Research Interests: Heritage Discourses, Community Engagement, Participatory Processes, Heritage Education, Heritage Values and Authenticity, Ethnographic Approach in Heritage Research, Vernacular Architecture.
Neel Kamal Chapagain joined Centre for Heritage Management, Ahmedabad University in 2013 to develop the Masters program in Heritage Management, which eventually was launched in 2015. Previously he taught at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (USA) as full time teaching faculty and at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as a Doctoral Teaching Assistant. His professional journey spans Nepal, Bhutan, India, and the United States. He has co-edited a book titled Asian Heritage Management: Contexts, Concerns and Prospects(Routledge, 2013). An executive member of ICOMOS Nepal, he also coordinates a publication series from Nepal titled Reflections on the Built Environment and Associated Practices, of which the first volume was published in 2013, the second volume in 2016, and the third volume is In Progress. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Heritage Management - second academic milestone of the Centre for Heritage Management following the launch of the Masters programme, and was conference chair for the inaugural edition of the International Conference on Heritage Management Education & Practice at Ahmedabad University. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the UNESCO Category 2 Centre on World Natural Heritage Management and Training at the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. He obtained his Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (USA), where his dissertation focused on rethinking cultural heritage conservation at traditional settlements. He also has an Architecture Doctorate and Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (USA), a professional conservation course at ICCROM in Italy, and B. Architecture from Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University, Nepal.
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