Santosh Adhikari

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Santosh Adhikari

PhD Candidate

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Santosh Adhikari is a PhD candidate in the School of Social Science. He is researching policy issues in migration and remittance management by developing countries and their sustainable utilization in the domestic economy.


Santosh Adhikari is a trained Agricultural Economist, who is currently on-leave from Nepal’s Ministry of Agricultural Development while he undertakes his PhD. During his tenure at Ministry, he was involved in multiple tasks including, several policies formulation, shift to online-based budgeting, dealing with national and international stakeholders, planning and preparing strategic papers on behalf of the Ministry. Prior to that, he served as a Planning Officer from the closest government bodies for the farmers, the District Agriculture Development Office, Nepal. His quality service delivery to tangible outcomes in people’s lives and perseverance to keep high institutional morale honoured him with the Best Employee Award in fiscal year 2015/2016.

Further, he has experience teaching B.Sc. (Agriculture) students in Institute of Agriculture and Animal Sciences and online mentoring for youths in agricultural entrepreneurship. He is an occasional columnist for Kantipur, a number of National daily in Nepali languages.

Career summary



Thesis title



Date of award


Migration, remittances, and sustainable development policies in developing countries: A comparative study of the Philippines, India and Nepal

University of Tasmania




Gender Role in Commercial Vegetable Farming in Dhading, Nepal

Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science, Tribhuvan University



Languages (other than English)

Nepali (Mother Language)



Professional practice

Lifetime member: Nepal Agriculture Technician Association

Member: International Public Policy Association (IPPA)

Member: International Academic Forum (IAFOR)

Member: Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) 
Member: Young Professionals in Agriculture and Research Development (YPARD)

Member: Nepal Agri-Economist Society

President: Nepali Society of Northern Tasmania Incorporated

Administrative expertise

Agricultural Economist in Ministry of Agricultural Development, Nepal to facilitate to plan, budget and review all the programs under the ministry.

Planning Officer in District Agriculture Development Office, Nuwakot to conduct training, publication and monitoring and evaluation of implemented programs.

Project Coordinator for two small grants projects in planning, training, budgeting, implementing and reporting.


Rural Sociology, Agricultural Communication, Labour Migration, Government Policy, Agricultural Economics

Teaching expertise

Course/curriculum designing, online mentoring, and classroom teaching for University students, graduates, public service officers and farmers/entrepreneurs.

Research Appointments

Evaluation of Bhashalaya project- Nepali Society of Northern Tasmania Incorporated

Research Invitations

International Conference on Public Policy at Montreal Canada organized by International Public Policy Association (26-28 June 2019

Santosh Adhikari, Fred Gale and Joanna Vince. 2019. Labour migration management in South Asia region. Conference paper. International Conference on Public Policy at Montreal, Canada, 26-28 June 2019. Organized by International Public Policy Association.

  • Paper analyses nature and trends of labour migration management issues in South Asia-Gulf corridor and sees the reintegration of returned migrants into the local economy.

Dilaram Bhandari, Prakash Kumar Sanjel, and Santosh Adhikari, ‘Policy review of paddy production in Nepal’ in Rice Science and Technology in Nepal, MN Paudel, DR Bhandari, MP Khanal, BK Joshi, P Acharya, KH Ghimire (eds.), Nepal (2017): 719-734.

  • This paper reviews and investigates policies related to paddy production in Nepal and recommends for policy improvement. This paper has distinguished both historical and future perspective in paddy production issues in Nepal.

Bimala Khatri, Santosh Adhikari, Diwas Raj Bista and Sujan Dhungel, ‘Migration, farm mechanization and agriculture production: An assessment of issues in Darai Gaun, Chitwan’, Agriculture Development Journal 10 (2016).

  • Youth migration has been a major issue in Nepal. This paper assesses the impact of youth migration and remittances to the farming system.

Diwas Raj Bista, Sujan Dhungel and Santosh Adhikari. ‘Status of fertilizer and seed subsidy in Nepal: Review and Recommendation’, Journal of Agriculture and Environment 17 (June 2016).

  • This paper reviewed Nepal’s subsidy policies and programs. Based on the review, it suggested policy recommendations for efficient subsidy management to enhance agricultural production.

Santosh Adhikari, ‘Contribution of agriculture sector to national economy in Nepal’, Journal of Agriculture and Environment 16 (2015): 180-187.

  • Article analyses trends in government budget allocations to Nepal’s agriculture development and the significance of the agriculture sector to the national economy

Bhashalaya (AU$5,000) project for 2019-2020 to teach the Nepali language to the second-generation Nepali children in Launceston. The grant is received as a competitive Community Grant of City of Launceston, Tasmania.

Policy dialogue on effective and efficient use of migrant remittances- This is a competitive grant as Civil Society Scholar Awards 2019-2020 (CSSA) announced by Open Society Foundations. The research grant received US$7,000 (about AU$10,000) which supports my current PhD research project-Migration, remittances, and sustainable developmental policies in developing countries: A comparative study of the Philippines, India and Nepal

Tasmanian Graduate Research Scholarships 2016- Migration, remittances, and sustainable developmental policies in developing countries: A comparative study of the Philippines, India and Nepal.

1K for Nepal competition 2013 announced by Nepali Society in Purdue, USA and my project ‘Safe Drinking Water for Students at Shree Jana Jyoti Lower Secondary School, Gaikhur, Gorkha, Nepal’ won the competitive US$1,000 grant in June 2013. The project was accomplished in six months.

Himrights Nepal/Youth Action Fund announced small grant of US$1,000 in 2010 January. My proposal for  ‘Plantation in wastelands for the safer environment’ was one of the winners of this small grant. The project accomplished in six months.