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Gopi K. Basyal

Research Postgraduate (PhD) in the Department of Geography
Room number: W102A

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Gopi is one of 2016 intake of the multidisciplinary Action on Natural Disasters (AND) doctoral training programme and is based in Geography.

Gopi K. Basyal is a PhD Student at the Institute of Hazard Risk and Resilience (IHRR) in Durham University. He comes from a professional background working in earthquake risk reduction in Nepal. Gopi works with the National Society for Earthquake Technology - Nepal (NSET) with a focus on multi-hazard mapping, risk assessment, and community-based disaster risk reduction initiatives, where his projects attempt to partner academic research and government agencies to address the needs of local people.

Gopi has previously worked with Durham University on the NERC-ESRC funded Earthquakes without Frontiers project, and has been involved in setting up post-earthquake landslide monitoring in regions of Nepal that were badly damaged by the 2015 earthquakes.

Gopi’s research interests that he is hoping to explore during his doctoral research include developing effective and sustainable communication strategies for people at risk to landslides in mountainous countries. This ranges from effective strategies for knowledge sharing, to responding to early warnings, to aligning the latest science on earthquake risk with community understandings and responses.

Gopi is looking to build upon his previous knowledge and experience gained working in the field of earthquakes risk reduction, and explore ways to apply this to reducing landslide risk.

Other research includes:

Selected Publications

Chapter in book

Conference Paper

Journal Article


Other (Digital/Visual Media)


  • Hiroshi Inoue, Tsuneo Ohsumi, Hiromichi Fukui, Ramesh Guragain, Gopi Krishna Basyal, Suresh Chaudhary & Sujan Raj Adhikari (2016), Damage Mapping of April 2015 Nepal Earthquake using Small UAV, presented in Final Workshop on J-RAPID-Nepal, June 21-22, 2016, Kathmandu Final Workshop on J-RAPID-Nepal. Kathmandu.


  • Parajuli B., Upadhyay B.K., Basyal G. K., Oli K.S., Shrestha N., Upreti N., Shrestha S. & Chaudhary S. (2012). Nepal Disaster Report 2011: Policies, Practices and Lessons. Kathmandu, Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), Government of Nepal; and Disaster Preparedness Network-Nepal (DPNet-Nepal) with support from United Nations Development Programme Nepal (UNDP), ActionAid Nepal and National Society for Earthquake Technology-Nepal (NSET).

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