Dr Nimesh Dhungana

Dr Nimesh Dhungana

LSE Fellow in Qualitative Methods

Department of Methodology

Room No
CON 6.10
Office Hours
Thursdays 15:45 - 17:15
English, Hindi, Nepali
Key Expertise
Development and disaster, Social accountability, Community mobilisation

About me

Nimesh is an interdisciplinary development researcher whose research interests span politics of governance, interplay of development and disaster, crisis-induced governance, humanitarianism, social accountability, research designs, and health governance. For his PhD that he recently completed from the Department of Methodology, London School of Economics, he used ethnographic and interview data to examine the politics of citizen-centric governance in the wake of the 2015 Nepal earthquake. Prior to starting his PhD, Nimesh worked as Research Manager (2010-2014) 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. Nimesh started his professional career as a development practitioner (2004-2008) in his home country Nepal, which continues to inform his research projects. His research focuses on south-Asia, especially Nepal. He holds 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).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.