Pranita Bhushan Udas

Gender, Water and Adaptation Specialist


Pranita Bhushan Udas is a water professional with more than 15 years experience related to gender, water and justice equity. She holds masters degree in soil and water, with irrigation specialisation and PhD in environmental science, Wageningen School of Social Sciences, Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Before joining ICIMOD, she was a contributing gender expert for Water Resources Project Preparatory Facility of Ministry of Irrigation on preparing GESI Guidelines of Department of Irrigation and Department of Water Induced Disaster Prevention, Nepal Government. Her research experience is in participatory irrigation management, gendered water governances, and multi-stakeholders processes in water management. Ms Udas is a resource person for national and international trainings on Gender and Integrated Water Resources Management and Water Induced Disaster Management. Earlier she had worked with Gender and Water Alliance, and Disaster Studies Group, Wageningen University in the Netherlands and Gujarat Institute of Development Research, SaciWATERs and GLOCAL in India and Nepal Engineering College, WATCH, and Eco Himal in Nepal.

Publication Pranita Bhushan Udas 

  • Udas, P. B., Roth, D., & Zwarteveen, M. (2014). Informal privatisation of community taps: issues of access and equity. Local Environment, 1-18.
  • Udas, P.B. (2014) Gendered participation in water management in Nepal: discourses, policies and practices in irrigation and drinking water sectors, PhD Thesis, Wageningen University. 
  • Udas, P. B. (2013). Rethinking gender inclusion and equity in irrigation policy: insights from Nepal. In A. Prakash, C. G. Goodrich & S. Singh (Eds.), Water resources policies in South Asia: Routledge, New Delhi. 
  • Udas, P. B. (2012). Thinking about and acting on gender issues: interface of policy, culture and identity. In M. Zwarteveen, S. Ahmed & S. Gautam (Eds.), Diverting the flow, gender equity and water in South Asia: Zubaan publications, India. 
  • Udas, P. B. (2011). Situation Analysis of Women Water Professionals in Nepal In SaciWATERs (Ed.), Situation Analysis of Women Professionals in South Asia. Hyderabad: SaciWATERs. 
  • Zwarteveen, M., Udas, P. B., & Delgado, J. V. (2010). Gendered dynamics of participation in water management in Nepal and Peru: revisiting the linkages between membership and power In K. A. Berry & E. Mollard (Eds.), Social participation in water governance and management: critical and global perspective Earthscan, UK. 
  • Udas, P. B., & Zwarteveen, M. (2010). Can water professionals meet gender goals? A case study of the department of irrigation in Nepal. Gender and Development, 18(1). 
  • Bossio, D., Critchley, W. Geheb, K. , Lynden, G.W.J. van , Mati, B. Udas, P.B. , Hellin, J. , Jacks, G. ,Kolff, A., Nachtergaele, F., Neely, C. , Peden, D. , Rubiano, J. , Shepherd, G. , Valentin, C. & Walsh, M. (2007). Conserving land: protecting water. In D. Molden (Ed.), Water for food, Water for life: a comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture (pp. 551-583). London: Earthscan. 
  • Udas, P. B. (2006). Quota systems and women's participation: lessons from water policy in Nepal, New voices New perspectives, UN INSTRAW. 
  • Udas, P. B., & Zwarteveen, M. (2005). Prescribing Gender Equity? The Case of the Tukucha Nala Irrigation System, Central Nepal. In D. Roth, R. Boelens & M. Zwarteveen (Eds.), Liquid Relations- contested water rights and legal complexity Rutgers University Press, 21-43.