Improving Human Lives and Environmental Conditions

Institute for Social and Environmental Research – Nepal (ISER-N)

ISER-N is a premier research and development institute. ISER-N’s work focuses on evidence-based decision-making processes that build on high quality scientific research carried out by employing state-of-the-art, cutting-edge research methods for promoting informed policy decisions, identifying effective sustainable development initiatives, and strengthening democratic values. The institute adopts a three-pronged working approach that interlinks research, capacity building, and policy and program interventions as part of its effort to turn knowledge into practice.


News & Announcement





ISER-N in collaboration with universities and research organizations in Nepal and abroad has collected a large number of longitudinal panel and cross-sectional data on various topics. ISER-N has collected a wide range of data on population health (psychological and physical health), environment, population dynamics, family change, migration, education and social change. Moreover, most of the data are available for students, teachers, professors, and scholars in Nepal and throughout the world. The measurements themselves included survey data, ethnographic data, anthropometric, biomarkers, botanical counts, land use measures, and geographic information system data collection. The data are available in ISER-N office at Fulbari, Chitwan while one can also electronically access them from Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University for Michigan and UK Data Bank through the following link listed below.




Policy & Interventions


ISER-N understands the value and importance of information dissemination to institutionalize evidence-based policy formulation, and to plan and implement effective sustainable development programs.The specific aims of program on policy feedback and interventions are to:

Provide/Formulate Research-Based Policy Feedback: Advocate for the institutionalization of research- based policy formulation for successful program planning and development interventions at the local and national levels.

Knowledge Dissemination: Share new knowledge generated through research in academic and non-academic settings in the form of presentations and publications of the findings.


Capacity Building


Nepal is at a critical juncture in the political, social and economic context of the nation’s history. Human resource and research infrastructure capacity building in this context has never been as crucial and urgent as it is now. Thus, ISER-N puts particular emphasis to capacity building within all three components of research, policy feedback and program interventions. Our capacity building programs include the development of both human resources and research infrastructures at the institutional as well as national level. Specific aims of our human resources development and research infrastructure building programs are:

Development of Human Resources

The goal of Human Resource Development Program is to enhance and update knowledge and skills on state-of-the-art research methods and techniques as well as on issues relevant to local community capacity building. Specific focus is on :

Scientific Research Capacity: Nurture and build local capacity for high quality scientific research by updating knowledge and skills on state-of-the-art research methods and techniques. In addition, ISER-N aims to provide on-site research experience and to facilitate exchange of knowledge and expertise of national and international scholars…………