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Rongkun Liu

International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)

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Rongkun Liu currently works as Analyst Indus Koshi China Focal Point within the Strategic Group 1: Reducing Climate and Environmental Risk at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), based in Kathmandu, Nepal. At ICIMOD, he conducts research on community resilience, climate- and water-induced hazard risk reduction, and integrated river basin management within the transboundary Himalayan landscape. Previously, Rongkun was a Program Manager at the Pendeba Society of the Tibet Autonomous Region, where he was in charge of projects that promoted environmental conservation and community development in the Mount Everest region. He also worked with the Konrad Lorenz Institute in Austria, the Mekong Institute in Thailand, Yunnan Provincial Environmental Protection Department in China, and the Asia Society and World Resources Institute in the US. Rongkun holds a PhD in environmental social sciences from The Ohio State University, a master’s in global environmental policy from American University in Washington D.C., and a bachelor’s in diplomacy from Peking University in China.

Country(ies) of Specialty

United States China Nepal

Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics Communications research Climate Justice Agriculture

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Krishnan, S., Soden, R., Aguihon, B., Liu, R., & Khatiwada, P. 2021. Cross-country use of participatory research methods in practice to enhance inclusive decision making. Disaster Prevention and Management. Vol. 31 No. 2, pp. 115-123.

Zhang JQ, Regmi AD, Liu RK, et al. 2017. Landslides Inventory and Trans-boundary Risk Management in Koshi River Basin, Himalaya. In A. Li, W. Deng, & W. Zhao (Eds.), Land Cover Change and Its Eco-environmental Responses in Nepal (pp. 409-426). Singapore: Springer Singapore.

Hu GS, Chen NS, Tanoli JI, Liu RK, et al. 2017. Debris flow susceptibility analysis based on the combined impacts of antecedent earthquakes and droughts: a case study for cascade hydropower stations in the upper Yangtze River, China. Journal of Mountain Science 14(9).

Zhang, JQ, Liu, RK, Deng, W, et al. 2016. Characteristics of landslide in Koshi River Basin, Central Himalaya. Journal of Mountain Science 13(10). DOI: 10.1007/s11629-016-4017-0.

Zhang, JQ, Gurung, DR, Liu, RK, et al. 2015. Abe Barek Landslide and Landslide Susceptibility Assessment in Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan. Landslides. Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 597-609.