In partnership with the Geography and Environmental Science department at the University of Southampton (UK) and the Environmental Science department of Tribhuvan University (Kathmandu, Nepal) The Glacier Trust funded and facilitated a three-week research project in Kavrepalanchok (‘Kavre’). Two students from the UK and two students from Nepal were selected to participate.
The UK students conducted primary research towards their MSc dissertation. The Nepali students, both postgraduate, gained valuable field research experience, developing focus group, interview, translation and communication skills by working with the two UK students.
Both UK students have successfully submitted MSc dissertation theses that will be made available to download via The Glacier Trust once they are finalised. The dissertations will provide valuable context for the implementation of The Glacier Trust and EcoHimal’s future work in Nepal. The dissertations looked at water resource management and social capital in the wake of the 2015 Earthquakes:
Reid, K. (2018) A framework analysis of social capital recovery in rural Nepal following the 2015 Gorkha earthquake, University of Southampton.
Webber, T. (2018) Water Provision and Infrastructure Recovery in Kavre, Nepal Post 2015 Gorkha Earthquake, University of Southampton.
We intend to further nurture the relationship between University of Southampton and Tribhuvan University to enable more MSc dissertation research and potentially PhD research in Nepal. To build on this relationship we also hope to fund opportunities for more Nepali students to attend residential field trips in 2019/20.