Mountain Societies Research Institute
The Mountain Societies Research Institute (MSRI) applies science expertise to study complex earth surface and environmental processes that affect mountain societies. Its interdisciplinary research focuses on improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, mitigating the effects of natural hazards and climate change, and building community resilience in these challenging environments. Headquartered at UCA's Khorog campus, Tajikistan UCA campus, MSRI staff also teach classes at the undergraduate Earth and Environmental Sciences Department.
MSRI's objectives are to generate knowledge on mountain societies through original scientific research, serve as a knowledge hub, enhance the regional capacity to conduct sound research, inform policy and practice through engagement with key development partners, and disseminate knowledge among mountain stakeholders. Some of MSRI's current projects include:
Border Dynamics, Natural Resources, and Mobility in Central Asia
On February 5th 2020, a regional conference was organised by the University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Mountain Societies Research Institute (MSRI) on “The Art of Neighborhoods: Border Dynamics, Natural Resources, and Mobility in Central Asia.” The event gathered over 100 leading experts, representing state and international organisations, research centres, and academic institutes, who shared their experiences from Central Asia, Great Britain, Germany, the Caucasus, and China.