Robert E. Beazley, Ph.D.


Lecturer in Land Use, Natural Resources, and Conservation




Ph.D. in Natural Resources
Cornell University (NY, USA)

M.S. in Natural Resources
Cornell University (NY, USA)


SFS 3050 Land Use, Natural Resources, and Conservation
(The School for Field Studies)

SFS 4910 Directed Research
(The School for Field Studies)

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Faculty Profile

Dr. Beazley is a broadly trained geographer and natural resource specialist who is drawn to mountain environments and diverse cultures. For more than 30 years he has traveled throughout Asia, Africa, South and Central America, Europe, and the U.S. exploring cultural attitudes toward environmental stewardship. This interest has channeled his academic research into the areas of coupled sociological and ecological systems and human environment interactions in Tibetan borderland areas of the Nepalese Himalayas and southwest China. Having an extensive background in experiential education and study abroad programs he is excited about teaching and mentoring the next generation of environmental leaders.

Prior to joining SFS, Dr. Beazley conducted graduate research in natural resources at Cornell University, working near Langtang National Park and the Annapurna Conservation Area in the Nepalese Himalayas exploring borderlands infrastructure, including new roads and new hydro-electric projects, and their impacts on the environment, local livelihoods, and mobility patterns. From 2014-2016,
Dr. Beazley was a Fulbright Fellow under the Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program expanding his research on borderlands infrastructure to include China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in Sichuan, Yunnan, and Tibet and BRI projects in Nepal. In 2015, Dr. Beazley and colleagues organized a grassroots disaster aid and response initiative after the April and May earthquakes in Nepal.
During his previous career of more than 20 years as an adventure travel leader, Dr. Beazley made three trips to Bhutan for both kayaking and mountain biking expeditions. He has led adventure travel trips in Nepal and other countries in Asia, as well as in South and Central America, Canada, and the U.S.

He is looking forward to sharing his knowledge and experience with SFS students in Bhutan and helping them explore their areas of interest as they develop new research skills.

Academics & Research

Areas of Expertise

  • Community based natural resource conservation and management
  • Coupled social and ecological systems
  • Mobilities
  • Infrastructure
  • Natural Disaster Response, Recovery, and Relief
  • Gender
  • Alternative mountain livelihoods/li>
  • Hydro-electric power development

Professional Activities

    • Association of American Geographers
    • Association of Nepal and Himalayan Studies


Zhao, S., Liu, S., Hou, X., Beazley, R. and Yongxiu Sun, 2019. Identifying the contributions of multiple driving forces to PM10–2.5 pollution in urban areas in China, Science of The Total Environment, 663, 361-368.
Hou, X., Liu, S., Zhao, S., Beazley, R., Cheng, F., Wu. X., Xu., J., and Dong, S. 2019. Selection of Adequate Species as a Key Factor for Vegetation Restoration of Degraded Areas in an Open-Pit Manganese Ore Mine in Southern China Using Multivariate Analysis Methods. Land Degradation & Development 2019;1–9.
Zhao, S., Liu, S., Hou, X., Cheng, F., Wu, X., Dong, S., and Beazley, R. 2018. Temporal dynamics of SO2 and NOX pollution and contributions of driving forces in urban areas in China, Environmental Pollution, 242, Part A, 239-248.
Beazley, R. 2017. “Himalayan Trauma: Administration Thrombosis and Citizens’ Response.” HIMALAYA The Journal of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies, Vol. 37(2): 42-54 (December)
Beazley, R., and J. Lassoie 2017. “Himalayan Mobilities: An Exploration of the Impact of Expanding Rural Road Networks on Social and Ecological Systems in the Nepalese Himalaya”, Switzerland: Springer
Beazley, R. with A. Kramer and S. Moktan. 2017. “Nepal and Himalayan Studies Community Engagement, Knowledge Circulation, and the Future of Scholarship.” South Asia Program Bulletin. Conference Review.
Murton, G, Lord, A. and Beazley, R. 2016. “‘A Handshake across the Himalayas:’ Chinese Investment, Hydropower Development, and State Formation in Nepal.” Eurasian Geography and Economics, 57.3 (October).
Beazley, B 1997 The Nuts N Bolts Guide to Open-cockpit Kayaks (Nuts 'N' Bolts - Menasha Ridge)
Beazley, B 1995 The Nuts 'N' Bolts Guide to Kayaking Essentials (Nuts 'N' Bolts - Menasha Ridge)


Annual Association of American Geographers Conference, Washington, D.C., March 2019
Annual South Asia Conference, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. October 2018
Annual South Asia Conference, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. October 2018
Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.; April 11, 2018.
6th Himalayan Studies Conference, University of Colorado, Boulder. CO.; September 3, 2017.
FLAS Summer Nepali Culture Lecture, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; June 7, 2017.
Environmental and Development Economics Class Lecture, Colorado College, Colorado Springs CO; September 1, 2016.
Himalayan Odyssey: Culture, Conservation, and Change in the Annapurna and Mustang Region of Nepal, Colorado College, Ghorepani, Nepal; June 14, 2014.