Programmes, Activities and Outputs - 2013
In the first half of 2013, the Mountain Societies Research Centre (MSRC) at the University of Central Asia (UCA) officially became an Institute within UCA’s Graduate School of Development. MSRC’s name was changed to the Mountain Societies Research Institute (MSRI) to reflect its expanded role. This consolidation within the University was further reflected by MSRI’s growth and activities during the year in research and project development and in infrastructure and capacity building activities aimed at strengthening research facilities at UCA.
In 2013, MSRI increased its capacity considerably, expanding its team with six new research fellows and two programme administrators. 2013 also saw the launch of several new projects at MSRI. Research was completed on the second paper in MSRI’s Background Paper series on sustainable land management, and research began on the third paper, on mountain tourism and sustainability. Other research was conducted in areas ranging from small scale farming systems to agroforestry to climate change adaptation.
Our mobile digital library eBilim began serving 10 villages in rural Kyrgyzstan. MSRI’s Central Asia and Afghanistan Research Fellowship (CAARF) was initiated and will provide both financial grants and technical support to scholars from Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan conducting research on mountain societies in the region.
MSRI’s hosting of the Mountain Partnership Central Asian Hub continued, a partnership that is strengthened by joint activities and shared priorities. New partnerships were launched with the University of British Columbia and the University of Alberta.
This report describes these and other activities, as well as the Institute’s growing team, outputs and partnerships in 2013. As MSRI enters its fourth year, we look forward to continuing to generate research knowledge and skills in Central Asia and to building our own capacity as a vital institute of the University of Central Asia.