- Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
- Senior Lecturer, School of Sustainability, College of Global Futures
- Affiliated Faculty, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, College of Global Futures
Milan Shrestha is a sustainability scientist with a background in environmental anthropology, international development and geospatial analysis. He is interested in studying the fundamental research question of how shared cultural knowledge and rules affect people’s perception and decision-making, particularly related to livelihood choices, disaster risks, agriculture-food systems, common pool resources and other sustainability challenges. He uses an interdisciplinary approach to combine social data with geospatial analysis and visualization techniques to reveal complex patterns of environmental change such as, land cover change, urban growth, landscape fragmentation, and glacial lake outburst flooding.
More recently, his research has focused on the agriculture-water-climate change nexus, particularly how people respond to climate change, glacial flood hazards and disaster risks, and how their sociocultural, economic and institutional factors might influence their social adaptation strategies. He has been collaborating with a group of geoscientists and water resources engineers in a multidisciplinary research, funded by the NSF and other agencies, focused on a science-driven and community-based approach to reducing glacial lake outburst flood risks in the Nepal Himalaya. His publications have appeared in, to name a few, Applied Geography, Natural Hazards, International Journal of Disaster Risks Reduction, Global Environmental Research, the Professional Geographer, Urban Ecosystem, and Sustainability – Open Access Journal.
Milan has served in the leadership positions of several professional organization since 2006. He is a recipient of the Christine Mirzayan Science Technology Fellowship of the National Academies and the Robert McNamara Fellowship of the World Bank. Milan has been a Sustaining Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) since 2013 and he recently rejoined the Executive Council of the Nepal and Himalayan Studies (ANHS).
- PhD, Anthropology, University of Georgia
- MA, International Development, Clark University
- urban anthropology
- Zero Hunger
- urban social-ecological systems
- land use change
- geographic information science
- sustainable urbanization
- agrarian societies
- remote sensing
- participatory research methods
- climate change and adaptation
- international development
- food systems
Byers, A. C., M. Bahadur Chand, J. Lala, M. Shrestha, E. Byers and T. Watanabe. 2020. Reconstructing the history of glacial lake outburst floods (GLOF) in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, East Nepal: An interdisciplinary approach. Sustainability 12(13):Art. 5407. DOI: 10.3390/su12135407 . (link )
Byers, A. C., E. Byers, M. Shrestha, D. Thapa and B. Sharma. 2020. Impacts of Yartsa gunbu harvsting on alpine ecosystems in the Barun Valley, Makalu-Barun National Park, Nepal. Himalaya 39(2):Art. 8. (link )
Thompson, I., M. Shrestha, N. Chhetri and D. B. Agusdinata. 2020. An institutional analysis of glacial floods and disaster risk management in the Nepal Himalaya. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 47(Aug):101567. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.101567. (link )
Sherpa, S. F., M. Shrestha, H. Eakin and C. G. Boone. 2019. Cryospheric hazards and risk perceptions in the Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) National Park and Buffer Zone, Nepal. Natural Hazards 96:607-626. DOI: 10.1007/s11069-018-3560-0. (link )
Ishtiaque, A., M. Shrestha and N. Chhetri. 2017. Rapid urban growth in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal: Monitoring land use cover dynamics of a Himalayan city with Landsat imageries. Environments 4(4):Art. 72. DOI: 10.3390/environments4040072. (link )
Chaudhary, P., N. Chhetri, B. Dorman, T. Gegg, R. B. Rana, M. Shrestha, K. Thapa, K. Lamsal and S. Thapa. 2015. Turning conflict into collaboration in managing commons: A case of Rupa Lake Watershed, Nepal. International Journal of the Commons 9(2):744-771. (link )
Shrestha, M. 2014. The dynamics of mountain agriculture and land change in Lamjung District, Nepal. Global Environmental Research 18(2):151-169.
Zhang, S., A. M. York, C. G. Boone and M. Shrestha. 2013. Methodological advances in the spatial analysis of land fragmentation. The Professional Geographer 65(3):512-526. DOI: 10.1080/00330124.2012.700501. (link )
Shrestha, M., A. M. York, C. G. Boone and S. Zhang. 2012. Land fragmentation due to rapid urbanization in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area: Analyzing the spatiotemporal patterns and drivers. Applied Geography 32(2):522-531. DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2011.04.004. (link )
York, A. M., M. Shrestha, C. G. Boone, S. Zhang, J. Harrington, T. Prebyl, A. Swann, M. Agar, M. Antolin, B. Nolin, J. Wright and R. Skaggs. 2011. Land fragmentation under rapid urbanization: A cross-site analysis of southwestern cities. Urban Ecosystems 14(3):429-455. DOI: 10.1007/s11252-011-0157-8. (link )
Ishtiaque, A. and M. Shrestha. 2018. Urbanization in the Himalayas? Detecting loss of agricultural land due to urban growth in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. Poster presented at the 20th Annual CAP LTER All Scienitists Meeting and Poster Symposium, January 5, 2018, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )
Sherpa, S. F. and M. Shrestha. 2017. Glacial lake outburst flood risks in the Everest region, Nepal: Analyzing the governance and institutional factors of mitigation options. Poster presented at the 19th Annual Central-Arizona Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 13 January 2017, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )
Zhang, S., A. M. York, C. G. Boone and M. Shrestha. 2010. Land fragmentation under rapid urbanization: A cross-site comparative analysis. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. Poster presented at the January 14, 2010 12th Annual Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability.
Shrestha, M., S. Zhang, A. M. York, C. G. Boone, J. Wright, J. Harrington, M. Antolin, B. Nolen, T. Prebyl, M. Agar and A. Swann. 2009. Socioecological gradients and land fragmentation: A cross-site comparative analysis. Estes Park, CO. Poster presented at 14-16 September 20009 LTER All Scientists Meeting, Integrating Science and Society in a World of Constant Change.
Zhang, S., M. Shrestha, A. M. York and C. G. Boone. 2009. Socioecological gradients and land fragmentation in Central Arizona-Phoenix. Estes Park, CO. Poster presented at 14-16 September 20009 LTER All Scientists Meeting, Integrating Science and Society in a World of Constant Change.
Shrestha, M. and A. C. Byers. 2019. Glacial floods, infrastructures, and sustainability in the Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) National Park and buffer zone, Nepal. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Apr 2019, Washington, DC.
Shrestha, M. and A. C. Byers. 2019. Socio-cryospheric systems of glacial floods and disaster risks in the Mt. Everest region, Nepal. Presentation at the 79th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology, Mar 2019, Portland, OR.
Shrestha, M., I. Thompson and A. C. Byers. 2019. Perceptions and governance of cryospheric hazards in the Mt. Everest region, Nepal. Presentation at the Workshop 2.4.E: Natural hazards’ risk governance under changing framework conditions, International Mountain Conference, Sept 2019, Innsbruck, Austria.
Shrestha, M., N. Chhetri and P. Chaudhary. 2014. Long-term changes in livestock management and mountain agroecology in the Upper Gondaki River Basin. Presentation at the Mountain Observatories - A Global Fair and Workshop on Long-Term Observing Systems of Mountain Social-Ecological Systems, 16-19 July 2014, University of Nevada-Reno.
Shrestha, M. A., A. M. York, S. Zhang and C. G. Boone. 2010. Rapid urbanization and land fragmentation in the US Southwest: A socio-ecological gradient analysis. Tempe, AZ. Presentation at the 15-19 October 2010 International Conference on Urbanization and Global Environmental Change -- The Global Land Project.
Zhang, S., A. M. York, C. G. Boone and M. Shrestha. 2010. Water provisioning as a driving force of land fragmentation in the metropolitan Phoenix area. Presented April 16, 2010 as part of an Interactive Short Paper Session at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Washington DC.
Shrestha, M., A. M. York, C. G. Boone and S. Zhang. 2009. A cross-site comparative analysis of land fragmentation, Part 1 and Part 2. Estes Park, CO. Working group organizer report presented at 14-16 September 20009 LTER All Scientists Meeting, Integrating Science and Society in a World of Constant Change.