Kuenga Wangmo, Ph.D.


Lecturer in Political and Socioeconomic Dimensions of Environment


Ph.D. in Archaeology
Cambridge University (Cambridge, UK)

MPhil. in World Archaeology
Cambridge University (Cambridge, UK)

BA in Social Anthropology and Archaeology
Harvard University (MA, USA)


SFS 3040 Political and Socioeconomic Dimensions of Environment
(The School for Field Studies)

SFS 4910 Directed Research
(The School for Field Studies)

SFS 3580 Eastern Himalayan Forests and Rural Livelihoods
(The School for Field Studies)

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Faculty Profile

Kuenga Wangmo is Bhutan’s first archaeologist. She has worked on archaeological sites in Bhutan, India, and the United States. She was a member of a Policy Think Tank under His Majesty’s Secretariat and advises the Centre for Historical and Archaeological Studies at the Royal University of Bhutan. She was a post-doc research fellow at the Courtauld Institute of Art, UCL, in London and guest lectured at the Leon Levy Foundation Centre for Conservation, Royal Thimphu College, and Sherubtse College. Kuenga is a National Geographic Explorer. She has an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and post-graduate degrees from Cambridge University and The Courtauld Institute of Art. She was born in Bhutan and calls Thimphu, the capital of her country, home.

Academics & Research

Research Interests

  • Prehistoric and historical archaeology of Bhutan
  • Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research practices, especially in disaster preparedness and management
  • Environmental management
  • Science and the media
  • Climate change and hazard studies
  • Rural livelihoods in Bhutan
  • Environmental education
  • Ethnobotany
  • Sacred landscapes
  • Gross National Happiness (GNH)


Coedited The Bodhisattva King (2015), Bhutan Publishing House, Thimphu
Wangmo, K. 2014, Archaeological Heritage of Bhutan, Window on Bhutan, New Delhi issue. XI, p. 34–36.
Wangmo, K. 2014, Archaeology: Ancient Rock Art of Bhutan, Kuensel, 11 Feb, 2014
Park, David., Wangmo, K., Cather, Sharon.,(ed.) 2013, Art of Merit: Studies in Buddhist Art and its Conservation, Archetype Publications Ltd., London.