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Himalayan Mobilities

An Exploration of the Impact of Expanding Rural Road Networks on Social and Ecological Systems in the Nepalese Himalaya

Benefits

  • Summarizes and updates information on the impacts of rural road development, both globally and at Nepal’s national level

  • Provides an analysis framework to help understand the environmental, socioeconomic, and sociocultural impacts of expanding rural road networks

  • Provides clues and suggestions for further studies of rural road development in different parts of the world

Book

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Environmental Science book series (BRIEFSENVIRONMENTAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Roads and Transportation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Robert E. Beazley, James P. Lassoie
      Pages 3-28
  3. Mobility as a Social and Ecological System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Robert E. Beazley, James P. Lassoie
      Pages 31-50
  4. Challenges and Impacts of Building Roads in the Himalayas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-52
    2. Robert E. Beazley, James P. Lassoie
      Pages 53-78
    3. Robert E. Beazley, James P. Lassoie
      Pages 79-103
    4. Robert E. Beazley, James P. Lassoie
      Pages 105-121
  5. The Way Forward

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Robert E. Beazley, James P. Lassoie
      Pages 125-160
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 161-166

About this book

Introduction

The goals of this book are to update information on the effects of rural road development, both in Nepal and globally, explain the environmental, socioeconomic, and sociocultural impacts of expanding rural road networks in the Nepalese Himalaya, and to promote further studies on rural road development throughout the world based on studies and investigations performed in Nepal. Readers will learn about the history of rural road development, as well as the challenges to effectively design and construct rural roads and how these obstacles may be overcome.

Chapter one offers a global review of road development, and both the positive and negative impacts of rural road implementation. Chapter two defines mobilities within the context of coupled social and ecological systems, specifically in the Nepalese Himalaya. Chapters three through five detail the environmental, socioeconomic, and sociocultural impacts expanding rural road networks through several case studies. The concluding chapter summarizes the findings of the book, discussing the need for interdisciplinary cooperation and collaboration to avoid negative consequences. This book will be of interest to teachers, researchers, policy makers, and development organizations. 

Keywords

Himalaya Nepal livelihoods mobilities rural road networks socioeconomic

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Cornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  2. 2.Cornell UniversityIthacaUSA

About the authors

Robert Beazley is a PhD Student at the Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University, . His general research interests include coupled human and ecological systems, impacts of expanding road networks on livelihoods, gendered mobility, traditional ecological knowledge, watershed management and water issues related to climate change, and community based natural resource conservation and management. 

Dr. James Lassoie is the International Professor of Conservation at the Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University. He is particularly interested in examining coupled human and natural systems involving the management of parks, protected areas, and otherwise fragile landscapes in developing countries as well as the United States.

Bibliographic information

Reviews

“Himalayan Mobilities is a timely book. Co-authored by Robert Beazley and James Lassoie, it explores the construction of Himalayan roads and the profound transformation they continue to trigger throughout rural Nepal. … For anybody working on infrastructure in Asia or in similarly mountainous terrain elsewhere, the book is a very helpful source of information.” (Martin Saxer, Pacific Affairs, Vol. 92 (1), March, 2019)

“This short book gives a concise overview of the development of road networks in the Nepal Himalaya and its environmental, socioeconomic, and sociocultural implications. It highlights both the economic significance and negative influences that roads can have for mountain communities … . It is not only a welcome addition to the library of scholars committed to mountain research, but it is also appropriate for undergraduate and graduate students as well as for planning professionals.” (Udo Schickhoff, Mountain Research and Development, Vol. 39 (1), February, 2019)