Richa Shivakoti

Short-term Visitor
Richa Shivakoti is a Research Lead at the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Migration and Integration program at Toronto Metropolitan University and a CERC Global Exchange Fellow at the Migration Policy Centre at the European University Institute. Richa’s primary research interest has been on the governance of temporary labour migration within Asia (South, Southeast Asia and the Gulf). She focuses on labour-sending nations and the impact of their policies on temporary migrant workers and their welfare.

Her current research focus is on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on temporary migrant workers from Nepal and the Philippines. She is the Primary Investigator for a SSHRC Insight Development Grant to research the implications of the pandemic on the return and reintegration of temporary labor migrants. She is also working on several other research projects, including being a collaborator for a international Partnership grant from SSHRC.

Richa is originally from Nepal and has completed her PhD in Public Policy from the National University of Singapore and a dual Masters in Public Affairs and Political Science from Indiana University.

Research topics: Labour migration, migration policy, regional and global migration governance, Asia.
Core discipline(s): Public Policy, International Migration.
Journal publications
  • Keeping up with the migrant workers: The role of embassies in transnational administration of labour migration policy (with Kidjie Saguin). Administrative Theory & Praxis. June 2022.  
  • Beyond the Partnership Debate: Localizing Knowledge Production in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (with James Milner), Journal of Refugee Studies, Vol 35, Issue 2. June 2022. 
  • International Migration, Remittances and COVID-19: Economic Implications and Policy Options for South Asia (with Matt Withers and Sophie Henderson), Journal of Asian Public Policy, Vol 15, Issue 2. May 2022. 
  • Temporary migration in South Asia: Nepal and its fragmented labor migration sector. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. March 2022. 
  • The Migration Ban Policy Cycle: A Comparative Analysis of Restrictions on the Emigration of Women Domestic Workers (with Sophie Henderson and Matt Withers). Comparative Migration Studies, Vol 9, No. 1. December 2021. 
  • Governing International Regime Complexes through Multi-level Governance Mechanisms: Lessons from water, forestry and migration policy (with Michael P. Howlett, Victor Fernandez and Sreeja Nair) International Journal of Water Resources Development. Vol 37, Issue 4. Oct 2021. 
  • When Disaster hits Home: A look at Nepali migrants response to the 2015 Earthquake. Migration and Development. Vol 8, Issue 3. January 2019. 
  • Improving International Policy-Making in the Absence of Treaty Regimes: The International Forestry, Migration and Water Policy Cases (with Michael P. Howlett) International Journal of Public Policy. Vol 14. No. 5/6. Pp. 303-319. Dec 2018. 
  • ASEAN’s Role in the Rohingya Refugee Crisis. Forced Migration Review. October 2017.

  • Book chapters
  • Agenda-Setting Tools in Theory and Practice (with Michael P. Howlett), In The Routledge Handbook of Policy Tools, Routledge. Editor: Michael Howlett. (Aug 2022). 
  • Asian Migration Governance. In Regional Integration and Migration in the Global South, Springer United Nations University Series on Regionalism. Editors: Marchand K., Rayp, G. & Ruyssen I. (Aug 2020). 
  • Protectionist or Discriminatory Policies? The case of Nepal’s policy banning female migrant workers. In Urban Spaces and Gender in Asia, Sustainable Development Goals Series. Springer. Editors: Joshi, D. & Brassard C. (April 2020).

  • Other publications
  • Can Nepal cope with the return of migrant workers? Pandemic Borders, Open Democracy. July 29, 2020. 
  • A Critical Analysis of the Migration Ban Lifecycle for Women Domestic Workers in the Indo-Pacific Region (with Sophie Henderson and Matt Withers) The Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement, University of Cambridge. June 2020. 
  • Migration Governance Indicators: A Global Perspective (with Susanne Melde, Andrea Milan, Siloé Yassa Roy, David Martineau, Frank Laczko) International Organization for Migration, 2019.