Rajendra Pradhan received his PhD from the Department of Sociology, University of Delhi. He was the Chair of Social Science Baha from January 2002 to June 2010. He has conducted research on several topics, including religion among Hindu Newars of Kathmandu, food habits of Tarai inhabitants, and care of the elderly in a Dutch village. His research over the past decade and more has focused on using the legal anthropological perspective to study water and land rights in Nepal as well as looking at social and cultural diversity and its impact on social exclusion, access to political, social, economic resources and law. He has served as research consultant to various organisations, including the International Water Management Institute, the International Food Policy Research Institute, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. He had conducted several research workshops and training sessions for Nepali and international participants on topics such as legal pluralism, ethnography and water rights.
His publications include (ed.) Water Rights, Conflict and Policy (1997), Water, Land and Law: Changing Rights to Land and Water in Nepal (2000), Law, History and Culture of Water in Nepal (2003), Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law in Social, Economic and Political Development (2003) and (with Ruth Meinzen-Dick) ‘Analyzing Water Rights, Multiple Uses and Intersectoral Water Transfers’ in, Rutgerd Boelens, Dik Roth and Margreet Zwartveen (eds.) Liquid Relations: Contested Water Rights and Legal Complexity, Rutgers University Press.