Bandita Sijapati is Research Director at the Centre for the Study of Labour and Mobility (CESLAM) at Social Science Baha in Kathmandu. Her main fields of research include labour migration, governance, political transitions and economic development. She holds a PhD from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and is currently a visiting academic with the University of Oxford’s Centre on Migration, Policy and Society. She worked as Civil Affairs Officer with the United Nations Mission in Nepal, and has served as a consultant for various international organisations.