Mahesh Poudyal has a PhD in Environment and Politics from the University of York, UK (2010), Master of Resource Management (MRM) from Simon Fraser University, Canada (2005), and BSc Honours in Environment, Economics and Ecology from the University of York, UK (2002). He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Officer in the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography at Bangor University in the UK, working on a ESPA-funded project in Madagascar looking at whether payment for ecosystem services help reduce poverty. His broad research interests are in socioeconomic aspects of natural resources management and use, especially on the institutional arrangements and their impacts on the access to and the distribution of benefits from the resources. He is also interested in role of forestry in climate change adaptation and mitigation, particularly on the issues surrounding REDD+ from socioeconomic, institutional and governance perspectives, and whether (and how) REDD+ can improve livelihoods of the rural poor. He is affiliated with ForestAction-Nepal as a Research Fellow, and with the Centre for Ecology Law and Policy (CELP) at the University of York as a Research Associate.
Poudyal, M. 2011.Chiefs and trees: tenures and incentives in the management and use of two multipurpose tree species in agroforestry parklands in Northern Ghana. Society and Natural Resources, 24(10): 1063-1077.
Poudyal, M., and J.C. Lovett. 2010. Biodiesel as the potential alternative vehicle fuel: European policy and global environmental concern. In J.C Lovett and D.G. Ockwell (eds), A Handbook of Environmental Management, 408-430. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.
Poudyal, M., K. Rothley, and D. Knowler. 2009.Ecological and economic analysis of poaching of the greater one horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) in Nepal. Ecological Applications, 19(7): 1693-1707.