Suman Pant, PhD


Dr. Pant received her doctorate in public policy from Oregon State University, where she has taught undergraduate political science courses and graduate level research methods. Her dissertation examined Nepal’s community forestry to understand how historical institutions and social construction impacts the effectiveness of devolved governance and collective action. Her research and work intersect local development, resource management, and gender issues in Nepal. She has also worked with various non-government organizations that work for Nepal’s disadvantaged children and women, and currently is on the boards of two organizations: one of them working for trafficked children, and the other for gender and sexual minorities in Nepal. She is also a part of Intergenerational Feminist Forum (IGFF) in Nepal. She has widely traveled in Nepal as a researcher and field practitioner. 

Courses Taught

Graduate courses
Development Practice  
Community Development and Social Change- Nepal
Human Flourishing in the Anthropocene: From Development to Regeneration

Undergraduate courses
Development, Gender and Social Change in the Himalaya Seminar Course
Field Methods and Ethics  

Select Publications

Pant, S., Taylor, C., & Steel, B. S. (2019). Policy process theory for rural policy. The Routledge handbook of comparative rural policy, 89-104. 

Pant, & Oregon State University, degree granting institution. (2016). Examining Nepal’s Community Forestry to Understand Opportunities and Barriers to Successful Collective Action. Oregon State University. 

Johnston, A., Hancké, B., & Pant, S. (2014). Comparative institutional advantage in the European sovereign debt crisis. Comparative Political Studies, 47(13), 1771-1800. 

Pant. (2013). Trekkers and the Prints they Leave in the Himalayas. International Journal of Environmental Sustainability, 8(2), 1–10. 

Research Interests

Collective action
Natural resource management 


  • PhD, Public Policy, Oregon State University
  • MPP, Public Policy, Oregon State University
  • BE, Computer Engineering, Tribhuvan University
Suman Pant, PhD

SIT Graduate Institute

Affiliated Faculty

MA in Sustainable Development Practice

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