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05 April 2022

Geography PhD researcher awarded National Geographical Society grant

Kapil Yadav will use the grant to conduct fire management research in the Uttarakhand Himalayas, India.

Wild fire in Uttarakhand, India

The National Geographical Society has awarded Kapil Yadav a $13,000 grant for his project ‘Contested Forest Fire Management in the Uttarakhand Himalaya’.

The grant will fund his research that focuses on changing local forest fire management practices. The research aims to better understand:

  • who makes fire management decisions and on what basis
  • how fires are considered to benefit different groups
  • whether there are any trade-offs for other groups.

The project is interdisciplinary and will draw on fire ecology, forestry, remote sensing and social sciences.

I’m so glad to share that I’ve received a National Geographical Society level one Grant for my project. I’ll be starting my fieldwork in Uttarkashi soon, which is a central component of my PhD. I’m excited to learn from lived experiences and looking forward to unlearning and learning over the coming year."

Kapil Yadav

The level one grant is for one-year long projects conducted by people who are working to establish themselves in their field and are interested in joining the National Geographic Explorer community.