MSRI Research Themes

MSRI's focus is on the social and natural science dimensions of mountain economies in the Central Asia region.

This includes the themes below, which reflect the priorities of stakeholders in the region, MSRI partners and UCA's mission and planned academic curricula.

  • Environmental change and natural resource governance associated with land degradation, climate change, biodiversity loss and natural hazards.
  • On-farm livelihoods including agro-pastoralism and all aspects of food security.
  • Off-farm livelihoods including small and medium-sized enterprise development, mountain tourism and labour migration.
  • The economic, social and environmental impacts of large-scale mountain development relevant to mountain societies. This includes hydroelectric development, mineral extraction and landscape-scale conservation.