Dr. Smita Mishra Panda is educated in Delhi University and the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok. Prior to joining CUTM, she was Professor at the HDF School of Management, Bhubaneswar, Associate Professor at the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) and Researcher at the United Nations Centre for Regional Development, Japan and AIT, Bangkok. Dr. Smita has been a visiting faculty to Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway, The Monash Asia Institute of Monash University, Melbourne (Australia) and The School of Built Environment and Planning, Curtin University, Perth (Australia). Her areas of research and consulting interests include gender issues in development, natural resource management , water, forests and livelihoods, local governance, rural development and development management.
Research focused broadly in the areas of gender and development, natural resource management, rural development and local governance.
Research and Consultancy Projects (Selected)
1. Assessing factors affecting Scaling up of System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in India and Identifying Strategies for Enhancing Adoption, funded by Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (Feb-May 2013)
2. Mobile Livelihoods and Gendered Citizenship: Countergeographies of Indigenous People in India, China and Laos (to be completed April 2013), supported by the Norweigian Research Council.
3. Transformation and Friction in Globalising India - Environmental Insecurity and Social Friction: Rural Links in Odisha (completed May 2012), funded by Norwegian Research Council.
4. Revisiting Gender in Development: Complex Inequalities in a Changing Asia - Tribal Women's Activism in Odisha, (to be completed in Dec 2013), funded by the Norwegian Research Council.
5. Declining Sex Ratio in Odisha: Issues, Challenges and Prospects ( completed in Dec 2011), funded by the UNICEF, India.
6. Mainstreaming Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Conservation in Godavari Estuary of Andhra Pradesh (completed October 2010), funded by UNDP, India.
7. Study of Paharia Community and their Struggle for Tribal Status in Odisha (completed in May 2008), funded by the UNDP, India.
8. Strategic Financing Possibilities of Water Sector Funding in South Asia (India Study), (Completed in Feb 2008), funded by ICCO & Kerke in Actie (The Netherlands).
9. Women's Political Participation and Decentralised Governance (in collaboration with the Gender and Development Studies, Asian Institiute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand), (completed in Nov 2007), funded by Ryukoku University, Japan.
10. Crossing Boundaries: Regional Capacity Building in IWRM, Gender and Water (South Asia), (completed in 2006), funded by the Royal Netherlands Government.
11. Sustainable Settlements in Peri-Urban Areas with Special Reference to Natural Resource Management (Forests, Land, Water, Energy), (completed in 2006), funded by the European Commission
12. Decentralised Planning in Kerala: Issues and Areas of Action for the Future (completed in October 2002), funded the Royal Netherlands Government.