Dinesh Paudel, Ph.D.

Research & Teaching Interests: 

Political economy, international development, political ecology, economic geography, subaltern social movements, identity politics, indigeneity, climate change, Asian capitalism, agroecological transformations, qualitative methods, South Asia, Himalayas


  • PhD, Department of Geography, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, USA
  • MS, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, UK
  • BS, Institute of Forestry, Tribhuvan University, Nepal


  • SD 2700 Development Theory and Practice
  • SD 3375 Community Economies and Sustainable Development
  • SD 3543 Environment and Development in the Global South
  • SD 4401 Applications in Sustainable Development


Dinesh Paudel is an Assistant Professor in the Sustainable Development Department at Appalachian State University. Before coming to Appalachian, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Geography at Dartmouth College where he taught courses on Environment and Development, Geographies of Protest and Revolution, and Gender and Development. He received his PhD in Geography from the University of Minnesota in 2012 where he studied the historical connections between international development programs and the rise of Maoist uprisings in Nepal. Broadly, he is interested in understanding how development discourses originate and travel, and how they articulate with economic, ecological and political processes at multiple scales. One of his current research projects focuses in exploring the inherent relationships and complex entanglements between the rising Asian economies, growing environmental degradations and rapidly expanding rebellious politics in South Asia.

Representative Publications

Paudel, D (2016) Reinventing the Commons: Community Forestry as Accumulation Without Dispossession in Nepal, The Journal of Peasant Studies, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03066150.2015.1130700

Paudel, D (2016) The Double Life of Development: Empowerment, USAID and the Maoist Uprising in Nepal, Development and Change, 47 (5) pp. 1025–1050. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/dech.12262/full

Paudel, D (2016) Ethnic Peasantry and Identity Politics in Nepal: liberation from, or restitution of, elite interest, Asian Ethnicity, 17 (4) pp. 548-565 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14631369.2016.1179567

Paudel, D (forthcoming) “Community Forestry and Sustainability in Nepal”, in Nightingale, A., T. Bohler and B. Campbell (eds), Environment and Sustainability in a Globalizing World, Routledge

Fluri, J., Jackson, P. and Paudel, D (2015) A New Development Technology? South Asian Biometrics and the Promise of State Security and Economic Opportunity, Geography Compass, 9 (10) p. 539-549 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/gec3.12230/abstract

Paudel, D. (2013) In Search of Alternatives: Pro-poor Entrepreneurship in Community Forestry, Journal of Development Studies, 48 (11), p. 1649-1664. http://tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00220388.2012.716152

Gidwani, V. and Paudel, D. (2013) Gramsci at the Margins: A Pre-History of the Maoist Movement in Nepal, in (eds) Ekers M, Hart G, Kipfer S, and Loftus A, Gramsci: Space, Nature, Politics. London: Wiley-Blackwell, p. 258-278

Paudel, D., Khatri, D. and Paudel, G. (2011) Corpo-bureaucratizing Community Forestry: Commercialization and Increased Financial Transaction in CFUGs in Nepal, Journal of Forest and Livelihoods, 9 (1), p. 1-15 http://www.nepjol.info/nepal/index.php/JFL/article/view/8587

Paudel, D and Pokharel. B. (2005) Impacts of armed conflicts on Community Forest User Groups in Nepal: can community forestry survive and contribute to peace building at local level? European Tropical Forest Research Network (ETFRN) newsletter, No 43-44, p. 83-86


Department: Sustainable Development

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