Dr Krishna Adhikari


Sr Researcher, Centre for Nepal Studies UK

[Was Executive Director 2010-2011]

Contact: dr.k.adhikari@gmail.com



Areas of research interest: 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.


Dr Krishna Adhikari, is a Sr Researcher, and was the Executive Director (2010-2011) of  Centre for Nepal Studies UK (CNSUK). He is a fulltime Research Fellow at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (ISAC),   University of Oxford for a research related to Nepal. He was also a research associate project (AHRC-ESRC-funded, 2009-2012) on   'Vernacular Religion: Varieties of Religiosity in the Nepali Diaspora', of which CNSUK is a partner.
His doctoral work at the International and Rural Development Department of University of Reading focused on the dynamics of social capital and community institutions, for which he carried out intensive fieldwork in southern Nepal. He was involved in an international survey to understand the relationship between higher education and professionalization of social work, which was carried out as a part of his Masters Degree at the   Department of Social Work, University of Goteborg, Sweden, on which he obtained the distinction. Previously he obtained an MBA degree fromTribhuwan University Nepal. Between 2007 and 2010 he intensively participated in a large scale survey, called 'census of Nepalis in the UK' conducted by CNSUK with support from large network of Nepali organisations in the UK.  In 2004-2005, he carried out a national survey on the state of community/social mobilisation in Nepal.


Previously he worked for 12 years in Nepal first as a civil servant at local government units and then as a community development worker, (sr) manager and researcher in various non-governmental projects including the ones supported by UNCDF, and DFID. He also has a teaching experience of over one and half years. Some of the publications are as follows:


 List of publications  

  • 2012. Adhikari, K. P. Entangled by the Affection of the Motherland- Nepali Community in the UK . Global Nepali. NRNA. Issue 10, March - May, 2012 (PP:9) [Nepali].

  • 2012. Adhikari, K. P ed.   Nepalis in the United Kingdom: An Overview. Reading: CNSUK. 

  • 2012. Adhikari, K. P Introduction. In K.P. Adhikari (ed) Nepalis in the United Kingdom: An Overview.  Reading: CNSUK (PP:1-23).

  • 2012. Adhikari, K. P., Dahal, G.R., Shrestha, R.B., Bhandari, A.  Demography. In K.P. Adhikari (ed) Nepalis in the United Kingdom: An Overview.  Reading: CNSUK. (PP 123-150).

  • 2012. Adhikari, K. P.  Social Organization and Integration.In K.P. Adhikari (ed) Nepalis in the United Kingdom: An Overview. Reading: CNSUK (PP 123-150). 

  • 2012. Adhikari, K. P . and Gellner, D. N.  Conclusions: Pathways to Integration. In K.P. Adhikari (ed) Nepalis in the United Kingdom: An Overview Reading: CNSUK, (PP:151-169).  

  • 2012. Dahal, G.R. and Adhikari, K.P.  South Asia Forest Tenure Assessment. Environment and climate series 2011/3. HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Nepal. (PP:1-33)

  • 2011 Adhikari, K. P. A Minister's Letter on Nepalis in Rushmoor: An Attempt for Genuine Help or A Receipe for Social Disharmony?Europe's Nepali Patra Weekly.  (240:16) (2-8 Feb 2011)

  • Adhikari, K. P

    . (2010). State of Integration of Nepalis in the UK: Looking from the Prisms of Social Capital. Diaspora. Vol 3(1). NDFUK [Nepali]
  • Adhikari, K.P. (2010). Nepalese in the UK: A Glimpse. Motherland. CAT, UK [Nepali]
  • Adhikari, K. P.  and Goldey, P.A. (2010).Social Capital and its 'Downside':  The Impact on Sustainability of Induced Community Based Organizations in Nepal in "Formal and Informal Institutions and Development. World Development Vol. 38 (2).[Access online]
  • Dahal, G,R, and Adhikari, K.P. (2008). 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)[Access online]
  • Dahal, G.R. and Adhikari, K.P. (2008). 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. [Access online]
  • Basnet, S.R. and Adhikari, K.P (2007). Do Development Interventions Empower Rural Women? Women Empowerment through Income Generating Programmes in Nepal Journal of Global Management Research. December: 9-17. [Access online]
  • Adhikari, K. P. and Risal, R. (2007). Securing the Future? An Exploration of Prevalence and Sustainability of Community Based Institutions in Nepal.ISTR Conference Volume V. California: ISTR. [Access online]      
  • Adhikari, K. P. (2006). A Research Note on Status and Challenges of Instutionlization of Community Mobilization for Development in Nepal: Mobilizing Agency’s Perspectives. Swabalamban for Liberation from Deprivation. March: 69-72. [Nepali]
  • Adhikari, K. P. (2004). Sustainability of Community Based Organizations in Nepal: An Analysis from Agency’s Perspectives. Swabalamban for Liberation from Deprivation. December: 76-80.  [Nepali]
  • Adhikari, K. P. (1999). Marchwar Swabalamban Program: A Historical Achievement. Swabalamban for Liberation from Deprivation. 1(1):32-38. [Nepali]


Some short essays (with links to download)

2013  Nepalis in the United Kingdom- Exaggerated Population and Politics.Our Service- Souvenir of the Gulmi District Society UK.  August 2013 (PP 16-18) [Nepali]

2013    Census Results: Adjusting Estimated Nepali Population in the UK. Europe's Nepali  Patra Weekly. (334:16) (29 Jan-4 Feb 2013)

2013    Census Results: Demographic Confusions and Surprises Europe's Nepali        Patra Weekly. (333:16) (22-28 Jan 2013)

2011   Shall we Write 'Nepali' or 'Nepalese' in the 2011 UK Census? Europe's Nepali Patra Weekly.  (237:16) (12-18 Jan 2011)

2006   Nepalnews.com (Guest Column), 16 April. Election as the Part of Regressive Roadmap

2006    United We Blog for Decomcracy and Peace, 13 April. In Support of Democracy: Lets Salute the People in the Street!

2006     Nepalnews.com (Guest Column) 21 Feb. Moriarty, Maoist and the Nepal Conflict

2005     Nepalipost, 12 October.  Empty Rhetoric of Good Governance  



Social/professional affiliation

·         Executive Member: Britain Nepal Academic Council, London

·        Casual Researcher (Registered), Policy Research Institute, Wolverhampton University,  UK.

·          (Ex)member, Development Studies Association (DSA) UK

·          (Ex)Member, Association for Research on Non-profit Organisations and Voluntary Actions (ARNOVA).

·         (Ex) Member, International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR)

·           Alumni- Swedish Institute, and Goteborg University, Sweden.

·           Ex-Member of General Assembly, Rural Self-reliance Development Centre (RSDC).





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