Mahesh Poudyal

Mahesh P

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

Current Position

Postdoctoral Fellow, Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) Programme Directorate, Edinburgh

I am currently working as a postdoctoral fellow at the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme directorate.

Prior to joining ESPA, I was a research officer (Sep 2013-Jan2017) in the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography at Bangor University. I worked in the ESPA-funded project P4ges. I am an environmental social scientist with over 10 years of policy-oriented research experience in developing countries in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa in socio-economic and institutional aspects of biodiversity conservation, natural resource management and utilisation, customary land and tree tenure systems, and gender, poverty and rural livelihoods. The focus of my work is primarily on the poverty-environment nexus, with current research extending to the issues of environmental justice particularly in relation to climate change mitigation policies.

I am also associated with ForestAction Nepal as a Research Fellow.

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Selected publications

Schreckenberg, K., G. Mace, and M. Poudyal (Eds.) (2018) Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation: Trade-offs and Governance. Routledge [forthcoming].

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. Routledge [forthcoming].

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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., 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.

Last Updated: 6 May 2018