Dr Basundhara Bhattarai
Senior Consultant (Gender, Environment, and International Development)
Dr Bhattarai is an internationally recognised specialist on gender and development. She considers gender justice across a range of international development sectors – including natural resources management, rural livelihoods, urban poverty, agriculture and food security, disaster risk reduction, water security and resilience building, small and community-based enterprises, infrastructure development, and health and development. Her gender works span research, development practice, training, program monitoring and evaluation, policy analysis, and women empowerment. She has served as a specialist/consultant for a number of national organisations in Australia and development agencies internationally, including DFAT, USAID, DFID, IFAD, and IDRC. She is a senior gender and development consultant at IFSD Sydney, and is actively contributing to University of Queensland’s professional training program on gender, development and humanitarian assistance. She has served as a senior researcher for a project on climate change, urbanisation and water security in India and Nepal in collaboration with the Canadian IDRC. She has also served as Gender Specialist at International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). Her research has been well recognised in the academia and used in graduate seminars in some US Universities. She recently completed a major assignment for United Nations FAO on a global review of forestry sector from SDG Goal 5 (Gender) lens and developed recommendations for FAO. She is also an actively sought-after counsellor of gender based domestic violence among Asian diasporic communities in Australia.