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Currently Involved in research and teaching at Charles Sturt University.

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Sangay is a forester turned human geographer and joined CSU in August 2018 to pursue his PhD in Human Geography. His doctoral thesis focussed on exploring the relationship between rural depopulation and human-wildlife conflict in Bhutan.

Prior to this, Sangay completed his MSc. Resource Conservation in 2011 at the University of Montana, USA, with his thesis focussing on the annual biomass accumulation of wood and their consumption by the residents of Wangchuck Centennial National Park in Bhutan. He estimated the biomass accumulation of two species: (Pinus wallichiana) and (Rhododendron aeruginosum), widely used fuelwood species in Bhutan’s temperate and alpine ecological zones.

Directly prior to starting his PhD at CSU, Sangay worked at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment Research (UWICER), Royal Government of Bhutan, in various capacities (primarily focussing on conservation research and teaching) for fourteen years. He was the head of the Centre for Forests Science and Technology unit at UWICER. In addition, he was also the Program Director for UNESCO Madanjeet Centre for South Asia Forestry Studies, coordinating program and student recruitments from seven South-Asia countries to study BSc. Forestry and MSc. NRM at the College of Natural Resources in Bhutan. While at UWICER, Sangay also worked as the national coordinator for the 14th World Ethnobiology Congress (2014) and 10th World Dendrochronology Congress (2018).

He was also the national coordinator (2014-2017) for the European Union and UNEP-funded project to study The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) in Bhutan. TEEB Bhutan study assessed the changes in ecosystem services provisioning under hydropower development, focusing on watershed services. Sangay also holds BSc. Forestry from Dr Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, India (2006), during which he studied the habitat of dancing deer of Manipur, India.


ENM 163 - Natural Resource Management

AGR 220 - Extension

ENM 101 - People and Environment

Research Interests

  • Human-wildlife conflict
  • Forest management
  • Natural resources and livelihood

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Human Geography, PhD, Gungtong: An exploration of abandoned houses in Bhutan and links to human-wildlife conflict, Charles Sturt University

Oct 201806 Apr 2023

Award Date: 06 Apr 2023

Resource Conservation, MSc, Fuelwood consumption and production in alpine Bhutan, University of Montana

Aug 2009Dec 2011

Award Date: 08 Dec 2011

Forestry, BSc, Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar University of Horticulture and Forests

Jun 2002Jul 2006

Award Date: 06 Jul 2006


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