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Dr. Pranil K. Upadhayaya

Senior Visiting Fellow

PhD (Tourism and Peace)

Pranil Kumar Upadhayaya is a Senior Research Associate and PhD graduate in the thematic areas of “Tourism, Conflict and Peace” at the Department of Development Studies, Kathmandu University, Nepal being conducted in association with NCCR North-South. He has acquired diploma in Tourism Human Resource Development from Singapore Hotel Association Training and Education Centre, Singapore and Master in Tourism Management from Kathmandu Academy of Tourism and Hospitality (Purbanchal University), Nepal. A person with versatile experiences like teaching tourism to bachelor and Master grades, functioning in tour agencies and airlines, and working as a freelancer tourist guide in past, he has published a number of research-based tourism related articles in national and international journals.

Linking and giving his PhD research findings to empirical basis, Mr. Upadhayaya has largely contributed to the development of Machhapuhhre Model trek (an organized cum community home-stay based village tourism product) in Kaski district in Western Nepal through a “Partnership Actions for Mitigating Syndromes” project in collaborative actions between Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) Western Regional Chapter, Kathmandu University, South Asia Regional Coordination Office of the NCCR North-South and Machhapuchhre Tourism Development Committee. He is currently engaged as a project coordinator in a project titled ‘Meeting the challenges of Peace-building in Tourism in Pokhara, Strengthening the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Tourism Ethical Code of Conducts (CoC) which is being executed in Pokhara (Kaski) by Pokhara Tourism Council in association with NCCR North-South and nearly 20 various organisations which are directly and indirectly associated with tourism in Pokhara in Western Development Region of Nepal.  He can be corresponded via pranilupadhayaya(AT)



  1. Upadhayaya, P.K. & Khatiwada, S.K. (2012). Paryatanma Digo Shanti ra Samriddhiko chunauti ko Samana Sambhandhi Karyasala Gosthi Karyakarmako Sarapatra. (Facing the Challenges of sustainable peace and prosperity in tourism). Proceeding of a regional conference held in Lumle, Kaski on 6 December 2012
  2. Upadhayaya, P. K. (2011). Transdisciplinary approach between researchers, practitioners and local communities as peace prospective of tourism. In R.R. Kunwar, T. B. Dhakal, T. N. Sharma, & S. Basnyat (Eds.), The GAZE JOURNAL OF TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY (pp.40-55).Kathmandu: International School of Tourism and Hotel Management.
  3. Upadhayaya, P.K. (2011). Peace through Tourism: A Critical Look at Nepalese Tourism. NEPAL TOURISM & DEVELOPMENT REVIEW. 1(1), 15-40.
  4. Upadhayaya, P. K., Müller-Böker, U., & Sharma, S. R. (2011). Tourism amidst Armed Conflict: Consequences, Copings, and Creativity for Peace-building through Tourism in Nepal. The Journal of Tourism and Peace Research. 1(2), 22-40
  5. Upadhayaya, P. K. (2011) Labor Disputes in Tourism Sector: A Critical Look in Nepalese Tourism During and After Armed Conflict. Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Education, 1 (1), pp. 27-43. 
  6. Sharma, S.R., Upreti, B.R., & Upadhayaya, P.K. (2011). Community-based and peace-sensitive tourism: fulfilling Nepal’s potential (A policy brief). No.3, February, 2011. Kathmandu: NCCR North-South, SAs RCO.
  7. Upadhayaya, P.K., & Sharma S. R. (2010). Sustainable tourism and post-conflict state building. In B. R. Upreti, S.R. Sharma, K.N. Pyakuryal & S. Ghimire (Eds.), The Remake of a State,  Post-conflict Challenges and State Building in Nepal (pp. 87- 109). Kathmandu: South Asia Regional Coordination Office of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR North-South) and Human and Natural Resources Studies Centre, Kathmandu University.
  8. Upreti, B. R. & Upadhayaya, P. K. (2010). Armed Conflict and Tourism: Cost and Consequences in Nepal. In AC. Settle, I. Niazi, S. Siddiq & UT. Haroon (Eds.), Peace and Sustainable Development in South Asia Issues and Challenges of Globalization (pp. 235 – 261). Lahore: Sang-E-Meel Publications (Sustainable Development Policy Institute).
  9. Upadhayaya, P. K. (2009). Post Conflict Tourism in Nepal: Challenges and Opportunities for Preventing Latent Conflict. In R. Kunwar, T. B. Dhakal, T. N. Sharma, & S. Basnyat (Eds.), The GAZE JOURNAL OF TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY (pp.28-42).Kathmandu: International School of Tourism and Hotel Management.
  10. Upadhayaya, P. K. and Upreti, B. R (2009), 'Mountain tourism in Nepal: An overview on the sustainable inclusion of local communities' Available from:
  11. NCCR N-S Newsletter Highlight (No. 3, March 2009) Focus on Governance and Conflict Tourism, Conflict and Peace-Building in Nepal. Berne: NCCR N-S, No. 3, p. 5.
  12. Upadhayaya, P. K. (2008), Long Lasting Peace as the Precondition for a Sustainable Nepalese Tourism Sector. Kathmandu: Nepal Travel Trader Reporter (NTTR), Vol: X Issue No: 51, pp. 24-25.
  13. Upadhayaya, P. K. (2008), ‘Nepalese Tourism: recovery from the verge of crisis and perspective for sustainable peace building,’ in Nepal Tourism Development Study Group (ed.) book, Kathmandu:
  14. Upreti, B. R and Upadhayaya, P. K. (2008), 'Enhancing Women’s Participation in Mountain Tourism, Prospects and Challenges'. Available from:, [cited 10 January 2011].

Conference Presentations:

  1. Paper presentation on 'Machhapuchhre Model Trek Route - A brief overview of a village tourism product in Kaski district' organized by Village Tourism Promotion Forum – Nepal (VITOF – Nepal) on September 5, 2010 at Nepal Tourism Board.
  2. Paper presentation titled 'Application of Conflict Sensitive Code of Conducts at Machhapuchhre Model Trek – Obligations and Challenges' made at the national conference titled Exploring alternative trekking routes for peace and prosperity, An experience of Machhapuchhre Model Trek route in Kaski district in Western Nepal held by TAAN, NCCR North-South and NTB on 14 December 2009  in Kathmandu. jointly Dr. Bishnu Raj Upreti
  3. Paper presentation on a topic titled 'Post Conflict Tourism in Nepal: Challenges and Opportunities for Building Positive Peace' at the conference titled 'Communicating Peace' organized by the International Peace Research Association from July 6-10, 2010 at the Institute of Social Science, the University of Sydney
  4. Presentation and sharing the work on 'Role of Tourism in Conflict Mitigation and Peace Building: A Case study of Nepal' at the University of Zurich (Prof. Ulrike Muller Boeker and Prof. Urs Gieser) on 22 March 2010
  5. Presentation and sharing the work on 'Role of Tourism in Conflict Mitigation and Peace Building: A Case study of Nepal' at Nature-based Tourism and Park Institute of Landscape and Open Space, University of Applied Sciences (Prof. Dr. Dominik Siegrist) in Rapperswill on 16 March, 2010
  6. Presentation and the work on 'Role of Tourism in Conflict Mitigation and Peace Building: A Case study of Nepal' at Institut Unversitaire Kurt Bosch (IUKB, Prof. Christophe CLIVAZ) in Sion on 12 March, 2010
  7. Presentation and the work on 'Role of Tourism in Conflict Mitigation and Peace Building: A Case study of Nepal' at Centre of Development and Environment (CDE) University of Bern (Prof. Urs Wiseman) on 4 March, 2010
  8. Presentation and the work on 'Role of Tourism in Conflict Mitigation and Peace Building: A Case study of Nepal' at the 'Regional Training Conference (RTC) of Asia region organized' by NCCR North-South from 04 – 09 May 2009 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan
  9. PhD research paper presentation titled 'Role of Tourism in Conflict Mitigation and Peace Building – A Case study of Nepal from methodological perspective' and participation at the ‘5th Integrated Training and Capitalisation of Experience (ITC)’ held from 27 August – 5 September 2008 in San Jose, Costa Rica.
  10. Paper presentation jointly with Dr. Sagar Raj Sharma on ‘Sustainable Tourism and Nation Building’ at National conference on Nepal at the Crossroads: Transformation and Nation Building organized by Kathmandu University and and NCCR North-South on 25 May 2008 in Kathmandu. 
  11. PhD research conceptual proposal presentation at a workshop titled ‘Post-conflict tourism: Challenges and Opportunities’ 18 March 2008 at the office of the Nepal Tourism Board. This was a workshop organized jointly by Kathmandu University and NCCR N-S in association with SUOMEN LATU (Central Association for Recreational Sports and Outdoor Activities) and Nepal Environment and Tourism Initiative Foundation (NETIF)

National /International participations and scientific nominations:

  1. Selection in the scientific committee of Tourism, Progress and Peace – A Global Conference on Peace and Tourism in the year 2011. The details contains under  
  2. Participation at the international conference on 'Humanitarian Competition and Global Visioning' organized in Sydney, Australia from July 11-14, 2010 by the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research, the sister concern of SOKA GOKKAI International (i.e. society for the creation of value) based in Japan. The project theme titled Envisioning Peace through Tourism was discussed in working groups 2 with my active participation. The closing sessions was placed for reporting from each group followed by open discussions.
  3. Participation at 'The Peace through Tourism Course (PACS6910)' as an observer from June 30 - July 6 held at the University of Sydney.
  4. Participation at a workshop on 'Research Methods' organized by Human and Natural Resource Study Centre, Kathmandu University in association with NCCR North-South from March 24 to 26 March, 2008 at Kathmandu University in Kathmandu.
  5. Exploration of viaJacobi, a tourist trekking route on 31st March which is a part of the European Way of St James in Santiago de Compostela (in northern Spain) that goes along the foot of the Alps from Lake Constance to Geneva – from one end of Switzerland to the other. This is one of the twelve prominent cultural routes of Switzerland with full of nature, culture, and pleasure developed by viaStoria.
  6. Participation in 'Research Methodology' workshop training at Kathmandu University, School of Management from September 27 to October 8, 2007 led by Prof. Virginia E. O'Leary, Auburn University.