Dr. Prakash C. Tiwari is Professor of Geography at Kumaon University, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India. He also worked as Assistant Director (Micro Regional Planning) at National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), Government of India, Hyderabad. Professor Tiwari is a mountain sustainable development and climate change adaptation specialist; and have worked with various national and international organizations in India and abroad in these fields.
He has implemented a number of multi-institutional collaborative research projects sponsored by international organizations including: Australian International Aid (AUSAID), Australia; Ministry of Education, Japan; Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany; The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD); Finland Research Council and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD); and apex national agencies including Department of Science and Technology (DST), Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MOEFCC), Government of India; University Grants Commission (UGC) and Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi. Currently, Professor Tiwari is collaborating as Lead Indian Partner in multi-institutional international projects on sustainable urban development in Hindu Kush Himalaya funded by NASA, USA; Sustainable Natural Resource Development in High Mountains supported by the European Commission under Horizon 2020; Impacts of Hydropower Projects in the Himalayan Headwater sponsored by International Water Management Institute and Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) under Ganges Water and Land Ecosystem (WLE) programme; and Climate Change Adaptation in Hindu Kush Himalaya funded by Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN), Japan; and UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) of Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the British Council (BC); and UK Royal Society. He is Knowledge Partner to the ‘Indian Himalaya Climate Change Adaptation Programme’ (IHCAP) of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC); and International Water Security Network (ISWN) Project; and Consultant Expert to ‘Himalayan Adaptation, Water and Resilience’ (HI-AWARE) Project of Canada International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Professor Tiwari is currently working as ‘Climate Change Expert’ with International Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) and International City Management Association (ICMA) under International City Link Programme supported by USAID. He is one of the Lead Authors of Hindu Kush Himalaya Monitoring and Assessment Programme (HIMAP) of the international Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Kathmandu, Nepal.
Professor Tiwari was awarded ‘Invitation Fellowship’ of Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS), and worked as ‘JSPS Fellow’ on ‘Adaptive Water Resource Management’ at Hiroshima University, Hiroshima, Japan during 2012-2013. Professor Tiwari won the highest international fellowship – ‘Mercator Fellowship’ – of German Research Foundation (DFG), and worked as ‘Mercator Professor’ at Martin Luther University, Halle, Germany during 2007 – 2008. He was also awarded ‘Guest Professor Fellowship’ of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and worked as ‘DAAD Guest Professor’ at University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany in 2002. Professor Tiwari has been two-time ‘Shastri Fellow’ of Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, Canada, and worked on ‘Aboriginal Forestry Management in Ontario’, at University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada in 2005, and on ‘Participatory Resource Management in British Columbia’ at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada in 1997. Currently, Professor Tiwari is Visiting Fellow at Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Islamabad, Pakistan.
Professor Tiwari was appointed as ‘Visiting Professor’ at Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK; University of the West of England, Bristol, UK; McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada; Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan; Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umea, Sweden; University of Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria and University of Turku, Turku, Finland; and ‘Visiting Scientist’ at University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany from time to time. He is member of the Scientific Advisory Board of European Land-use Institute (ELI), Bonn, Germany; and member of the Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) of the Commission on ‘Cold and High Altitude Regions’ (CHAR) of the International Geographical Union (IGU). Professor Tiwari is member of the Global Mountain Commission (GMC), Switzerland; Mountain Research Initiative (MRI), Switzerland; Mountain Forum (MF), Brazil; Mountain Partnership (MP), Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), Rome; and Monsoon Asia Integrated Regional Study (MAIRS), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing, China. He is ‘Fellow’ of Urbanization and Global Environmental Change (UGEC) and Earth System Governance (ESG) Project of International Human Dimension Programme (IHDP).
Currently, Professor Tiwari is acting as the Chief Editor of International Journal of Geography and Regional Planning; and Member of the Editorial Boards of ‘International Soil and Water Conservation Research’ (ISWCR) of World Association of Soil and Water Conservation (WASWC); International Journal of ‘Change and Adaptation in Socio-Ecological Systems’ (CASES), and International Journal of ‘Global Innovations in Agricultural and Social Sciences’.