• Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck 30th Birthday

    On the auspicious and joyous occasion of the Birth Anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck, the Royal University of Bhutan family joins the nation in offering our heartfelt felicitation and sincere prayers for Her Majesty’s Good Health, Long Life and Prosperous Reign.

iGNHaS Researchers

iGNHaS’ research projects will be undertaken by its core team of researchers comprising of top RUB researchers who are distinguished for their combination of research productivity and policy experience, young Bhutanese researchers (especially highly motivated university graduates), researchers in reputed research institutions within Bhutan or outside who have relevant knowledge and perspectives on specific projects assigned to them, and doctoral candidates enrolled in an RUB college or in external universities. While there are no permanent research positions in the iGNHaS Secretariat, Visiting Research Scholars, depending on the nature of the studies undertaken, iGNHaS researchers from RUB Colleges, those from external research institutions, and young Bhutanese researchers may spend varying lengths of time at the IGNHS secretariat to work on specific projects. Depending on the nature of the research grants secured, RUB researchers will either lead a project or be an active member of a research team. Motivated university graduates will be recruited as Research Assistants for short term assignments to work on specific projects and to work under the supervision of a Lead Researcher.


IGNHS will publish a quarterly newsletter that will highlight the Institute’s major research events and activities, new initiatives, visits and exchanges, publication updates, and special projects, and community participation.


The Institute for GNH Studies will generate a number of publications arising from empirical research, policy analyses, conference, seminars, reviews and reports. Its major publications will include:

    • Paperbacks
    • Journals
  • Conference proceedings
  • Books of abstracts
  • Policy briefs
  • Reports
  • Working documents
  • Occasional papers

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.