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Geopolitics and Ecology of Himalayan Water
Ilona Szekeres

Geopolitics and Ecology of Himalayan Water

About Us

The Geopolitics and Ecology of Himalayan Water is a new project of the eARThumanities at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) in collaboration with the Rachel Carson Center, LMU Munich. 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 is increasingly triggering a geopolitical dispute among the continent’s strongest powers, eroding interstate cooperation. This initiative also aspires to become a teaching lab for making interdisciplinary connections and drawing parallels across a wide range of human-environment problems. 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), NYU’s Global Network University (GNU), the Rachel Carson Center and other important international institutions.


Founding Head, eARThumanities; Global Distinguished Professor, Environmental Studies and Public Policy, NYU/NYU Abu Dhabi


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

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

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Rastraraj Bhandari.jpg

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


Research Associate at NYU 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


Graduate student of Water Engineering and Management at Asian Institute of Technology; NYU Abu Dhabi Class of 2020


Student of Economics, NYU Abu Dhabi Class of 2023

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