Dr Laxmi Prasad Pant holds a PhD from the University of Guelph in Canada. His PhD research involved the use of innovation systems approach to examine DFID-funded projects in India and Nepal in collaboration with the United Nations University Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Dr Pant has contributed to human geography/food systems through research, teaching, and development practice, specifically in the areas of food and agricultural innovation, regional and rural development, local food systems, food and nutrition security, and climate-resilient and low-carbon agroecological transitions. Dr Pant’s research has appeared in reputed international journals, such as Agriculture and Human Values, Regional Environmental Change, the Journal of Rural Studies, Sustainability, and Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability.
Dr Pant has extensive experience in planning, monitoring and evaluation. He has used classical program logic models and their alternatives, such as outcome mapping and reflexive interactive assessment, particularly in developing area contexts. He is also engaged in various national and international communities of scholars and practitioners working on developing effective strategies for agricultural innovation and sustainable development, including his role as a contributing author of the IPCC Sixth Assessment’s Special Report on Climate Change and Land.