Krishna Adhikari is affiliated to the CNSUK as a senior researcher and member. In 2007 he joined the CNSUK as a researcher and member, and between 2010 and 2011 he was its Executive Director. Currently, he is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (ISCA), the University of Oxford, and the Co-Investigator on the ESRC funded research project, ‘Caste, Class, and Culture: Changing Bahun and Dalit Identities in Nepal’. Since 2011 he has been a post-doctoral researcher at the ISCA and from October 2009 he was a team member and research associate researching diaspora religion. He has conducted several pieces of research on rural and international development, focusing on Asia and Nepal, and Diaspora Nepali communities in the UK. In 2007 he obtained his doctorate from the International and Rural Development Department of the University of Reading. Previously, he worked for 12 years in Nepal at various governmental and non-governmental organisations. His research interests include caste and ethnic relations and identity politics; education, employment, and social mobility; migration and diaspora communities; poverty and exclusion; social capital and community-based institutions; international and rural development; collective action and the governance of natural resource management.
PhD, International and Rural Development Department, University of Reading UK. (2006) with a thesis entitled: “Exploring the dynamics of social capital in the sustainability of induced community-based organisations in Nepal.”
Masters of Business Administration, Tribhuvan University, Nepal. (1995)
Caste and ethnic relations and identity politics; education, employment, and social mobility; migration and diaspora communities; poverty and exclusion; social capital and community-based institutions; international and rural development; collective action and the governance of natural resource management; cooperatives, choesion and local civil society, NGOs.
Current / recent research projects:
Principal researcher (Co-I) of ESRC IAA GCRF NGO Secondary Data Funding – KE Fellowships on ‘Social Mobilisation, Cooperatives, and Development: Co-Managing RSDC’s Unused Secondary Data’, Oxford University (2018-19).
Principal researcher (Co-I) of the John Fell Funed reseach on ‘Coopratives and Cohesion: How Local Civil Society Contributes to Democratic Institutions, the Case of Nepal’. Oxford University (2018-19).
Principal researcher (Co-I) of the HEFCE-GCRF funed research project, ‘Dalits in School Curriculum in Nepal (Tackling Dalit Structural Disadvantage through Nepal’s Educational Curriculum)’ (Oxford University, 2018)
Co-investigator of ESRC funded project “Caste, Class, and Culture: Changing Bahun and Dalit Identities in Nepal” (2014-2018), Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford.
Academic Concept, Advice, and Support to Big Lottery funded project “Ethnic Minority Social Mobility: A Case Study of Recent Migrants from Nepal” (2015-2016), Centre for Nepal Studies UK.
Technical/Academic Advisor. “Media Survey 2014 with Nepali Community in the UK.” Federation of Nepali Journalists< UK Chapter. (Full reporting and publication of the Survey undergoing)
Coordination of Scholarships:
Founder and co-ordinator: CNSUK’s Motilal Singh Master’s Dissertation Scholarship (Since 2016)
Bhola Nath Adhikari, on Cultural Practices of Natural Resource Management: A Case Study of Buddhist Community in Hills Region. Lumbini Buddhist University, Nepal (On-going)
Ms Shruti Shrestha, on British Gurkhas on Migration: Ageing and Mental Health’, at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Master’s Programme in Social Work, Tribhuvan (completed)
I have directed and supervised several people with Master’s, MPhil and PhD degrees and others with such degree for a verity of research projects. Recently I recruited, trained, managed and directly supervised over 45 people for the 3C projects. These included UK university student(s) doing fieldwork in Nepal. In current ESRC IAA GCRF NGO Secondary Data Funding – KE Fellowships, five university graduates (MSc Social Statistics) were recruited, trained and supervised.
Guest lecture / professorship
Open Univesity, Kathmandu, Nepal. General Lecture, and Guidance and supervision workshop for 7 MPhil Students on designing research proposal and designs (April 2019)
Tribhuvan University, PN Campus, Pokhara. (Lecture July 2018)
Lumbini Buddhist University, Nepal. (PhD Supervision, on going).
Research Committee, TU, Machhaputchhre Education Campus.
Organiser/Convenor (or member of an organising team) of events :
Organiser DFID-Nepal and BNAC engagement on ‘Reflection and Discussion on Country Development Diagnostic (CDD)Nepal’. University of Edinburgh, 17, April 2019. http://bnac.ac.uk/bnacnews/nsd-edinburgh-2019/
Convener: National Workshop on ‘Cooperatives, Solidarity and Democratic Practices: Roles of Cooperatives at Local Level in Nepal‘, 31 March 2019, Kathmandu Nepal
Convenor of panel on Dalits and other stigmatized groups: imagining changed lives and livelihoods at the Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and the Common Wealth, 18-21 September 2018. organised at the University of Oxford.
Convenor of Curriculum Policy Workshops (Lumle 11 July 2018, and Kathmandu 20 July 2018, Nepal): Dalits in School Curriculum in Nepal (with Samata Foundation, Annapurna Rural Municipality, Kaski, and National Curriculum Development Department, Nepal).
Convened (with David Gellner) three dissemination and feedback workshops on Caste, Class and Culture : 15 Dec. 2017 (Dhikurpokhari), 16 Dec. 2017 Pokhara (with Tribhuvan University, Department of Sociology, PN Campus Pokhara), 20 Dec 2017 (with NGOs: RSDC and Samata Foundation, Kathmandu).
Convenor of panel on Dalits in Changing Society, in The Annual Kathmandu Conference on Nepal and the Himalaya 2017. 26-28 July 2017, Kathmandu. Social Science Baha, Kathmandu
Convenor, Departmental seminar, Trinity Terms, School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography (SAME), University of Oxford.
2012 onwards, annually: BNAC’s Nepal Study Days, (2012 Reading (convenor), 2014 Oxford (convenor), 2015 SOAS, 2016 Liverpool John Moore, 2017 Bournemouth, 2018 Durham, 2019 Edinburgh.
2014 onwards, Member of Organising Committee, Annually: The Annual Kathmandu Conference on Nepal and the Himalaya, Kathmandu Nepal (Co-organised with Social Science Baha, Kathmandu, Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies, Britain-Nepal Academic Council, Centre for Himalayan Studies-CNRS & Nepal Academic Network (Japan)
Interaction Programme on 200 Years of Nepal-Britain Relations. 16 March 2016 (Co-organised with the Embassy of Nepal and FNJ UK).
International Conference on Ciruits of Labour, Obligation and Debt: International Labour Migrants, their Families, and the ‘Migration Industry’ in Nepal University of Oxford, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology13-14 March 2017 (co-convened with Ina Zarcovich, and Bandita Sinjapati)
(a) Books (including edited volumes)
2019a (forthcoming). Status and Challenges of Induced Community Mobilisation in Nepal: A study from agency’s perspectives (2004), with an update in 2019. Kathmandu: Rural Self-reliance Development Centre.
2019 (with Gellner, D.N, and Nepali, G.) (forthcoming). Dalits in the school curriculum in Nepal: Research outcomes, suggested curriculum framework, guidance for teaching caste-relations, and collection of model lessons on reference materials. Kathmandu: Samata Foundation.
2013 (with Laksamba, C.K, Dhakal, L.P. and Gellner, D.N.) British Gurkha Pension Policies and Ex-Gurkha Campaigns: A Review. Reading: Centre for Nepal Studies UK.
2012a (Ed.) Nepalis in the United Kingdom: An Overview. Reading: Centre for Nepal Studies UK.
2007 Exploring the Dynamics of Social Capital in the Sustainability of Induced Community-Based Organisations in Nepal. Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation, University of Reading, UK.
2021. (with Nepali, G., & Sundas, U). Impact of Covid-19 to Dalit Communities: A Study Report 2021. [‘Kovid-19 le Dalit Samudayama Pareko Prabhav Addhyan Prativedan 2077.] . Ed. A. Bishwakarma. Kathmandu: Samata Foundatation.
2019b (ed.) (with Laksamba, C.K, Dhakal, L.P. and Gellner, D.N.) British Gurkha Pension Policies and Ex-Gurkha Campaign: Nepali translation with updated review of the activities developed after the publication of the English report. Reading: Centre for Nepal Studies UK. [translation and update of 2013 in English]
2017a (with B.K., A.B. & Gellner, D.N.). Introduction to the Pariyar Community of Annapurna Rural Municipality Wards 1, 2 and 3 (formerly Dhikurpokhari VDC), Kaski, with Genealogical Charts. Pokhara: Pariyar Introduction and Vamshavali Publishing (ad-hoc) Committee.
2017b (with B.K., A.B. & Gellner, D.N.). Introduction to the Bishwakarma Community of Annapurna Rural Municipality Wards 1, 2 and 3 (formerly Dhikurpokhari VDC), Kaski, with Genealogical Charts. Pokhara: Bishwakarma Introduction and Vamshavali Publishing (ad-hoc) Committee.
2017c (with B.K., A.B. & Gellner, D.N.). Introduction to the Mijar Community of Annapurna Rural Municipality Wards 1, 2 and 3 (formerly Dhikurpokhari VDC), Kaski, with Genealogical Charts. Pokhara: Mijar Introduction and Vamshavali Publishing (ad-hoc) Committee.
2013a Genealogy of Adhikari Families Originating from Serachaur, Kaski, with Family Directory (in Process). Dhikurpokhari: Adhikari Kul Service Foundation.
2013b The Mysterious Life of Motilal Singh as the First Nepali in England, and his Historical Publications (with Translation). Reading: Centre for Nepal Studies UK.
(b) Peer-reviewed (journal) articles
2020. (with Gellner, D.N.). Guarding the Guard: Education, Corruption, and Nepal’s Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA). Public Anthropologist, 2 (1) 177-200
2019a (with Gellner, D.N). Introduction (editorial): Nepal’s Dalits in Transition, in D.N Gellner and K.P. Adhikari (eds.), Contributions to Nepalese Studies.
2019b (with Gellner, D.N). International Labour Migration from Nepal and Changes in Inter-Caste Relations, in D.N Gellner and K.P. Adhikari (eds.), Contributions to Nepalese Studies.
2018a. The First Nepali in England: Motilal Singh and PM Jang Bahadur Rana. European Bulletin of Himalayan Research 50/51: 58-76.
2016a (with Gellner, D.N.). New Identity Politics and the 2012 Collapse of Nepal’s Constituent Assembly: When the dominant becomes ‘other’. Modern Asian Studies 50(40): 2009-2040. Available on https://doi.org/10.1017/S0026749X15000438.
2016 (with Gellner, D.N., Hausner, S. L., and Laksamba, C.K.), Shrines and Identities in Britain’s Nepali Diaspora, Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies, 19 (1 (2010): 116–146.
2012 (with Dahal, G.R.). South Asia Forest Tenure Assessment. Environment and Climate Series 2011/3. HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Nepal.
2010 (with Goldey, P.A). Social Capital and its ‘Downside’: The Impact on Sustainability of Induced Community-Based Organizations in Nepal. World Development, Vol. 38 (2): 184-94.
2008a (with Dahal, G.R.). Social Capital and Collective Action: The Case of Kalahan Forest Reserve in the Philippines. Collective Action and Property Rights (CAPRi) Working Paper 79. Washington, DC: IFPRI.
2008b (with Dahal, G.R.). Trends and Impact of Forest Tenure Reforms in Asia: Cases from India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Nepal and the Philippines. Forest and Livelihood Journal Vol. 7 (1): 19-26.
2007 (with Basnet, S.R.). Do Development Interventions Empower Rural Women? Women Empowerment through Income Generating Programmes in Nepal. Journal of Global Management Research, December 2007.
(c) Book chapters
2018b Britain-Nepal Relations: Migration, Citizenship and New Actors. In. I. Adhikari, ed. Nepal UK Diplomatic Relations: Bicentenary Anniversary Celebrations. Kathmandu: Institute of Foreign Affairs, pp. 78-103.
2018 (with Sapkota, B.). Fiji Nepalis: Reviving Lost Connections for Over a Century. In D.N. Gellner and S.L. Hausner, eds. Global Nepalis: Religion and Culture in a New Diaspora. Delhi: Oxford University Press, pp. 138-59.
2018 (with Laksamba, C.K.). Counting Ourselves: CNSUK’s Survey of Nepalis in the UK 2008. In D.N. Gellner and S.L. Hausner (eds.), Global Nepalis: Religion and Culture in a New Diaspora, Delhi: Oxford University Press, pp. 303–31.
2018 (with Gellner, D.N.). ‘The NRN (Non-Resident Nepali) Movement’ in D.N. Gellner & S.L. Hausner, eds., Global Nepalis: Religion, Culture, and Community in a New and Old Diaspora. Delhi: OUP, pp. 437–66.
2018. (with Dahal, G.R, and Thwaites, T). Forest Tenure in Nepal: Trend, Implications and Future Options. In R. Thwaites, R. Fisher, and M. Poudel (eds.), Community forestry in Nepal: Adapting to a changing world. London: Routledge, pp 108-26.
2016b (with Gellner D.N.). Ancestor Worship and Sacrifice: Debates over Bahun-Chhetri kul puja in Nepal. In D. N. Gellner, S.N. Hausner, and C. Letizia (eds.) Religion, Secularism, and Ethnicity in Contemporary Nepal. Delhi: Oxford University Press, pp. 226-261.
2015a Rural Development Policies, CBOs and their Sustainability in Nepal. In A. Adhikari and G.P. Dahal, K. Subedi, I. Mahat, and B. Regmi). (eds.), Sustainable Livelihood Systems in Nepal: Policies, Practices and Prospects. Kathmandu: IUCN and CFFN, pp: 237-263.
2012b Introduction. In K.P. Adhikari (ed.) Nepalis in the United Kingdom: An Overview. Reading: Centre for Nepal Studies UK, pp. 1-23.
2012c Social Organization and Integration. In K.P. Adhikari (ed.) Nepalis in the United Kingdom: An Overview. Reading: Centre for Nepal Studies UK, pp. 24-53.
2012 (with Dahal, G.P., Shrestha, R.B., & Bhandari, A.). Demography. In K.P. Adhikari (ed.) Nepalis in the United Kingdom: An Overview. Reading: Centre for Nepal Studies UK, pp. 123–50.
2012. (with Gellner, D.N). Conclusions: Pathways to Integration. In K.P. Adhikari (ed.) Nepalis in the United Kingdom: An Overview. Reading: Centre for Nepal Studies UK, pp. 123–50.
2007 (with Risal, R.). Securing the Future? An Exploration of Prevalence and Sustainability of Community Based Institutions in Nepal. ISTR Conference Volume V. California: ISTR.
2019c. Nepalis’ Multi-dimensional Religious Practices: A Brief Analysis (in Nepali), in D. N. Gellner and S.L. Hausner (eds.). Vernacular Religion: Cultural Politics, Community Belonging, and Personal Practice in the UK’s Nepali Diaspora. Kathmandu: Vajra Books and Centre for Nepal Studies UK.
2018c From Palpa to Marchwar: New Dimensions of ‘Self-reliant Development’. In S. Bashyal (ed.). Three decades of the Swavalamban Campaign: A Different Pathway to Rural Development. Kathmandu, Rural Self-Reliance Development Centre, pp.162-84.
(d) Selected publications (community engagement)
2016 (with Laksamba, C.K., and Dhakal, L.P.). Social Mobility of Nepalis in the UK: A Case Study of Nepali Migration in Fairfax Road Farnborough. Britain Nepal Society Journal, 40: 26-31.
2016 (with Laksamba, C.K.) Defeating the Undefeated. The Kathmandu Post. (24 Oct 2016)
2015b A Non-Gurkha’s Account of Gurkha Campaigns for Equal Rights. Yuva Awahan, 5(5):16-26.
2013c (22-28 Jan). Census Results: Demographic Confusions and Surprises. Europeko Nepali Patra Weekly, 333:16.
2013d (29 Jan-4 Feb). Census Results: Adjusting Estimated Nepali Population in the UK. Europeko Nepali Patra Weekly, 334:16.
2011a Why should we write ‘NEPALI’ in 2011 UK Census? Articles (www.cnsuk.org.uk)
2011b (Feb 2–8). A Minister’s Letter on Nepalis in Rushmoor: An Attempt for Genuine Help or A Recipe for Social Disharmony? Europeko Nepali Patra 240: 16.
2008c. (18 September 2008). Too Late: Too Costly. Outlook Nepal (online).
2006a (16 Apr. 2016). Election as the Part of Regressive Roadmap. Nepalnews.com (Guest Column).
2006b (13 Apr. 2006). In Support of Democracy: Let’s Salute the People in the Street! United We Blog for Democracy and Peace.
2006c (21 Feb. 2006). Moriarty, Maoist and the Nepal Conflict. Nepalnews.com (Guest Column)
2005 (12 Oct. 2005) Empty Rhetoric of Good Governance. Nepalipost.com
2016b Reproduction of unproductive culture through excessive lecturing at formal functions in schools [in Nepali]. Shikshak (Centenary Issue, Shrawan 2073 VS), pp 30-33. www.teacher.org.np
2015c The 2015 Earthquake, experience and perception; Abroad and in Nepal. Nirupan (Occasional Publication of Nepal Intellectual Council, Kaski). Special Issue 1 (Nov 2015): 134-144.
2013e Exaggerations and Politics of Nepali Population in the UK. In Adhikari, T. and C. Kanel (eds.) Our Services Souvenir. London: Gulmi Jilla Society UK.
2012d. Entangled by Affection for the Motherland: The Nepali Community in the UK. Global Nepali (NRNA) 10(Mar–May): 9.
2010 State of Integration of Nepalis is in the UK: Looking from the Prisms of Social Capital. Diaspora, Vol 3(1).
2006d A Research Note on Status and Challenges of Institutionalization of Community Mobilization for Development in Nepal: Mobilizing Agency’s Perspectives. Swavalamban for Liberation from Deprivation. March: 69-72.
2004 Sustainability of Community Based Organizations in Nepal: An Analysis from Agency’s Perspectives. Swavalamban for Liberation from Deprivation. December: 76-80.
1999 (1999). Marchwar Swavalamban Program: A Historical Achievement. Swabalamban for Liberation from Deprivation. 1(1):32-38. [Nepali]
1996 (1995, 23 June). British minister came to see the hard work of farmers of Serachaur. Deurali Weekly Rural Newspaper 2(11)
(e) Miscellaneous : English
2018d. Interview/case study. Vernacular Religion: Varieties of Religiosity in the Nepali Diaspora, A collaboration between Centre for Nepal Studies UK and the University of Oxford (Case study report by Common Cause Research, looking at the partnership between Centre for Nepal Studies UK, and Oxford University). PDF (1028 kb) can be downloaded in this link: https://cpb-eu-w2.wpmucdn.com/blogs.bristol.ac.uk/dist/a/358/files/2018/09/Vernacular-religion-2j1kw2i.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0w5whVW5bKqWQa7jfkTSjbuyzOxKtcE5t2IPGJ2SZQff470X_Hzd4P2c4
2018e. Interview/case study (Video 7.30 m.). Common Cause Research: Vernacular Religion. (With David Gellner, looking at the partnership between Centre for Nepal Studies UK, and Oxford University). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaLUDzaEpFI&fbclid=IwAR0aV6t6cOry5JT8G_dx_rKPlr1mnKZc5Bk6Er2vRYE_piCXpZDo5dz_tb8.
2016a Blog. A Nepali in Victorian England- Motilal Singh: soldier, crossing sweeper, chronicler. http://migrationmuseum.org/a-nepali-in-victorian-england/ (16/11/2016).
2015d (23-29 June). CNSUK’s School Support Mission to Nuwakot: A Day’s Note. Europeko Nepali Patra, 9(47):17.
2014 (with Hausner, S.L). BNAC Nepal Study Day, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Oxford, 24-25 April 2014. European Bulletin of Himalayan Research. 44:97-98.
2012e The10thBNAC Nepal Study Day. European Bulletin of Himalayan Research. 40: 104-6
Chairperson, Britain Nepal Academic Council (2018-22), General Secretary (2014-2018).
PhD Supervision, Lumbini Buddhist University, Nepal.
Member, Rural Self-reliance Development Centre (RSDC), Nepal.
Campaigner and mobiliser: Community waste management and environmental cleanliness. See a progress report of the campaign that led to the declaration of the ‘first environment-friendly ward’ in Nepal. Photos of declaration programme.