Niti Policy Research Grant 2015 Fellows

Niti Policy Research Grant

Nimesh Dhungana Nimesh is currently pursuing his PhD, specializing in Social Research Methods at L.S.E.’s Department of Methodology. For his PhD., Nimesh is looking at issues related to post-disaster governance in Nepal, with a particular focus on meanings of and mechanisms for community-based accountability in the post-disaster context. Nimesh holds a Masters Degree in International Development and Social Change from Clark University, an M.B.A from Kathmandu University, and B.Com. (Honors) from Delhi University. Before starting his PhD. at L.S.E., Nimesh was in the team of American University’s (Washington DC) Center on Health, Risk and Society, an interdisciplinary research center that promotes research on social dimensions of health, structural interventions to address health disparities, and the interplay of health and development. Nimesh started his professional career in Nepal, working for a leading development management consulting firm called Organisation Development Center (ODC).As a Niti Policy Research Fellow, he will advance his interest in post-disaster accountability that would not just contribute to existing theoretical literature on post-disaster accountability but also contribute to the ongoing recovery and reconstruction efforts facing Nepal. 

Sabin Ninglekhu Sabin is currently preparing for the final exam of PhD in Geography and South Asian Studies at the University of Toronto. His dissertation research documents the conditions that enable the urban poor for making claims for the right to shelter, and examines the interface at which such claims encounter state-led developmental interventions, such as a river restoration plan or a road widening project. Such spaces of encounter prompt renewed claims and strategies of inhabitation among the urban poor that both convey and diminish their political aspirations for the city, while the spaces also expose challenges that the state faces in planning for, and with, the urban poor. As a Niti policy research fellow, Sabin will provide his skills and learning to the foundation’s commitment to research and policy work by critically documenting and examining the politics of policy regime as it relates to questions around urban housing and shelter. The questions will form through a documented account of a range of lived experiences of the migrants in the city.