Sudhindra Sharma is Executive Director of Interdisciplinary Analysts, a research organisation based in Kathmandu, Nepal, with which he has been associated since 1996. A sociologist by training, he completed his Master's from Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines, in 1992 and his PhD from the University of Tampere, Finland, in 2001. He was also awarded Docent in Development Studies at the University of Helsinki in February 2009.
He has been a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Developing Societies (Delhi), Institute of Asian Studies (Bangkok) and Center for Contemporary Theory (Baroda). Besides the long-term impact of foreign aid in developing countries, he is interested in the sociology of religions and has to his credit several research articles in journals and books published in Nepal and India. Sharma is also interested in quantitative social science research and has co-authored several tracker or longitudinal opinion surveys in Nepal and Afghanistan. Ever since its inception in 1998, Sudhindra Sharma has been associated with the Immersion Course on Contemporary Social Issues, first in the capacity of coordinator and then as a core moderator whereby he taught the modules on the introduction to sociology and anthropology, religion and society, development and society, and research methods.
He is the author of the book Procuring Water: Foreign Aid and Rural Water Supply in Nepal (2001) and a co-editor of the book Aid Under Stress: Water, Forests and Finnish Support in Nepal (2004). He has made several contributions to the policy papers brought out by the Institute of Development Studies, University of Helsinki.
This semester Dr Sharma is teaching Sociological Theory: Classical, South Asian Reflections and Contemporary.
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