainings

Teaching in Higher Education, basic course (2012) Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå, Sweden

Survey methods in the context of poverty and the environment: Design, Sampling and Implementation (2004) Vrije Universiteit, Institute of Environmental Studies (IVM), Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Awards

2005-2008 ORSAS Award (UK) – For the PhD degree at the University of York, UK

2005-2008 University Research Studentship (York) – For the PhD degree at the University of York

2002-2003 University’s Graduate Fellowships (SFU) – For the degree of Master of Resource Management (MRM) at Simon Fraser University, Canada

1999-2002 Overseas Students’s Trust Fund (of York) Scholarship – To study for Bachelor of Science in Environment, Economics and Ecology (BSc EEE) at the University of York, UK

Memberships

» Britain-Nepal Academic Council (BNAC)