Dr Krishna K. Shrestha

Senior Lecturer in Development Studies
PhD (Sydney), MEnv.EM (UTS), Grad. Cert. (Higher Ed. Sydney)
School of Social Sciences

Contact

+61 (2) 9385 1413
+61 (2) 9385 1040
Room G30, Morven Brown
Kensington Campus
Fields: Natural Resource Management, Urban and Regional Studies, Environmental Science and Management, Human Geography, Environmental Sociology
Tags: Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society, Climate Change Adaptation Measures, Rights to environmental and natural resources, Environmental Ethics, Forest and Woodlands Land Management

Krishna K. Shrestha is a development and environmental geographer.  His research program is in the interdisciplinary analysis of Social and Environmental Justice, focusing on the intersection of development and environmental planning, policy and management. Over the years, his research projects encompass four key areas: a) political ecology and international development, b) climate change adaptation and urban planning, c) food security and livelihoods, and d) disaster resilience and justice. Connecting these is an overarching analytical thread of justice as redistribution and recognition.  

Krishna's work constitutes blending a) moral philosophy and theories of justice (drawing on seminal works of Nancy Fraser on justice as recognition, and Amartya Sen’s idea of justice and capability approach), b) critical development theories (drawing on Habermasian communicative planning), and c) political ecology (drawing on Piers Blaikie’s conception of engaged political ecology). His research on these themes simultaneously engages with grand theory and real world societal challenges. He uses grounded analysis of socio-political and ecological dynamics through a multi-scale perspective where the role of unequal power relations in constituting a politicised environment is a central theme. His research gives particular attention to the ways in which problems of justice are linked to systems of social hierarchy and political and economic control. He uses a ‘critical pragmatic’ approach to development and environmental problems in which rigorous explanation is balanced with carefully considered policy alternatives. Most of his work is interdisciplinary and empirically based which integrates social and natural science methodologies to examine the interrelationship between social and natural systems. His research, teaching and engagements are driven by the belief that science needs to be useful for society, and therefore is committed to ehnance science-policy interface.  

He has interdisciplinary qualification, with higher degrees in Geography (PhD Sydney), Higher Education (Grad. Cert. Sydney), Environmental Policy and Management (MEEM, UTS) and Forestry (BSc TU Nepal).

Krishna is currently Senior Lecturer at the School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales, Australia. Prior to this appointment, Krishna was Program Director at the Urban and Regional Planning and Policy at the University of Sydney. He also held academic and professional positions at the University of Queensland, Macquarie University and the Department of Forests in Nepal. He was a visiting scholar at the Department of Geography, Cambridge University, UK, and Visiting Senior Research Fellow at Asia Research Institute at National University of Singapore (NUS). He served as a member of the Academic Board at the University of Sydney. He is the recipient of the Endeavour Research Fellowship in 2012 by the Australian Government.

Research

Krishna K. Shrestha is Senior Lecturer in Development Studies at the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW.

Krishna is a human geographer. His main research interests encompass political ecology, climate change, development studies and urban planning, in particular the intersection of the four with his work on environmental and climate justice. His research projects investigate the interplay between equity and collective action in the context of inclusive urbanisation, climate change adaptation and environmental governance in Nepal, India and Australia. His research approach emphasises grounded analysis of socio-ecological dynamics through a multi-scale perspective. The role of unequal power relations in a politicized environment is a central theme. His research gives particular attention to the ways in which problems of justice are linked to systems of social hierarchy and political and economic control. He uses a ‘critical pragmatic’ approach to environment and development problems in which rigorous explanation is balanced with carefully considered policy alternatives. He is currently working on an ACIAR funded project on food security and local livelihood in Nepal.

Research Areas
Environmental and climate justice, climate change adaptation, environmental governance, political ecology, development planning and policy, urbanisation

Current Research Projects
:

  • Food security and livelihood in community forestry and agroforestry systems in Nepal, co-leading the project with Dr Ian Nuberg from the University of Adelaide. This is a 5-year project with a total of $ 2.5 million funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).
  • Climate justice in Nepal, supported by Endeavour Research Fellowship of the Australian Government in 2012.
  • Political ecology of natural resource management in Australia and Nepal\

Postgraduate Research Supervision

Areas of Supervision:
Climate change adaptation, urban planning and participation, inclusive green growth, theories of justice, food security and livelihood, community based natural resource management, political ecology

Current Postgraduate Research Supervision:

  • Zeenat Mahjabeen (PhD): Community participation and urban planning
  • Anisha Pradhan (PhD): Inclusion in agricultural adaptation to climate change
  • Abbie White (PhD): Social justice and climate change
  • Donna Yoo (PhD): Green growth and climate change adaptation in Korea
  • Natalia Saldarriaga (Master by Research): Urban forestry and climate change
  • Pratistha Tamrakar (Master by Research): Livelihoods and environment

Teaching areas:
Development studies, Climate change adaptation, Environmental justice and sustainability

Current teaching:

  • ARTS3750 Development, Community and Environment
  • ARTS3754 Development and Climate Change Adaptation

Affiliation and Membership:
Book review editor: Asia Pacific Viewpoint
Convenor: Environmental Sustainability Study Group of the Institute of Australian Geographers
Councilor: NSW Geographical Society
Vice president: Institute of Cultural Affairs International (ICAI)
Member: Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG)
Member: NSW Geographical Society
Life Member: Nepal Foresters Association (NFA)
Justice of the Peace (Qualified)

Publications

    Books

    • Shrestha K, 2016, Dilemmas of Justice: Collective Action and Equity in Nepal's Community Forestry, Adroit Publisher, New Delhi, India
    • Shrestha KK;Ojha HR;McManus P;Rubbo A;Dhote KK, 2014, Inclusive urbanization: Rethinking policy, practice and research in the age of climate change, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203728307
    • Jimenez J;Shrestha K, 2012, Towards a slum-free city in Buga, Columbia: Some insights from Columbia, Original, Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbrucken, Germany, http://www.amazon.com/Towards-slum-free-Colombia-Insights/dp/3659144754

    Book Chapters

    Journal articles

    • Karki R;Shrestha KK;Ojha H;Paudel N;Khatri DB;Nuberg I;Adhikary A, 2017, 'From Forests to Food Security: Pathways in Nepal’s Community Forestry', Small-scale Forestry, pp. 1 - 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11842-017-9377-y
    • Cedamon E;Nuberg I;Shrestha KK, 2017, 'How understanding of rural households’ diversity can inform agroforestry and community forestry programs in Nepal', Australian Forestry, vol. 80, pp. 153 - 160, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00049158.2017.1339237
    • Ojha HR;Shrestha KK;Subedi YR;Shah R;Nuberg I;Heyojoo B;Cedamon E;Rigg J;Tamang S;Paudel KP;Malla Y;McManus P, 2017, 'Agricultural land underutilisation in the hills of Nepal: Investigating socio-environmental pathways of change', Journal of Rural Studies, vol. 53, pp. 156 - 172, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2017.05.012
    • Cedamon E;Nuberg I;Pandit BH;Shrestha KK, 2017, 'Adaptation factors and futures of agroforestry systems in Nepal', Agroforestry Systems, pp. 1 - 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10457-017-0090-9
    • Satyal P;Shrestha K;Ojha H;Vira B;Adhikari J, 2017, 'A new Himalayan crisis? Exploring transformative resilience pathways', Environmental Development, vol. 23, pp. 47 - 56, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envdev.2017.02.010
    • Khatri D;Shrestha K;Ojha H;Paudel G;Paudel N;Pain A, 2017, 'Reframing community forest governance for food security in Nepal', Environmental Conservation, vol. 44, pp. 174 - 182, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0376892916000369
    • Cedamon E;Nuberg I;Paudel G;Basyal M;Shrestha K;Paudel N, 2017, 'Rapid Silviculture Appraisal to Characterise Stand and Determine Silviculture Priorities of Community Forests in Nepal', Small-scale Forestry, vol. 16, pp. 195 - 218, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11842-016-9351-0
    • Ojha HR;Khatri DB;Shrestha KK;Bhattarai B;Baral JC;Basnett BS;Goutam K;Sunam R;Banjade MR;Jana S;Bushley B;Dhungana SP;Paudel D, 2016, 'Can Evidence and Voice Influence Policy? A Critical Assessment of Nepal's Forestry Sector Strategy 2014', Society and Natural Resources, vol. 29, pp. 357 - 373, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08941920.2015.1122851
    • Shrestha K;Paudel K;Tamang S, 2014, 'Transforming land and livelihoods: Analysis of agricultural land abandonment in the mid-hills of Nepal', Journal of Forest and Livelihood, vol. 12, pp. 11 - 19, http://www.forestaction.org/publications/jfl/172
    • Shrestha K;Tamang S;Paudel K, 2014, 'Feminisation of agriculture and its implications for food security in rural Nepal', Journal of Forest and Livelihood, vol. 12, pp. 20 - 32, http://www.forestaction.org/publications/jfl/172
    • Shrestha K;Pandit B;Bhattarai S, 2014, 'Sustainable local livelihoods through enhancing agroforestry systems in Nepal', Journal of Forest and Livelihood, vol. 12, pp. 47 - 63, http://www.forestaction.org/publications/jfl/172
    • McManus P;Shrestha KK;Yoo D, 2014, 'Equity and climate change: Local adaptation issues and responses in the City of Lake Macquarie, Australia', Urban Climate, vol. 10, pp. 1 - 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.uclim.2014.08.003
    • Ojha HR;Khatri D;Shrestha KK;Bushley B;Sharma N, 2013, 'Carbon, community and governance: Is Nepal getting ready for REDD+', Forests Trees and Livelihoods, vol. 22, pp. 216 - 229, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14728028.2013.856166
    • Jha P;Shrestha K, 2013, 'Climate Change and Urban Water Supply: Adaptive Capacity of Local Government in Kathmandu City, Nepal', Journal of Forest and Livelihood, vol. 11, pp. 62 - 81, http://www.forestaction.org/publications/view/136
    • Neupane S;Shrestha K, 2012, 'Sustainable forest governance in a changing climate: Impacts of REDD program on the livelihood of poor communities in Nepalese community forestry', OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development, vol. 4, pp. 71 - 82, http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2048675
    • Pradhan A;Shrestha K, 2012, 'Rethinking environmental decision-making practice: Analysis of environmental and climate change decisions in Australian governments', OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development, vol. 3, pp. 11 - 26, http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1990429#%23
    • Shrestha KK;Mahjabeen Z, 2011, 'Civic science, community participation and planning for knowledge-based development: Analysis of Sydney Metropolitan Strategy', International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development, vol. 2, pp. 412 - 432, http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJKBD.2011.044315
    • Dressler W;Büscher B;Schoon M;Brockington D;Hayes T;Kull CA;McCarthy J;Shrestha K, 2010, 'From hope to crisis and back again? A critical history of the global CBNRM narrative', Environmental Conservation, vol. 37, pp. 5 - 15, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0376892910000044
    • Mahjabeen Z;Shrestha K;Dee J, 2009, 'Rethinking community participation in urban planning: The role of disadvantaged groups in Sydney Metropolitan Strategy', Australian Journal of Regional Studies, vol. 15, pp. 45 - 63, http://www.anzrsai.org/system/files/f8/f4/f51/f52/o289//Mahjabeen.pdf
    • Shrestha KK;McManus P, 2008, 'The politics of community participation in natural resource management: Lessons from community forestry in Nepal', Australian Forestry, vol. 71, pp. 135 - 146, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00049158.2008.10676280
    • Sarker A;Ross H;Shrestha KK, 2008, 'A common-pool resource approach for water quality management: An Australian case study', Ecological Economics, vol. 68, pp. 461 - 471, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2008.05.001
    • Sarker A;Ross H;Shrestha KK, 2008, 'Interdependence of common-pool resources: Lessons from a set of nested catchments in Australia', Human Ecology, vol. 36, pp. 821 - 834, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10745-008-9206-1
    • Shrestha K;Mcmanus P, 2007, 'The embeddedness of community forestry in Nepal', Small-Scale Forestry, vol. 6, pp. 273 - 290, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11842-007-9020-4

    Conference Papers

    • Shrestha K;Ojha H;Gautam M, 2016, 'Climate change adaptation in ASEAN countries: Lessons from South Asia', in Climate change adaptation in ASEAN countries: Lessons from South Asia, Oscar Lopez centre, Manila, Philippines, presented at 10 Acts to a Climate-Resilient ASEAN, Manila, Philippines, 15 - 16 March 2016
    • Shrestha K;Cedamon C;Nuberg I;Lusiana B;Mulia R;Pandit B;Subedi Y, 2016, 'EnLiFT Model 1.0: A Livelihood and Food Security Model of a Forest-Farm System', in Meadows M; Harrison S; Herbohn J (eds.), Small-scale and Community Forestry and the Changing Nature of Forest Landscapes, IUFRO Research Group 3.08, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, pp. 23 - 42, presented at IUFRO Research Group 3.08 Small-scale Forestry Conference, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 11 - 15 October 2015, https://basecamp.com/2023031/projects/2850946/messages/54282917?enlarge=210197488#attachment_210197488
    • Nuberg I;Shrestha K;Ojha H;Cedamon E, 2014, 'Enhancing Livelihoods and Food Security from Agroforestry and Community Forestry through Action Research in Nepal', in Enhancing Livelihoods and Food Security from Agroforestry and Community Forestry through Action Research in Nepal, World Agroforestry Congress, New Delhi, India, presented at Trees for Life: Accelerating the Impact of Agroforestry, New Delhi, India, 10 - 14 February 2014
    • Shrestha K;Donna Y, 2014, 'Green Growth for Whom? An Analysis of Inclusion in Climate Change Adaptation Policies and Practices in Seoul City Government, South Korea', in Green Growth for Whom? An Analysis of Inclusion in Climate Change Adaptation Policies and Practices in Seoul City Government, South Korea, Third International Climate Change Adaptation Conference, Fortaleza, Brazil, presented at Third International Climate Change Adaptation Conference, Fortaleza, Brazil, 12 - 16 May 2014
    • Marco A;Brack C;Ghosh S;Kachenko A;Mcmanus P;Shrestha K;Saldariagga N;Wang M;Yung S, 2013, 'Understanding the carbon and pollution mitigation potential of Sydney's urban forest', in Brown A; Wells K; Parsons M; Kerruish C (eds.), Managing our forests into the 21st century, Institute of Foresters Australia, Canberra, Australia, pp. 151 - 158, presented at Managing our forests in the 21st century: Institute of Foresters Australia National Conference, Canberra, Australia, 07 - 11 April 2013, http://forestryconference.org.au/ckeditor/kcfinder/upload/files/IFA%20program%20summaries%20March%202013.pdf
    • Mahjabeen Z;Shrestha K, 2009, 'Social justice and city: Community participation in Sydney's metropolitan planning', in State of Australian Cities National Conference Perth 2009, Promaco Conventions Pty Ltd, Perth, presented at State of Australian Cities: National Conference 2009, Perth, 24 - 27 November 2009, http://soac.fbe.unsw.edu.au/2009/PDF/Mahjabeen%20Zeenat_Shrestha%20Krishna.pdf
    • Shrestha K, 2009, 'Rethinking participatory forestry for equity: Views from Nepal', in Rethinking participatory forestry for equity: Views from Nepal, XIII World Forestry Congress: Forests in development - A vital balance, Buenos Aires, Argentina, presented at XIII World Forestry Congress: Forests in development - A vital balance, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 18 - 25 October 2009
    • Mahjabeen Z;Shrestha K;Dee J, 2008, 'Rethinking Community Participation in Urban Planning: The Role of Disadvantaged Groups in Sydney Metropolitan Strategy', in Proceedings of 32nd ANZRSAI Conference, The Australia and New Zealand Regional Science Association International Inc., Adelaide, Australia, pp. 167 - 185, presented at The Australia and New Zealand Regional Science Association International Inc., Adelaide, Australia, 30 November - 03 December 2008, http://www.anzrsai.org/system/files/f1/f54/o298//REFEREED%20Proceedings%20front%20pages.pdf
    • Dee J;Shrestha K;Crowther M, 2008, 'Environmental impact assessment and environmental planning education: Value conflicts in Sydney's Port Botany expansion', in Planning Education in a Globalised World, Conference Proceedings, ANZAPS Conference 2008, Australian and New Zealand Association of Planning Schools(ANZAPS) 2008, Sydney, pp. 79 - 91, presented at Australian and New Zealand Association of Planning Schools(ANZAPS) 2008, Sydney, 26 - 28 September 2008, http://trove.nla.gov.au/version/166813360
    • Shrestha K;Mcmanus P, 2007, 'The politics of community involvement in the conservation and use of forest resources: Lessons from community forestry in Nepal', in The politics of community involvement in the conservation and use of forest resources: Lessons from community forestry in Nepal, Growing Forest Values: The 2007 Institute of Foresters Australia and New Zealand Institute of Foresters Conference, Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia, pp. 345 - 360, presented at Growing Forest Values: The 2007 Institute of Foresters Australia and New Zealand Institute of Foresters Conference, Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia, 03 - 07 June 2007, http://trove.nla.gov.au/version/9192300
    • Shrestha K;Mcmanus P, 2006, 'Collective action of local communities in forest conservation and utilisation: Critical reflections from community forestry in Nepal', in Collective action of local communities in forest conservation and utilisation: Critical reflections from community forestry in Nepal, Small-scale forestry and rural development - the intersections of ecosystems, economics and society, Galway, Ireland, pp. 458 - 477, presented at Small-scale forestry and rural development - the intersections of ecosystems, economics and society, Galway, Ireland, 18 - 23 June 2006, http://www.coford.ie/media/coford/content/publications/projectreports/small-scaleforestryconference/Shrestha.pdf
    • Shrestha K, 2004, 'Rethinking the history of Nepalese forest policies', in Rethinking the history of Nepalese forest policies, A Forest Conscienceness, Augusta, WA, Australia, presented at A Forest Conscienceness, Augusta, WA, Australia, 12 - 17 September 2004

    Reports

    • Dhungana H;Dahal N;Ojha H;Joshi L;Shrestha K, 2015, Whose Adaptation? Achieving Greater Local Ownership over Adaptation Planning in Nepal, Southasia Institute of Advanced Studies (SIAS), Kathmandu, Nepal, http://www.sias-southasia.org/publications/whose-adaptation-achieving-greater-local-ownership-over-adaptation-planning-in-nepal/
    • Dahal N;Dhungana H;Ojha H;Shrestha K;Joshi L, 2015, How can Adaptation Planning be Integrated into Local Development Practice in Nepal, Southasia Institute of Advanced Studies (SIAS), Kathmandu, Nepal, Policy Brief No 3 -1, http://www.sias-southasia.org/publications/how-can-adaptation-planning-be-integrated-into-local-development-practice-in-nepal/
    • Ojha H;Shrestha K;Dahal N;Joshi L;Dhungana H, 2015, Enhancing the Role of Community Forestry in Disaster Risk Reduction, Southasia Institute of Advanced Studies (SIAS), Kathmandu, Nepal, Policy Brief No. 2, http://www.sias-southasia.org/publications/enhancing-the-role-of-community-forestry-in-disaster-risk-reduction/
    • Murari J;Dhakal B;Shrestha K;Pandit B;Nuberg I, 2015, Agroforestry Business Plan Preparation Training Report, ACIAR EnLift Project and Nepal Agroforestry Foundation, Kathmandu, Nepal
    • Shrestha K;Paudel N;Ojha H;Nuberg I;Cedamon E, 2015, Research designs and agreements made with Community Forestry Users Group, ACIAR EnLift Project, Kathmandu, Nepal
    • Shrestha K;Tamang D;Nuberg I;Paudel N;Ojha H;Cedamon E, 2015, Community – private partnership through business literacy workshop report, ACIAR EnLift Project - Forest Action & IUCN Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal
    • Shrestha K;Ojha H;Paudel N;Nuberg I;Cedamon E, 2015, Earthquake Disasters in Nepal and implications for EnLiFT Project, ACIAR EnLift Project, Forest Action Nepal & IUCN Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal
    • Shrestha K;Cedamon E;Ojha H;Karki R;Bashyal M;Paudel N, 2015, Process Report on Inclusive Community Forest Planning, ACIAR EnLift Project - Forest Action Nepal and IUCN Nepal, Kathmandu
    • Shrestha K;Ojha H;Nuberg I;Paudel N, 2014, ACIAR Action Research Planning and Writing Workshop Report, ACIAR EnLift Project, Forest Action & IUCN Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal
    • Shrestha K;Ojha H;Nuberg I;Paudel N, 2014, The Yalamaya Protocol for Effective Research Practice, ACIAR EnLift Project, Forest Action Nepal & IUCN Nepal, Patan, Nepal
    • Cedamon E;Shrestha K;Nuberg I;Paudel N;Ojha H, 2014, Silviculture Demonstrations Report, Enlift project - ForestAction & IUCN Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal
    • Shrestha K;Nuberg I;Paudel N;Ojha H;Pandit B;Cedamon E, 2014, Enhancing Livelihoods and Food Security from Agroforestry and Community Forestry in Nepal: Progress Report, EnLift project - ForestAction & IUCN Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal
    • Shrestha K;Tamang D;Nuberg I;Paudel N, 2014, Qualitative Baseline Survey Report - EnLift Project Nepal, EnLift Project - Forest Action & IUCN Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal
    • Ojha H;Shrestha K;Nuberg I;Paudel N, 2014, Action Research on Chaubas Community Forestry Enterprise, EnLift Project, ForestAction Nepal & IUCN Nepal, Kathmandu
    • Nuberg I;Shrestha K;Ojha H;Malla Y;Cedamon E, 2013, Enhancing Livelihoods and Food Security from Agroforestry and Community Forestry in Nepal - Inception Report, EnLift Project, Forest Action Nepal and IUCN Nepal, Kathmandu
    • Shrestha K;Bista S, 2011, Student-centered assessment in higher education: Teachers and students working together in the design and delivery of assessment at the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydn
    • Emtage N;Shrestha K, 2010, Landholders' perceptions of the Australian Government's Reef Rescue Program in the Wet Tropics region of North Queensland, Reef and Rainforest Research Centre, Cairns, QLD, MTSRF Project 4.9.4 - Integrating ecology, economics and people in forest and landscapes, http://www.rrrc.org.au/publications/downloads/494-UQ-Emtage-N-2009-Landholders-perceptions-of-the-Reef-Rescue-program.pdf, http://www.rrrc.org.au/publications/perceptions_reefrescue.html

    Theses / Dissertations

    Conference Presentations

    • Shrestha K;Ojha H, 2016, 'Land Underutilisatoon pathways: drivers, and policy solutions', presented at National Workshop on Land Management and Food Security: Addressing Underutilised Agricutural Land Issues in Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal, 28 - 29 April 2016
    • Pradhan A;Shrestha K, 2013, 'Climate change, local institutions and inclusion: Understanding inclusion issues of communities institutions in Nepal', presented at Multi Speed Planet: Multi Speed Geographies? Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, University of Western Australia, Perth, 01 - 04 July 2013, https://www.iag.org.au/uploads/2013/07/iag-abstract_index_-book.pdf
    • Yoo D;Shrestha K, 2013, 'Green Growth and Climate Change Adaptation: South Korea¿s Green Growth Strategy and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)', presented at Multi Speed Planet: Multi Speed Geographies? Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, University of Western Australia, Perth, 01 - 04 July 2013, https://www.iag.org.au/uploads/2013/07/iag-abstract_index_-book.pdf
    • Pradhananga N;Shrestha K;Ojha H;Dubey S;Jimenez J, 2012, 'Towards a slum free city: Some International insights for India', presented at International Workshop on Slum Free Urban India - Policy and Practice: Lessons from international experiences, Visakhapatnam, Andra Pradesh, India, 14 - 15 May 2012, http://www.sias-southasia.org/new/2013/09/23/towards-a-slum-free-city-some-international-insights-for-india/
    • Shrestha K;Pradhananga N, 2012, 'Social impacts of world heritage listing of the Kathmandu Valley world heritage site', presented at Inspiring Connections: Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, Macquarie University, Australia, 02 - 04 July 2012, http://www.iag2012.com.au/
    • Shrestha K;Mcmanus P;Hughson J;Johnston V, 2012, 'Fairness in climate change adaptation: Knowledge and capacity of communities in Lake Macquarie, NSW', presented at Inspiring Connections: Institute of Australian Geography Conference, Macquarie university, 02 - 04 July 2012, http://www.iag2012.com.au/
    • Shrestha K, 2012, 'Community and climate change adaptation: Insights from Nepalese Community Forestry', presented at 8th Global Conference on Human Development: Working together unleasing and promoting human capacity for sustainable development, Kathmandu, Nepal, 29 October - 02 November 2012, http://www.conference.ica-nepal.org/
    • Shrestha K;Ojha H;Khatri D;Sharma Paudel N, 2012, 'Equity in climate change adaptation: Insights from REDD+ initiatives in Nepalese community forestry', presented at Symposium on Vulnerability, Adaptation and Climate Justice, Sydney Network on Climate Change and Society, University of Sydney, Australia, 20 - 21 August 2012, http://sydney.edu.au/snccs/pdfs/vacjsymposium/shrestha.pdf
    • Mahjabeen Z;Shrestha K, 2011, 'Towards inclusive urban governance: Access to opportunity for community participation in Sydney Metropolitan Strategy', presented at World Planning Schools Congress 2011, Perth, Australia, 04 - 08 July 2011
    • Shrestha K, 2011, 'The equity-equality paradox in Nepalese community forestry', presented at Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, Seattle, Washington, 12 - 16 April 2011, http://meridian.aag.org/callforpapers/program/AbstractDetail.cfm?AbstractID=36798
    • Shrestha K, 2011, 'Fairness in climate change adaptation: Lessons from Kathmandu City, Nepal', presented at Smart City Expo World Congress: Smart Society for Innovation and Sustainable Cities, Barcelona, Spain, 29 November - 02 December 2011, http://media.firabcn.es/content/S078012/docs/doc_programa_ponents_2011.pdf
    • Pradhan A;Shrestha K, 2011, 'Climate change and institutions:The role of local institutions to climate adaptation in Lake Macquarie, NSW', presented at International Conference on Sustainable Development 2011, Putrajaya, Malaysia, 05 - 07 December 2011
    • Neupane S;Shrestha K, 2010, 'Climate Justice: Equity in Climate Change Adaptation Policies in Nepal & Australia', presented at International Graduate Conference on Climate Change and People, Kathmandu, Nepal, 15 - 19 November 2010
    • Shrestha K;Pradhananga N, 2010, 'Sustaining indigenous heritage: Learning from the Guthi System in Nepal', presented at New Zealand Geographical Society Conference with IAG, Christchurch, New Zealand, 05 - 08 July 2010, https://www.iag.org.au/uploads/2010/08/iag_nzgs2010_abstracts.pdf
    • Shrestha K, 2010, 'The politics of collective action regional natural resource management in Australia', presented at New Zealand Geographical Society Conference with IAG, Christchurch, New Zealand, 05 - 08 July 2010, https://www.iag.org.au/uploads/2010/08/iag_nzgs2010_abstracts.pdf
    • Dee J;Shrestha K, 2008, 'The policy-implementation gaps in decentralised natural resource management in Australia', presented at Coming Out of the Cold at 50: Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, University of Tasmania, Hobart, 29 June - 03 July 2008, https://www.iag.org.au/uploads/2008/08/iag-conference-2008-abstracts.pdf
    • Shrestha K;Dee J, 2008, 'Community participation in decentralised natural resource management: who wins, who loses?', presented at Coming Out of the Cold at 50: Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, University of Tasmania, Hobart, 29 June - 03 July 2008, https://www.iag.org.au/uploads/2008/08/iag-conference-2008-abstracts.pdf
    • Shrestha K;Cramb R, 2007, 'The politics of urban environmental management in Malabar Headland, Sydney', presented at Contemporary Geography for Australia, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, 02 - 06 July 2007, https://www.iag.org.au/uploads/2008/08/iag-conference-2007-abstracts.pdf
    • Shrestha K, 2006, 'The equity-equality paradox in decentralised natural resource management', presented at Regional Responses fo Global Changes: A view from the Antipodes, Brisbane, Australia, 03 - 07 July 2006
    • Sarker A;Shrestha K, 2006, 'Commons in catchments: Opportunities and challenges for collaborative natural resource management', presented at Regional Responses fo Global Changes: A view from the Antipodes, Brisbane, Australia, 03 - 07 July 2006
    • Shrestha K, 2002, 'Community forestry and sustainable livelihoods in Nepal: who wins, who loses?', presented at Annual Conference of Institute of Australian Geographers, ANU, Canberra, Australia, 09 July 2001

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Teaching

Krishna is Convenor of Masters of Development Studies. He teaches courses in Development Studies at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His courses focus on the debates on development - environmental intersections in relation to development planning and policy, environmental and climate governance, socio-environmental justice and disaster resilience in the Asia-pacific context. His teaching is based on the belief that teaching is a collective journey – a journey that is conditioned by active dialogue and inclusive participation of teacher and student. Within this philosophy, his teaching goal is to maximise student learning and satisfaction by the provision of a supportive, engaging and student-centred learning environment and an innovative teaching strategy which encourages critical, reflective and deep learning. In order to adopt his teaching philosophy and goals, there are three core elements to his teaching approach that span all his teaching activities.  First, he treats students with respect; second, his teaching materials are always well organised and prepared; and third, he is always seeking feedback on his teaching and is open to new approaches. 

PhD/ Masters supervision:

Krishna welcomes interests and applications for higher degree supervision in his areas of expertise, notably a) disaster resilience and justice, b) development planning and policy, c) climate change adaptation, d) food security, e) natural resource management, and f) livelihoods, notably from developing countries. 

His supervision strategy at the Masters and PhD level seeks to enhance student capacity to act as independent professionals and leaders competent at a global level. Over the years, he has successfuly supervised a number of research students. He has actively sought to develop a ‘research group’, of which research students have been an integral part. His approach to research supervision is to tailor supervision to the individual needs and skills of the students. He has assisted them in planning their project, helping them identifying methods to be applied and facilitating them in accessing information and developing their skills to undertake the research. 

Honours and prizes

  • 2016    Visiting scholar, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 2016    Research Fellowship, Asia Research Institute, Singapore National University
  • 2013    Outstanding Contribution to Nepalese Society in Australia by Prime Minister of Nepal, Dr Babu Ram Bhattarai
  • 2012    Endeavour Research Fellowship, Australian Government
  • 2009    Research-led Teaching Award, Faculty of Architecture, U. of Sydney
  • 2008    Maxwell Ralph Jacobs Award, Institute of Foresters Australia
  • 2007    UQ ResTeach Fellowship, University of Queensland, Australia
  • 2006    UQ Postdoctoral Fellowship2004    Best Paper Award, (“Sustaining inequity?”), Australian Forest History Society
  • 2001    Australian Postgraduate Award, University of Sydney
  • 2002    Postgraduate Student Award, Institute of Australian Geographers, Australia
  • 2001    GHS & IR Lightoller Scholarship, University of Sydney
  • 2001    Baillieu Research Scholarship, University of Sydney

Professional contribution

 

  • Councillor: New South Wales Geographical Society
  • Book editor, Asia Pacific Viewpoint
  • Editorial Board Member – Journal of Forests and Livelihoods
  • Editorial Board member – Climate, Disaster and Development Journal
  • Justice of the Peace (Qualified) since 2006. 

Affiliations and membership

 

  • Member, Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG)
  • Affiliate - UNSW Climate Change Research Centre
  • Member, American Association of Geographers (AAG)
  • Voting Member, Institute of Foresters Australia (IFA)
  • Life Member, Nepal Foresters Association (NFA) (Life Member)
  • Corporate member, Planning Institute Australia (PIA)
  • Member, NSW Landcare Inc. (Board Member 2007 to 2012)
  • Member, Community Advisory Committee for SBS Board (2007 – 2012)

Related links

  • Member: Equity in HDR Working Group, UNSW Sydney
  • HERDC Co-ordinator: School of Social Sciences, UNSW Sydney
  • Member: School Research Committee, School of Social Sciences, UNSW Sydney
  • Member: School Teaching and learning Committee, UNSW Sydney

         Past:        

  • Faculty Board Member:  Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW Sydney
  • Member:  University of Sydney Academic Board, University of Sydney (2009 – 2011)
  • Member:  Learning and Teaching Committee, Faculty of Architecture, Design and     Planning, University of Sydney (2008 – 2011)
  • Member:  Faculty Research Committee, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney (2009 – 2010).
  • Member: Rural Focus Group, University-wide Program on Rural Engagement, University of Sydney (2008 – 2011)
  • Member: University Equity Advisory Committee, University of Sydney (2008 – 2010)
  • Co-ordinator: Engaging international students in regional Australia, University of Sydney (2009 – 2011)
  • Harassment and Discrimination Contact Officer: University of Sydney (2008 – 2011)
  • Member: Faculty research representative to Institute of Sustainable Solutions, University of Sydney (2009)
  • Discrimination and Harassment Contact Officer: School of natural and Rural Systems Management, University of Sydney (2006 – 2007)
  • Member: School Education Committee, School of natural and Rural Systems Management, University of Sydney (2006 – 2007).

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