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Richa Shivakoti

Senior Research Associate
EducationPhD, National University of Singapore
Areas of ExpertiseLabor migration, migration governance, Asian labor sending states, remittances, diaspora

Richa Shivakoti’s research focus is on the governance of labour migration within Asia, particularly between the labour-sending states of South Asia and South East Asia and the labour receiving states in the Middle East. Richa completed her PhD in Public Policy from the National University of Singapore in 2018. Her dissertation used the cases of Nepal and the Philippines, as two, distinct Asian labour-sending nations, to explore the role and characteristics of their domestic migration policy networks to understand policy outcomes. During her PhD, Richa was a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) at Georgetown University. Richa also holds a dual Masters in Public Affairs and Political Science from Indiana University.

From 2019 to 2020, Richa serves as a research officer at Carleton University working on a joint initiative with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) addresssing forced migration in the global South. She has also worked as a migration policy consultant for the preparation of the Migration Governance Indicators report for the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Previously, she was a post-doctoral research fellow at Maastricht University and the United Nations University (UNU-MERIT) in the Netherlands. She has been affiliated with various academic institutions in Nepal, Singapore, USA, and the Netherlands. In Canada, she is currently affiliated with the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS) and Global Labour Research Centre (GLRC) at York University and was a New Scholar Associate at the Centre for Global Social Policy at the University of Toronto.


(2017) ASEAN’s Role in the Rohingya Refugee Crisis, external linkForced Migration Review

(2018) Improving International Policy-Making in the Absence of Treaty Regimes: The International Forestry, Migration and Water Policy Cases, external link (with Michael P. Howlett) International Journal of Public Policy, 14:5/6, 303-319. 

(2019) When Disaster hits Home: A look at Nepali migrants response to the 2015 Earthquake, external linkMigration and Development, 8:3.

Howlett, M.P., Fernandez. V., & Nair, S. (2019) Governing International Regime Complexes through Multi-level Governance Mechanisms: Lessons from water, forestry and migration policy, external linkInternational Journal of Water Resources Development

Melde, S., Milan, A., Roy, S.Y., Martineau, D., Laczko, F. (2019) Migration Governance Indicators: A Global Perspective, external linkInternational Organization for Migration.

(2020) Asian Migration Governance, external link. In In K. Marchand, G. Rayp & I. Ruyssen (Eds.), Regional Integration and Migration in the Global South, Springer United Nations University Series on Regionalism. 

(2020) Protectionist or Discriminatory Policies? The case of Nepal’s policy banning female migrant workers, external link. In D. Joshi & C. Brassard (Eds.), Urban Spaces and Gender in Asia, Sustainable Development Goals Series. Springer, Cham. 

Henderson, S., & Withers, M. (2021). The migration ban policy cycle: a comparative analysis of restrictions on the emigration of women domestic workers., external link Comparative Migration Studies9(1), 1-18.

Withers, M., Henderson, S. (2021) International Migration, Remittances and COVID-19: Economic Implications and Policy Options for South Asia,, external link Journal of Asian Public Policy.