Chapagain, Dipesh

Senior Research Associate

Selected NON-UNU Publications
  • Dipesh Chapagain
    Global Mountain Safeguard Research (GLOMOS)

    Research Interests

    • Adaptation costs and finance
    • Climate change adaptation and disaster risk management
    • Risk and resilience analysis


    • Ph.D. (Dissertation title: detection and attribution of spatiotemporal trends of climatic disaster mortality in Nepal), Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, Germany
    • Master's in Environmental Science, Tribhuvan University, Nepal
    • Bachelor's in Environmental Science, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

    Biographical Statement

    Dr. Dipesh Chapagain has been a Senior Research Associate in the Global Mountain Safeguard Research (GLOMOS) programme at UNU-EHS since July 2023. The GLOMOS programme aims to enhance disaster risk reduction (DRR), climate change adaptation (CCA) and emergency response preparedness (ERP) in global mountains. Within UNU-EHS, Dipesh is primarily engaged in strategic project development, acquisition and implementation, with a specific focus on the Hindu Kush – Himalaya region, Central Asia and African countries.

    Dipesh completed his Ph.D. studies at the Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, in 2023. His doctoral research focused on the detection and attribution of spatiotemporal trends of climatic disaster impacts and vulnerability in a low-income country’s context. Dipesh was awarded the Heinrich-Böll Foundation Doctoral Scholarship and the IIASA Young Scientists Research Fellowship for his Ph.D. project in Germany and Austria. He holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Tribhuvan University, Nepal.

    Previously, Dipesh completed an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation research fellowship in Climate Analytics in Berlin. Moreover, he has several years of experience in managing research and advocacy projects with UNDP Nepal, Oxfam and Clean Energy Nepal. His contributions extend to multiple peer-reviewed articles, and notably, he has served as a lead author for the UNEP Adaptation Gap Report spanning from 2021 to 2023.

  • Articles

    • Chapagain, D., Bharati, L., Mechler, R., KC, S., Pflug, G., & Borgemeister, C. (2023). Understanding the role of climate change in disaster mortality: Empirical evidence from the Global South. [In Review]. Available at SSRN: or
    • Chapagain, D., Bharati, L., & Borgemeister, C. (2022). Declining vulnerability but rising impacts: the trends of climatic disasters in Nepal. Regional Environmental Change, 22(2), 55.
    • Chapagain, D., Dhaubanjar, S., & Bharati, L. (2021). Unpacking future climate extremes and their sectoral implications in western Nepal. Climatic Change, 168(1–2), 8.
    • Chapagain, D., Baarsch, F., Schaeffer, M., & D’haen, S. (2020). Climate change adaptation costs in developing countries: insights from existing estimates. Climate and Development, 12(10), 934–942.


    • Watkiss, P., Savvidou, G., Pauw, P., & Chapagain, D. (2022). Chapter 3: Global progress on adaptation financing in developing countries. In Adaptation Gap Report 2022: Too Little, Too Slow – Climate adaptation failure puts world at risk (pp. 17–24).
    • Watkiss, P., Chapagain, D., Pauw, P., & Savvidou, G. (2021). Chapter 4 Global progress on adaptation finance. In Adaptation Gap Report 2021: The gathering storm – Adapting to climate change in a post-pandemic world (pp. 27–36).


    • Chapagain, D. (2023). Detection and attribution of spatiotemporal trends of climatic disaster mortality in Nepal. Faculty of Agriculture, University of Bonn, Germany.
    • Chapagain, D. (2011). Climate change impacts on Large Cardamom productivity and adaptation measures in the eastern hill of Nepal. Central Department of Environmental Science, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal.