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

Paudel, D. (2017) Prismatic Village: the margin at the centre in Nepal’s Maoist revolution, Critical Sociology, http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0896920517708340

Epstein, K., J. DiCarlo, R. Marsh, B. Adhikari, D. Paudel, I. Ray, and I. E. Måren (2018) Recovery and adaptation after the 2015 Nepal earthquakes: a smallholder household perspective. Ecology and Society 23(1):29. https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-09909-230129

Reck G. and Paudel D. (2017) “The rise of nationalist capitalism and the future of imperialism,” Human Geography, 10 (2), pp. 82-86

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

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

Newspaper articles

Paudel D. and Rech G. (2017) “The Global Geopolitics of Disaster: The Case of the Nepali Floods” Common Dreams, November 2 2017 (https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/11/02/global-geopolitics-disaster-case-nepali-floods )

Reck, G. and Paudel D. (2017) “The US, climate change and the farmers of Nepal”, Al Jazeera, Sept 14 2017 (http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/09/climate-change-farmers-nepal-170902090539045.html )

Paudel D. and Reck, G. (2016) “Dispatch From Nepal: The Disaster Didn't End When the Earth Stopped Shaking”, Truthout, November 27 2016 http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/38469-dispatch-from-nepal-the-disaster-did-not-end-when-the-earth-stopped-shaking

Paudel D. and Reck G. (2016) “U.S. Election Silence on Climate Change is Deafening to the Marginalized of the World”, Counterpunch, November 4 2016 http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/11/04/u-s-election-silence-on-climate-change-is-deafening-to-the-marginalized-of-the-world/

Reck G. and Paudel D. (2016) “Brewing disaster in post-earthquake Nepal”, Anthropology News, September 27 2016 (co-authored with G. Reck) http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2016/09/27/brewing-disaster-in-post-earthquake-nepal/

OP-Ed in Nepali

भ्रष्टाचारको दलदलमा केको समृद्धि ? http://baahrakhari.com/news-details/53623/2018-04-20
 नेपाललार्इ भारत र चीनको ‘बसपार्क’ नबनाऔं https://www.onlinekhabar.com/2018/04/674485
दलदलमा फसेको भारतसँग केको अपेक्षा ! http://baahrakhari.com/news-details/52337/2018-04-04
नेपालको जातवादी राजनीतिमा पश्चिमाहरुको तेस्रो असफलता https://www.onlinekhabar.com/2018/03/667364
 वाम सरकारले ‘अरुको भन्दा राम्रो’ गरेर मात्रै पुग्दैन https://www.onlinekhabar.com/2018/03/666734
 समृद्धि बहसः विदेशी लगानीले दलाल पुँजीवाद मात्रै सप्रिन्छ https://www.onlinekhabar.com/2018/03/662892







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