Dr Nimesh Dhungana

Dr Nimesh Dhungana

LSE Fellow in Qualitative Methods

Department of Methodology

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Office Hours
Mondays 10:30 - 12:30 and Thursdays 10:30 - 12:00 (in COL.2.03)
English, Hindi
Key Expertise
Development and disaster, Social accountability, Community mobilisation

About me

Nimesh Dhungana is a PhD candidate at the Department of Methodology, the London School of Economics. His PhD research examines the politics of social accountability in Nepal’s post-earthquake recovery. For his PhD, he has used qualitative research, comprising in-depth interviews and ethnography, to examine the mechanisms and conditions under which disaster-hit communities participate in the politics of social accountability. As an interdisciplinary development researcher, his research interests span areas of accountability politics in the global south, interplay of disaster and development, rights-based development/humanitarianism, community mobilisation, health governance. Prior to starting his PhD, Nimesh was working as Research Manager at the Center on Health, Risk and Society (CHRS) based at the American University in Washington DC. At CHRS, he contributed to and managed several mixed-methods, multi-sited, research projects that focused on the topics of structural interventions in health, Global Health, and health and development. One of them was a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded mixed-methods study (Professor Kim Blankenship, Principal Investigator) that examines the processes and impacts of community mobilisation intervention among female sex workers in southern-India. He holds an MA in International Development and Social Change from Clark University, USA and B.Com (Honours) from University of Delhi, India. Nimesh's research focuses on south-Asia, especially Nepal where is he originally from.

Expertise Details

Development and disaster; social accountability in the global South; rights-based development/humanitarianism; community mobilisation in health sector; participatory governance; ethnography of aid and disaster.


  • Dhungana N, Kim M. Blankenship, Monica Biradavolu, Nehanda Tankasala, Annie George. 2017. “No-one-size-fits-all: Mapping Multiple Approaches and Outcomes of Community Mobilization from Avahan's Scaled-up HIV Prevention Intervention.” In Deanna Kerrigan and Clare Barrington (eds.) Structural Dynamics of HIV: Risk, Resilience and Response. Springer Publishing.
  • Mrayan, L., Flora Cornish, Nimesh Dhungana, Barbara Parfitt. “Transition to parenthood during the transition to modernity in Jordan: New parents' views on family and healthcare support systems.” Applied Nursing Research, 32 (2016): 139-143.
  • Biradavolu, M., Kim M. Blankenship, Annie George, Nimesh Dhungana. “Unintended consequences of community-based monitoring systems: Lessons from an HIV prevention intervention for sex workers in southern India.” World Development 67 (2015): 1-10.
  • Rimal, R., Adrienne Chung, Nimesh Dhungana. “Media as educator, media as disruptor: conceptualizing the role of social context in media effects.” Journal of Communication (2015).
  • George, A., Kim M. Blankenship, Monica R. Biradavolu, Nimesh Dhungana, and Nehanda Tankasala. "Sex workers in HIV prevention: From Social Change Agents to Peer Educators." Global Public Health 10, no. 1 (2015): 28-40.
  • Biradavolu, M., Kim M. Blankenship, Asima Jena, and Nimesh Dhungana. "Structural stigma, sex work and HIV: contradictions and lessons learnt from a community-led structural intervention in southern India." Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 66 Suppl 2 (2012): ii95-99.