Gopal Trital

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Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School, and Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND
Santa Monica Office

Education

M.A. in international development, Palacky University, Czech Republic; M.A. in development economics, University of Clermont Auvergne, France; M.A. in global development policy, University of Pavia, Italy

Overview

Gopal Trital (he/him) is a Ph.D. student in the Technology Applications and Implications stream at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at RAND. He has a joint M.A. in international development, development economics, and global development policy from Palacky University (Czech Republic), University of Clermont Auvergne (France) and University of Pavia (Italy) and a B.A. in development studies from Kathmandu University.

Prior to joining Pardee RAND, he was a research scholar at the University of Pavia, where he conducted quantitative research and published articles on household food and nutrition security in Sub-Saharan African countries. He also taught graduate-level courses on causal inference methods and data cleaning and management in STATA. His research interests include emerging technologies and their prospective role in innovative policy solutions, the use and misuse of digital space in inducing policy narratives and behavioral change, and the integration of data science advancements in program evaluation. 

Selected Publications

Sassi, M., Trital, G., & Bhattacharjee P., "Beyond the annual and aggregate measurement of household inequality: The case study of Lake Naivasha Basin, Kenya," The European Journal of Development Research., 2020

Sassi, M., & Trital, G., "A latent growth curve modelling approach to seasonal and spatial dynamics of food security heterogeneities in rural Lake Naivasha Basin, Kenya.," Food Security., 2021

Sassi, M., & Trital, G., "COVID-19 Income and Price Shocks Effect on Household Food Access in Malawi.," European Review of Agricultural Economics., 2022

Honors & Awards

  • Nepal Bidhya Bhusan Class C Medal, President of Nepal
  • Vice-Chancellor Gold Medal, Kathmandu University

Languages

English; Nepali; Hindi