Research Team Members

Ms. Samiksha Neupane is currently working as Research Officer at Centre for Social Change. She has her more than 5 years of work experience in the field of youth and professional development. She was also a NORHED Scholar and studied at University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka as an exchange student during the course of her MA study. She was also awarded a research fellowship to conduct research on community mediation by The Asia Foundation. She has represented Nepal in an international training in dialogue and mediation organized by Uppsala University, Sweden in 2018. She is currently involved on two research projects, one focuses on nonviolence and another on Gender, War Trauma, and Peace building. Her research interest is in peacebuilding and community mediation. She holds her Master’s degree in Conflict, Peace and Development Studies from Tribhuwan University and a Bachelor’s degree in Development studies from Kathmandu University.

Ms. Prashamsha Simkhada is currently working as Research Associate at Center for Social Change. At CSC she is involved in research work in foreign labor migration issues. She is also part of “Migration Watch” project at CSC. She has extensively worked with youth as core team member of ASER-Nepal, a citizen led assessment of literacy and numeracy of children aged 6-18 years old. She also worked as visiting research associate at ASER-Center, India for three months. She is interested in youth, foreign labor migration and governance. She holds her Master’s degree in Conflict, Peace and Development Studies from Tribhuvan University.

Mr. Saurav Raj Pant is currently working in position of Research Associate at Center for Social Change. He is mainly responsible to perform desk research and data screening for the various ongoing research at CSC. He writes op-ed articles on International Relations and global political issues on a regular basis and has written for ‘The Kathmandu Post’ (Nepal’s leading English daily), Georgia Today & Qatar based daily-The Peninsula. In addition he has written blog articles for Eco Sprinter – a Brussels based FYEG online magazine and the International Politics Journal of the European Student Forum. He has a MA in Political Science from Tribhuvan University, Nepal.

Ms. Reshma Basnet is currently working as a Research Associate at Centre for Social Change under the project “Migration Watch”. She has worked as a volunteer in different organizations related with issues of mental health, child sexual abuse and human trafficking for three years. She has been involved in various research related to gender and women trauma and non-violence movement. Her area of interest are gender related issues and migration governance. She is currently pursuing Masters in Gender Studies at Tribhuvan University.

Ms. Sarita Barma is a Research Associate at Centre for Social Change.  Ms. Barma has an experience of internship at Save Our Soul (SOS) and Disabled Newlife Centre (DNC). Currently, she has been engaged in 2 different projects: Media monitoring and Multi-stakeholders hydropower disputes. Her area of interest is natural resource management.  She holds her Master’s degree in Development Studies from Purbanchal University and Bachelor’s degree in Social work from Tribhuvan University.

Ms Samikshya Bhattarai is currently acting as Research and Program Affiliate at Centre for Social Change. She is a graduate of Community Development studies from Kathmandu University. She is also an alumnus of Raleigh International Nepal and is a member of National Raleigh Society Nepal. She has conducted different researches and programs in her leadership and coordination. Moreover, she has done internship in counseling under the supervision of a well-established school counselor and has also received crash course on Psychological First Aid (PFA). Besides, she also has been involved in a consulting work of Save the Children International. Her work interests lies in the field of international law, human rights, peace and conflict and psychosocial health. Ms. Bhattarai is a Rotary Peace Fellow pursuing Master’s degree at Uppsala University, Sweden.

Ms. Kalpana Rana Magar is currently engaged as a Research associate in the Centre for Social Change. She has completed her studies on Master of Arts in International Relations from Tribhuvan University. Her interest lies in exploring with the research on federal governance, international relations, and migration. She is  involved in two projects: ‘Media Monitoring on Foreign Labor Migration’ and ‘Nepal Peace Portal’.  Also, she has five years’ experience of teaching in the secondary level and is serving as member in the Devine Service Home, Golfutar.

Mr. Anish Khatri is currently working as a Research Assistant at Centre for Social Change. He is pursuing Bachelors in Arts, majoring Social Work and Psychology. His areas of interest in research are Psychology and Peace & Conflict. He has worked as an interpreter for different international scholars. He has previously worked as an intern in Women’s Forum for Women in Nepal (WOFOWON). With his active involvement in the field of social science since past three years has been meaningful in terms of moving forward in his area of interest.

Mr. Raunak Mainali is currently working as a Research Fellow at Centre for Social Change. He has completed a MSc in Defense, Development and Diplomacy from Durham University and also has a BA in Politics and International Relations from the University of Kent. His graduate thesis was titled “Fragmentation: How lack of vertical and horizontal integration has undermined peacebuilding in Nepal”.  As a journalist he has written about international relations, diplomacy and world affairs and his other interests include peacebuilding and governance.