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Jeevan Baniya

Assistant Director

Jeevan Baniya has an MA from GSIS Ajou University, South Korea, and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Oslo, Norway. He has been serving as a faculty member at Tribhuvan University where he teaches master’s and PhD degree courses and supervises students in dissertation work. 

He served as an expert in a task force on migration, formed by the Ministry for Labour, Employment and Social Security, Government of Nepal. He also provided technical support to the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA), Government of Nepal as a Social Inclusion and Grievance Advisor; to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Nepal as an expert member; to the ILO’s as a member of the international advisory board for projects: From Research to Action: Using Knowledge to Accelerate Progress in the Elimination of Child Labour and Force Labour (R2A) and Measurement, Awareness-Raising, and Policy Engagement (MAP16) and;  to the United Nations University, Centre for Policy Research as expert member in Working Group for developing 8.7 Policy Guide Working.

His academic interests include public policy, democracy and development, state-society relations, governance, labour and migration, disaster, and gender and social inclusion (GESI), among others. 

Publications

Journal

  • Philippe Le Billon, Manoj Suji, Jeevan Baniya, Bina Limbu, Dinesh Paudel, Katherine Rankin, Nabin Rawal, Sara Shneiderman 2020. Disaster Financialization: Earthquakes, Cashflows and Shifting Household Economies in Nepal. Development and Change. Pages: 939-969. 
  • Jeevan Baniya, Sadikshya Bhattarai, Vibhav Pradhan, Binay Jung Thapa, 2020. Visibility of Invisible: Covid-19 and Nepal-India Migration, Tribhuvan University Journal, COVID-19 Special Issue, Vol. 34, pg. 101-114.
  • Binay Jung Thapa, Jeevan Baniya, Sadikshya Bhattarai and Vibhav Pradhan, 2020. Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Nepali Migrant Returnees amid the COVID-19 Pandemic. International Journal of Innovation, Creativity and Change. Special Edition: COVID-19 Life Beyond, Vol. 14, Issue 6, pg. 19-36. September 2020. 
  • Gaurav Bhattarai and Jeevan Baniya, 2020. Nepali Migrant Workers amid Covid-19 in Major Destination Countries: A Human Security Approach, Tribhuvan University Journal, COVID-19 Special Issue, Vol. 34, pg. 123-146.
  • Jeevan Baniya, 2009. Liberal Democracy, Governance and Civil Society in Nepal, PEAR, Yonsei Journal of International Studies, Yonsei University, South Korea, Spring, 2009.

Peer Reviewed Book/Book Chapter

  • Jeevan Baniya, Disaster, Deceptions, Dislocations: Reflections from an Integrated Settlement Project in Nepal in Michael Hutt, Mark Liechty, Stefanie Lotter (eds.), Epicentre To Aftermath:: Rebuilding and Remembering in the Wake of Nepal’s Earthquakes, 2021 Cambridge University Press. ISBN:9781108991636 (e-book), 9781108834056 (hardback), P. 110-134.
  • Amrita Gurung and Jeevan Baniya,Humanitarian Responses of I/NGOs in Nepal’s Post 2015 Gorkha Earthquake: Empirical Evidence from Gorkha, Sindhupalchok and Southern Lalitpur in in Michael Hutt, Mark Liechty, Stefanie Lotter (eds.), Epicentre To Aftermath:: Rebuilding and Remembering in the Wake of Nepal’s Earthquakes, 2021), Cambridge University Press. ISBN:9781108991636 (e-book), 9781108834056 (hardback) P. 135-150.
  • Sara Shneiderman, Dan Hirslund, Jeevan Baniya, Philippe Le Billon, Bina Limbu, Bishnu Pandey, Katharine Rankin, Nabin Rawal, Prakash Chandra Subedi, Manoj Suji, Deepak Thapa, and Cameron Warner, Expertise, Labour and Mobility in Nepal’s Post-Conflict, Post-Disaster Reconstruction: Law, Construction and Finance as Domains of Social Transformation, in Michael Hutt, Mark Liechty, Stefanie Lotter (eds.), Epicentre To Aftermath:: Rebuilding and Remembering in the Wake of Nepal’s Earthquakes, 2021, Cambridge University Press. ISBN:9781108991636 (e-book), 9781108834056 (hardback), P. 49-86.
  • Ritika Singh, Shambhawi Paudel, Sudeshna Thapa & Jeevan Baniya, Civic Space in Nepal (co-author), in South Asia State of Minorities Report: Minorities and Shrinking Civic Space 2020. The South Asia Collective.  126-163.
  • Sudeshna Thapa, Yangchen Dolker Gurung & Jeevan Baniya, Living in Limbo: Tibetan and Bhutanese Refugees in Nepal, in South Asia State of Minorities Report: Migrants, Refugees and the Stateless 2019. The South Asia Collective.  ISBN: 978 9937 072489. P. 65-90. 
  • Sambriddhi Kharel, Deepak Thapa, Bandita Sijapati with Kalpana Jha, Manoj Suji, Tashi Tshering Ghale, Mohammad Ayub and Jeevan Baniya, A Country of Minorities (co-author), in South Asia State of Minorities Report 2016: Mapping the Terrain, South Asia Collective, BFC: An Imprint of Action Enterprise, New Delhi. ISBN: 978-81-926907-3-5.  P. 229-270. 
  • Jeevan Baniya, Civil society, social movements and democratization: A case study of Nepal, Faculty of Social Science University of Oslo Norway, 2014, ISSN 1504-3991, PhD Thesis
  • Jeevan Baniya, The Journey of Civil Society on the Road of Social Movements in Nepal, in Cho Hee-Yeon, Andrew Aeria and Song-Woo Hur (eds.), From Unity to Multiplicities: social movement transformation and democratization in Asia. SIRD Malaysia, 2012.

Working Paper

  • Uma Pradhan, Deepak Thapa, Jeevan Baniya, Yangchen Gurung, Sanjaya Mahatoand Indrajit Roy. The politics of social protection in Nepal: State infrastructural power and implementation of the Scholarship Programme. ESID Working paper 167. 05 February 2021.
  • Baniya, J., Meserve, S., Pemstein, D., & Seim, B. (forthcoming).  Clientalism and Public Goods Provision in Nepal: Substitutes or Complements?
  • Baniya, J., Meserve, S., Pemstein, D., & Seim, B. (forthcoming). Measuring Vote Buying in Nepali Elections.
  • Vibhav Pradhan, Sadikshya Bhattarai, Binay J. Thapa & Jeevan Baniya (2021 forthcoming). Protecting Nepali Migrants and their Rights in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Reflections and Lessons.

Selected Research Paper

  • COVID-19 and Nepali Labour Migrants: Impact and Responses,(Co-Author, Research Paper. Kathmandu: Center for the Study of Labour and Mobility, 2020). 
  • Kovid-19 Mahamariko Chapetama Nepali Aaprabasi Shramikko Adhikaar(‘Rights of Nepali Migrant Workers in the Clutches of the COVID-19 Pandemic’) (Co-author, Research Report). National Human Rights Commission, Nepal 2020.  
  • Children in Emergencies: Situation Analysis and Policy Review(co-author), Social Science Baha and Save the Children, Kathmandu, 2020.
  • Reconstructing Nepal: Bhaktapur – Heritage and Urban Reconstruction (co-author), Social Science Baha, Kathmandu, 2020.
  • Nepal Labour Migration Report 2020(contributing member), Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security, Government of Nepal, 2020.  
  • Advancing Workers’ Rights under SDGs: Policy and Situational Analysis of Decent Work in Nepal (co-author), Solidarity Centre and Centre for the Study of Labour and Mobility, Social Science Baha, Kathmandu, 2019.
  • Nepal Earthquake Reconstruction Research: A Scoping Study(co-author), IMC Worldwide/DAI, 2019.
  • Reconstructing Nepal: Post Earthquake Experiences from Bhaktapur, Dhading and Sindhupalchowk(co-author), Social Science Baha, Kathmandu, 2019.
  • Returning Home: Challenges and Opportunities for Women Migrant Workers in the Nepali Labour Market (co-author), UN Women, 2018.
  • Gender and Nepal’s Transition from War(co-author), Conciliation Resources, London, 2017.
  • Labour Migration and Remittance Economy: The Socio-Political Impact(co-author), Centre for the Study of Labour and Mobility, Social Science Baha, and The Asia Foundation, Kathmandu, 2017.
  • Migration of Health Workers from Nepal(co-author), ILO, 2017.
  • Torture and Ill-Treatment: Perceptions, Experience and Justice-seeking in Kathmandu’s Squatter Communities(co-author), Dignity, the Danish Institute Against Torture, Social Science Baha and University of Edinburgh, 2016. 
  • Disaster, Disabilities & Differences: A Study of Challenges Faced by the Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in Post-Earthquake Nepal(co-author), Social Science Baha/UNDP, 2016. 
  • Migration and Resilience: Experiences from Nepal’s Earthquake(co-author), Centre for the Study of Labour and Mobility, Social Science Baha, Kathmandu, 2015.

Currently Involved Projects

  • Co-Investigator. Planning and preparedness for the mountain hazard and risk chain in Nepal. In collaboration with Durham University, Northumbria University, Oxford University, University of Newcastle, University of Auckland, Canterbury University, University of British Columbia, Bristol University, Tribhuvan University, NSET,  among others. Funded UKRI’s GCRF Collective Programme (2021-2023). 
  • Co-Investigator. Evaluating Governance Reform in Nepal Using a Case-Control Approach, in collaboration with Sudhanshu Handa and Brigitte Seim (Zimmerman), Public Policy, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Daniel Pamstein, Political Science, North Dakota State University. Centre of Excellence for Development Impact and Learning (CEDIL) Large Project Grant: (2020-2023).
  • Principal Investigator, Evaluation of One Heart Worldwide’s Network of Safety Model in Nepal with Global Health Policy Lab Dartmouth College, USA, Nepal. 2019-2020.