Faculty of Social Sciences

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Sanjeev M





Mr. Mehta is from Rajasthan, India, and has an MA in Economics from Rajasthan University. He is a NET (National Eligibility Test) qualified lecturer under the UGC and has taught undergraduate courses in Economics, mostly at Sherubtse College, Kanglung. Prior to joining RTC he was the Head of the Economics Department at Sherubtse College. He has been a member of the academic board, and developed the curriculum for BA (Hon) course in Economics. Professor Mehta has also worked as a UNDP lead consultant to develop Economic Development Policy of Bhutan 2010, MDG sub national repot 2013, MAF on youth unemployment in Bhutan and capacity assessment of UN one programme 2014-18. He was also involved in developing textbooks of Economics for class X, XI and XII for the Ministry of Education, Bhutan. He has carried out research on poverty, inequality, local government and FDI and his areas of interest include development economics, macroeconomics, globalization and research. He has also published a book titled “Nature and Structure of Bhutanese Economy”.



Samir Patel





Dr. Samir Patel is an Indian-born US national from California, USA. He double-majored in Integrated Sciences & Biology as an undergraduate student at Northwestern University, USA, after completing an undergraduate honors project. He earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University, USA, in Biological Sciences (Cell Biology/Biochemistry). After three additional years of postdoctoral research at the University of California, Santa Cruz and San Francisco, he came to Bhutan in 2008 to serve as a Lecturer, first in Life Sciences at Sherubtse College in Eastern Bhutan, then at Royal Thimphu College in Thimphu, Bhutan since 2012 as an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies. He has been serving as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at RTC since 2013. He currently also advises the IT support department, and serves as the Interim Dean for the Development and External Relations Department.






Dr. Janet Schofield is American and her education includes three degrees from Harvard University: BA in Social Relations (1968), MA in Social Psychology (1970), and PhD in Social Psychology (1972). Her areas of specialization include Social Psychology, intergroup relations, use of computers for instruction, research methods, applied psychology and improving education at pre-college level. Dr. Schofield has served as a Professor of Psychology at University of Pittsburgh in the U.S. Her other roles have included: Visiting scholar in Germany; Policy research positions with U.S. government; Seminar leader for U. S. Senators; Consultant/advisor to U.S. local, state and federal agencies including the White House, U.S. Attorney General, Assistant Secretary of Education, and U.S. Office of Technology Assessment, as well as Singapore’s National Institute of Education; Member of U.S. National Academy of Sciences Boards/committees. She has also been a recipient of awards for both teaching and research with research featured on radio and TV and used by the U.S. Supreme Court. Her personal interests include travel and volunteering service with a group providing educational after-school activities for children from poor urban areas.


Dolma Choden Roder




Dolma Choden Roder grew up in Thimphu and Bumthang.  She earned a PhD and MA in Socio-cultural Anthropology from Arizona State University.  She also a BA (honors) in Anthropology from the University of Melbourne.  For five years she worked as the museum collections assistant for the Anthropology Collections as Arizona State University where she had the pleasure of training a number of undergraduate student workers and interns in collections management and material culture research. She has also taught sociology and anthropology at Sherubtse College. Her current research and teaching interests are gender, education, qualitative research methods, material culture and youth cultures. 





Mr. Jesse Montes is from Victoria, Canada. He holds a Masters Degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Manitoba, Canada and a BA in Environmental Studies from the Kings University College, Canada.  He has 10 years of environmental professional experience including working with private consulting companies, NGO’s, and the government of British Columbia, Canada. His work/research has included stints in Honduras, Kenya, Tanzania, and China.  His research interest is in the field of community sustainable development, resource management and ecotourism. He enjoys outdoor activities including hiking and photography and brings with him his wife (Sarah) and three children (Elizabeth 9 yrs, Isaac 7 yrs, and Levi 5 yrs).






Dr. Leishipem Khamrang is from Manipur, India.  He holds Master Degrees in Geography from the University of Mumbai and Population Studies (MPS) from the International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai. He has a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Mumbai. He qualified NET/Lectureship in Geography and NET/JRF in Population Studies, conducted by University Grants Commission (UGC), India. Before joining RTC, he taught Environmental Studies at Chetana College, Bandra East, Mumbai for two years. He also worked at International Institute for population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai as an Assistant Research officer (ARO) for two years.  His last position was Research Officer at the Centre for Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. His areas of research interest are regional development, quality of life, urban development, development and regional conflict etc. 





Gaki is from Paro, Bhutan. She holds a Masters Degree in Sociology from Lovely Professional University, India and a BA in Economics and Environmental Studies from Sherubtse college, Bhutan.






Mr. Rabi is from Dorokha, Bhutan. He completed his Master’s Degree in South Asian Studies from Pondicherry University, India and a Bachelors Degree in Economics and Enviromental Studies from Sherubtse College, Kanglung, Bhutan.  During his post graduation he successfully completed his research thesis on “Monarchy and Democracy in Bhutan, a comparative Study”. He also worked in Rinchen Higher Secondary School as a History Teacher before joining RTC. His interest includes study of contemporary international relations, travelling, sports and music.   






Dr. Jelle J P Wouters holds an MPhil (Distinction) in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford, and later completed a PhD in Anthropology from the North-Eastern Hill University in Shillong (India). Previously he taught Anthropology at Sikkim Central University (India) and for a year at the Eberhard Karls University (Germany) on a ‘Teaching for excellence award’ granted by the German Research Foundation. Some of his writings have appeared in Economic and Political Weekly, Asian Anthropology, the European Bulletin of Himalayan Research, and the Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford, as well as in several edited volumes. Over the past years he has carried out ethnographic and historical research in Northeast India, writing about social history, development, and political life worlds.





Mr. Sarbajeet Mukherjee is from Kolkata, India.He holds an Honours Degree in Political Science from St.Xavier’s College, Calcutta, a Masters degree in Political Science from University of Calcutta, and an M.Phil degree in Political Science from EIILM Sikkim. He is currently working on his PhD thesis from the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka on security related issues. He has worked as a Research Assistant under Prof. Dr.Sanjay Seth, La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia. He has taught under graduate courses in Political Science under University of Calcutta, India, under Nagaland University in North East India. Prior to joining RTC, he has taught Political Science courses as well as Geopolitics and Sociology at Sherubtse College, Kanglung under the Royal University of Bhutan. There he has also worked as a Programme Leader for the BA Programme in Political Science at Sherubtse College.


Dr. Bidisha Chakraborty



Dr. Bidisha Chakraborty is basically from India settled up at Malaysia. She obtained her B.Sc degree (Physics Honours) from Gauhati University and her M.Sc degree with first position (Gold Medallist) from Assam University, Silchar. She holds a B.Ed. degree with first class from Gauhati University and a PhD in Ecology & Environmental Science (Rainwater Quality Analysis in Selected Areas of Eastern and Northeastern India) from Assam University, Silchar. Apart from this she also obtained training on Geographic Information System (GIS) from Dept. of Geology, Cotton College Guwahati, Assam, Government. of  India with Grade- A. In addition, she was awarded DST-INSPIRE Research Fellowship for pursuing Ph.D. in Environmental Monitoring & Management from the Department of Science & Technology, New Delhi, Government of India in 2011. She was also a State Topper in CCA course and awarded the Best Student Award in 2005 from Government of Assam, Government of India. She is also having a Bachelor’s degree in Indian Classical Music from Lucknow Bhatkhande University, Govt. of India. Moreover, she is a member of International Association of Engineers (Membership number: 158205). She has three publications in international journals and has also presented papers in certain national and international conferences. Prior to joining RTC she worked as a Lecturer in M.Sc. Environmental Science Department at Bongaigaon College, Assam, Government of India (IGNOU PARTNER INSTITUTION) while pursuing her B.Ed. 


Saurav Chaliha




Mr. Saurav Chaliha is from the northeastern state of Assam in India and spent his school years at The Assam Valley School in Tezpur. A large part of his childhood was spent in various tea gardens across Assam, which turned him into a nature lover. He attained his bachelor’s degree in History from St. Stephen’s College under Delhi University. He also holds an MA degree in International Relations from Webster University where he studied at the Thailand campus. He has been involved in various teaching assignments in Thailand, Mongolia and, most recently, in Honduras (Central America). The love for travel, research and the desire to usher in progress through education has inspired him to relocate and work in countries that are still largely unexplored. Mr. Chaliha is joined by his fiancée, Lindsay Kamakahi, who is also working at RTC. His interests include travelling, cooking and watching football.


Leslie Backus




Ms. Leslie Backus is from Bend, Oregon USA. She has 25 years of experience conducting ArcGIS training courses, managing large GIS and database projects, and developing/managing complex research analyses. She graduated with both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biology at the University of Central Florida with a focus on spatially explicit mathematical models. Leslie has taught GIS/GPS in various international and domestic locations including multiple Universities and organizations in Sri Lanka, various projects in Kenya, Humboldt State overseas in Guatemala and for the Society for Conservation GIS at UC Davis/Berkeley/Riverside. Her expertise lies with building spatially explicit and predictive models for the development and analysis of various types of research projects.



Kuenzang Tshering




Kuenzang Tshering has joined Royal Thimphu College in April 2016. He teaches undergraduate courses in sustainable development, natural resource management and aquatic ecosystems focused on biogeochemistry and ecosystem processes. His research activities are focused on understanding the role of aquatic and wetland ecosystems in maintaining Carbon balance in the context of land use and climate change. He has also field experience of working with researchers in countries like Tanzania, Kenya and Nepal. He earned his B.Sc. degree (2006) from Delhi University (India) in Biology and Chemistry.  



Tshering Wangchuk




Mr. Tshering Wangchuk is from Paro, Bhutan. He completed his graduation from Royal Thimphu College with BA in Political Science and Sociology and also holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science. He have spent most of his schooling life away from home in boarding schools and had the opportunity to meet and make new friends. In those schooling phase he have also shouldered many responsibilities (Peer Helper, House Councilor, School Captain, Student Librarian, and Vice-President-ship) whereby providing him a closer understanding about the personal life of the students, a moment which he really cherishes. Besides his profession, Tshering is also interested in travelling, reading and community service.







Mr. Yuvraj Saharan is from India. He has MSc in Social Policy and Planning (with specialization in Environment) from London School of Economics. In addition he has a MA in Sociology (Education) from Aarhus University, Denmark and BA in Political Science from Anderson University, USA. He has worked as Assistant Editor in The Statesman and The Pioneer in India and written extensively on environment, social policies and international politics. He has also worked at the grassroots with number of non-governmental organizations in India, and at US-India Educational Foundation, a bilateral organization as adviser. Presently he writes on his blogsite called ‘Ideas-Thoughts’ which has articles on environment, development, human rights, literary themes and criticism. His research and teaching interests are in the fields of environmental sociology, environmental economics and sustainable development.






Tshering Lhamo Dukpa is from Tsirang Dzongkhag. She holds MA in Economics from Madras Christian College in Chennai, India and BA (honours) in Economics from St. Edmund's college under North Eastern Hill University in Shillong, India. She did her schooling from Dehradun, India. She has been teaching modules in Economics at Royal Thimphu College since August 2014. 






Mr. Tshewang Dorji graduated from Sherubtse College with a Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences. He has a Masters in Sustainable Development Practice (MDP) from the College of Natural Resources. His Master’s thesis is on the impacts of climate change on rural farming communities (of four Gewogs under Dagana Dzongkhag) and their adaptation practices. He brings adequate field experience and theoretical knowledge to better understand, develop and implement integrated approaches to sustainable development challenges. Before joining RTC, he worked in Research and Hansard Division in the National Assembly whereby his main task was to conduct research and analysis works on legislation and policy issues related to whole range of the parliamentary functions. His other research interest includes environmental conservation, climate change, local government management and social protection. Besides teaching, Mr. Tshewang also enjoys travelling, reading and bird watching. 






Ms. Jamyang Pelmo is from Trashigang, eastern Bhutan. She holds a Master’s Degree in Development Practice from College of Natural Resources, Lobesa and BA in English and Environmental Studies from Sherubtse College, Bhutan. Before joining RTC, she worked with Gasa Dzongkhag as the Project Manager. 






Mr. Fredrik Jan Brinkman holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. During his studies, he went for one year to Berlin, Germany to study Political Science and History at the Humboldt University. He started his career by teaching Political Economy and Academic Skills at the Political Science department of the University of Amsterdam. Later, he joined The Hague University and was Academic Coordinator in the International Public Management program. It is the second time that he joins RTC; he taught at RTC before in the academic year 2014-2015. In the meantime he taught at the University of Amsterdam in the Master for Journalism Studies and the bachelor PPLE (Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics). Rik loves travelling, writing, teaching and doing research. His academic interests lay with political ideologies, the relationship between politics and the media and the role of the state in developmental issues. 






Mr. Kinley Dorji is from Pemagatshel, eastern Bhutan. He has Master of Science in Environment Management from Forest Research Institute (DEEMED) University in Dehradun, India. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sustainable Development from College of Natural Resources, Royal University of Bhutan. Besides teaching, his interest lies in reading, travelling, sports and community services.