Solutions for Sustainability and Positive Change

IFSD exists to ensure sustainable innovations through research, education, engagement, advising, and demonstration practices.

Pre-University Course for PhD by Prior Publication

Do you have a good record of scientific publication but no PhD yet?

Are you looking for a shorter and smarter way to achieve PhD by capitalising on your publications?

Do you think spending 4-5 years for a conventional PhD is not worth it?

If your answer is yes to these questions, then this course is for you!

Note: This is not an accredited degree or diploma course.


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Can Bangladesh produce enough cereals to meet future demand?

By J. Timsina, J. Wolf, N. Guilpart, L.G.J. van Bussel, P. Grassini, J. vanWart, A. Hossaind, H. Rashid, S. Islamf, and M.K. van Ittersum

The paper provides an important scientific assessment of food security situation in Bangladesh focussing on the production of cereals. It estimates indicate that current yields in Bangladesh are not sufficient to meet future food demand due to a combination of expected cropland area reduction and expected grain demand increases. As a result, under various land use change scenarios, SSRs of all cerealswill decrease substantially in 2030 and 2050. Click here for more information.


Delocalizing communities: Changing forms of community engagement in natural resources governance

By Hemant Ojha, Rebecca Ford, Rod Keenan, Digby Race, Dora Carais Vega, Himlal Baral, and Prativa Sapkota

This paper draws on the cases selected from Australia, Indonesia, Mexico, Nepal, and Papua New Guinea to make an important conclusion: Increasingly diverse interests in natural resources such as forests have served to delocalize communities beyond “local” domains. They argue that local community is not a localized entity, and there are multiple cross-scale networks which need to be recognized, as these have profound implications in community-based natural resource management. Click here for more information.

In search of pathways out of poverty: mapping the role of international labour migration, agriculture and rural labour

By Ramesh Sunam

This paper reveals that many poor people have experienced improved livelihoods pursuing a diverse portfolio of agricultural and non‐agricultural activities including labour migration. However, the dispossession of poor people from land and their adverse incorporation into the local and international labour markets continue to perpetuate chronic poverty. Click here for more information.


Social production of vulnerability to climate change in the rural middle hills of Nepal

By P Sapkota, Rod Keenan, Jana-Axinja Paschen, and Hemant Ojha

The paper shows that social isolation, financial authority and knowledge based supremacy exercised by community elites and public officials are some of the barriers constraining the longterm adaptation of marginalised communities in the hills of Nepal. Click here to access the article in the publisher’s site.

Gender, agrobiodiversity, and climate change: A study of adaptation practices in the Nepal Himalayas

 By Basundhara Bhattarai, Ruth Beilin, and Rebecca Ford 

This paper explores how gender relations are influenced by wider socio-economic changes, and how alterations in gender relations shape responses to climate change. They argue that the prevailing development paradigm reinforces inequitable gender structures in agrobiodiversity management, undermining adaptation to the changing climate. Click  here to access the article from the publisher’s site.

Can authority change through deliberative politics?: Lessons from the four decades of participatory forest policy reform in Nepal


Green City: Urban forest and trees conservation and management

As nearly half of the people live in the cities, human’s relationship with trees has become primarily an urban phenomenon. In the urban landscapes, every tree and its parts are considered in the design and planning work. The challenge in planning is –  how we ensure trees and greenery in the urban space. As part of its Green City initiative, IFSD is partnering with various stakeholders to develop and promote urban trees and green space through research, engagement and innovation in Australia (New South Wales), Nepal, and India.

Agrifood School: Agriculture and food security through improved technology, institutions, and systems of innovations

As the World needs more food, there is a pressure on how we improve agriculture and food systems. As one of the flagships, Agrifood School undertakes research and offers solutions on sustainable agriculture and food systems innovations.

Water Security: Improving water access, management, institutions and policy in urban areas under changing climate

As the world becomes urbanised and climate impact gets worse, water insecurity is looms large around the world. As one of the flagship initiatives of IFSD, Water Security seeks to nurture and promote practices and institutions for enhancing water security in the contexts of population growth, rapid urbanisation, climate change, and escalating social inequalities.

Diaspora for SDG: Diaspora for Sustainable Development Goals

As remittance overtakes international development aid, the diaspora has now become an important player in poverty reduction. And diaspora brings not just money – but also emotional commitment, technologies and social networks to their countries of origin, and thus can make significant contributions to Sustainable Development Goals. Under its initiative Diaspora for SDG, IFSD is fostering partnerships with governments, communities, and researchers to spark new thinking on the role of the diaspora in international development.

HigherEdserve: Advisory services for higher degrees through research, innovation

Students spend special of their precious years in higher education and many have to put months or even years of extra efforts to get jobs or get self-employed. As part of its flagship program HigherEdserv, IFSD is partnering with a select group of universities in Australia, the UK, and the USA to facilitate and create opportunities for alternative modalities for higher degrees. As we build such partnerships, we are keenly looking to assist prospective students to obtain higher degrees that will have much bigger impact in individual careers and the wider society.

MEL for Development: Sharing resources and providing services on monitoring, evaluation and policy learning

Program management, monitoring, and evaluation have all become a crucial aspect of managing change and facilitating development across both developed and developing countries. MEL for Development is IFSD’s flagship initiative to offer methodological and research based solutions to contribute to practical, transformative and sustainable change that is required in every realms of community, public and the corporate life.



Why spend 5 additional years for PhD if you have equivalent published works already?

Dr Hemant Ojha
If you have just completed Master’s and want to continue through a PhD, then spending 4-5 years on a new research project is all justifiable before you can be awarded a PhD. But for a large number of active and mid-career professionals who have already spent several years doing research, this conventional route to earning a higher degree could actually be a waste of time.

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Bridging Research and Practice for Catalysing Change

By Dr Hemant R Ojha
We need to bring research and practice together, without collapsing their unique values. More intimate dialogues needed among the peoples residing in the two different worlds. And we also need more people of the hybrid breed – those who can do research in and through practice, and those who can practice while doing research.

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PhD Education – The need for a radical improvement

PhD education is in crisis, creating distress and misery in the lives of many who embark on this problematic educational offering coming from Universities around the world. It is now time to fundamentally review and reflect on this activity – the PhD Program –  that started 200 years ago.

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Why Diaspora for SDGs?

By Dr Hemant R Ojha
The value of remittance from diaspora is already three times higher than international development aid from the developed countries. Yet, diaspora still remains outside the domain of international development cooperation. It is now time to link the two and harness the combined power to remove deprivation and injustices in the developing world.

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