Mountain Societies Research Centre
The Mountain Societies Research Centre (MSRC) is a university-wide, interdisciplinary research center dedicated to addressing the challenges and opportunities within Central Asian mountain communities and environments.
The MSRC’s goal is to support and enhance the resilience and quality of life of mountain societies through sound research on the sustainable development and management of their physical, social, economic and cultural assets. This will be achieved through the following objectives:
- Generate and disseminate relevant knowledge through sound research.
- Build Central Asian capacity to conduct research relevant to mountain societies.
- Inform the policy and practice of sustainable mountain development through evidence-based research.
- Serve as a knowledge hub in Central Asia for scholars, development practitioners and policymakers.
The MSRC, together with its regional and international partners, actively works to transfer knowledge to policy and practice aimed at improving the quality of life for people of the mountain areas in Central Asia, including the Tien Shan, Pamir and Hindu Kush mountain ranges. The MSRC is the first of several planned research centres at UCA.