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Social Anthropology:


Chandra Gurung

Chandra Gurung
Chandra Gurung
Edinburgh EH8 9LD, UK.

Thesis overview

In this fascinating project. I will examine macro and micro identity

politics of the contemporary British Gurkhas.



MSc in Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh

MSc in Strategic Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 

MA in International Relations, Flinders University, Australia

BSc in Business Information Technology, University of Central England


Research interests:

  • Anthropology - identity politics & kinship  
  • Music - meaning to both producers and consumers
  • Dance - ritual & performance, and its impact
  • English language  - understanding learners  and speakers' experiences 
  • Political Science - The the rise of China, how the major powers perceive new China.

 Book Review:

Gorkhas Imagined: Indra Bahadur Rai in Translation, 2010


Other recent publications:  

"The Contemporary Gurkha Debate",  Nepal News, Kathmandu, 29 January 2012.

 "Miss UK Nepal 2010", Nepal News, Kathmandu, 9 November 2010.

 "Identity, Cultural and Religious Dilemma among Gurkhas", Kathmandu 18 December 2009.

 "Is the Gurkha a Mercenary?”, Nepal News, Kathmandu, 10 September 2009.  



interview with a gurkhas grad student « - ...", the University of Edinburgh, 1 May 2009.



Edinburgh Award 2013

Global Residence Life Star Award (team) 2013  

Edinburgh Award 2012 

Beltane Broadcast Media Course Award in Scotland, February - March  2012

University of Edinburgh Bursary   2011-2013


 HONOURS                                                                        COUNTRY/ORGANISATION

United Nations (UNPKF) Medal                                           By the UN in East Timor

 Overseas Medal                                                                Singapore government

 Singapore Police Commendation                                      (1993/94) Singapore Police

 Singapore Police Good Service Medal                              Singapore Police Force

 Singapore Police Long Service &  Good Conduct             (1st Clasp) Singapore Police


Conferences organised:  

Mylnes Court Postgraduate Conference 2014 - University of Edinburgh - 29th June 2014

Mylnes Postgraduate Conference 2013 - University of Edinburgh - 30th June 2013,

Mylne's Court Academic Conference 2012 - University of Edinburgh - 1st July 2012,


Conference papers and presentations: 

Nepali Diaspora Workshop,  9-10th July 2012, University  of Oxford. "Martial Identity as a Bargaining Tool: The Case of the British Gurkhas" (presenter). 

 Mylne's Court Academic Conference, 1st July 2012, University of Edinburgh. "The British Gurkha Justice Campaign" (presenter) 

 The 10th BNAC Nepal Study Day in Reading: "Contemporary Gurkha Identity within the Nepali Nationalism Debate", 19-20 April 2012 (presenter). 

 Oral Culture Conference - Celtic and Scottish Studies - University of Edinburgh: "Continuity in the Gurkha military tradition", 13-14 April  2012 (presenter)


Other experiences:  

Conducted many writing workshops, mostly for postgraduates, University of Edinburgh  

 Facilitator for Fast Track Pilot Project 2012, for undergraduates,  University of Edinburgh 

 Resident Assistant at Mylnes Court for postgraduate students, University of Edinburgh from September 2011- 2014

 House Assistant at Mylnes Court for postgraduate students, University of Edinburgh from September 2009 - August 2010

 An ex-Gurkha soldier - commissioned officer

 A security officer and trainer with the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor


Other interests:  

Bagpiper  (participated as a bagpiper once, and led the Gurkha Band to The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 2008)

Flute player





Built a community house in Hile, Lamjung, in Nepal.

I sponsor three students from Nepal - two are in Boarding School in Nepal, and one is currently studying a Medical Science in China.