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Jeevan Baniya

Assistant Director

Jeevan Baniya has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Oslo, Norway, and an MA from Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) Ajou University, South Korea. He has served as a faculty member at Tribhuvan University where he tought master’s and PhD degree courses and supervised students in dissertation work. He has provided advisory and technical support to the Ministry for Labour, Employment and Social Security, the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA), Government of Nepal; the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Nepal; the ILO (Geneva, Nepal and Kenya); Centre for Policy Research, the United Nations University, trade unions and CSOs. His academic interests include public policy, labour and migration, democracy and development, governance, disaster, gender and social inclusion (GESI), and state-society relations, among others. Occasionally, he writes op-eds in and is regularly interviewed for commentaries by national media such as BBC, Kantipur Daily, The Kathmandu Post, Kantipur TV, Online Khabar, Nagarik Daily, Naya Patrika, Ujyalo FM, Avenues TV, Ujyalo Radio Network etc. on various social issues.


Publications


Journals

Sara Shneiderman, Bina Limbu, Jeevan Baniya, Manoj Suji, Nabin Rawal, Chandra Prakash Subedi, David Cameron Warner 2023. House, Household, and Home: Revisiting Anthropological and Policy Frameworks through Postearthquake Reconstruction Experiences in Nepal”. Current Anthropology 64(5).https://doi.org/10.1086/727369

Ratna K. Shrestha, Raunak Shrestha, Sara Shneiderman, Jeevan Baniya 2023. Beyond Reconstruction: What Leads to Satisfaction in Post‑Disaster Recovery? Journal of Happiness Studies. Vol. 24. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10902-023-00642-6.

Amina Maharjan, Sagar Adhikari, Rida Ahmad, Usman Ahmad, Zulfiqar Ali, Sugat Bajracharya, Jeevan Baniya, Sadikshya Bhattarai, Amit Gautam, Elisabeth Gilmore, Hein Min Ko, Nilar Myat, Theingi Myint, Parth Sarathi Mahapatra, Chandni Singh and Arabinda Mishra, 2022. Air pollution exposure and its impacts on everyday life and livelihoods of vulnerable urban populations in South Asia, Environment Research Communications. Vol 4. 071002. https://bit.ly/3wLMCW4

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. https://bit.ly/3Yi7aRW

Jeevan Baniya, Sadikshya Bhattarai, Vibhav Pradhan, Binaya Jung Thapa, 2020. Visibility of Invisible: Covid-19 and Nepal-India migration. Tribhuvan University Journal, CoVID-19 Special Issue, 2020, p 101-114. https://bit.ly/3WRPXgN

Gaurav Bhattarai and Jeevan Baniya 2020. Nepali Migrant Workers amid Covid-19 Pandemic in Major Destination Countries: A Human Security Approach. Tribhuvan University Journal, CoVID-19 Special Issue, 2020, p, 123-146. https://bit.ly/3HRiyPk

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. https://bit.ly/3Dzi0Lr

Jeevan Baniya 2009. Liberal Democracy, Governance, and Civil Society in Nepal, PEAR, Yonsei Journal of International Studies, Yonsei University, South Korea, Spring.


Books and Book Chapters


Pradhan, U., Deepak Thapa, Jeevan Baniya, Yangchen Gurung and Indrajit Roy. The Politics of Infrastructural Power and Implementation of the Scholarship Programme, in Thomas Lavers (Ed.) The Politics of Distributing Social Transfers: State Capacities and Political Contestation in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, 2022. Oxford: Oxford University Press. https://bit.ly/3JvgQ7m

Amit Gautam and Jeevan Baniya. Interest Groups, Patronage Politics and Democratic Governance in Nepal, in Bhatta (eds.), Rooting Nepal’s Democratic Spirit ,2022. Friedrich-Elbert-Stiftung Nepal. ISBN: 9789937-1-2164-4. p. 7-106. https://bit.ly/3wOq5YE

Sadikshya Bhattarai and Jeevan Baniya. Impact of COVID-19 on Nepal’s labour migration, in  Stanley D. Brunn and Donna Gilbreath  (Eds) COVID-19 and an Emerging World of Ad Hoc Geographies, 2022. Springer. https://bit.ly/3HnPEEZ

Madhusudan Subedi, Edwin van Teijlingen, Jeevan Baniya and Bandita Sijapati. Writing an Introduction and Background, in Wasti, SP., Simkhada, P., Hundley, V., van Teijlingen, E., Shreesh, K. (Eds.). Academic Writing and Publishing in Health and Social Sciences, 2022. Kathmandu, Nepal: Social Science Baha and Himal Books. p. 57-67. https://bit.ly/3RoAhAC

Vibhav Pradhan, Sadikshya Bhattarai, Binay J. Thapa & Jeevan Baniya 2020, International Migration, Foreign Employment, Migration and Remittance: Reflections on Nepali Migrants’ Rights in COVID-19, in Rajesh Shrestha, Rupak Sapkota and Madhavji Shrestha (Eds), COVID 19 Multidisciplinary Narratives: Contribution to Nepal’s Foreign Affairs. Institute of Foreign Affairs, Government of Nepal. P. 85-100. https://bit.ly/3wKdwxH
ISBN: 978-9937-9274-3-7

Jeevan Baniya, Disaster, Deceptions, and 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, 2020 Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 1108834051, 9781108834056, P. 49-86. https://bit.ly/3WXw2gF

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, 2020), Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 1108834051, 9781108834056, P. 135-150. https://bit.ly/40l5ngE

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, 2020, Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 1108834051, 9781108834056, P. 49-89. https://bit.ly/3RtHP55

Ritika Singh, Shambhawi Paudel, Sudeshna Thapa & Jeevan Baniya, Civic Space in Nepal, in South Asia State of Minorities Report: Minorities and Shrinking Civic Space 2020. The South Asia Collective. P. 126-163. https://bit.ly/3DyoKsF

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. https://bit.ly/3YbyEZ6

Sambriddhi Kharel, Deepak Thapa, Bandita Sijapati with Kalpana Jha, Manoj Suji, Tashi Tshering Ghale, Mohammad Ayub and Jeevan Baniya, 2016. 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. https://bit.ly/3Jvg2PS

Jeevan Baniya. 2014.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 2012. The Journey of Civil Society on the road of social movements in Nepal in (eds.) Cho Hee-Yeon, Andrew Aeria and Song-Woo Hur: From Unity to Multiplicities: social movement transformation and democratization in Asia, 2012, p. 317-330. SIRD Malaysia.789675832451. https://bit.ly/3HMZaTk


Research Papers


Jeevan Baniya, Sanjit Shrestha, Sadikshya Bhattarai, Dogendra Tumsa, Bipin Upadhyaya, Rajib Neupane & Prasansa Thapa 2023. Unscrupulous Recruitment and Precarious Employment of Nepali Migrant Workers: Findings from the Analysis of Data on PNCC’s Services. PNCC/CESLAM.https://soscbaha.org/publication/unscrupulous-recruitment-and-precarious-employment-of-nepali-migrant-workers/

Jeevan Baniya, Sadikshya Bhattarai, Arjun Kharel, Nilima Rai & Dogendra Tumsa 2023. Only a Few Can Afford to Go to Korea’: The Costs of Nepali Migration to South Korea: The costs of Nepali migration to South Korea (Research Paper). Kathmandu: CESLAM.  https://shorturl.at/kFGNU

Jeevan Baniya, Sadikshya Bhattarai, Sudeshna Thapa, Prajesh Aryal, Sanjit Shrestha, Bipin Upadhyay, Dogendra Tumsa, Arjun Kharel, Samiksha Neupane, Preshika Baskota, Apurwa Baral and Angnima Lama (2022). Labour Migration Report 2022, MOLESS, Government of Nepal. https://bit.ly/3Yi4qny

Sadikshya Bhattarai, Jeevan Baniya, Dogendra Tumsa and Nilima Rai 2022. Return, Wage Theft and Access to Justice of Nepali Migrant Workers during COVID-19 (Research Report). Kathmandu: CESLAM, ITUC-NAC, and SARTUC. https://bit.ly/3RteQi4

Co-Authored. Micro-Level Supply and Demand Analysis of Skills of Nepalese Migrants. IOM Nepal. https://bit.ly/40oWDGc

Baillie Smith, M., Jenkins, K., Adong, C., Anguan, G., Baniya, J., Baskota, P., Boudewijn, I., Fadel, B., Gibby, P., Kamanyi, E., Mademba, S., Okech, M., and Sharma, R. (2022). Volunteering Together: Blending Knowledge and Skills for Development. Northumbria University/VSO. https://bit.ly/3XYb0j9

Baillie Smith, M., Jenkins, K., Baniya, J., Baskota, P., Mademba, S., Sharma, R., Boudewijn, I., Fadel, B. & Gibby, P. (2022). Volunteering Together: Blending Knowledge and Skills for Development, VSO Nepal Case Study Report. Northumbria University/VSO. https://bit.ly/3YjOxgr

Sadikshya Bhattarai, Jeevan Baniya, Dogendra Tumas 2022. Impact of COVID- 19 on Nepali Migrant Workers: A Case Study of Migrant Workers in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar and Malaysia. (Research Paper. Kathmandu: PNCC and CESLAM). https://bit.ly/3jmirBP

Sadikshya Bhattarai, Jeevan Baniya, Dogendra Tumsa and Nilima Rai 2022. Return, Wage Theft and Access to Justice of Nepali Migrant Workers during COVID-19 (Research Report). Kathmandu: CESLAM, ITUC-NAC and SARTUC. https://bit.ly/3jmi6Pz

Jeevan Baniya, Prajesh Aryal, Amit Gautam 2022. Assessment of GCM Implementation in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka (Research Paper). Kathmandu: South Asia Regional Trade Union Council). https://bit.ly/3WXS0zS

Jeevan Baniya, Obindra B. Chand, Anisha Bhattarai, Kishor B. Shah, Sita Nepali, Dogendra Tumsa, Bipin Upadhyaya, Preeti Giri 2022. Recovery and Reconstruction After The 2015 Earthquake: Public Health Services in Makwanpur. https://bit.ly/3YlmSvD

Rajita Dhungana & Jeevan Baniya 2022. Labour Migration: Nepal in Regional and Global Processes, (Research Paper XII. Kathmandu: Center for the Study of Labour and Mobility). https://bit.ly/3HtsEV6

Jeevan Baniya, Sadikshya Bhattarai, Binaya Jung Thapa, Vibhav Pradhan 2020. COVID-19 and Nepali Labour Migrants: Impact and Responses, (Research Paper (Research Paper). Kathmnadu: Center for the Study of Labour and Mobility). https://bit.ly/3joYOZU

Rameshwar Nepal, Jeevan Baniya and Kamal Kshetri 2020. Kovid-19 Mahamariko Chapetama Nepali Aaprabasi Shramikko Adhikaar (‘Rights of Nepali Migrant Workers in the Clutches of the COVID-19 Pandemic’) (Research Report). (National Human Rights Commission, Nepal 2020). https://bit.ly/3XccpRT

Shalini Gupta Rajita Dhungana Vibhav Pradhan, Jeevan Baniya 2019. Conference on Protection of Rights of the Migrant Workers, 12-14 November 2019 Kathmandu, Nepal. (Conference Report) National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Nepal. https://bit.ly/3laGTqe

Jeevan Baniya, Tracy Ghale, Nilima Rai, Amit Gautam 2020. Children in Emergencies: Situation Analysis and Policy Review (Research Paper). Social Science Baha and Save the Chidren, Kathmandu. 2020. https://bit.ly/3HPbd2p

Jeevan Baniya and Amit Gautam, 2022 (Updated). Nepal Earthquake 2015 and Its Aftermath (Co-Author, Bibliography). Social Science Baha and SOAS, University of London. https://soscbaha.org/earthquake-bibliography/

Nepal Labour Migration Report 2020 (Contributing Member). Government of Nepal, Ministry of Labour Employment and Social Security (MoLESS). https://bit.ly/3XTYXmY

Jeevan Baniya, Sunita Basnet, Himalaya Kharel, Rajita Dhungana 2019. Advancing Workers’ Rights under SDGs: Policy and Situational Analysis of Decent Work in Nepal (Research Paper IX). Solidarity Centre and CESLAM. ISBN: 9789937934916. https://bit.ly/3WYetNw

Lena Michaels, Jeevan Baniya, Nadeem Ahmed 2019. Nepal Earthquake Reconstruction Research: Scoping Study. IMC WorldWide. https://bit.ly/3l4D9q8

Bandita Sijapati, Ang Sanu Lama, Jeevan Baniya, Pawan Sen, Sambriddhi Kharel, Suvekshya Gautam, Mohd Ayub, Rajita Dhungana, Anisha Bhattarai, Nilima Rai, Manoj Suji, Swarna Jha, and Kishor Bikram Shah 2018. Returning Home: Challenges and Opportunities for Women Migrant Workers in the Nepali Labour Market. UN Women. https://bit.ly/40o4dB6

Jeevan Baniya, Sambriddhi Kharel, Deepak Thapa, Alexander Ramsbotham 2017. Gender and Nepal’s transition from War, Reconciliation Resources, London. https://bit.ly/3wKCInI

Jeevan Baniya, Sambriddhi Kharel, Deepak Thapa, Alexander Ramsbotham 2017. Gender and Nepal’s Transition from War. Conciliation Resources, London, 2017. (In Nepali). https://bit.ly/3HRFga4

Bandita Sijapati, Ang Sanu Lama, Jeevan Baniya, Jacob Rinck, Kalpana Jha, Amrita Gurung 2017. Labour Migration and Remittance Economy: The Socio-Political Impact. Socio-Political Impact. CESLAM/The Asia Foundation/USAID 13 March 2017, ISBN: 9789937023061. https://bit.ly/3HuJSBc

Bandita Sijapati, Jeevan Baniya, Neha Choudhary 2017. Migration of Health Workers from Nepal. Kathmandu: ILO, 2017, ISBN: 9789221291060. https://bit.ly/3RrVNUZ

Jeevan Sharma, Bandita Sijapati, Jeevan Baniya, Anish Bhandari, Dinesh Pathak, Ashim Bhattarai, Steffen Jensen, Toby Kelly 2016. Torture and Ill-Treatment: Perceptions, Experience and Justice-seeking in Kathmandu’s Squatter Communities. Dignity, the Danish Institute Against Torture, Social Science Baha, School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh, ISBN: 9789937009775. https://bit.ly/40jBtcx 

Austin Lord, Bandita Sijapati, Jeevan Baniya, Obindra Chand, Tracey Ghale 2016. Disaster, Disabilities & Differences: A Study of Challenges Faced by the Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in the Post-earthquake Nepal, Social Science Baha/UNDP in Nepal: Kathmandu. https://bit.ly/3JtEmlc

Bandita Sijapati, Neha Choudhary and Jeevan Baniya 2016. Public Migration of Health Workers from Nepal. Conference Proceedings. Himal Books. ISBN: 9789937597487. https://bit.ly/3JtEfpM

Bandita Sijapati, Jeevan Baniya, Anish Bhandari, Ashim Bhattarai, Sambriddhi Kharel, Amrita Limbu, Dinesh Pathak, Nabin Rawal, Prakriti Thami 2015. Migration and resilience: Experiences from Nepal’s earthquake 2015, Research Paper VII, CESLAM, Social Science Baha, ISBN: 9789937296632/ILO. https://bit.ly/3JyhAsc

Sambridhi Kharel, Jeevan Baniya, Nanda Kaji Budhathoki 2017. Impact of the Earthquake: Access of Dalits to Recovery and the Reconstruction, FEDO, SDC.

Himalaya Kharel and Jeevan Baniya 2018. Study on Migrant Workers’ Access to Justice in Destination Countries (Malaysia and the UAE). People Forum for Human Rights. People Forum.


Working Papers


Bina Limbu, Manoj Suji, Jeevan Baniya, Prakash Chandra Subedi and Nabin Rawal 2022. Reconstructing Nepal: Reconstructing Nepal: Sindhupalchowk – Hybrid Construction and Financial Flows. Social Science Baha. Kathmandu. https://bit.ly/3RxH7DZ

Pradhan Uma, Thapa Deepak, Baniya Jeevan, Gurung Yangchen, Mahato Sanjay and Roy Indrajit, The Politics of Social Protection in Nepal: State Infrastructural Power and Implementation of the Scholarship Programme. ESID Working Paper 167 (2021). Manchester: Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre, The University of Manchester, . ISBN: 978-1-912593-86-6. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3814993 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3814993

Nabin Rawal, Manoj Suji, Bina Limbu, Prakash Chandra Subedi and Jeevan Baniya. Reconstructing Nepal: Dhading – Patchwork Policies and Multiple Structures. Social Science Baha. Kathmandu. 2021. https://bit.ly/40lc0zz

Manoj Suji, Bina Limbu, Nabin Rawal, Prakash Chandra Subedi and Jeevan Baniya 2020. Reconstructing Nepal: Bhaktapur – Heritage and Urban Reconstruction. Social Science Baha. Kathmandu. https://bit.ly/3HLTRDH

Bina Limbu, Manoj Suji, Prakash Chandra Subedi, Nabin Rawal and Jeevan Baniya. Reconstructing Nepal: Post Earthquake Experiences from Bhaktapur, Dhading and Sindhupalchowk. Social Science Baha. Kathmandu. ISBN: 9789937891592. https://bit.ly/3WYX3QC

Baniya, J., Meserve, S., Pemstein, D., & Seim, B. (forthcoming). Clientelism and Public Goods Provision in Nepal: Substitutes or Complements?

Baniya, J., Meserve, S., Pemstein, D., & Seim, B. (forthcoming). Measuring Vote Buying in Nepali Elections.


Policy Briefs and Policy Guides


Media-Friendly Glossary on Migration: Nepal Edition (Co-Authored), 2022.  ILO Nepal.

Expertise, Labour, and Mobility in Nepal’s Post-Conflict, Post-Disaster Reconstruction Construction, Finance, and Law as Domains of Social Transformation (Co-authored). Policy Brief 1#: Law. April 2021. http://reconstructingnepal.soscbaha.org/

Expertise, Labour, and Mobility in Nepal’s Post-Conflict, Post-Disaster Reconstruction Construction, Finance, and Law as Domains of Social Transformation (Co-authored). Policy Brief 2#: Finance. April 2021. http://reconstructingnepal.soscbaha.org/

Expertise, Labour, and Mobility in Nepal’s Post-Conflict, Post-Disaster Reconstruction Construction, Finance, and Law as Domains of Social Transformation (Co-authored). Policy Brief 3#: Construction.  July 2022. http://reconstructingnepal.soscbaha.org/

Expertise, Labour, and Mobility in Nepal’s Post-Conflict, Post-Disaster Reconstruction Construction, Finance, and Law as Domains of Social Transformation (Co-authored). Policy Brief 4#: Heritage.  July 2022. http://reconstructingnepal.soscbaha.org/

Delta 8.7 Policy Guides (2021). United University. https://delta87.org/resources/policy-guides/policy-guide-working-groups/crisis-working-group/

Status of GCM Implementation in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan & Sri Lanka. Brief. May 2022. https://bit.ly/3Rx9fas