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Sara Shneiderman | DRRN Research Seminar

April 5, 2023, 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Room 121 | Liu Institute for Global Issues 6476 NW Marine Drive


Reconstructing Nepal after the 2015 Earthquakes: Lessons Learned for BC and Beyond


Network co-lead Sara Shneiderman
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology and School of Public Policy and Global Affairs


In this talk I will provide an overview of work conducted through a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant that I led from 2017-2022: Expertise, Labour, and Mobility in Nepal’s Post-Conflict, Post-Disaster Reconstruction: Construction, Finance, and Law as Domains of Social Transformation. I’ll share an overview of the key arguments that emerged from our collaborative research as represented by a range of publications, both academic and public-facing, with a focus on the social implications of large-scale housing reconstruction programs. I’ll conclude the talk with some reflections on how lessons learned from Nepal’s experience may be relevant for disaster preparedness planning in BC and beyond.


3:30 - 5:00 PM | Wednesday, April 5


In person:
Room 121
Liu Institute for Global Issues

6476 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver

On Zoom:
See link below

The idea for this year's seminar series is to encourage DRRN members to share their work and how it relates to the network. In this spirit, members will consider how to share their work accessibly to a transdisciplinary audience with a shared interest in disaster research. This will be a great chance to learn what other members are up to, while communicating our very different forms of knowledge to a diverse academic audience.

The seminars will be 1-1.5 hours, with talks lasting ~40 minutes, leaving plenty of time for Q & A and discussion. While we encourage in-person attendance as conditions allow, we will be holding the seminars in a hybrid format, in order to provide for virtual participation, as well.

Photo: © Manoj Suji. Many women masons have been trained to fill the gap left by the out-migration of men and a scarcity of skilled masons during the reconstruction process following the 2015 earthquake. They also got on-the-job training and supervision as well. A lady engineer is supervising women masons' in this photo. Taken during the 1st phase of fieldwork conducted by the research team based at Social Science Baha in Kathmandu, Nepal, as part of the SSHRC Partnership Development Grant, ‘Expertise, Labour and Mobility in Nepal’s Post-Conflict, Post-Disaster Reconstruction’. See project details at

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