The Expert (Ph.D. Cambridge 2002, British Academy postdoctoral fellow 2003-6) is a social anthropologist specializing in Nepal and South Asia. His acquaintance with Nepal spans over almost 30 years, including over ten years of researching and working in Nepal. He specializes in various aspects of Nepalese culture and society, among them politics, gender, high-cast Brahmans, and religion. In recent years he has been asked to serve as an adviser by ACCORD (Austrian Centre for Country of Origin and Asylum Research and Documentation), providing expert knowledge and answering specific questions on various issues regarding Nepal. He also worked with refugees and asylum seekers from other Asian countries, including Pakistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar while working for UNHCR in Kathmandu.
Expert on human rights, the justice system, gender issues including gender minorities, mixed marriages and domestic violence, honour killing and trafficking, sectarian violence, criminal and terrorist groups, land disputes, health system, minority groups, political parties and other aspects of the politics, culture, society, and history of the countries in South Asia, as well as the Bedouin community in Israel.
Dr Daryn’s experience in South Asia spans more than 25 years, half of which were spent living and working in the region. This includes prolonged spells of fieldwork and research, as well as work in various international organizations. Dr Daryn became closely familiar with asylum seekers while working in UNHCR’s Kathmandu office (Nepal) during 2008-9. He has written over 130 Expert Witness Reports. Dr Daryn currently resides in South Asia.