Career Chat with Austin Lord ’14 MESc

Career Chat with Austin Lord ’14 MESc

On February 16 I sat in on a career coffee chat put on by CDO and the RRAD (Disasters) Student Interest Group​. The featured guest was Nepal-based Austin Lord ’14 M.E.Sc., a Fulbright Scholar, Research Consultant to UNDP on post-disaster response, and founder of volunteer humanitarian initiative Rasuwa Relief.

It was interesting to hear about Austin’s journey post-F&ES. After graduation he went to Nepal through the aid of the Yale Himalaya Initiative and the Cornell Summer Funding Program. At the time Austin had no idea that he would do anything related to disasters. As an F&ES student he hadn’t been involved with the disasters SIG. But he would quickly discover that for a social scientist, there is an incredible demand and need for working in the setting of disasters.

Austin has been doing a project on people with disabilities in post-earthquake Nepal. He will be heading back to the U.S. for his PhD, but it will be difficult for him to walk away from the tragedy the earthquake caused.

We talked more about Austin’s work with UNDP and Fulbright, along with his love of photography and “visual ethnography.” Austin firmly believes that Kathmandu and more broadly Nepal are going to receive greater acclaim for photography on the global scale. He urged students at the chat to promote an environmental arts clinic or environmental film class here at FES. He emphasized the flexibility of the School and the willingness of the administration to hear new ideas.

Thank you Austin for coming to speak about your fascinating work!