Emily Amburgey

labour migration, climate change, territoriality, development, ethnic identities, state building, Himalayas, Nepal

Emily’s recent work focuses on transnational labour migration, climate change, state restructuring processes in the Himalaya region of Nepal, situated adjacent to the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China. She is currently exploring different streams of Nepal’s transnational labor migration from Lower Mustang, Nepal to India and New York City. She looks at how contemporary forms of migration, climate change, and infrastructural projects in high altitude mountain communities transform local livelihoods.
Emily also uses digital storytelling methods such as documentary filmmaking and digital photography to highlight issues of social justice and environmental change.

Emily Amburgey is a Ph.D. student in Anthropology and part of the Liu Scholar Program and Public Scholars Initiative at UBC. Her work is situated at the intersection between international development and socio-cultural anthropology, and surrounds issues of development practice and discourse, ethnic identities, state formation processes, transnational labour migration, and climate change.

In addition to this, Emily is assisting Dr. Sara Shneiderman (Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and School of Public Policy & Global Affairs at UBC) with the SSHRC Partnership Development Grant, Expertise, Labour, and Mobility in Nepal’s Post-Conflict, Post-Disaster Reconstruction: Construction, Finance and Law as Domains of Social Transformation, a multi-disciplinary project addressing Nepal’s ongoing state restructuring and catastrophic earthquakes of 2015.

Emily earned a Research MSc. in International Development Studies from the University of Amsterdam, and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.