Milan Shrestha

A socio-cultural anthropologist with interdisciplinary background in environmental anthropology and geospatial analysis, Milan Shrestha is currently a Lecturer (School of Sustainability) and Senior Sustainability Scientist (Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability) at Arizona State University (ASU). He received a PhD degree (ecological and environmental anthropology) from the University of Georgia and a MA degree (international development and social change) from Clark University. He also completed a post-doctoral research in ASU’s Central Arizona – Phoenix Long-term Ecological Research (CAP LTER) focused on a cross-site comparative study of urban sprawl and land fragmentation in five southwestern cities of the USA.

With the long-term research focus in Nepal and the US Southwest, he is interested in sustainability science and anthropological applications in five core research areas: land change and landscape fragmentation; food security and vulnerability; climate change adaptation; indigenous knowledge and community-based institutions; and sustainable urban dynamics. His current research projects include “Science-driven, Community-based Approach to Reducing Glacier Lake Outburst Flood Risks in the Nepal Himalaya” and “Urban Conversions of Agricultural Lands in the Kathmandu Valley and the Phoenix Metropolitan Area.” His publications have appeared on Global Environmental Research, Applied Geography, the Professional Geographer, Urban Ecosystem, and the Himalaya.

Prior to coming to ASU, Milan was Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC. He has more than five years of working experience in sustainable development projects. Milan has served on the executive council of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies (ANHS) and the Culture & Agriculture Section of the American Anthropological Association (AAA).


Milan has also been Robert McNamara Fellow of the World Bank and has worked as Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Integrated Development Studies (IIDS) in Nepal. He has a MA (international development) from Clark University and a BSc (agriculture) from Tribhuvan University.