Nawang Norbu, Ph.D.


Center Director




PhD in Natural Sciences (Magna cum Laude)
University of Konstanz and International Max Planck Research School (Germany)

MSc in Natural Resources Management (Distinction)
University of Twente (Netherlands)

BSc (Hon) in Forestry
University of North Wales, Bangor (United Kingdom)

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Faculty Profile

I joined SFS after having served as Director of the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment. I helped establish the SFS Bhutan program at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute in 2010. While at the Institute, I helped convene the Climate Summit for A Living Himalayas, a process that brought together civil society, academics and Government representatives from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal culminating in the signing of agreement in November 2011 to adopt a framework action plan to adapt to climate change. I also initiated the formation of the Bhutan Ecological Society and the conferment of the Jigme Singye Wangchuck Outstanding Environmental Stewardship Award. Prior to working for the Institute, I served as the Park Manager for the Phrumsengla National Park where I led the drafting of a 5-year management plan for the park and also the adjoining biological corridor.

Academics & Research

Professional Activities

  • Director, Bhutan Ecological Society
  • Head, Max Planck Research Partner Group in Bhutan

Research Interests

I am interested in exploring the drivers and consequences of development and how it influences environmental conservation and societal progress.



Norbu N, et al. 2017. Partial Altitudinal Migration of the Near Threatened satyr tragopan (Tragopan Satyra) in the Bhutan Himalayas: Implications for
Conservation. Oryx 51(1): 166-173.
Norbu N, Wikelski MC, Wilcove DS, Partecke J, Ugyen, et al. 2013. Partial Altitudinal Migration of a Himalayan Forest Pheasant. PLoS ONE 8(4): e60979
Norbu N and Tshering T. 2009. Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment: White Paper. Submitted to the Royal Government of Bhutan
Norbu N and Wangdi K. 2009. Strategic Human Resources Management in the Forestry Sector. Strategy Paper Submitted to the Royal Government of Bhutan.
Norbu N. 2000. A Management Information System for the Department of Forests. Paper submitted to the South Asian Regional Workshop on Forest Information Management. Thimphu. Bhutan


National Level Landuse Planning in Bhutan: Implications for Environmental Conservation. Invited lecture delivered at the Royal Thimphu College, Bhutan on 30th August 2016
‘Bhutan: The Last Himalayan Biodiversity Refugia’. Public talk delivered at the North Carolina State University (22nd September 2014) and Yale University (25th September 2014)