Ramesh Sunam, PhD

Ramesh Sunam, PhD

Research Fellow


Ramesh Sunam is currently a Ph.D scholar at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University (ANU) where he also received his Masters degree. He is currently researching into agrarian change and food security in Nepal. The key focus of his research is on the effects of agrarian change and outmigration on the livelihoods of the poor. Prior to starting his Ph.D, Mr. Sunam worked for a Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)- funded project for about two years.

Mr. Sunam has extensive research and professional experience in forest governance, agriculture and rural development. He has published some research articles and policy papers on community forestry, forest policy process, and climate change mitigation. Agrarian change in the global south, resource governance and political economy are key areas of his research interest.

PUBLICATIONS:(Peer-reviewed articles and Book chapters)

Sunam, R. K. and McCarthy, J. F. 2015. Reconsidering the Links between Poverty, International Labour Migration, and Agrarian Change: Critical Insights from Nepal, Journal of Peasant Studies. DOI: 10.1080/03066150.2015.1041520

Sunam, R. K. 2015. The Significance of Foreign Labour Migration and Land for Poverty Reduction in Nepal. In A. Heshmati et al. (eds.), Poverty Reduction Policies and Practices in Developing Asia. Manila: Asian Development Bank and Springer.

Sunam, R. K. 2014. Marginalised Dalits in International Labour Migration: Reconfiguring Economic and Social Relations in Nepal, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (DOI:10.1080/1369183X.2014.948393).

Ojha, H. R., Banjade, M.R., Sunam, R. K., Bhattarai, B., Jana, S., Goutam, K.R. and Dhungana, S. 2014. Can Authority Change through Deliberative Politics? Lessons from the Four Decades of Participatory Forest Policy Reform in Nepal’. Forest Policy and Economics, Vol. 46 (1-9).

Sunam, R. K. 2014, Review of Dalit in the Nepali Media: Participation and the Content by J. B. Bishwokarma. Himalaya, the Journal of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies, Vol. 34 no. 34, p. 142-43.

Sunam, R. K., Paudel, N. S. and Paudel, D. 2013. Community Forestry and Threats of Recentralisation in Nepal: Contesting Bureaucratic Hegemony in Policy Process, Society and Natural Resources, vol. 26, no. 12, p:1407-1421.

Sunam, R. K. and McCarthy, J. F. 2010. Advancing equity in community forestry: Recognition of the poor matters’, International Forestry Review, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 370-382.