Dr Dev Raj Acharya

Dr Dev Raj Acharya

Lecturer in Education

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I obtained MA in Anthropology (Tribhuvan University, Nepal), MSc in Public Health Research (University of Aberdeen, Scotland) and was awarded Aberystwyth International Postgraduate Research Studentship (AIPRS) for PhD entitled 'Measuring the effectiveness of teaching sex education in Nepalese secondary schools; an outcome from a randomised controlled trial' (completed 2014) at Aberystwyth University, Wales. I started working as a lecturer in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning (SELL) from 2015.



My research interests are mainly in global education and health education. I started my career as a public health professional to promote reproductive and sexual health to the young people. I have a keen interest in conducting the research in different areas of global education such as; sexual and reproductive health, parental and pupil role in children's educational development, questionnaire development for validity and reliability, and women's participation in decision making. I have a number of other research aspects which are in the developing phase;

  • Educational policy for sex education,
  • Teaching and learning practice in higher education
  • Creativity and education
  • Educational progress of disadvantaged children
  • Gender studies
  • Sustainable development.


Acharya, DR, Thomas, M & Cann, R 2017, 'Evaluating school-based sexual health education programme in Nepal: An outcome from a randomised controlled trial' International Journal of Educational Research, vol 82, pp. 147-158. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijer.2017.02.005
Acharya, DR, Thomas, M & Cann, R 2016, 'Validation of a questionnaire to measure sexual health knowledge and understanding (Sexual Health Questionnaire) in Nepalese secondary school: A psychometric process' Journal of Education and Health Promotion, vol 5, pp. 1-10. DOI: 10.4103/2277-9531.184560
Acharya, DR, Regmi, PR, Simkhada, P & Van Teijlingen, E 2015, Modernisation and Changes in Attitudes towards Sex and Relationships in Young People (Chapter 5), In: Wasti SP, van Teijlingen ER and Simkhada P (Eds), Crabtree SA (Series Ed). The Dynamics of Health in Nepal. in S Wasti, P Simkhada & E Van Teijlingen (eds), Modernisation and Changes in Attitudes towards Sex and Relationships in Young People in Nepal. Social Science Baha, pp. 63-97.
Acharya, DR, Bell, JS, Simkhada, P, Van Teijlingen, ER & Regmi, PR 2010, 'Women's autonomy in household decision-making: a demographic study in Nepal' Reproductive Health, vol 7, no. 1, 15. DOI: 10.1186/1742-4755-7-15