Kamal Lamichhane

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Years of Stay at HYI: 
Aug 2019 to May 2020

Dr. Kamal Lamichhane is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Human Sciences at the University of Tsukuba, Japan. He is also an affiliated researcher at the University of Tokyo. His fields of research are disability studies, economics of education, inclusive education, education policy and disability, and disaster risk reduction. Besides focusing on human capital formation and disability-inclusive development, Dr. Lamichhane also studies the association of disability and poverty with particular focus on low- and middle-income countries. His book, entitled Disability, Education and Employment in Developing Countries: from Charity to Investment, published by Cambridge University Press in 2015, received the Japan Society for International Development (JASID) incentive award in 2016. In 2019, he published his memoir in Nepali called “antardrishti”, advocating for dignity, self-esteem and fairness with rights, justice and equality of opportunity for persons with disabilities. He was chosen as one of ten outstanding young persons of the world (TOYP) for 2018 in the category of academic leadership and accomplishment by the Junior Chamber International (JCI). Additionally, Dr. Lamichhane has written several peer reviewed articles on the relationship between disability, education, and labor markets, and has published in journals such as the International Journal of Education Economics & Development, International Journal of Educational Development, Oxford Development Studies, Economics of Education Review, International Journal of Inclusive Education, Disability & Society, Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, etc. Dr. Lamichhane earned his Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo. He is the first person with visual impairment from his home country, Nepal, to receive a doctorate. Due to his visual impairments, Dr. Lamichhane could not receive education until he turned 12.