Vulnerability and Marginalization of Risks

Our research identifies social vulnerability, marginalization and exposure to multi-hazards in Nepal

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Research on Rangelands

Our research explores the dynamics of the Himalayan rangelands in the changing world

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Rapidly changing cities

We are developing sustainability standards for cities in Nepal

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Forests in transition

Our research measures the effectiveness of conserving forests & reducing deforestation

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GIIS has 17 research fellows conducting research on seven thematic areas.


GIIS is listed as a top 10 research institute in Nepal by Nature Index (2020).

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Welcome to The Global Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (GIIS)

The Global Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (GIIS) is an independent, not-for-profit research institute 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 and AI and Emerging Technologies for Sustainable Future. Currently, we have 17 research fellows and six research associates...

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Research Themes

Climate Change and Land-use Change

This program generates knowledge through analyzing the impacts of climate change on biodiversity, agriculture, water, human health, economy, and society via qualitative & quantitative methods.

Geohazards and Disasters

Our program on geohazards & disasters improves our understanding of the earth’s natural processes that create or cause natural phenomena hazardous & disastrous to human society.

Natural Resources and Environment

Ecosystems provide various ecosystem goods and services to support human well-being and economic development and human actions affect biodiversity and ecosystem function.

AI & Emerging Technologies

This program aims to conduct research, development, education, and public discourse on emerging technologies such as data science, machine learning, cryptocurrency, cybersecurity, augmented reality, and AI to generate knowledge, innovate, support, and catalyze sustainable development.

Global Health and Nutrition

Global Health & Nutrition program supports improving the health and lives of people, with an aim to meet goal three of the sustainable development goals (SDG3).

Gender and Equality

Gender & Equality program aims to generate knowledge to empower women and marginalized groups. We value gender equality, women empowerment, social inclusion and diversity.

Our Publication

Our 17 research fellows have published more than 400 research publications primarily in high impact journals receiving 6000+ citations over the last ten years. Our research fellows’ scientific studies have been featured in several national and international media outlets such as the Journal Nature, the New York Times, Scientific American, and National Geographic.

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Research Projects

We have been conducting rigorous and policy-relevant research in collaboration with governments, funding agencies, academic and research institutions, private and public organizations...

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