Chandika Shresta


Chandika Shrestha considers herself as a public health geographer focusing on gender, disaster, mental health, and wellbeing studies. Chandika has worked in the public health sector in Nepal for preventing diseases and promoting health since 2009. Chandika has had the privilege of working in remote regions of the country, where she has witnessed first-hand the immense challenges faced by communities in desperate need of health and wellbeing support.

Currently, Chandika is working with esteemed professors Rachel Kendal, Claire Horwell, and Judith Covey on an MRC-GCRF funded project titled “Factors affecting childhood exposures to urban particulates” (FACE-UP) at Durham University. She leads the research related to childhood exposure to urban air pollution in Kathmandu, Nepal.  She is also a named researcher in this project.

Chandika is deeply grateful for the opportunity to pursue her Ph.D. at Durham University, made possible through the generous support of the Christopher Moyes Memorial Foundation’s scholarship. This funding has played a pivotal role in her career development, empowering her to delve deeper into her research and make meaningful contributions to the field


Chandika’s PhD is on post-disaster health and wellbeing of women in Nepal; A case study of Gorkha earthquake 2015. Her work complements and expands upon existing gender-related disaster studies, paying attention to the differentiated experiences of women, the psychological aspects of disaster recovery, and the processes of coping and resilience. Chandika’s research site is Dolakha district, one of the most severely affected mountainous regions of Nepal. Utilising a mixed-method approach, she conducted qualitative surveys, large-scale quantitative surveys involving 667 households, focus group discussions, key informant interviews, and in-depth interviews with survivor women.

Images from PhD field work conducting focus group discussions with survivor women.

Publications and presentations:
Working with school children in the FACE-UP project
Working with school children in the FACE-UP project