BU professor publishes 50th paper on his Nepal research

Edwin Van Tiejlingen

This week sees the 50th academic publication by BU Professor Edwin van Teijlingen on his Nepal research. He has been conducting research on a range of health topics in Nepal for the past eight years.

The latest paper in the Journal of Conflictology is co-authored with Dr. Bhimsen Devkota from Tribhuvan University (Kathmandu) and director of the Development Resource Centre (DRC) in Nepal.

The scientific paper ‘Why did they join?’ has the sub-title ‘Exploring the motivations of rebel health workers in Nepal.’ This study explores the factors that motivated people to join the Maoists as health workers during the armed struggle (1996-2006) with the Nepalese state.

Interviews revealed that Maoist ideology, service attitude, state injustice, having family in the armed conflict, grievance over poor health services and gaining status were the key motives for joining the rebel health services. Now the conflict is over, social policy in Nepal should take into consideration the reasons why individuals joined the rebellion in the first place to help promote sustainable peace and improve health care services its largely rural communities.

There is a growing research interest in Nepal in the School of Health and Social Care, where currently three PhD students conduct research in Nepal or on Nepalese people.

Mr. Pratik Adhikari studies the health status of health risks in male Nepalese migrant workers in the Middle East and Malaysia. Ms. Sheetal Sharma is currently in Nepal to conduct fieldwork for her PhD ‘Mixed-methods evaluation of maternity care interventions in rural Nepal’.

The third student Mr. Jib Acharya will be conducting his fieldwork in Nepal later this summer. His thesis focuses on the perceptions and knowledge of food and healthy eating among poor parent of pre-school-aged children in one part of Nepal.

Read the full list (PDF 46kb) of Edwin’s publications that have contributed to his body of research in Nepal.