Expertise, Labour, and Mobility in Nepal’s Post-Conflict, Post-Disaster Reconstruction
Construction, Finance, and Law as Domains of Social Transformation

This brief emerges from a three-year collaborative research project that explored how expertise, labour and mobility affected the overall reconstruction process after the 2015 earthquake by inquiring into the three domains of construction, law, and finance. Research was conducted from March 2018 to February 2020 in three study sites in Bhaktapur, Dhading, and Sindhupalchowk districts, with additional interviews in Kathmandu. The study was funded by Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and implemented through a partnership based at the University of British Columbia in Canada, and Social Science Baha and the Central Department of Anthropology at Tribhuvan University in Nepal. See details at

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