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Two workers at a building site Suji, Manoj


Use of reinforced concrete can mean hiring workers from outside the villages who are skilled in using the material. The increased demand for this type of skill after the 2015 earthquake has created a transient population of skilled construction workers who specialise in working in cement-based constructions, which are seen as more earthquake resistant than traditional building materials. Taken during the 1st phase of fieldwork conducted by the research team based at Social Science Baha in Kathmandu, Nepal, as part of the SSHRC Partnership Development Grant, ‘Expertise, Labour and Mobility in Nepal’s Post-Conflict, Post-Disaster Reconstruction’. See project details at https://elmnr.arts.ubc.ca/.

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