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INDEPENDENT RESEARCHER OF KINNAUR IN WESTERN HIMALAYA
With deep connections to the Kinnauri people since 2010, Aghaghia Rahimzadeh explores the rapid socio-environmental changes occurring in the Kinnaur region of the Indian Himalaya.
Her mission: to utilize her understanding of human-environment interactions, social implications of climate change and adaptation in Kinnaur, and ultimately, draw lessons for how mountain regions in general could successfully adapt to change and enhance their resiliency.
PHD IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, POLICY & MANAGEMENT
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
Aghaghia Rahimzadeh’s work is rooted in the area of human-environmental interactions.
A Fulbright Scholar with a doctorate in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from UC Berkeley, Dr. Rahimzadeh’s research has taken her throughout the Western Himalaya, where for the last nine years she has been conducting research in remote mountain communities in Kinnaur District in Himachal Pradesh, India.
Her ethnohistorical research on environmental and social changes in Kinnaur includes the social consequences of climate change on livelihoods and ecology in these high elevation areas.
In addition to her academic research, Dr. Rahimzadeh’s work in international and sustainable development is significant.
She has worked with the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic, and Social Policy supporting community-based conservation and livelihood projects, served on the Secretariat of the World Alliance of Mobile Indigenous Peoples, worked with UNDP and UNIFEM in Tajikistan.
A seasoned world traveler, Dr. Rahimzadeh takes people on tours to the Himalaya. In her free time, when she isn’t writing or taking photographs, she studies Iyengar Yoga, backpacks in the California wilderness, and hikes the local trails of beloved Mt. Tamalpais.