Areas of Expertise
Sara Shneiderman is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and the Department of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. She is Co-Lead of the Himalaya Program. Her research explores how social transformation is shaped by dynamics of citizenship and belonging (in relation to Indigenous, ethnic, religious and gender identities); cross-border mobility; conflict and political mobilization; territory and land use; development discourses and practices; and disaster aftermath and preparedness.
In addition to her ongoing research projects, she regularly contributes to policy discussions about development, governance, and politics in Nepal, India, and Tibetan regions of China, and serves as advisor to several NGOs working in the region.
Sara is in the early stages of two new research projects in British Columbia: one focused on the sociopolitical dimensions of disaster preparedness and governance; and the other about Nepali-Canadian experiences, in collaboration with the Nepal Cultural Society of BC.