Luna is a Research Associate at the Centre for India and South Asia Research (CISAR), the Institute of Asian Research, UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs.
Luna completed a PhD in International Development Studies from Wageningen University, The Netherlands. Her thesis title is: Conflict, Disaster and Changing Gender Roles in Nepal: Women’s Everyday Experiences. Her thesis examined how women ex-combatants and women non-combatants experienced shifts in their gender roles and gender relations during the Maoist war and the 2015 earthquake in Nepal and ask whether these changes persist after the war and disaster episode and how they structurally changed the position of women. Her work has been published in Conflict, Security & Development (2019); The International Journal of Feminist Politics (2018); The Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs (2017); and a book chapter on women’s livelihoods in post-conflict Nepal (2018). She recently published an article, “How COVID-19 Worsens Gender Equality in Nepal” in The Diplomat (23 June 2020).Her research is interdisciplinary and contributes to the scholarship of gender and war; disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR); gender and disaster; post-conflict political transformation; and international development. Luna also has a forthcoming article “Exploring Gendered Effects of Earthquake 2015 in Nepal”. After completing her PhD, Luna worked as a researcher for the project ‘Action on systemic barriers to women’s participation in local government’ funded by Women and Gender Equality, Canada.
While at the Institute of Asian Research in the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Luna will work in cooperation with Professor Sara Shneiderman. Her current research focuses on gender and post-war reconstruction, and gender & COVID-19 pandemic in South Asia.