Sanjaya Aryal

Fixed Term Teacher
Department of Sociology
Postgraduate Research Student
Department of Sociology
Research Officer.
Department of Sociology
 Sanjaya Aryal
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    Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Tuesday: 13:00 - 14:00 Friday: 12:00 - 13:30



Sanjaya Aryal is currently at the completion year of his doctoral research at the Department of Sociology. His doctoral research is entitled "Beyond Empowerment and Exploitation: Care Chain of Transnational Migratory Nepali Women”. This is a qualitative research that studies the impact of migration on family care responsibilities. Sanjaya's doctoral research deals with migration and care from a lower income country (Nepal) to a higher income country (the UK). Apart from dealing with migration and care within the migrants’ families, his project also examines the impact of (im)migration policies of the developed North on the family members from the global South. Sanjaya works as a Research Officer for the British Council funded project, "Migration and social policies in Turkey and the UK" since February 2020. He teaches an undergraduate module: The Sociological Imagination (SC111) since October 2018. Sanjaya holds MA in Human Rights, MA in Sociology and BA in Social Work. Before starting the doctoral degree at the Essex, Sanjaya coordinated a human rights capacity building project at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers in Nepal. He has more than fifteen years of professional experience working with NGOs, United Nations Organisation, international development agencies, academia and government on the issues of child rights, human rights, transitional justice, governance, and migration. He also holds expertise in grant application/bidding; project development, coordination and management; ethnographic fieldwork and qualitative research


  • Masters of Arts in Human Rights Mahidol University, (2008)

  • Masters of Arts in Sociology Tribhuvan University, (2002)

  • Bachelors of Arts in Social Work Kathmandu University, (1999)


University of Essex

  • Research Officer, Sociology, University of Essex (14/2/2020 - 31/12/2020)

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Sociology, University of Essex (1/9/2018 - 31/5/2020)

  • Research Support Officer, Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, University of Essex (1/5/2019 - 31/7/2019)

Other academic

  • Research Support Officer, School of Social Sciences, Bangor University (1/2/2017 - 15/12/2017)

  • Researcher, Feinstein International Center, Tufts University (1/4/2012 - 2/12/2012)

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, School of Social Sciences, Bangor University (1/9/2017 - 15/12/2017)

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • The Sociological Imagination (SC111)


Journal articles (2)

Huxley, P., Krayer, A., Poole, R., Prendergast, L., Aryal, S. and Warner, R., (2021). Schizophrenia outcomes in the 21st century: A systematic review. Brain and Behavior. 11 (6)

Adhikari, SR. and Aryal, S., (2018). Assessing Nepal’s Health Policies and Programmes from a Human Rights Perspective. Indian Journal of Public Health. 62 (2), 123-127

Reports and Papers (1)

Donini, A., Sharma, JR. and Aryal, S., (2013). Structural Violence and Social Suffering among Marginal Nepali Migrants



Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Tuesday: 13:00 - 14:00 Friday: 12:00 - 13:30