Expertise, Labour, and Mobility in Post-Earthquake Reconstruction: Comparisons and Findings from Nepal’s 2015 Earthquake
May 28, 2019 - 14:00-17:30
In 2015, Nepal was struck by its worst natural disaster in several decades, which left 9,000 people dead, injured 20,000 and destroyed over 600,000 homes. The devastating socio-economic and environmental impacts of this catastrophe were compounded by the country’s protracted political impasse over the adoption of a new constitution in the wake of a decade-long insurgency and the contentious legitimacy of dominant state actors. Eight months after the earthquakes, The National Reconstruction Authority was established by the government to lead and manage the highly contentious and protracted process of reconstruction. Nepal’s reconstruction process has unfolded in a context of rapid social and political transformation, shaped by competing conceptions of expertise, shifting labour markets, and high mobility.
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