The Highland Institute is an independent research centre that engages critically with socio-political, cultural, historical, environmental and developmental problems affecting communities in highland Asia. Founded in 2013, and registered as a trust, the institute collaborates with research institutions in India and abroad in designing and carrying out research, engaging in analysis, and disseminating findings in academic symposia and peer-reviewed publications.

The Institute has a vibrant community of associated research fellows from universities across the world that join as co-investigators on projects, facilitate research exchange, and lead postgraduate open courses. The Institute’s partners have included Oxford Policy Management, University of Leeds, University of Edinburgh, University of Cambridge, Centre for Karbi Studies, the International Development Research Centre of Canada, the Danish Institute for International Studies, and the Nagaland Government.