The Department of Development Studies, School of Arts, Kathmandu University (KU) invites application for admissions to Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in the following field:

Climate Change, Urbanization and Water Security 

There is only one seat available for the research topic, which will start from August 2017 in Kathmandu. The selected PhD candidate will be member of an international research team involving senior researchers and other PhD scholars from Nepal and Australia, and will be expected to take part in all relevant project activities as and when required.

Brief Background of the Topic
Water insecurity has become a global challenge due to rapid population growth and changing climate. South Asia is no exception where large water infrastructure is costly to develop, maintain and sustain. Cities in South Asia are facing this challenge due to climate change, demographic growth and rapid urbanization. Nepal is one of the fastest urbanizing countries in South Asia, where cities and municipalities are facing an increasing demand of water every day, leading to water conflicts between urban and rural as well as industrial demands. Ensuring equitable access to water while financing the mega water infrastructures and maintaining the water ecosystem well-being are serious challenges for sustainable water security. However, cities in Nepal are often slow to respond to water crises due to political, economic, institutional and governance issues. Therefore, scientific study is required to understand the changing dimensions of water insecurity and opportunities for sustainable urban water management and resilience building in the rapidly urbanizing cities. In this context, this PhD study aims to investigate urban water insecurity and equitable management of urban water systems in the cities of Nepal, and invites prospective PhD candidates to submit a concept note focusing on water security by improving ‘water institutions’ and ‘water governance’ in Nepal. This is a collaborative research between the Department of Development Studies, Kathmandu University, and the Southasia Institute of Advanced Studies (SIAS).

Completion of a Masters Degree with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 out of 4.0 or an equivalent of 65 percent marks will be the basic criteria. Applicants must have a minimum of 7 years of university education after the completion of SLC. Work experience in relevant fields and experience of field research, data analysis, and scientific writing will be an advantage. Applicants should have strong oral and written English language skills, and should be ready to start this study by August 2017 on a full time basis. Selection will be strictly on merit basis. Young scholars are encouraged to apply.
Full scholarship and research costs will be provided to the selected candidate in accordance
with the MOU signed between the Kathmandu University and SIAS.

Duration: Three years
Form distribution: July 05, 2017 – July 18, 2017
Last date for the submission of form: July 18, 2017
Written Exam: July 20, 2017
Interview: July 23, 2017
The selected candidates from the interview will be asked to make a full PhD proposal presentation
on the topic, on the basis of which the selection will be finalized.
Proposal presentation: August 18, 2017

For application forms and administrative procedure, contact:
Kathmandu University, School of Arts
Department of Development Studies  Hattiban, Lalitpur
Tel: 5251306, 5251294, Email:

For project related information, contact:
Southasia Institute of Advanced Studies
NK Singh, New Baneshwar, Kathmandu
Tel: 01-4469801,  Email: