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Bhutan, country of south-central Asia, located on the eastern ridges of the Himalayas. Historically a remote kingdom, Bhutan became less isolated in the second half of the 20th century, and consequently the pace of change began to accelerate. With improvements in transportation, by the early 21st century a trip from the Indian border to the Bhutanese capital, Thimphu, that once took six days by mule could be made in just a few hours by car along a winding mountain road from the border town of Phuntsholing. The governmental structure also changed radically. Reforms initiated by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (reigned 1952–72) in the 1950s and ’60s led to a shift away from absolute monarchy in the 1990s and toward the institution of multiparty parliamentary democracy in 2008.

With our partners in Bhutan, we aim to deepen our understanding of the world and ourselves, generating important new knowledge about local history and culture, and facilitates breakthrough discoveries in science and technology.

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The Global Centre for Risk and Innovation (GCRI) provides an alternative ecosystem that spurs problem-solving, civic leadership, and social innovation. We aim to integrate researchers, community leaders, and civic hackers in collaborative projects and long-term partnerships that enable inclusion, sustainability, and equity.

Fiercely independent and proudly polemical, GCRI offers original reporting, insight, and analysis from scientific communities and grassroots perspectives.

Connecting dots across all levels and branches of the local and global governance, we keep the public informed and empowered to shape other actors’ approaches based on principles of transparency, accountability, and good governance.

We integrate open data into policy stages by providing decision-makers with the required team, techniques, and tools. Our Open Data initiative involves multi-stakeholder participation, global discovery design, and real-time risk analysis. We work through various activities from workshops, hackathons, and an on-going series of seminars and webinars to co-design prototype solutions.

We improve access to R&D opportunities for social impact, especially for marginalized and developing communities. Governments and institutions leverage GCRI’s network to design evaluation frameworks and allocation policies for better, simpler, and faster alternatives. Through integrated and optimized mechanism designs, we significantly improve social welfare and quality of life. Our approach is collaborative and requires a deep understanding of critical topics with appropriate cultural awareness to formulate optimal strategies for efficient, fair, and sustainable solutions.

Working as multidisciplinary teams, our advisors help develop and implement frameworks for the future of science policy and public participation. That is why we work with researchers who have extensive experience working closely with local, regional, and global stakeholders.

Our publishing features are minimal, simple, and fast, focusing on privacy, peer production, and monetization. As you immerse yourself into the ecosystem, you will discover that publishing tools and open media features can help at every stage of your journey. Whether you start brainstorming and team building or polish your impact strategy with assistance from the community, we provide the support you need to publish your stories, ideas, and insight.

We provide a public engagement platform that helps you connect and work with civil society. With GCRI’s Action Platform, public affairs experts, activists, and citizens can run campaigns, track results, drive change, and connect to researchers and decision-makers—all in one place. You can easily save and export contacts while publishing unlimited updates and citations to enrich the cause. Our integrated membership and event system makes it easy to connect with the right stakeholders at the right time for maximum social impact.

Our open course platform provides everything instructors need to build superbly designed online courses. Whether you’re a newbie or an expert entrepreneur, Global Academy makes it a breeze to get up and running with your online courses, lessons, tutorials, webinars, or manuals. You don’t need technical skills to create a beautiful online course easily. 

Innovation Lab enables you to quickly test and deploy your idea, and easily integrate it into our existing services. It reduces complexity and time to market while maintaining satisfaction rate, security audits, and acquisition cycles. Innovation Lab helps you with a distributed software development model in which partners collaborate on single solution applications or develop mini-projects that are assembled for a final solution buildout

Meet the developers, designer, scientists, and other experts in related verticals who can help bring your ideas to life. We believe that independent innovators shape our planet’s future. By building tools that help innovators worldwide, we help our partners improve public policy and governance frameworks.


GCRI’s enabling methodologies mediate between solutions and their uptake within specific organizations, geographical locations, or cultural context for optimal ESG results. We work with scientists, political leaders, grassroots activists to field-test our ideas and apply our research in diverse environments. Our researchers focus on international security, prosperity, and justice for all by building tools, prototyping new technologies, creating datasets, working with local leaders, and training government officials.



Nonpartisan research on economic growth and productivity, economic development, and welfare reform. Our core work is to carry out policy-oriented research and analysis focusing on quality of life


Our dedicated ESG and impact investing research team analyze the financial performance of impact investing funds with latest data, trends and insight. Find in-depth expert analysis and economic research to help you make confident impact investing decisions

Financial Technology

We focus on technological innovation’s effects on the financial system and economy, and particularly on aspects of interest for central banks and decentralized finance



Our ESG research team is a cross-industry initiative aimed to provide clients with a multi-dimensional analysis of where companies sit on the spectrum of ESG performance and whether markets are incorporating ESG attributes


We publish selection of scholarly databases, data sources, programs, news, and targeted information resources to investigate the overall SDG framework and research international progress of individual Sustainable Development Goals


We focus on corporate social responsibility and international business: examining the nexus and gaps from alternative and critical perspectives



We focus on a complex of related, research-based, instrumental methods which produce change or stability in specific cultural systems through the provision of data, initiation of direct action, and the formulation of policy


We study the application of psychological principles to solve problems of the human experience. Mental health, organizational psychology, business management, education, health, product design, ergonomics, and law are just a few areas of focus


With the focus on the practical side of sociology, we promote beneficial social change. Our social scientists are dedicated to the utilization of sociological methods, concepts, and theories to effect beneficial social change



Our independent researchers focus on information technology policies and best practices in state and local governments worldwide


The research program is designed to improve the public knowledge where uncertainty exists, where safety margins are not well-characterized, and where regulatory decisions need to be confirmed in existing or new designs and technologies

International Theory

The field of international relations and comparative politics at GCRI includes training in statistics, econometrics and formal theory; reviewing and developing new methods for the scientific study of international relations, global governance, and democratic institutions



Our work includes research on the comparative historical study of conflict-induced displacement and immigration. We investigate and research in the context of human rights, ecology, human development, and social welfare


We study societal challenges to develop methods and technologies for civic engagement; a broad set of practices and attitudes of involvement in social and political life that converge to increase the health of a democratic society


Globalization is increasingly becoming omnipresent in trade, communication, and cultural exchanges. Our work seek to explore all aspects of globalization – positive and negative – through analysis of the phenomenon in all its many aspects


Human Resource

We aim to identify, explore and nurture intellectual human capital in the field of research and development. Our holistic endeavor includes the establishment and promotion of peer-to-peer, self-governed, and circular economies in digital space


We help decision-makers address critical infrastructure needs make the best use of fundings through research, consulting, technology, and testing prototypes that enhance performance, sustainability, and safety while protecting the environment


Our approach is collective yet decentralized, driven by the principle of self-governance and rigorous use of evidence, disruptive technology, and people’s power

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Confidence in Governance

As a mission-driven distributed network, we combine expertise, insights, and ground-breaking technology to help communities worldwide create social innovation with positive impact. We help our members manage risk in complex social and political environments, giving everyone confidence to experiment with radically alternative ideas. Our goal is to make innovation and learning more adaptive and transformative in the pursuit of positive social change

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Research Programs

We work with businesses, civil society actors, and research institutions to foster successful interaction between technology, public, and policy. The commissioning parties and cooperation partners place trust in the GCRI, and we work with them to generate novel ideas for positive change

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Good Governance

Good governance is participatory, consensus oriented, accountable, transparent, responsive, effective, equitable and inclusive while following the rule of law

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Sustainable Development

Sustainable development is a global paradigm and a general belief that all human endeavours should promote the longevity of the planet and its inhabitants

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Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is the process of using digital technologies to create new or enhance existing services, processes, culture, and experiences

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Public Policy

Public policy is the means of maintaining order and addressing the needs of citizens through actions defined by its constitution and executed by governments

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Global Risk

Global Risk is GCRI's flagship research stream covering the implication of extreme events on policy responses at local, regional and global levels

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International Justice

International justice research covers accountability and transparency mechanisms that seek justice for some of the most serious crimes

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GCRI brings together an unusual bunch of integrated solutions, cutting across the boundaries of industries, professions, and cultures, to fuel collaborative innovation

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Build Alliances in Over 200 Countries & Territories

We connect projects with top-rated development teams worldwide producing technically sophisticated, beautifully designed, and socially conscious applications

We thrive on open collaboration to help us create a premiere resource for civic technology platforms and distribution around the globe

Our approach is collective yet decentralized, driven by the principle of self-governance and rigorous use of evidence, disruptive technology, and people’s power

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