Jiwnath Ghimire

Jiwnath Ghimire PhD

Assistant Professor, Community and Regional Planning

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(515) 294-5470

Campus Office: 399 Design

Mailing Address
Community and Regional Planning Department
158 College of Design
Ames, IA, 50011
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PhD, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawaii at Manoa

MURP, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawaii at Manoa

MA, Rural Development, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

BA, Economics and Population Education, Tribhuvan University, Nepal


Research Interests

Understanding the relationship between land use and environmental disasters. Developing science-policy interface for climate actions and disaster management. Operationalizing resilience and climate adaptation for cities and regions. Broadly, I am interested in environmental planning, disaster management, and social aspects of climate change.


CRP 293/ENV S 293 - Environmental Planning 

CRP 550/SUS E 550 - Making Resilient Environments

CRP 301 - Urban Analytical Methods

CRP 484 & 584/ENV S 484 - Sustainable Communities

Current Projects

- Co-creating Communities of Climate Resilience: Lessons Learned for Regenerative Design (BNIM Regenerative Design Challenge Fund - 2023-2024)

- Finding Synergies between Disaster Recovery and Climate Actions: Lessons from Pre-disaster Recovery Planning Practices in Iowa

- Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Planning in Sarkegad Municipality, Humla District, Nepal

Recent publications

Diem-My Thi Nguyen, Thi-Nhung Do, Son Van Nghiem, Jiwnath Ghimire, Kinh-Bac Dang, Van-Trong Giang, Kim-Chi Vu, & Van-Manh Pham (2024). Flood inundation assessment of UNESCO World Heritage Sites using remote sensing and spatial metrics in Hoi An City, Vietnam. Ecological Informatics, 79. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoinf.2023.102427. 

Thi-Nhung Do, Diem-My Thi Nguyen, Jiwnath Ghimire, Kim-Chi Vu, Lam-Phuong Do Dang, Sy-Liem Pham, Van-Manh Pham. (2023). Assessing Surface Water Pollution in Hanoi, Vietnam Using Remote Sensing and Machine Learning Algorithms. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 30, 82230-82247.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-023-28127-2

Jiwnath Ghimire, Ratna Mani Nepal, Julia Crowley, Dipesh Ghimire, and Shyam Guragain. (2023). Vulnerabilities and Risk Perceptions of Contracting COVID-19 among Nepali Migrant Workers. Social Sciences and Humanities Open 7 (1).   https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssaho.2023.100486.

Karl Kim, Eric Yamashita, Jiwnath Ghimire, Patricia Bye, and Deb Matherly. (2023). Knowledge to Action:  Resilience Planning Among State and Local Transportation Agencies in the United States. Journal of Emergency Management 21 (1).  https://doi.org/10.5055/jem.0715.

Jiwnath Ghimire, Ratna Mani Nepal, Julia Crowley, Dipesh Ghimire, and Shyam Guragain. (2022). Social and Economic Challenges of Returning Nepalese Migrant Workers during Initial COVID-19 National Lockdowns. Journal of Asian and African Studies 0(0). https://doi.org/10.1177/00219096221141359.

Karl Kim, Roberto Porro, Jiwnath Ghimire, Lillian Ramirez Durand, Ruperto Chaparro Serrano, Bernardo Gonzalez, and Eric Yamashita.(2022). Equity, Participation and Planning for Recovery in Puerto Rico. Journal of Emergency Management 19(8).  https://doi.org/10.5055/jem.0656.

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