Chandika Shrestha


The Geography of post disaster health: Spatial patterning of vulnerability and resilience factors after the Gorkha earthquake in Nepal, 2015


Before I joined Durham University in October 2013, I worked as a public health professional for four years in different health and research projects with Government and I/NGOs and served remote parts of the Nepal. Now, I would prefer to introduce myself as a health geographer. I have a long-standing interest in interdisciplinary, collaborative research at the social science interface. As a health geographer, my research interests centre on the relationships between human health and the environments we live in.


My doctoral research seeks to understand how women, especially female household heads maintain their psychological resilience (mental wellbeing) following a disaster event, using the 2015 Gorkha earthquake as a case study. Specifically, this research will address three objectives:

A mixed-methods approach will be adopted to understand the experiences of female household heads. Qualitative methods including focus groups and interviews will be used to explore in detail the individual and collective experiences of women across four case study Village Development Committees (VDCs). These findings will be used to inform a quantitative survey which will be administered across the wider population to determine if similar findings are experienced at a population level, which will be studied with at least 300 women household heads.


Individually and professionally, I have been a part of various research and the following two are part of my work: