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The goals of Himalayan Mobilities 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. Himalayan Mobilities will be of interest to teachers, researchers, policy makers, and development organizations.
Part I: Roads and Transportation
Chapter 1. A Global Review of Road Development
Part II: Mobility as a Social and Ecological System
Chapter 2. Mobilities
Par tIII: Challenges and Impacts of Building Roads in the Himalayas
Chapter 3. Environmental Challenges and Impacts
Chapter 4. Socioeconomic Impacts of Roads
Chapter 5. Sociocultural Impacts of Roads
Part IV: The Way Forward
Chapter 6. The Future of Himalayan Mobilities
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.