Fieldwork in Bhutan - December 2019 - May 2020
Partnering with the Royal University of Bhutan’s College of Language and Culture Studies (CLCS), Dr. Riamsara is conducting field and desk-based research with Lopen Choni Tshewang and Lopen Doriji Gyeltshen.
The HimalConnect research team in Bhutan - Dr. Riamsara together with Lopen Choni Tshewang and Lopen Doriji Gyeltshen - visiting the Punakha valley
The HimalConnect project’s overall goal is to understand how historical perceptions and responses to environmental hazards in remote and vulnerable places are changing with the introduction of new connectivities.
CLCS’s mission is to link traditional and modern knowledge to contribute to national development, and to establish international co-operation in areas of studies in Bhutanese language, culture and history. It is expected that our collaboration in Bhutan will provide a valuable and unique contribution to the analysis of Himalayan environmental management in the context of sustainable development and cultural continuity.
Specific research aims and responsibilities in collaboration with CLCS are:
- To conduct fieldwork and desk-based research in collaboration with CLCS researchers Lopen Choni Tshewang and Lopen Dorji Gyeltshen
- To understand Bhutan’s unique context for environmental perceptions and decision-making from the ground up
- To document these contexts at village, Dzongkhag (district) and national levels through the collection of qualitative data, mainly through interview and participant observation methods
- To facilitate mutual learning and mentorship in qualitative and quantitative social science research methods and writing-up
- To share knowledge with scholars and students at CLCS and beyond