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Area of academic expertise - outline

Tourism and national identity; regional development; tourism public policy; tourism sustainability and climate change; events studies; tourism, society and culture in Nepal and Scotland

Current research activities

I am currently managing a project funded by British Academy Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grant SRG 2015-16 Round. The study explores the significance of Mt. Everest as a ‘national’ icon in Nepal. The study is driven by the following research question: should Mt Everest continue to stimulate Nepal’s national imagery? The objectives of the study are:

i. To explore the appreciation of Mt Everest as a national heritage in Nepal.

ii. To examine the significance of Mt Everest in the 'national' imagination in Nepal. 

Target collaborative organisations

Nepal Tourism Board (Nepal)

Dumfries and Galloway Chamber of Commerce (Dumfries, Scotland))

Visit Scotland (Scotland)

Desired research direction

My research is driven by Sociology and most of my work is interdisciplinary in nature that draws from political science, anthropology, geography, history and development studies.

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Tourism and national identity,

Tourism in Scotland

Tourism, society and culture in Nepal

External positions

Executive Committee Member , Britain Nepal Academic Council



  • GV Recreation Leisure
  • Tourism
  • Destination Management
  • Tourism Public Policy
  • HM Sociology
  • national identity
  • Sociology of tourism
  • nationalism


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