Mahanirban Calcutta Research group


Visiting Fellowships, 2021

Niloy Ranjan Biswas, Associate Professor of the Department of International Relations at the University of Dhaka , Email:

Dr. Niloy Ranjan Biswas is an Associate Professor of the Department of International Relations at the University of Dhaka. In 2016, he completed his Ph.D. in International Politics from City, University of London. He was a recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship (2010-12) to pursue a Master's degree in Security Policy Studies at The George Washington University, Washington DC. In September 2017, he successfully completed the United States Institute of Peace (USIP)-Resolve Fellowship to conduct a research on community policing and its challenges in preventing violent extremism. He has written extensively on law-enforcement agencies and preventing violent extremism, security governance, and regional contributions to United Nations peace support endeavors. His most recent articles are published in National Security (VIF), Asian Journal of Comparative Politics, The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, International Peacekeeping (Taylor & Francis), Journal of International Peacekeeping (Brill) and Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies Journal.

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Neetu Pokharel, Program Officer, Alliance for Social Dialogue, Nepal, Email:

Neetu Pokharel is as a program officer in an NGO Alliance for Social Dialogue (ASD), Nepal. She is responsible for Access to Justice Portfolio with a particular focus on Legal Empowerment and Women's Rights. Neetu supports the work of National and community organizations to promote access to justice of marginalized group in Nepal including women's access to justice. She is leading the implementation of OSF's Legal Empowerment Shared Framework with a focus on SDG goal 16. She has been engaged in policy advocacy, campaigns and research related to access to justice and statelessness in Nepal. She also works with the community paralegals who support marginalized groups for their access to justice and legal identity documents. Neetu holds her Masters in Conflict, Peace and Development Studies (CPDS) from University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka.

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