CDE Faculty Search Presentation: Dr. Laxmi Pant

Date and Time


Landscape Architecture building, Room 143


Presentation by Dr. Laxmi Pant, candidate for a faculty position in Capacity Development and Extension in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development.

"Capacity Development for Agricultural and Rural Innovation: Rethinking Research, Teaching and Extension in a Changing World"

All are welcome and encouraged to attend. 

About the candidate:
Laxmi Prasad Pant is Adjunct Professor with Associated Graduate Faculty Status at the University of Guelph. Laxmi’s research focuses specifically on capacity development for agricultural and rural innovation. His research has appeared in the Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, Journal of Rural Studies, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Regional Environmental Change, and Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.

Laxmi holds a PhD from the University of Guelph’s Rural Studies program. He maintains his current affiliation with the University of Guelph while also working at different universities. He conducted postdoctoral research and collaborated on faculty projects at the University of Waterloo and Queen’s University. Laxmi also collaborated with faculties at Arizona State University in the USA, the University of Manchester in the UK and the United Nations University in The Netherlands.

Laxmi has taught at the University of Guelph and the University of Waterloo for undergraduate and graduate courses, online, in-class and blended, in the following areas: rural extension, communication, capacity development, community development, international development, and research methods. Before coming to academia, he worked as an extension facilitator engaging smallholder farmers in participatory research and development, such as farmers’ field schools, agroecosystem analysis, and on-farm trials. His first exposure to the public extension was listening to a popular farm radio show when he was growing up on a two-acre subsistence farm in the Himalayas.

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