Safal's research interests include the idea of security–development nexus, private, non-state and external actors in conflict transformation, security sector governance and post-war/post-crisis recovery. His works specifically examine the contention and cooperation between national and international actors in security, development and peacebuilding with a regional focus in Nepal and South Asia. In the past, Safal worked as a Research Officer at the South Asia Office of the Swiss National Centre for Contemporary Research (NCCR North-South)− a global research program led by the University of Bern−and now collaborates with Nepal Centre for Contemporary Research in the capacity of Visiting Associate. He has a PhD in Security Studies from the University of New England, Australia.

Professional Experience
Postgraduate Researcher

Visiting Scholar

Research Officer

Publication Consultant
Various Agencies-Various Dates
(Some of my clients were Embassy of Switzerland in Nepal, SNV-the Netherlands Development Organisation, SDC-Swiss Development Cooperation, Nepal Swiss Community Forestry Project, NIDS-Nepal Institute for Development Studies, Swiss National Centre for Competence in Research/NCCR North-South, Consortium for Land Research and Policy Dialogue, Kathmandu University/Department of Development Studies and WWF-World Wildlife Fund)    

Kathmandu University, Lalitpur, Nepal

Peer-Reviewer in International Journals
Stability: Journal of International Security and Development
Pacific Affairs, The University of British Colombia, Canada
Journal of Peacebuilding & Development
Development and Change, Erasmus University, The Hague, Netherlands
Peace and Conflict Studies, Nova Southeastern University, Florida, United States
Sustainable Development Series, SDPI, Islamabad, Pakistan

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Fellowships, Grants & Awards
Civil Society Scholar Award
Open Society Foundations, 2015
University of New England PhD Completion Grant
UNE, Australia/February 2013
University of New England Research Award
UNE, Australia/February 2013
International Post-graduate Research Scholarship
Australian Government/February 2013
Keith and Dorothy Mackay Attachment Grant
Academic Board of Higher Degree Research Committee, UNE/April 2014
Media Research Fellowship
Martin Chautari, Kathmandu/January 2009
Swiss National Science Foundation Fellowship
NCCR North-South, South Asia Office/February 2008
Youth Initiative Award for Community Development
YI, Kathmandu-2005
European Association for South Asian Studies Travel Grant
European Association for South Asian Studies, July 2012
Swiss Peace Foundation Travel Grant
Swisspeace, November 2011
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Travel Grant
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung-Nepal, December 2011