Dr Hemant Ojha



Through the past 20 years of research, development practice, and innovation, Dr Ojha has championed the cause of  democratic governance, equitable development, decentralised natural resources management, and community empowerment. He is particularly known for his works on critical action research, deliberative governance of natural resources, methodological innovations for evidence informed policies, and catalysing social change through participatory action and learning. He has been a key player in the development of community forestry in Nepal which is now recognised as a world innovation in community based natural resource management. He has written widely in the scientific and the pubic media. He has worked with a number of research, academic, and civil society organisations across Asia and Africa. He has served as a consultant for the programs of UK DFID, USAID, NORAD and other international development agencies.Click here to view Dr Ojha’s CV.


  • Co-investigatorr, Climate Adaptive Water Management Plans for Cities in South Asia (CAMPS), in association with University of New South Wales/Southasia Institute for Advanced Studies, funded by Canadian International Development Research Centre
  • Conflict, Violence and Environmental Change: Investigating resource governance and legitimacy in transitional societies (CoVEC), in partnership wth Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, funded by Swedish Research Council


News & Updates

Our take on Nepal’s current political transformation featured in Policy Forum. 

Scientific Publications



Why Nepal’s recovery from 2015 earthquakes is extremely slow? Here is our taken in The Conversation.


Is it possible to do a good research as well as become an agent of change? Here is my take. 


PhD Education needs radical rethinking, Here is my take on this challenging topic.


Why spend 5 additional years for PhD if you have equivalent published works already? Here is my take on this question.