I am an interdisciplinary development and disaster researcher, with research interests spanning disaster governance, socio-political dimensions of disasters/crises, humanitarianism, state-societal relations in disaster context and disaster epistemologies. I mostly draw on in-depth interviews and ethnographic research to understand how ordinary citizens make sense of, respond to, and overcomethe impacts disasters. For my PhD research that I completed from the Department of Methodology, LSE, I used ethnographic and interview data to examine the politics of citizen-centric governance in the wake of the 2015 Nepal earthquakes. Prior to starting my PhD at LSE, I worked as Research Manager (2010-2014) at the Center on Health, Risk and Society (CHRS) based at the American University in Washington DC.
As part of this experience, I have published research on the implementation and outcomes of female sex workers-driven community mobilisation in southern India.I have continued to pursue research in areas of structural interventions in health and health governance and have recently started to look at the political causes and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nepal. My research interests are also shaped by my previous experience of working as a development practitioner and civil society activist in Nepal. I am generally interested in development and political debates facing south Asia, particularly Nepal. I hold an MA in International Development and Social Change from Clark University, USA, MBA from Kathmandu University, School of Management, Nepal, and B.Com (Honours) from University of Delhi, India.