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.

Institutional Goals

The institutional goals of iGNHaS Studies are:

  • To provide a legitimate national voice to the evidences and outcomes of researches and analysis for planning and policymaking.
  • To provide a centre of excellence in the analysis of development policy issues.
  • To identify current and emerging development problems through holistic and forward-looking analyses and offer alternative choices and opportunities.
  • To carry out high-quality research and analysis leading to rational solutions to development issues in Bhutan.
  • To communicate new insights and knowledge derived from research and policy analyses to stakeholders in the public and private sectors with the aim to stimulate informed debates and effective action for improving development practice in the future.
  • To serve as an effective intellectual bridge among policy makers in government, business, industry, and academia and provide a forum for the discussion, exchange, and assessment of views amongst stakeholders.
  • To achieve high standards of academic excellence through a culture of authentic research, scholarship and real world engagements.
  • To be a source of technical expertise and policy advice for the wider region outside of Bhutan. To be a point of reference on national policy issues to the public by providing an independent and authoritative voice.
  • To strengthen the country's access to the highest quality expertise available by building and managing linkages with international institutions and scholars concerned with relevant issues.

IGnHAs Mission

The Institute for GNH Studies shall be an independent, secular and non-partisan knowledge institution serving as a leading forum for debate and deliberations on public policies and development issues in Bhutan in order to enhance the quality of life of the Bhutanese people through its influence. It shall engage in research, policy debates and advocacies, publications, conferences, executive trainings, and seminars. Its most distinguishing feature will lie in its strong research capacity to inform policies and practices by systematically integrating research-based analyses and informed opinions with the sensitivities of individual and societal values, and its extensive network of partner-institutes within Bhutan and around the world.

iGNHaS

 

(Independent, Inclusive, Interdisciplinary, Secular, and Non-partisan)

Established as an integral part of the Royal University of Bhutan, the Institute for GNH Studies (iGNHaS) is an independent, inclusive, interdisciplinary, secular, and non-partisan research institute. Located in the Office of the Vice Chancellor, Royal University of Bhutan, Thimphu, iGNHaS will aspire to become a leader in research that informs policy debates and advocacy.


Fifth iGNHaS Board Meeting will be on 10th June 2016 at iGNHaS Secretariat

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