Raj is the PhD student in the Planning, Governance and Globalization program in the school of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech, USA. In 2010, Raj received a Master of Science (MSc) degree in International Land and Water Management with a specialization in integrated water management from the Wageningen University, the Netherlands. His research will focus on the socio-technical and political dimensions of local water management serving subsistence farming villages in under-developed countries, referenced as Multiple-use Water Services (MUS). Research will include an examination of village intervention processes, institutional relationships, governance, and long-term sustainability of MUS projects.
Prior to Virginia Tech, Raj served as the Director of Water Resources and Engineering Program and a member of senior management for iDE Nepal, an international development organization headquartered in Denver, Colorado. In this role he led iDE Nepal’s efforts to reduce poverty through community-based water resource development. Raj has worked as a water resource and Rural Infrastructure Engineer for Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN), National Program Officer for Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and Water Resource Officer for Rural Village Water Resources Management Project (RVWRMP).
Raj has worked as a short-term international consultant, trainer and researcher in the U.S , Spain, Netherlands, Honduras, Cambodia, Italy, Uganda, Senegal, Kenya, Bhutan, India and Nepal. He has been a speaker in several international conferences on multiple-use water services and rural water supply systems.