Nilima Rai

Designation: Research Associate
Email: nrai@ceslam.org

Nilima Rai holds a Master’s degree in development studies (gender, human rights and conflict studies from social justice perspectives) from the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University, The Netherlands. She was a Wim Deetman Studiefond (WDS) fellow in the Netherlands, and during her studies at the ISS she conducted research on the ‘Challenges of resettlement of Bhutanese refugees: Socio-legal implications of the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal’. She also completed an Master’s in conflict peace and development studies at Department of Conflict Peace and Development Studies, Tribhuvan University (TU), Nepal, and was a NOMA fellow of the Norwegian University of Life Science, Norway.

In addition, she had the opportunity to study in Sri Lanka for one year and conducted research on the ‘Socio-economic status of ex-women combatants in Sri Lanka: case studies of Eastern and Northern provinces of Sri Lanka’. She also worked as intern/freelance researcher at Basug Diaspora and Development at The Hague, and focused on the issues of migrant workers, particularly women’s issues in Bangladesh and other South Asian countries.

Nilima is currently working for CESLAM on various research studies, and previously worked for several National and International NGOs, such as Women’s Rehabilitation Center (WOREC Nepal), Democratic Freedom and Human Rights Institute (DFHRI Nepal), Society for International Development (SID), Netherlands Chapter, The Hague. Her most recent publication is ‘Challenges of Resettlement of Bhutanese Refugees in Nepal’ (2015). Her primary research interests are issues of International/National migration and labour, forced migration, ethnic relations, and gender issues.

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