Mona Chettri

Mona Chettri


  • The University of Western Australia (M251), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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I received my PhD in South Asia Research from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in 2014. My thesis examined the relationship between socio-economic development, cross-border ethnic politics and the vernacularisation of democracy in the eastern Himalayan borderlands of Sikkim, Darjeeling (India) and east Nepal.

My research monograph, based on my doctoral thesis, Constructing Democracy: ethnicity and democracy in the eastern Himalayan Borderland was published in 2017 by Amsterdam University Press in their prestigious Asian Borderlands series. My research has been published in leading journal like Development and ChangeGeoforumPolitical GeographyAsian EthnicitySouth Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies. I co-edited the volume, Development Zones in Asian Borderlands, which was published in 2021 by Amsterdam University Press.

In 2019, I was appointed as a member of the editorial board of European Bulletin of Himalayan Research. I am the series editor of the Eastern Himalaya Series, a platform for high-quality academic research and publication for scholars from the eastern Himalaya.

My research experience is located at the intersections of development, politics and environmental transformation in the eastern Himalayan borderlands of India and Nepal, where much of what is considered to be development (hydropower projects, pharmaceutical factories, infrastructure, tourism) is predicated on drastic environmental transformations.

As a PhD candidate and later, in my roles as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, I have continued to design and manage research projects pertaining to different aspects of development-induced social, political and environmental transitions and its impact on/response of local communities in the eastern Himalayan borderlands.




2019- current: Australia-India Institute Next Generation Network Scholar, University of Western Australia

2017-2019: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Aarhus University, Denmark.

2015-2016: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Wageningen University, Netherlands 

Education/Academic qualification

Politics, Development Studies, PhD, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Award Date: 31 Jan 2014

Research expertise keywords

  • South Asia
  • Himalaya
  • Development
  • Gender and cultural studies
  • Urbanization


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