Nimesh Dhungana

Nimesh Dhungana


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My research and teaching concern the interplay between disasters, (human) development and democratic politics, with a particular focus on citizen participation and accountability in disaster risk reduction and response. In my work, I draw on interdisciplinary scholarly debates spanning sociology and anthropology of disasters, participatory and social accountability politics, governance of disasters, and critical development studies.

I recently completed a two-year collaborative project (September 2021-September 2023), funded by the Atlantic Equity Challenge based at International Inequalities Institute (LSE), which looks at the role of civil society activism in constructing alternative narratives of care, accountability and justice for Nepali labour migrants who are disproportionately impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

With my PhD in Social Research Methods, I am also interested in methodological, political and ethical dimensions of 'doing research' in disaster and conflict contexts. To that end, I am  currently serving as a Co-Investigator in a British Academy funded collaborative and comparative research project entitled 'Reordering ethics and knowledge production in conflict and disaster-affected contexts', which examines the politics of research ethics and knowledge production in Nepal, Colombia and Balkans.

Increasingly, my research has also focused on the governance of disaster-resilient infrastructures in the south Asian and Himalayan region that is facing the disproportionate burden of the climate crisis.

My PhD research, completed in 2019 from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), used ethnographic and interview data to examine the politics of citizen participation and accountability following the 2015 Nepal earthquakes.

Prior to this, I worked as a Research Manager at the American University's Center on Health, Risk and Society, where I worked on a number of projects related to social and structural determinants of health and well-being. As part of this experience, I have published on the processes and impacts of community mobilisation in preventing HIV infection among female sex workers in southern India.

I have also worked in the development and NGO sector in my home country, Nepal, which continues to shape my research, teaching and supervisory engagements. 



PhD, Social Research Methods, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK

MA, International Development and Social Change, Clark University, USA

MBA, Kathmandu University School of Management, Nepal

B Com (Honours), University of Delhi, India

Research interests

Disaters and Development; Citizen Participation and Accountability; Research Methodologies; Disaster Ethics; Ethnography of Disasters.

Methodological knowledge

Ethnography of disasters and development

Participatory and action research

Ethics of disaster research


HCRI20012 Disasters and Development

HCRI63321 Citizen Participation, Accountability and Advocacy in Disasters

HCRI79000 Disaster Preparedness

HCRI60170 Research, Evaluation and Methods

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

Visiting Fellow, International Inequality Institute (III), London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

30 Nov 202130 Sept 2024

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities
  • Global Development Institute
  • Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute


  • Disasters, Development, Democracy, Citizen Participation, Accountability, Disaster Epistemiologies
  • Nepal, South Asia


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