Dr. Komal Raj Aryal

Dr. Komal Raj Aryal

Assistant Professor, BCM and IEM


Dr. Komal brings over 19 years’ participatory action based research experience on local disaster risk management, humanitarian response coordination, evidence based disaster knowledge exchange and community based development programmes. Komal specialises in integrated disaster vulnerability, risk and capabilities analysis. His current research is focused to strengthen integrated disaster risk reduction response and resilience governance capabilities of government officials and future civil servents from the south and south east Asian countries, United Kingdom and the members of the GCC countries particularly from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on using Earth Observation (EO) imagery, artificial and social intelligences based information for making resilient communities and nations.
In the past, Komal worked for various organisations (universities, NGOs, United Nations, Governments and National Red Cross Societies) based in Nepal, UK, the Republic of Korea, USA, Italy and The Gambia. Komal was in the ground during the two-major global humanitarian crisis (2014 Ebola Outbreaks and Sahel Extreme Climatic stress in the West Africa and the 2015 Nepal Gorkha Twin Earthquakes).
He is currently working for multiple action based research knowledge exchange projects with the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (United Kingdom), National Civil Defence and Disaster Management Training Institute (NDTI), Ministry of Interior and Security (MOIS), the Republic of Korea, National Science and Technology Centre for Disaster Reduction (NCDR), School of Health and Society of the University of Salford, United Kindgom, Governmnet of Nepal and Disaster Management Department of the Nepal Redcross Society.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    University of Northumbria, United Kingdom
  • Disaster Management and Sustainable Development
    University of Northumbria, United Kingdom
  • Bachelors in Environmental Sciences
    University of Delhi, India
  • Project Management
  • Disaster Risk
  • Response and Resilience Planning Research Methodology
  • Digital Emergency Planning and Crisis Management Planning ( with AR, VR,drones, sensors and satellite)
  • Jones, S., Oven, K., Manyena, B. and Aryal, K. (2014) Governance struggles and policy processes in disaster risk reduction: A case study from Nepal. Geoforum, 57, pp.78-90.
  • Aryal, K.R. (2014) Disaster Vulnerability in Nepal. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 9, pp.137-146.
  • Jones, S., Aryal, K. and Collins, A. (2013) Local-level governance of risk and resilience in Nepal. Disasters, 37 (3), pp.442-467.
  • Aryal, K. R. (2012) History of disaster incidents and impact in Nepal 1900-2005. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, 3 (3) pp. 147-154.ISSN 2095-0095.
  • Aryal, K.R. (2012) Asia-Pacific fighting climate change. In: Earth in Danger: Toward A New Planet, Korean Institute of Public Administration (KIPA).pp.39-44. ISBN: 978-89-5704-431-5 93530
  • Aryal, K.R. and Dobson, O. (2011) A case study from the National Disaster Management Institute in the Republic of Korea. The Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 26 (4). pp. 34-42. ISSN 1324-1540. http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=742127907201073;res=IELHSS

Edited Books

  • Elliott, S., Utas, C., Turot, O., Poncin, A., Andrew, P., Aryal, K., Burja, K., Shrestha, P., KC, A., Sun,Y., Ying, Z., Vikman, E., Zambeaux, R., Jovanovic, V., Mooney, E., Kuttiparambil, G., Pettersson, Z., Contla, X. and Elien, R. (2015) Nepal Earthquake Response: Joint Assessment of Food Security, Livelihoods and Early Recovery. Government of Nepal, National Planning Commission, UNOCHA, UNDP, FAO, WFP, NRCS, REACH, Protection Cluster Nepal, NeCSAP) Nepal Food Security Monitoring System and Food Security Cluster, Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Aryal, K.R.,Timilsina, M. and Paudel, S. (2015) A Special Handbook for Nepalese Member of Parliament on Local Disaster Risk Reduction Education. Oxfam GB and Himalaya Conservation Group (HCG), Kathmandu, Nepal.
    Form. No.: HR / SACSCOC/Faculty Issue Date: 1 Sep 2019
    Rev. No.: 0 Page No.: 6 of 4
  • Aryal, K.R. (2012) Getting down to local level: exploring vulnerability to improve disaster management systems in Nepal. Doctoral thesis, Northumbria University.
  • Aryal, K.R. (2002) Disaster Management System in Nepal: A Study of the Perceptions of Marginalized Groups in Relation to Disasters and a Disaster Management Project in Nepal. MSc (Disaster Management and Sustainable Development) dissertation, Northumbria University.
  • Aryal, K.R. and Gadema, Z. (2008) Climate change and disaster impact reduction. Disaster and Development Centre, Northumbria University, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne. ISBN 9781861353610.
  • Pokharel, A., Pokharel, S. and Aryal, K. (2000) A Citizens Report on Air Pollution in the Face of Urbanisation. Society for Legal and Environmental Analysis and Development Research and Japan Environment Corporation (JEC). Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Aryal, K.R. (1998) Comparative study of environmental hazards in Delhi and Kathmandu. BSc dissertation, Ramjas College, Delhi University, India.
  • Joshi, U., Aryal, M and Aryal, K.R. (2015) Lumle Health Disaster Risk and Vulnerability Assessment Report 2015. Health Service Department, Nepal Red Cross Society, Nepal. http://www.nrcs.org/resources/lumle-kaski-health-disaster-risk-and-vulnerability-assessment-report-2015
  • Aryal, K.R and Aryal, P. (2015) Analysis of Rapid Impact Assessment of Nepal Gorkha Earthquake -2015. Disaster Management Department, Nepal Red Cross Society, Nepal.
  • Aryal, K.R, Ladyr, I. and Shrestha, S. (2015) Initial Rapid Impact Assessment of Singati Bazar of Dolkha District. Nepal Red Cross Society, Nepal.
  • Hullah, E., Llewellyn, P. and Aryal, K.R (2015) Nepal Gorkha Earthquake -2015 Internal Real Time Evaluation Emergency Health Response Service of Nepal. Nepal Red Cross Society, Nepal. https://www.humanitarianresponse.info/sites/www.humanitarianresponse.info/files/assessments/150526_nepal_red_cross_society_real_time_evaluation_of_emergency_health_response_service_sindhupalchok_dolakha.pdf
  • Aryal, K.R, Walls, R. and Tamba, L. S. (2014) Strengthening Local Risk Governance: Local Hazard and Risk Zoning Exercise in The Gambia- 2014. National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Banjul, The Gambia, West Africa. http://www.preventionweb.net/english/professional/publications/v.php?id=40203
  • Aryal, K.R. and Dobson, O. (2011) Guidelines for integrating weather related disasters risk reduction and adaptation in Asia and the Pacific Regions for senior government officials (Volume One). Project Report. Yonsei University and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
  • Aryal, K.R. and Dobson, O. (2011) Guidelines for integrating weather related disasters risk reduction and adaptation in Asia and the Pacific regions for senior government officials (Volume Two: Operation). Project Report. Yonsei University and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
  • Aryal, K.R. and Gadema, Z. (2008) UK-South East Asia scientists and practitioners seminar on climate change, disaster risk governance and emergency management. Development Partnerships in Higher Education (DelPHE); Disaster and Development Centre (DDC); National Security Council, PMO; ProVention Consortium; United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat (UNISDR); Universiti Putra Malay, Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia, pp. 1-43.
  • 2019-2021 Development of a physiologicAl monitoRing research fOr emerGency first respoNders (DRAGON), HEFI Grant, University of Salford. – £.105,777.00
  • 2019-2020 Knowledge Exchange -Local Emergency and Crisis Management, Government of Nepal- USD 33,333.00
  • 2019-2020 Strengthening locAl GovernmenT’s capabilities to monitor local environmental Hazards In Nepal (SATHI), National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR) Taiwan- USD 359,890.00
  • 2019 Internal Travel and Research Support Grant, University of Salford- £.921.00.
  • 2018-2019 International Humanitarian Support Grant, PCT, Taiwan. (Grant secured for Friends Service Council Nepal and Baijanath Rural Municipality, Nepal)-USD. 60,000.00
  • 2018 NDTI, Korea International Travel Support Grant – £.1,800.00
    British Council – Newton Travel Grant for China – £. 2,500.00
  • 2016-2017 Four British Council – Newton Travel Grants for Kazakhstan, China, Oman and Turkey-In total £. 8,000.00
  • 2011-2012 UK-Japan Early Career Researchers Mobility Grant (International Study Tour on Risk, Resilience and Safety in Japan) -£. 10,000.00
  • 2010-2011 Government of the Republic of Korea, National Emergency Management Research Grant-USD 140,000.00
  • 2007-2008 British Council Young Scientists Networking Award -£. 23,500.00
  • 2007-2009 DelPHE British Council and UKaid Grant.£.80, 888.00
  • 2006-2007 Blyth Valley Borough Council Environmental Grant. £. 2,000.00


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