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My name is Esther Leystra, I am 25 years old and for three months I am conducting research in Bardia, Nepal for my Master thesis. Currently, I am involved in the Masters Program Sustainable Development – International Development at Utrecht University and since I am in the second year of the program, I am writing my final master thesis. Since I am really interested in Wildlife and Conservation, I have chosen to write my thesis about this topic. More specifically, my research is about Human-Wildlife Conflict in the buffer zones around Bardia National Park and as I read and observed here, this is a big issue in this area. With doing research and conducting interviews with the local people in this area, I hope to gain more insights on this problem and how this influences the attitudes of local people towards Wildlife Conservation.

During my stay in Bardia, I made some short videos about my life here. These videos cover several topics such as; why am I here, where do I stay, how do I conduct research, what does the area look like, what activities can you do in this area, and what are typical cultural traditions? So with these videos I hope I can give you some insights in my life in Bardia!

Researching Human-Wildlife Conflicts in Nepal

Researching Human-Wildlife Conflicts in Nepal

Going abroad for conservation research is very interesting of course, but can also raise a lot of questions: “where do you stay?”, “what’s it like to live in another culture?” or “how do you actually conduct the research?”. In her first video, Esther gives you a first small glimpse into her life as a researcher in Nepal.