Austin Lord is a researcher currently enrolled in the doctoral programme in anthropology at Cornell University. In the wake of the 2015 earthquakes, he co-founded the volunteer initiative Rasuwa Relief to support post-disaster relief and recovery. In 2015 and 2016, he worked as a research consultant for the UNDP in Nepal and advised several other institutions, including the Langtang Management & Reconstruction Committee. He holds a Master of Environmental Science degree from Yale University.