Mayank Shah was born and raised in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand and has travelled it extensively both as researcher and a student, living with diverse communities, listening to their stories of precarity and hardships. He has been part of domestic and international research that are spread across different dimensions of socio-economic and anthropological Himalayan study right from migrant masculinity, rural resilience, socio-ecological understanding of transitioning rural and non-metro communities, climate change and its impact on farmer behaviour, human trafficking and livelihood diversification in the central Himalayas. Currently he is working as research scholar in the economics department at Kumaun University Nainital Uttarakhand. His doctoral research work focuses on finding feasible non-agrarian livelihood options in the central Himalayas. Mayank is an avid traveller exploring the Himalayan terrains and living with various communities in some of the most marginalised regions. His research interests vary across many disciplines of Himalayan studies such as rural resilience, sustainability analysis, youth dynamics, developmental politics, anthropological studies of migration and state processes.
Mayank has a keen interest in socio-ecological and anthropological research in the Himalayan region combining ethnographic research with scientific methodologies to bring out the best resource for the Himalayan region studies.