Shrestha, Sadhana

JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Sadhana Shrestha
    +81 3 5467 1212

    Research Interests

    • Environmental health risk assessment
    • Environmental Monitoring
    • Water quality
    • Water security


    • Ph.D. in Natural Biotic and Social Environment Engineering (Engineering), University of Yamanashi (Kofu, Japan)
    • • M.Sc. in International Health, the University of Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan)
    • B.Sc. in Veterinary Science, Tribhuvan University (Chitwan, Nepal)

    Biographical Statement

    Dr Sadhana is an environmental health analyst who has worked in varied thematic domains related to water and health. She has over a decade of research experience in water quality, water microbiology, health risk assessment, determinants of diarrheal diseases, water security, and quality of life. She has coordinated and worked with a multidisciplinary research team focused on improving water security in urban areas under the Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development project in Nepal. Her research project in peri-urban schools of LIC uncovered WASH related ‘menstrual hygiene management facilities’ associated with absenteeism. She is co-principal investigator of a project funded by IAEA under the framework of Coordinated Research Project F33024. At present, she is analyzing ‘challenges and feasibilities of applying wastewater-based epidemiology for COVID-19 control in LMICs’. Her other collaborative COVID-19 related research is ‘Application of a transition model to understand COVID-19 dynamics in Tokyo’ and ‘Knowledge, attitude, practice (KAP) and preparedness study on COVID-I9 among general population in Nepal’. At UNU-IAS, Dr Sadhana’s work concentrates on the impact of water scarcity on agricultural livelihood in periurban areas of a growing tourist city in Nepal.

    Prior to joining the UNU-IAS, Dr Sadhana worked as a research officer on water related projects for NGOs in Nepal; a postdoctoral researcher at the Interdisciplinary Research Center for River Basin Environment (ICRE), University of Yamanashi, Japan; and a Project Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Yamanashi.

  • Articles

    • Shrestha Sadhana, Aihara Yoko, Bhattarai P Arun, Bista Niranjan, Kondo Naoki, Nishida
      Kei, Kazama Futaba, Shindo Junko. Journal of Water Sanitation and Hygiene for
      Development. Urban household water resilience and source selection in Nepal preand post-disaster. September, 2020, 10 (3). https://doi: 10.2166/washdev.2020.042
    • Shrestha Sadhana, Nakamura Takashi, Magome Jun, Aihara Yoko, Kondo Naoki, Malla
      Bikash, Shindo Junko, Nishida Kei. International Health. Groundwater use and
      diarrhoea in urban Nepal: novel application of geostatistical technique linking environmental and epidemiologic survey data. 2018, 10(5): 324-332
    • Shrestha Sadhana, Aihara Yoko, Bhattarai P Arun, Bista Niranjan, Kondo Naoki, Nishida
      Kei, Kazama Futaba, Shindo Junko. SSM- Population Health. Development of an
      objective water security index and assessment of its association with individual wellbeing in urban areas of developing countries. December, 2018, 6: 276-285.