The Global Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (GIIS) is an independent, not-for-profit research institution based in Kathmandu, Nepal. GIIS promotes and conducts interdisciplinary research to generate credible, salient and legitimate knowledge that catalyzes a transformative change in the developmental policies and practices in Nepal and elsewhere. Through deep engagement with decision makers and multiple stakeholders, GIIS aims to shape developmental agenda that is socially-just, environmentally sustainable, and economically viable. Our interdisciplinary team has a strong track record of extensive research in Climate change and Landuse change, Natural resources and the Environment, Geohazards and Disasters, Society and Migration, Global health and Nutrition, Gender and Equality. Currently, we have 15 research fellows and our team is gradually expanding.

Our Mission

GIIS’s mission is to catalyze socially-just and ecologically sustainable development in Nepal while advancing the well-being of Nepalese people through knowledge generation and leadership development.


Our Vision

We strive for a world where humans use their knowledge to live a happier, healthier, and more prosperous life without harming the needs of all surviving and continually evolving life-forms.

What We Do

  • Generate and disseminate interdisciplinary knowledge for shaping sustainable developmental pathways.
  • Train and nurture a new generation of innovative leaders and thinkers in sustainability science.
  • Initiate and promote multi-level collaborations to enhance policy and governance mechanisms, as well as technological change.
  • Embrace and foster globally-relevant and locally-applicable innovative practices.