- To build an international network of scholars, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations focusing on post-earthquake reconstruction and social transformation in Nepal.
- To collaboratively develop and deploy mixed ethnographic and survey methods through three pilot research projects in selected earthquake-affected areas of rural and peri-urban Nepal. These will focus on three domains of expertise critical to post-conflict and post-disaster transformation: construction (engineers, architects, and traditional builders); law (politicians, civil servants, and lawyers); and finance (bankers, corporate investors, and microfinance/cooperative fund managers).
- To enhance training and research capacity in Canada and Nepal, with an emphasis on field-based methods.
- To build foundations for a larger Partnership Grant application to investigate and improve post-disaster reconstruction in mountainous regions with a focus on the trans-Himalayan region.
- To develop a framework for student research shaped by a rich combination of mentorship, pilot research, and conference participation in multiple settings.
As the primary applicant, UBC Professor Sara Shneiderman (Anthropology and the School of Public Policy & Global Affairs/Institute of Asian Research) along with co-applicants Professor Philippe Le Billon (UBC Geography) and Professor Katharine Rankin (U of Toronto Geography & Planning) was awarded funding for a three-year Partnership Development grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
The project has received additional support and funding from the following units at UBC:
- Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies
- Faculty of Arts
- School of Public Policy & Global Affairs
- Department of Anthropology
- Institute of Asian Research (IAR)
- Hampton Fund Grant
- WorkLearn Program
- Arts Undergraduate Research Awards
And from the following academic partners:
- Social Science Baha (SSB)
- University of Toronto
- British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
- Aarhus University
- University of Copenhagen
- Appalachian State University
We are also grateful for support from and collaboration with the following community partners: