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  • The Australian National University, PhD in Social Anthropology, 2012- 2016. Dissertation Thesis: “Harvesting the Half: Persistence of Sharecropping in Samcholing, Bhutan.”                                                                                         Thesis Supervisory Panel: Nicolas Peterson (main), Chris Gregory (ANU), Toni Huber (Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany)
  • The Australian National University, MA in Anthropology, 2006-2007.Dissertation Thesis: “A Preliminary Ethnography of a Village in Central Bhutan with a Particular Reference to Bomena, a Traditional Courtship Custom.”
  • Sherubtse College, Bhutan (affiliated to Delhi University), BA Honours in English Literature, 1997.

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  • Research Methods
  • GNH
  • Leadership

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  • 2021-current: Department of Research & Consultancy
  • 2002-2021: Centre for Bhutan & GNH Research, Thimphu
  • 1998-2002: Department of Health, Ministry of Health & Education, Thimphu

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  • Zhidar Matters: The Rise and Fall of a Controversial 18th Century Bhutanese Ruler (Thimphu: Centre for Bhutan Studies, 2021)
  • Dasho Nishioka: A Japanese Who Lived for Bhutan (Thimphu: Dorji Penjore, 2011) (with Tshering Cigay Dorji).
  • Dangphu Dingphu: A Collection of Folktales from Rural Bhutan (Thimphu: Dorji Penjore, 2011).
  • Love, Courtship and Marriage in Rural Bhutan: A Preliminary Ethnography of Wamling Village in Zhemgang (Thimphu: Galing Printers and Publishers, 2009).
  • Was it a Yeti or a Deity – A Collection of Kheng Folktales (Thimphu: Galing Printers and Publishers, 2005).
  • Economic and Political Relations Between Bhutan and Neighbouring Countries. Monograph No 7 (Thimphu: Centre for Bhutan Studies and Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization, 2004) (with Pranab Pankaj, Sonam Kinga, Tashi Choden, Lham Dorji)
  • Secret Ballots in Rural Heartlands: Gup Elections of 2002 (Thimphu, Centre for Bhutan Studies, 2003) (with Sonam Kinga, Lham Dorji, Tashi Choden, Pema Desel).
  • On the Mule Track to Dagana, Monograph 1 (Thimphu: Centre for Bhutan Studies, 2003).
  • Bhutan’s National Bibliography (Thimphu: Centre for Bhutan Studies, 2002).
  • The Origin and Description of the National Flag and Anthem of the Kingdom of Bhutan (Thimphu: Centre for Bhutan Studies, 2002) (with Sonam Kinga).

Journal Articles

  • “Dangphu … Dingphu … the origins of the Bhutanese Folktales”, Intangible Culture of Bhutan (Paro: National Museum of Bhutan, 2010).
  • “Is National Environment Conservation Success a Rural Failure? The Other Side of Bhutan’s Conservation Story”, Towards Global Transformation (Thimphu: Centre for Bhutan Studies, 2008). pp. 66-87.
  • “Folktales and Education: The Role of Bhutanese Folktales in Value Transmission”. In Rethinking Development (Thimphu: Centre for Bhutan Studies, 2007), 258-277. Also published in Journal of Bhutan Studies, 20 (Summer 2009), 21-36.
  • “Oral Tradition as Alternative Literature: Voices of Dissent in Bhutanese Folktales” in The Essence of Bhutanese Culture: Proceedings of the Fifth Colloquium, vol. 2 (Paro, Bhutan, National Museum of Bhutan, 2009).
  • “Bhutan”, In William M. Clements ed., The Greenwood Encyclopedia of World Folklore and Folklife (Westport, Connecticut and London: Greenwood Press, 2006), 105-112
  • “Propitiation of Lha Ode Gongjan in Wamling: A Scriptural Analysis”, In John Ardussi & S. Tobgay eds., Written Treasure of Bhutan: Mirror of the Past and Bridge to the Future (Thimphu: National Library of Bhutan, 2008).
  • “Oral Construction of Exile Life and Times of Kunkhyen Longchen Rabjam in Bumthang”, Journal of Bhutan Studies, 13 (Winter 2005), 60-73. Also published in The Essence of Bhutanese Culture: Proceedings of the Fifth Colloquium, vol. 2. (Paro, Bhutan, National Museum of Bhutan, 2009).
  • “Wamling Kharpu – A Vibrant Ancient Festival”, In Wayo, Wayo – Voices From the Past (Thimphu: Centre for Bhutan Studies, 2004), 49-71.
  • “Trends of Forestry Policy Concerning Local Participation in Bhutan”, Policy Trend Report 2004 (Chiba, Japan: Institute for Global Environmental Strategies), 21-27 (with Phuntsho Rapten).


  • Bhutan Journal of Management (2001-current)
  • Journal of Bhutan Studies (JBS), Vol 7 to 25 (2002-2011), Vol 36-43

Edited and Co-edited Books

  • The Mandala of the 21st Century: Traditions and Innovations in Vajrayana Buddhism (Thimphu: Centre for Bhutan Studies, 2017) (with Dasho Karma Ura & Chhimi Dem).
  • Blossoms of Dongdola – Biographies of Drupthob Namgyal Lhundup and Successive Padtshaling Trulkus (Jangchub Pelri Dratshang, 2011).
  • Gross National Happiness:Practice and Measurement (Thimphu: Centre for Bhutan Studies, 2008) (with Dasho Karma Ura).
  • Globalization – the Argument of Our Times (Thimphu: Centre for Bhutan Studies, 2002) (with Sonam Kinga, Lham Dorji and Phuntsho Rapten).

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