Dr. Saroj Kumar Chapagain joined UNU-IAS as a Research Fellow for the Water for Sustainable Development project in May 2018. He holds a Ph.D. in Integrated River Basin Management from the University of Yamanashi, Japan. His research and teaching interests include decentralized wastewater management, environmental monitoring and integrated water resources management.
Prior to joining UNU-IAS, Dr. Chapagain was engaged as a Senior Research Specialist for the “Sustainable Decentralized Wastewater Management in Developing Countries” project, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand. He contributed to a wide range of collaborative research projects focused on innovative technology development and integrated management systems for sustainable sanitation in Southeast Asia while working at AIT and served as affiliated faculty there from April 2016 to December 2017.
Dr. Chapagain worked as a postdoc researcher at the International Research Center for River Basin Environment (ICRE), University of Yamanashi, Japan; as a researcher/director at the Center of Research for Environment Energy and Water (CREEW), Nepal; and as a water monitoring expert at the Kathmandu Valley Water Supply Management Board (KVWSMB), Nepal. He has authored/co-authored dozens of papers appearing in international refereed journals and proceedings.