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Ishara Mahat

Ishara Mahat Title: Faculty Member
Email: i.mahat@uwinnipeg.ca

Ishara Mahat is a development professional, researcher, and a practitioner. She has been teaching courses in development anthropology at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University.

Dr. Mahat was a Visiting Scholar with the Institute for Women and Gender studies at University of Toronto immediately after completing her PhD in development studies from Massey University New Zealand. Her research focused on the gendered impact of rural energy technologies especially examining the human drudgery (time, labor, and risk factors) of women associated with traditional energy resources in rural Nepal. She continued her post-Doctorate research at the University of Western Ontario further examining the relationship between gender energy and poverty nexus, and its implications on the human development.

Dr. Mahat served as a panel member of ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) during 2016-2017, assessing the funding proposals for the ESRC-DFID joint poverty alleviation fund submitted by different academic and development organizations from South Asia, Southeast Asia and West Africa.

She has also worked as a consultant with McGill Institute of Global Food security developing methodologies for social and gender analysis. Previously, she served as a consultant with different international agencies such as CIDA, in the capacities of project appraisal, development, monitoring and evaluation of the gender mainstreaming projects in Nepal.

ANTH-1001 (6) Introduction to Anthropology

Research Interests:
Gender and reproductive health
Social change and indigenous development
South Asia and Southeast Asia
Participatory research methodologies
Colonization and civilization


Mahat, I. & Gautam, K. (2021), Reproductive Health of Women and Human Development in

Nepal: Practical challenges and Policy Implications, in Gupta. S.D & Sarkar, A. K. (Eds.) Women’s Empowerment and Non-Government Public Action in South Asia, Palgrave, MacMillan

Dahal G, Mahat I, Subedi K, Shrestha B, Regmi B, Adhikari A, (2015), “Introduction: Theoretical & Analytical Framework”, in Adhikari, A., Dahal, G., Mahat, I. and Subedi, K, Regmi G. (Eds.) Sustainable Livelihood Systems in Nepal: Principles, Practices and Prospects, IUCN.

Mahat, I. (2015) “Gender Energy and Poverty in Nepal: Perspectives of Human Development” in Adhikari, A., Dahal, G., Mahat, I. and Subedi, K, Regmi G. (Eds.) Sustainable Livelihood Systems in Nepal: Principles, Practices and Prospects, IUCN.

Mahat, I. (2011) “Gender Energy and Empowerment, A Case Study of Rural Energy Development Program (REDP) in Nepal”, Development in Practice, Vol. 21 (3) pp. 405-420

Mahat I. (2005) “Alternative Energy and Women in Rural Nepal”, LEISA Magazine, Vol. 21 (1) pp .28-29.

Mahat, I. (2004) “Rural Energy Planning and Policies in Nepal: Gender Perspectives”, Resources, Energy, and Development (READ), Vol. 1 (1 & 2) pp. 19-41.

Mahat. I (2004) “Implementation of Alternative Energy Technologies in Nepal: Towards the Achievement of Sustainable Livelihood”, Energy for Sustainable Development (ESD), Vol. 8 (2) pp. 5-12.

Mahat I. (2004) “Electrification through Micro-Hydro Plants in Rural Nepal: A Gendered Perspective” ENERGIA, Vol. 7 (1).

Mahat I. (2003) “Gender Dimensions in Household Energy”, Boiling Point, Number 49, ITDG, UK. pp. 27-29.

Mahat, I. (2003) “Women Development in Nepal: The Myth of Empowerment” Development in Transition, Volume XVIII, 2003, PRAXIS, The Fletcher Journal of International Development, Medford USA. 67-7.

Mahat I. (2002) “Rural Energy Technologies: Towards the Empowerment of Women”, Conference Proceeding, DevNet 2002: Contesting Development: Pathways to Better Practice, Massey University, New Zealand.