Dr Jiban Karki

Post Doctoral Research Associate

I am a global health researcher with a PhD in Public Health and a master’s in Rural Development from universities in the United Kingdom, complemented by bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering and business administration from Nepal. Over the course of 25 years, I have held leadership positions in development organisations and managed projects in Nepal, with more than 10 years dedicated to academic research in the Global South.

Prior to my affiliation with LSTM, I held positions at the University of Sheffield and the University of Leeds as a research associate, research fellow, and global challenge fellow from 2017 to 2022. During this period, I conducted various research endeavours such as disaster-resilient policy-making in Nepal, studies on tuberculosis and tobacco usage in Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan, disability studies in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal, and health system research in Nepal.

I am interested in research around health systems, disaster resilience, disability, assistive technology for persons with disabilities, informal waste workers, urban health, climate change and health, the impact of climate change on health, mental health, and intersectionality in health. I aim to enhance my research skills in participatory, implementation research, primarily focusing on improving the delivery of community-based primary health care and other essential services in hard-to-reach areas of the Global South, particularly targeting disadvantaged population groups.


DLTROP207 - Climate Change and Health

Further relevant expertise

Associate Fellow of HEA

Selected publications

  • Karki J., Rushton S, Karki A, Rijal B, Makai P, Neupane R, Joshi S, Basnet S, Bhattarai S, De Witte L. Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the lives of persons with disabilities in rural Nepal: A mixed method study. Public Health Practice (Oxf). 2023 Jun; 5:100377. doi: 10.1016/j.puhip.2023.100377. Epub 2023 Feb 28. PMID: 36875286; PMCID: PMC9970917.

    Karki, A., Rijal, B., Koirala, B., Makai, P., Kc, P., Adhikary, P., & Karki, J. (2023). Management of COVID‐19 and vaccination in Nepal: A qualitative study. Health Expectations. doi:10.1111/hex.13732, https://doi.org/10.1002/rfc2.58

    Karki, A., Rijal, B., Shrestha, G., Makai, P., Joshi, S., Basnet, S., Neupane, R. and Karki, J., 2023. Prevalence and determinants of stunting among children under 5 years in remote Nepal. Reproductive, Female and Child Health. https://doi.org/10.1002/rfc2.58, (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/rfc2.58).

    Khadka, S., Koirala, B., Baidya, M., Ferhani, A., Karki, J, Lee, A., Panday, S. and Rushton, S., 2023. The health consequences of urbanization in Nepal: perspectives from a participatory photo project with recent rural-urban migrants. The Highlander Journal, 3(1), pp.37-50.

    Joshi, S., Karki, A., Rushton, S., Koirala, B., Basnet, S., Rijal, B., Karki, J., Pohl, G., Baidya, M., Chater, T. and Green, D., 2023. Gender and caste inequalities in primary healthcare usage by under-5 children in rural Nepal: an iterative qualitative study into provider perspectives and the potential role of implicit bias. BMJ Open, 13(6), p.e069060.

    Karki, J., Rushton, S., Bhattarai, S., Norman, G., Rakhshanda, S., & De Witte, L. (2022). Processes of assistive technology service delivery in Bangladesh, India and Nepal: a critical reflection. Disability and rehabilitation. Assistive technology, 1–10. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2022.2087769

    Shrestha, B., Green, D.J., Baidya, M., Chater, T., Karki, J., Lee, A.C., Khadka, S., Pohl, G., Neupane, R. and Rushton, S., 2022. Determinants affecting utilisation of health services and treatment for children under-5 in rural Nepali health centres: a cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health, 22(1), pp.1-15.

    Karki A, Karki J, Joshi S, Black MN, Rijal B, Basnet S, Makai P, Fossier Heckmann A, Baral YR, Lee A. Mental Health Risks Among Informal Waste Workers in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. Inquiry. 2022 Jan-Dec; 59:469580221128419. doi: 10.1177/00469580221128419. PMID: 36254497; PMCID: PMC9580097.

    Atreya, K., Rimal, N. S., Makai, P., Baidya, M., Karki, J., Pohl, G., & Bhattarai, S. (2022). Dalit’s livelihoods in Nepal: income sources and determinants. Environment, Development and Sustainability, 1-29.

    Elsey H, Al Azdi Z, Regmi S, Baral S, Fatima R, Fieroze F, Huque R, Karki J, …. Siddiqi K. Scaling up tobacco cessation within TB programmes: findings from a multi-country, mixed-methods implementation study. Health Research Policy and Systems. 2022 Apr 18;20(1):43. doi: 10.1186/s12961-022-00842-1. PMID: 35436896; PMCID: PMC9014631.

    Karki, J., Rushton, S., Bhattarai, S. & De Witte, L. (2021) Access to assistive technology for persons with disabilities: a critical review from Nepal, Bangladesh & India, Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, DOI: 10.1080/17483107.2021.1892843

    Panday, S., Rushton, S., Karki, J., Balen, J. and Barnes, A., 2021. The role of social capital in disaster resilience in remote communities after the 2015 Nepal earthquake. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 55, p.102112. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2021.102112. (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420921000789).