Himalayan Mobilities

An Exploration of the Impact of Expanding Rural Road Networks on Social and Ecological Systems in the Nepalese Himalaya

  • Robert E. Beazley
  • James P. Lassoie
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Environmental Science book series (BRIEFSENVIRONMENTAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Roads and Transportation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Robert E. Beazley, James P. Lassoie
      Pages 3-28
  3. Mobility as a Social and Ecological System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Robert E. Beazley, James P. Lassoie
      Pages 31-50
  4. Challenges and Impacts of Building Roads in the Himalayas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-52
    2. Robert E. Beazley, James P. Lassoie
      Pages 53-78
    3. Robert E. Beazley, James P. Lassoie
      Pages 79-103
    4. Robert E. Beazley, James P. Lassoie
      Pages 105-121
  5. The Way Forward

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Robert E. Beazley, James P. Lassoie
      Pages 125-160
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 161-166

About this book

Introduction

The goals of this book are to update information on the effects of rural road development, both in Nepal and globally, explain the environmental, socioeconomic, and sociocultural impacts of expanding rural road networks in the Nepalese Himalaya, and to promote further studies on rural road development throughout the world based on studies and investigations performed in Nepal. Readers will learn about the history of rural road development, as well as the challenges to effectively design and construct rural roads and how these obstacles may be overcome.

Chapter one offers a global review of road development, and both the positive and negative impacts of rural road implementation. Chapter two defines mobilities within the context of coupled social and ecological systems, specifically in the Nepalese Himalaya. Chapters three through five detail the environmental, socioeconomic, and sociocultural impacts expanding rural road networks through several case studies. The concluding chapter summarizes the findings of the book, discussing the need for interdisciplinary cooperation and collaboration to avoid negative consequences. This book will be of interest to teachers, researchers, policy makers, and development organizations. 

Keywords

Himalaya Nepal livelihoods mobilities rural road networks socioeconomic

Authors and affiliations

  • Robert E. Beazley
    • 1
  • James P. Lassoie
    • 2
  1. 1.Cornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  2. 2.Cornell UniversityIthacaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-55757-1
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-55755-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-55757-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-5547
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5555
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