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I have recently completed my PhD in the interdisciplinary field of Development Studies, through the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies within the University of Adelaide, and supervised by Emeritus Professor John Gray and Professor Andrew Skuse.
My doctoral research examines the political and social dynamics surrounding neoliberal social policy reform in Nepal since 1990, by focusing on case studies from the education, health, and water supply sectors. By employing a comparative approach, my research seeks to identify the political and social conditions under which social policy reform has occurred in Nepal and in doing so, contribute to wider discussions about the political and social pre-conditions for social policy reform in 'fragile' or 'post-conflict' states more generally. This concern is in turn linked to questions about the impacts of particular political and social constellations on the realisation of citizens' social rights, specifically of access to quality public services in such countries. My research reveals an unresolved tension between state-led and neoliberal-led directions for development in Nepal.
Language Competency Nepali Can speak and understand spoken
Date Institution name Country Title 2015 - 2021 University of Adelaide Australia PhD (Anthropology and Development Studies) 2006 - 2009 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours in Development Studies)
Australian Postgraduate Award 2015-2018
2012: Tutor - Department of Anthropology and Development Studies, University of Adelaide.
2019: Tutor - College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University.
2020-present: Tutor - Department of Anthropology and Development Studies, Department of Sociology, Criminology and Gender Studies, and the Faculty of Arts, University of Adelaide.
Date Role Membership Country 2020 - ongoing Member Australian Anthropological Society Australia 2019 - ongoing Member Development Studies Association of Australia Australia 2019 - ongoing Member Asian Studies Association of Australia Australia 2018 - ongoing Member South Asian Studies Association of Australia Australia
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