Bandita Sijapati

Designation : Research Director
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Bandita Sijapati, is Research Director at the Center for the Study of Labor and Mobility (CESLAM) at the Social Science Baha in Kathmandu, Nepal. She received her PhD from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She has a Master’s degree from Columbia University, New York, and a Bachelor’s from Macalester College, Minnesota. Her main fields of research are labour and migration, political transitions and development. She has worked with the World Bank, International Labour Organization (ILO), International Organization for Migration (IOM), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Overseas Development Institute (ODI), among others.

Some of her recent publications include Analysis of Labour Market and Migration Trends in Nepal (ILO/GIZ, 2015); Gender and Safe Mobility: Promising Global and Regional Practices (IOM/ADB/AUSAID, 2015); ‘Women’s Labour Migration from Asia and the Pacific: Opportunities and Challenges,’ Issue in Brief, No. 12 (MPI/ILO, March 2015); Enhancing Employment-Centric Growth in Nepal (ILO, 2014); Migrant Workers’ Access to Justice at Home (Open Society Foundations, 2014); “Being and Belonging: Mapping the Experiences of Nepali Immigrants in the United States” in Facing Globalisation in the Himalayas. Belonging and the Politics of the Self (Sage, 2014);  “In Pursuit of Recognition: Regionalism, Madhesi Identity and the Madhes Andolan” in M. Lawoti and S. Hangen (eds), Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict: Identities and Mobilization after 1990 (Routledge, 2012); “Learning Democracy: International Education and Political Socialization” in Non-State Transnational Transfers (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011) and ‘Nepali Transmigrants: An Examination of Transnational Ties among Nepali Immigrants in the United States’, European Bulletin of Himalayan Research (Autumn 2009-Spring 2010). In addition, she has also co-authored the books Governing Labour Migration in Nepal (Himal Books, 2012); Trafficking and Forced Labour in Nepal: Review of the Literature (Himal Books, 2011) and A Kingdom under Siege: Nepal's Maoist Insurgency, 1996-2004 (Zed Books, 2005).

Her main fields of expertise are labour governance, migration, political transitions, social development, and poverty reduction.