Jeevan Baniya, PhD

Designation: Assistant Director and Researcher

Jeevan Baniya received his PhD in Political Science, University of Oslo, Norway, and his Master’s degree from GSIS Ajou University, South Korea. 
In Social Science Baha/CESLAM, he is involved in proposal writing, designing research, analysis and report writing, mentoring field workers, and liaising with partner organisations and stakeholders. He has also served as a faculty member at MIRD and CPDS Tribhuvan University (TU). Previously, he worked as a research fellow at the Nautilus Institute (Seoul Branch), and Democracy and Social Movements Institute (DaSMI), Sungkonghoe University, Seoul, South Korea. 
He has been nominated as an Expert Member of a ‘Task Force’ by Hon. Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security (MoLESS), Gokarna Bista, to review foreign employment related policy, laws, and other provisions; identify problems and challenges associated with foreign employment; make recommendations and suggestions to address these problems and challenges, and; develop sustainable strategic plans to ensure safe, managed, and dignified foreign employment. He also worked for the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA), the Government of Nepal, as a Social Inclusion and Grievance Management Advisor for the Rural Housing Reconstruction Programme (RHRP).
His most recent publications include ‘Civil society, social movements and democratisation: A case study of Nepal’ (2014), ‘The Journey of Civil Society on the road of social movements in Nepal’ (2012), and ‘Liberal Democracy, Governance and Civil Society in Nepal’ (2009). He has also co-authored numerous papers, such as ‘Gender and Nepal’s transition from war’ (2017), ‘Labour migration and remittance economy: The socio-political impact’ (2017), ’Migration of health workers from Nepal’ (2017), ’Work, family and pensions: old age income security in Bangladesh, Nepal, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam’ (2017), ‘South Asia State of Minorities Report: Mapping the Terrain’ (2016), 'Disaster, Disabilities & Differences: A Study of Challenges Faced by the Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in the Post-earthquake Nepal' (2016), ‘Impact of the earthquake: Access of Dalits to recovery and the reconstruction’ (2017), ‘Torture and ill-treatment: Perceptions, experience and justice-seeking in Kathmandu's squatter communities’ (2016), ‘Migration and resilience: Experiences from Nepal’s earthquake 2015’ (2015), Returning Home: Challenges and Opportunities for Women Migrant Workers in the Nepali Labour Market (2018), among many others.
Currently, he is involved in collaborative projects, After the Earth's Violent Sway: the tangible and intangible legacies of a natural disaster (2017-19), SOAS, University of London; and 'Labour, and Mobility in Nepal’s Post-Conflict, Post-Disaster Reconstruction: Construction, Finance and Law as Domains of Social Transformation, University of British Columbia (2017-19).