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.
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.
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:
- Conference proceedings
- Books of abstracts
- Policy briefs
- Working documents
- Occasional papers