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Climate Change and Human Security in Nepal Mosaic
Kathmandu, Nepal; Pokhara, Nepal (Outgoing Program)
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Climate Change and Human Security in Nepal Mosaic
Fall 2017
On-Campus Study Plus 3-Weeks Field Research in Nepal (Oct. 26 - Nov. 16)

The 2017 Climate Change and Human Security in Nepal Mosaic offers students from all majors the opportunity to join an interdisciplinary research team that will explore multiple dimensions of climate change and its connections to human security. Climate change threatens human security. It can undermine people’s livelihoods and basic sustenance needs as climate change influences access to food, water, shelter, employment opportunities and public health. Climate change can displace people as extreme weather events increase, the resource base changes or economies are disrupted. Climate change can impact political stability as climate change destabilizes the government institutions that provide public goods and weakens states unable to cope with climate impacts. Climate change is also a “threat multiplier” that can aggravate existing vulnerabilities. Populations that are dependent on the resource base, live in relative deprivation, have limited mobility or are socially or politically marginalized, will feel the impacts of climate change more acutely. In fragile states or states prone to violent conflict the risks to human security are even more substantial. 

Students and instructors will explore all these issues with particular focus on Nepal through a Mosaic composed of courses in Environmental Studies, International Business and Management and Interdisciplinary Studies plus an independent research course that will feature a three-week field component in Nepal.

Students in the Mosaic will attain four broad learning outcomes that cut across the three courses and independent research experience:
  1. Students will understand climate change and its impacts on ecological systems, natural resources, people and communities in Nepal and elsewhere.
  2. Students will understand the intersection of climate change and human security, and the range of actions for building adaptive capacity and improving climate resilience at national and community levels.
  3. Students will develop an appreciation of the growing relevance of collaborative structures and processes for building capacities and resilience for responding to climate change and human security threats.
  4. Students will make disciplinary connections, be active in research and field work and be able to communicate findings verbally, in writing and using other media formats.

Program Components and Dates

On Campus Study, Fall 2017
• ENST 311: Global Environmental Change and Human Security (Beevers)
• INDS 250: Selected Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies; Climate Risks and Resilience in Nepal (Leary)
• INBM 300/INST 290: Collaboration as a Vehicle for Value (Fratantuono)
• ENST / INST / SUST / SOC 550: Independent Research: Climate Change and Human Security in Nepal (Beevers, Leary, Fratantuono)

Field Research, October 26 – November 16, 2017
Approximately two weeks will be spent in Katmandu, the capital of Nepal, and one week in Pokhara, a city located 120 miles west of Katmandu. While in Katmandu we the group will meet with a variety of actors who are engaged in work to build community-level and national resilience and adaptive capacity for managing climate risks. These will include representatives from community organizations, private businesses; local, national and international non-profit organizations; research and higher education institutions; and government agencies. The meetings will be structured so as to enable students to obtain information relevant to their research projects, and will also provide students opportunities to arrange follow-up interviews with relevant informants. In addition, the group will visit sites in and near Katmandu of cultural and historic significance.
Following the time in Katmandu, we will travel to Pokhara, which will be used as a base from which to visit rural communities where students will meet with community leaders, conduct interviews, observe livelihoods and visit climate change adaptation project sites. Students will travel and work in teams of three students with a trusted guide from a Nepali university or other collaborating institution. At the end of each day, all students and instructors will convene to debrief, reflect on the day’s experiences, and plan the next day’s activities.

Program Fee
• The program fee is approximately $3000, which will cover housing, meals and excursions in Nepal.
• Additional costs include round-trip airfare to Kathmandu, Nepal plus personal expenses.

To Apply
• To start an application, click on the apply now button.
The priority application deadline is Feb. 15th.  If students want to be considered for financial aid, they absolutely must start an application by this date or will not be eligible for aid.  Please note that to be eligible for aid, you already must be receiving aid during the semester.

For More Information
• Attend an information session:
  • Tuesday, 1/31 @ 6pm in Kaufman 187
  • Thursday, 2/9 @ 2pm in Bosler 222
  • Friday, 2/10 @ 12pm in Denny 315
  • Friday, 2/17 @ 12pm in Althouse 07

• Contact
Michael Beevers, Environmental Studies,
Neil Leary, Center for Sustainability Education,
Michael Fratantuono, IS/INBM,

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