Geography and Methods
Thematic Research Area
I am a socio-cultural anthropologist with long-term ethnographic commitments in the Himalayas and South Asia, and emerging research engagements in British Columbia, Canada. My research explores how social transformation is shaped by dynamics of citizenship and belonging (in relation to Indigenous, ethnic, religious and gender identities); cross-border mobility; conflict and political mobilization; territory and land use; development discourses and practices; and disaster aftermath and preparedness. Current research projects include a transdisciplinary SSHRC Partnership Development Grant focused on Nepal’s post-earthquake reconstruction; an exploration of trans-Himalayan citizenship across the historical and contemporary borders of India, China, and Nepal; participation in a University of Toronto-based project on infrastructure and development in Nepal’s agrarian districts; collaboration in a Yale University-based project on urbanization and land use change in the Himalayas; and participation in the Durham University-based Sajag-Nepal research project about mountain hazards and risk. I also work with community organizations representing the Himalayan diaspora here in Vancouver, including the Nepal Cultural Society of BC and the Tibetan Cultural Society of BC. I am Co-Coordinator of the UBC Disaster Resilience Research Network as well as the UBC Himalaya Program.