Jiban Karki BE, BCom, MA, PhD, Winner of the Chancellor's Medal 2016
Honorary Research Fellow
School of Health and Related Research
University of Sheffield
30 Regent Street
I am a development professional with a PhD in Public Health from the University of Sheffield UK, have a Master’s degree in Rural Development from the University of East Anglia Norwich UK, a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Bachelor's degree in management from Tribhuvan University in Nepal. I have over 20 years of experience in leading nongovernmental organizations and managing integrated community development interventions. I am currently the Executive Director for PHASE Nepal, a NGO working for poor and marginalized communities to improve health, education and livelihood opportunities for the people living in hard to reach areas of Nepal. Together with my colleagues I helped to build this organization from 6 staff in 2006 to over 150 staff with total budget of over £2 million in 2015/16. I occasionally teach to MPH and MA International Development students and contribute in developing research proposals in the University of Sheffield. I have been awarded the Chancellor’s Medal 2016 by the University of Sheffield as recognition of my humanitarian work with PHASE in Nepal.
My research interest lies in community participation and to look at how a broader partnership-based interactive approach in primary healthcare could lead to greater sustainability of health care interventions in developing countries. I believe in integrated approach, so I am interested in teaching, research and interventions which involve health, education and livelihoods as a whole, rather than looking at those in isolation. I have a plan to establish a research branch within PHASE in Nepal in partnership with various academic institutions including the University of Sheffield to conduct operational research to contribute in evidence-based policy making processes.
I am interested to get involved more in Academia by teaching, mentoring, supervision and research in the subject areas where I can share my experiences mainly in Public Health, PHC, WASH, DRR, International Development and Rural Infrastructure Development.
Pursuing a PhD at the University of Sheffield was one of the happiest times of my life and winning the Chancellor's Medal 2016 as the recognition of PHASE's humanitarian work is a great encouragement to do more.