Ishara Mahat, Ph.D.: CFFN Director, Research (2011 – 2013):
Dr. Ishara Mahat is an academic involved in teaching as well as development research with her profound field experience while working with different agencies in Nepal and abroad.
Dr. Mahat has been teaching development Anthropology in two Capital Universities of Canada (University of Ottawa and Carleton University) since 2010 after completing two years post doctoral research at University of Western Ontario. She was one of the two international scholars to be awarded with E8 scholarship in 2007 for pursuing her Post Doctoral research in the University of Canada. Her research focuses on Gender, energy and poverty issues in the developing countries with a regional focus in Nepal.
Dr. Mahat was a Visiting scholar with the Institute of Women and Gender Studies at University of Toronto in 2004 immediately after completing her PhD in Development Studies from Massey University, New Zealand.
Her academic work has been widely published in International journals. Some of them are Development and Practice from UK, Canadian Journal of Development Studies (CJDS) and PRAXIS, The Fletcher Journal of International Development, Medford USA.
At present, she is also involved as a gender consultant with Global Food Security Institute McGill to work on CARICOM Food Security Project that has been funded by IDRC for next three years.