People

Dr. Phanchung Phanchung

  • Role in Center:

    Advanced Researcher

  • Discipline:

    Policy Research

  • University:

    Royal University of Bhutan

  • Country:

    Bhutan

Biography: Dr. Phanchung is the Director-General of the Department of Research and External Relations at the Royal University of Bhutan. He has previously served as an Assistant Professor, Dean of Academic Affairs, Principal and Head of Department at the University.
He is a veterinarian by profession and is closely associated with rural development in Bhutan. Phanchung has a PhD degree from the University of Melbourne in Australia, an MSc degree from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, and a bachelor degree from India. He is the Managing Editor of the Bhutan Journal of Research and Development and a member of the National Committee of Bhutan to Climate Change Coordination Committee. He also serves on several other committees and boards within the university. Dr. Phanchung is passionate about higher education and research in Bhutan and actively facilitates collaborations with research institutions and universities worldwide.

Selected Publications:

  • Phanchung, P (2019):¬†Creating an enabling research culture at the Royal University of Bhutan: An analysis. Link to publication

Areas of Expertise:

  • Policy Research and Reviews
  • Rural Development Initiatives
  • Tertiary Education Teaching
  • Facilitation & Moderation Skills
  • Project Planning

Current Position(s):

  • Director-General of the Department of Research and External Relations, Royal University of Bhutan
  • ICIMOD Mountain Chair
  • Assistant Professor/Dean of Student Affairs, Royal University of Bhutan

Past Position(s)

  • Dr. Phanchung has for the past 18 years served in different capacities as an Assistant Professor, Dean of Academic Affairs, Principal, and Head of Department at the College of Natural Resources at the Royal University of Bhutan

Prizes & Awards:

  • Australian Award Fellowship for research Capacity Building
  • Global Development Network for research institution established within the Royal University of Bhutan
  • Special Postgraduate Studentship scholarship to pursue a PhD degree
  • Mary Solan travelling scholarship
  • Crawford Fund for Curriculum review of an undergraduate programme in renewable natural resources

Memberships & Networks:

  • Member of the Climate Change Coordination Committee of Bhutan https://bhutanhimalayanclimatestudies.com/
  • Member of the Governing Board of National Adaptation Plan for Bhutan with a focus on the Water Sector
  • Advisory Board Member to the Anti-Corruption Commission of Bhutan Research
  • ICIMOD Mountain Chair w.e.f. 2017 to 2019
  • Task Force Member to Education for Sustainable Mountain Futures of the Hindu Kush Himalaya Region
  • Himalayan University Consortium, ICIMOD Nepal
  • LDC University Consortium for Climate Change