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.
- 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
Opinions and Media
Our take on Nepal’s current political transformation featured by Policy Forum.
Disaster response published in The Conversation
The Himalayan Challenge featured by Kathmandu Post
NGOs, Knowledge, Accountability published by Kathmandu Post.
River basin planning featured in Kathmandu Post
Conserving Himalayan foothills (churia) featured in Kathmandu Post
- Hemant Ojha, Krishna K Shrestha, Yuba Raj Subedi, Racchya Shah, I. K. Nuberg, B. Heyojoo, Edwin D Cedamon, S. Tamang, K. P. Paudel, J. Rigg, Y. Malla and P. McManus (2017). Agricultural land underutilisation in the hills of Nepal: Investigating socio-environmental pathways of change. Journal of Rural Studies, Volume 53, July 2017, Pages 156-172
- Satyal, P., Krishna K Shrestha, H. Ojha, V. Vira and J. Adhikari. ‘A New Himalayan Crisis? Exploring Transformative Resilience Pathways’ (2017). Environmental Development
- Sapkota, P., R. J. Keenan, J.-A. Paschen and H. Ojha(2016). ‘Social production of vulnerability to climate change in the rural middle hills of Nepal’, Journal of Rural Studies.
- Khatri, D., Shrestha, K. K., Ojha, H, Paudel, N. & Paudel, G. (2016), ‘Reframing Nepalese community forestry food security, Environmental Conservation.
- Adhikari, J., H.Ojhaand B. Bhattarai. 2016. Edible Forest? Rethinking Nepal’s Forest Governance in the Era of Food Insecurity International Forestry Review 18(3):265- 279.
- Ojha, H., J. Keenan, D. Race, D. C. Vega, R. Ford and H. Baral (2016). Delocalizing communities: Rethinking community participation in natural resource management, World Development.DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2016.06.017.
- Nightingale, A. J., Bhattarai, A., OjhaH., Sigdel, T., Rankin, K. (2017) “Fragmented public authority and state un/making in the ‘new’ Republic of Nepal,” Modern Asian Studies, 52 (2), In Press
- Bhatta, G. D., H. R. Ojha, P. K. Aggarwal, V. R. Sulaiman, P. Sultana, D. Thapa, N. Mittal, K. Dahal, P. Thomson and L. Ghimire (online 2015). Agricultural innovation and adaptation to climate change: empirical evidence from diverse agro-ecologies in South Asia, Environment, Development and Sustainability, print: 2017, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 497–525
- Ojha, H., D.B. Khatri, K.K Shrestha, B. Bhattarai, J.C. Baral, K. Goutam, B. Basnet, M.R. Banjade, S. Jana, B. Bushley and S. Dhungana (2015). Can evidence and voice influence policy? A critical assessment of Nepal’s Forestry Sector Strategy 2014. Society and Natural Resources29(3): 357-373
- Ojha, H., S. Ghimire, A. Pain, A. Nightingale, D. B. Khatri and H. Dhungana (2015). Policy without politics: technocratic control of climate change adaptation policy making in Nepal. Climate Policy, 16 (4): 415-433.
- Ojha, H.,M. R. Banjade, R. Sunam, B. Bhattarai, S. Jana, K. R. Gautam and S. Dhungana (2014). Can authority change through deliberative politics? Lessons from the four decades of participatory forest policy reform in Nepal, Forest Policy and Economics 16:1-9.
- Ojha, H.(2014). Beyond the local community: The evolution of multi-scale politics in Nepal’s community forestry regimes, International Forestry Review16 (3): 339-353.
- Ojha, H. and R Sulaiman, P Sultana, D Thapa, K Dahal, N Mittal, Paul Thompson, G Bhatta and P Aggarwal (2014). ‘Is South Asian agriculture adapting to climate change? Evidence from Indo-Gangetic Plains’, Journal of Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, 38:505-531.
- Ojha, H., D. Khatri, K. K. Shrestha, B. Bushley and N. Sharma (2013). ‘Carbon, community and governance: is Nepal getting ready for REDD+?’Forests, Trees and Livelihoods22(4): 216-229.
- Ojha, H., 2013.Counteracting hegemonic powers in the policy process: critical action research on Nepal’s forest governance. Critical Policy Studies.
- Paudel, N.S., Khatri, D.B., Ojha, H., Karki, R. and Gurung, N., 2013. Integrating Climate Change Adaptation with Local Development: Exploring Institutional Options. Journal of Forest and Livelihood, 11(1):1-13
- Ojha, H (2012). Civic Engagement through Critical Action Research: Reflections on Ten Years of ForestAction Nepal experience,New Angle: Nepal Journal of Social Science and Public Policy.
- Nightingale, A and H. Ojha. Theory of Power and Authority: Symbolic Violence and Subjectivity in Nepal’s Terai Forests, Development and Change (Under Review)
- Ojha, H.R., Paudel, N.S., Khatri, D.B. and B.K., D. 2012. Can Policy Learning be Catalyzed? Ban Chautari Experiment in Nepal’s Forestry Sector. Journal of Forest and Livelihood. 10(1)
- Ojha, H (2009). Civic Engagement and Deliberative Forest Governance: The Case of Community Forestry Users’ Federation of Nepal,Studies in Nepalese History and Society (SINHAS), Issue: December
- Sharma, N, H Ojha and S Ghimire (2007). Human rights: A guiding principle or a challenge for transforming conservation? Policy Matters, 2007, No 15.
- Ojha, H, N Ttimsina and Dil R Khanal (2007). How are Forest Policy Decisions Made in Nepal? Journal of Forest and Livelihood, 6 (1), pp 1-16.
- Ojha, H. Techno-bureaucratic Doxa and Challenges for Deliberative Governance – The Case of Community Forestry Policy and Practice in Nepal. Policy and Society, 25 (2): 131-175, 2006
- Cameron, J and H Ojha (2006) A deliberative ethic for development: A Nepalese journey from Bourdieu through Kant to Dewey and Habermas. International Journal of Social Economics, 2006: 34 (1)
- N Sharma, M Banjade, H Ojha, C McDougall, R Prabhu (2006). Contextualizing Common Property Systems: Action Research Insights on Forging Effective Links between Forest Commons and ‘Meso’ Level Governance (2006) Journal of Forest and Livelihood
- Ojha, H, B Bhattarai and J Cameron (2005). Understanding Development through the Language of Habermas and Bourdieu? Insights from Nepal’s Leasehold Forestry Programme. International Development Planning Review, 17 (4), 2005 (with J Cameron and B Bhattarai)
- Facilitating Deliberative Governance: Innovations from Nepal’s Community Forestry Program Forestry Chronicle (with M Banjade). The Forestry Chronicle 81(3): 403-408, 2005
- Ojha, H, Bhattarai, B., and Y. Humagain (2005).Is Leasehold Forestry Really a Pro-Poor Innovation in Nepal? Evidences from kavre District. Journal of Forest and Livelihood 4(2): 17-30.
- Ojha, H and B Pokharel (2005). Democratic Innovations in Community Forestry – What Can Politicians Learn? Participation (A Journal of Nepal Participatory Action Network), Vol VII, December, 2005
- Ojha, H and B Bhattarai (2003). Learning to Manage a Complex Resource – A Case of NTFP Assessment in Nepal. International Forestry Review Vol 2, 118-127, 2003 (with B Bhattarai)
- Ojha, H, B Pokharel, K Paudel and C McDougall (2002). Learning to Govern: A Review of Community Forestry Monitoring System in Nepal. Journal of Forest and Livelihood (). Journal of Forest and Livelihood 2 (2), 2002
- Ojha, H, B Subedi and S Dangal (2002). Management of Non-Timber Forest Products: Recent Innovations in Resource Assessment and Sustainable Harvesting. Nepal Journal of Forestry 2002
- Ojha, H and B Bhattarai (2001). Understanding Community Perspectives of Silvicultural Practices in the Middle Hills of Nepal. FTPP Newsletter (No 44), FAO.
- Ojha, H, Andy Hall and Rasheed Sulaiman (eds) (2012). Adaptive Collaborative Approaches in Natural Resource Management: Participation, Learning and Innovation, Routlage, London and New York. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415699105/ (forthcoming)
- McDougall, C, Mani Ram Banjade, H Ojha Bishnu Hari Pandit, Sushila Rana, Manik Maharjan (2009). Forests of Learning: experiences from research on an adaptive collaborative approach to community forestry in Nepal). CIFOR, ForestAction Nepal and New Era.
- Ojha, H (2008). Reframing Governance: Understanding Deliberative Politics in Nepal’s Terai Forestry, Adroit Publishers, New Delhi, India.
- Ojha, H, Netra Timsina, Ram Chhetri and Krishna Paudel (2008). Knowledge Systems and Natural Resources: Management, Policy and Institutions in Nepal, Cambridge University Press and IDRC Canada.
- Ojha, H, Netra Timsina, Chetan Kumar, Brian Belcher and Maniram Banjade (eds) (2008). Communities, Forests and Governance: Policy and Institutional Innovations from Nepal edited) (Adroit Publishers, India)
- Subedi, B, H Ojha, Binayee, Ken Nicholson (2003). An Assessment of Community Based Forest Enterprises in Nepal: Case Studies, Lessons and Implications. ANSAB and SNV Nepal
- Subedi, B, S Binayee, H Ojha and A Koonz(2002). Enterprise Development Manual for Natural Products. ANSAB.