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Dr Shovita Dhakal Adhikari is a Lecturer in Criminology at Bournemouth University. Shovita joined Bournemouth in July 2019 after working for a year as a visiting lecturer in criminology at the University of Roehampton. Shovita was previously at the University of Essex teaching for four years whilst doing her PhD in Child Trafficking in Nepal. Since then Shovita has been teaching a range of undergraduate courses both in sociology and criminology.

Dr Shovita Dhakal Adhikari is the Joint Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Degree in Sociology and Criminology.
Shovita is a member of British Sociological Association.
She welcomes PhD enquiries related to human trafficking, slavery, child protection, sex work, gender and conflict, and migration.


Shovita’s PhD research: ‘Rethinking child trafficking in Nepal: Victimhood, Agency and Beyond’ aimed at exploring the responses to child trafficking in South Asia particularly in Nepal. This research looked at the issues of child trafficking in Nepal by taking a critical stance on the concept of trafficking, by looking at the ways national and international legislations formulate this concept and how in turn this is made sense of in practice by various law enforces and implementation agencies, including international non-government organisations (INGOs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
Shovita’s research covers a broad range of fields, including human trafficking, slavery, sociology of childhood, migration, gender in conflict, border policing, and global south.
In addition to her PhD research, Shovita has been involved in a number of research projects engaging with the policy makers, practitioners, and public audiences beyond the University.
• Reducing Child Vulnerability in the Aftermath of Disaster (with Dr. Alexander Quiroz Flores, Dr. Gina Yannitell Reinhardt and Dr. Dominik Duell, University of Essex)
• BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant on “Accounting and the immigration discourse: A Gurkha story”

Shovita’s current research work is primarily focused on opportunities, vulnerability and unheard voices- understanding the experiences of women and girls in Nepal’s informal sector in particular the entertainment sector to promote their wellbeing and sustainable employment.
She is also working on a project on ‘border policing and trafficking’ in Indo-Nepal borders. It explores the perspectives and experiences of different actors both state and non state actors in policing borders as one of the key anti-trafficking prevention strategies in Nepal.

Twitter: @AdhikariShovita