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This project, an eARThumanities Initiative, examines how ecology meets geopolitics in the Himalayan region. As the climate crisis worsens, a vast swath of Asian countries for which the Himalayan water supply constitutes the most important lifeline, are faced with mounting insecurity. The scramble for uninterrupted access to ample fresh-water supplies has turned into a geopolitical dispute among the continent’s strongest powers, eroding interstate cooperation and foreshadowing a likely outbreak of intrastate or interstate conflict. Areas of research will cover history, science, engineering, data, geopolitics, anthropology, food security, film, policy design, writing, etc. and advance the agenda of interdisciplinary research and collaboration across the divisions at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), the Global Network University (GNU) and important international institutions.


Global Distinguished Professor, Environmental Studies and Public Policy, NYU/NYU Abu Dhabi

Kunda Dixit

Founder and Chief Editor, Nepali Times; Adjunct Professor, NYU Abu Dhabi

Chair, Global Environmental Politics Program and Director, Natural Resources and Sustainable Development Program, American University 

Core Team

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, NYU Shanghai; Global Network Assistant Professor, NYU

Yenching Scholar at Peking University; NYU Abu Dhabi Class of 2019

Research Fellow at NYU Abu Dhabi, Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness and Data Driven Envirolab; NYU Abu Dhabi Class of 2019

Research Fellows


Student of Social Research and Public Policy; NYU Abu Dhabi Class of 2021

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