Mahesh Poudyal

Mahesh Poudyal

BSc (York), MRM (Simon Fraser), PhD (York)

Current Position
Postdoctoral Research Officer, Bangor University

I am a Postdoctoral Research Officer in the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography at Bangor University, working on the ESPA-funded project P4ges. I am also associated with ForestAction Nepal as a Research Fellow. I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Forest Resource Management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Umeå between Sep 2011-Sep 2013, where I was involved in the study of the forest commons in Sweden, focusing particularly on the shareholder participation in the governance of the commons. Prior to my work in Sweden, I was a researcher at ForestAction, Nepal from April to August 2011. Until March 2011, I was a Research Associate in Environment Department at the University of York, UK. At York, I was involved in EU sixth framework project on ‘sustainable management of shea (Vitellaria paradoxa) in Sudano-Sahelian zone’, and worked as the leader for the workpackage looking at the shea parkland dynamics in relation to climate and land use. Prior to that, I was a PhD student/researcher at York (2005-2009) – based jointly in Environment and Politics Departments. I have a Masters degree from Simon Fraser University in Canada in Resources Management, and a BSc in Environment, Economics and Ecology from the University of York, UK.

My PhD research focussed on the tree tenure issues in agroforestry parklands in West Africa, with a case study from Northern Ghana. My research interests are in socioeconomic aspects of natural resources management and use, especially on the institutional arrangements and their impacts on the access to and the distribution of benefits from the resources. The focus of my work is usually on the poverty-livelihoods-environment nexus. In the past, I've been involved in studies looking at leasehold forestry (Nepal), rhino conservation and park-people conflicts (Nepal), and sustainable management of shea (Vitellaria paradoxa) in Sudano-Sahelian zone. In my current position, I am involved in the study of Forest Commons in Sweden, and a project looking at the sustainable forestry in the Baltic sea region.


Publications

  • 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, RFF Press.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, 408-430. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.
  • 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.
  • Lovett, J.C., and M. Poudyal. 2006. "Terraforming Africa". African Journal of Ecology 44: 302-304.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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