Dr Nimesh Dhungana

Dr Nimesh Dhungana

LSE Fellow in Qualitative Methods

Department of Methodology

Room No
CON 6.10
Office Hours
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English, Hindi, Nepali
Key Expertise
Development and disaster, Social accountability, Community mobilisation

About me

I am an interdisciplinary development and disaster researcher, with research interests spanning disaster governance, socio-political dimensions of disasters/crises, humanitarianism, state-societal relations in disaster context and disaster epistemologies. I mostly draw on in-depth interviews and ethnographic research to understand how ordinary citizens make sense of, respond to, and overcomethe impacts disasters. For my PhD research that I completed from the Department of Methodology, LSE, I used ethnographic and interview data to examine the politics of citizen-centric governance in the wake of the 2015 Nepal earthquakes. Prior to starting my PhD at LSE, I worked as Research Manager (2010-2014) at the Center on Health, Risk and Society (CHRS) based at the American University in Washington DC.

As part of this experience, I have published research on the implementation and outcomes of female sex workers-driven community mobilisation in southern India.I have continued to pursue research in areas of structural interventions in health and health governance and have recently started to look at the political causes and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nepal. My research interests are also shaped by my previous experience of working as a development practitioner and civil society activist in Nepal. I am generally interested in development and political debates facing south Asia, particularly Nepal. I hold an MA in International Development and Social Change from Clark University, USA, MBA from Kathmandu University, School of Management, Nepal, and B.Com (Honours) from University of Delhi, India.

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. (2020). Human dignity and cross-border migrants in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic. World Development, 136, 105174.
  • Dhungana, N., & Cornish, F. (2019). Beyond performance and protocols: early responders' experiences of multiple accountability demands in the response to the 2015 Nepal earthquake. Disasters.
  • Dhungana, N. (2020).Doing PhD research in time of COVID-19 crisis: Reflections from my PhD research” LSE’s Methodology Department’s Blog.
  • Dhungana, N. (2020). Nepal earthquake and Covid-19: A comparison of politics of crisis governance. LSE’s south-Asia Center Blog.
  • Dhungana, N. (2018). Revisiting Nepal’s year of elections: Less success than meets the eye?” LSE’s south-Asia Center Blog.
  • 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.