ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

South Asia

Current and past research


Current Project

Strategies to promote community resilience in disaster management: The case of flooding in selected communities in Bangladesh and Australia. Hicks, J., Ingham , V., & Islam, R., Sappey, R., Mannock, I., (2010 - ongoing) CSU.  (In 2013 this project was extended to look specifically at the role of women in flooding in Bangladesh)  Project details


Ingham,V., Hicks,J., Islam,R., and Manock,I. (2015) Evidence of Adaption to Flooding from three Regions in Bangladesh: A Multidisciplinary Study', International Journal of Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, 9 (3-4), (Formerly International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Science)

Islam, R., Ingham, V., Hicks, J., & Manock, I. (2014) The Changing Role of Women and Economic Development at the Intersection of Recurrent Disaster: A Case Study from Sirajgang, Bangladesh. Journal of Asian and African Studies

Islam, R., Manock, I. Sappey, R. Hicks, J. & Ingham, V., Flooding in Bangladesh and Australia: Applying an Interdisciplinary Model. (2012). International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences 6(8 )81-92. Paper available at 


Current project

Sustainable rangeland management to protect red panda and herder livelihoods, Millar, J., Finlayson, M., & Tenzing, K. (2016-2019) Darwin Initiative Fund, $540,000 Project details

Postgraduate Research

Common Property Resource Management in Bhutan: improving livelihoods and governance of rangelands. Tenzing, K.   (2012- 2015) Project details (PhD Graduate)

Transhumant agropastoralism in Bhutan: does it have a place in the 21st century? Namgay, K. (PhD Graduate) (2010 - 2014) Project details


Namgay, K., Millar, J. & Black, R. (2017). Dynamics of grazing rights and their impact on migrating cattle herders in Bhutan. The Rangeland Journal. 

Namgay, K., Millar, J., Black, R., & Samdup, T. (2014). Changes in transhumant agro-pastoralism in Bhutan: A disappearing livelihood? Human Ecology. Volume 42, Issue 5, pp 779-792.

Namgay, K., Millar, JBlack, R. & Samdup, T.  (2013) Transhumant agro-pastoralism in Bhutan: Exploring contemporary practices and socio-cultural traditions.  Pastoralism: Research, Policy and Practice journal. 3 (1): 13



Postgraduate Research

Urban migration in tank irrigation communities in South India: extent, trends, impacts and implications for food security, Kuttappan, V. (Masters Graduate) (2011-2014) Project details


Vulnerability assessment to climate change of high altitude wetlands in the Himalayas.  Finlayson, M. WWF (2010-2011) 


Pawar, M. (2012). The Adoption of a Rights–Based Approach to Welfare in India.
Journal of Comparative Social Welfare, Vol. 28, No. 1, February 2012, pp. 27–3



Postgraduate Research

Ecology and Conservation of Himalayan Marmot "Marmota Himalayana" in Nepalese Trans-Himalaya.  Poudel, B.S. (2012-2015) (PhD Graduate)

Ecosystem Service Trade-offs in Forest Commons: A Case Study from Community Forests in Central Himalaya, Nepal.  Rana. E. (PhD TGraduate) Project details

Socio-economic outcomes of community forestry in Nepal. Devkota, B. (PhD Graduate) (2008- 2011) Project details PDF


Silwal, T., Kolejka, J., Bhatta, B. P., Rayamajhi, S., Sharma, R. P., and Poudel, B. (2016) When, where and whom: assessing wildlife attacks on people in Chitwan National Park, Nepal. Oryx, doi:10.1017/S0030605315001489.

Chapagain, B. and Gentle, P. (2015) Withdrawing from agrarian livelihoods: Environmental migration in Nepal. Journal of Mountain Science 12 (1) 1-13. DOI: 10.1`007/S11629 - 014 - 3017 - 1.

Poudel, B.S., Spooner, P.G. & Matthews, A. (2016) Behavioural changes in marmots in relation to livestock grazing disturbance: an experimental test. European Journal of Wildlife Research 

Poudel, B. B., Spooner, P. G. and Matthews, A. (2016) Pastoralist disturbance effects on Himalayan marmot foraging and vigilance activity. Ecological Research, 31(1): 93-104. 

Poudel, B.S.Spooner, P.G. & Matthews, A. (2015) Temporal shift in activity patterns of Himalayan marmots in relation to pastoralism. Behavioral Ecology 26 (5): 1345-1351. doi: 10.1093/beheco/arv083 

Sharma, S.K., Deml, K., Dangal, S., Rana, E. & Madigan, S. (2015)  REDD+ framework with integrated measurement, reporting and verification for Community Based Forest Management Systems (CBFMS) in Nepal, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability ,Volume 14, June 2015, Pages 17–27 

Gentle, P., Thwaites, R., Race, D., & Alexander, K. (2014). Differential impacts of climate change on communities in the middle hills region of Nepal, Natural Hazards, 74(2),815-836.

Sharma, K., & Bhattaria, B. (2013) Aid, Policy and Growth in Nepal. Journal of Economic Issues, 47(4), 895-910

Gentle, P., & Maraseni, T. N. (2012). Climate change, poverty and livelihoods: adaptation practices by rural mountain communities in Nepal.Environmental Science & Policy, 21, 24-34 



Current Project

Improving groundwater management to enhance agriculture and farming livelihoods in Pakistan. (2016-2020) Finlayson, M., Punthakey, J., Allan, C., Mitchell, M. ACIAR & CSU ($100,000), Total value of the project $2,15M  Project details

Completed Project

Optimising Canal and Groundwater Management to Assist Water User Associations in Maximising Crop Production and Managing Salinisation in Australia and Pakistan, Blackwell, J.  Punthakey, J., Culas, R. & Hafeez, M. (2008-2015) with partners Punjab Irrigation and Drainage Authority and  University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan. ACIAR, $1,219,708. Project details


Khair, S.M., Mushtaq, S., Culas, R. J.  and Hafeez M.  (2012): Groundwater markets under the water scarcity and declining watertable conditions: The upland Balochistan Region of Pakistan, Agricultural Systems, 107 (2012) 21–32

Sri Lanka


Bellio, M. & Kingsford, R.T. (2013) Alteration of wetland hydrology in coastal lagoons: Implications for shorebird conservation and wetland restoration at a Ramsar site in Sri Lanka, Biological Conservation Vol. 167, pp57-68., B. andGentle, P

. (2015) Withdrawing from agrarian livelihoods: Environmental migration in Nepal.Journal of Mountain Science12 (1) 1-13. DOI: 10.1`007/S11629 - 014 - 3017 - 1.