Two Distinguished Public Lectures on Bhutan's Democracy and Development

Conveners: ISBS and OPHI

Speakers: His Excellency Dasho Tshering Tobgay (Former Prime Minister of Bhutan); Dasho Karma Ura (President of the Center for Bhutan Studies & Gross National Happiness)

Chair: Professor Louise Richardson (Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford)

Discussants: Prof. Martine Durand (Chief Statistician, OECD); Prof. James Foster (Oliver T. Carr Professor of Economics, GWU)

An afternoon of two Distinguished Public Lectures on Bhutan, by the Former Prime Minister of Bhutan, His Excellency Dasho Tshering Tobgay, and the President of the Center for Bhutan Studies & Gross National Happiness, Dasho Karma Ura.

2:30-4:00pm His Excellency Dasho Tshering Tobgay: "Does Bhutan Matter? Stories from a Young Democracy"

5:00-6:30pm Dasho Karma Ura: "Development with Integrity: Bhutan’s development and its Gross National Happiness Index"

The Distinguished Public Lectures are free to attend but places must be booked in advance. Please visit to reserve a place.

This event is part of a larger conference taking place in Oxford during 8-10 January 2019. The International Society of Bhutan Studies (ISBS) launch conference is taking place at Magdalen College, seeking to develop the study of Bhutanese culture, life and nature in all aspects and encourage, inspire and motivate interest in lesser known aspects and promote and strengthen the areas of existing concentration. ISBS exists primarily to encourage academic exchange, among both Bhutanese and foreign scholars, and secondarily to contribute to the happiness of future generations.

Please visit the conference website to register:

ISBS Poster Distinguished Lectures 9 January 19.pdf