In order to develop appropriate infrastructure, enhance research capacity and support, and help maintain a sustainable financial base for research, various Centers dedicated to thematic research supporting linkages with specific industries have been established. It is expected that the centers will enhance the research reputation of the University and its academics. Research centers exist within the other structures and policies. Each Center is headed by a Coordinator from within the relevant faculty at a College and reports to the Dean of Research and Industrial Linkages (DRIL). The DRIL is responsible for oversight of the Center and ensures its proper functioning within the overall College research environment and strategic plans. 

Research Activities and Events

In the short term and medium terms, iGNHaS will mostly focus on seven areas of activity but selectively and based on priority.

  • Empirical studies
  • Policy analysis
  • Consultancy
  • Research conferences
  • Research trainings and seminars
  • Occasional talks
  • Special projects
  • Policy briefs and advocacies

Research Themes

iGNHaS will focus on ten major thematic areas and shall aspire to become a Centre of Excellence in these areas of research and development.

  • Happiness Economics: Policy and Practice
  • GNH and Human Values
  • Gender
  • Democracy and Governance
  • Educational Change
  • Health and Wellness
  • Climate and Energy
  • Culture and Sustainable Communities
  • Youth and Development
  • Social Change

Guiding Principles

  • The Institute for GNH Studies shall be an independent, non-partisan and secular knowledge institution promoting equal opportunities for all and in all its research activities, regardless of gender, age or ethnicity
  • The Institute believes that people can improve their lives when provided with the necessary skills, knowledge, and access to resources.
  • The Institute shall not duplicate the effective efforts of others, but rather ‘walk-together’ in the endeavour as an inclusive institution.