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 also has a vibrant community of associated research fellows from distinguished universities around the world that join as co-investigators on projects, facilitate research exchange, and design and lead postgraduate open courses. Partners of the Highland Institute have included Oxford Policy Management, University of Leeds, University of Edinburgh, University of Cambridge, Centre for Karbi Studies, and the Government of Nagaland.

For more information about Highland Institute, please contact Dr. Michael Heneise at- heneise@highlandinstitute.org

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is made up of scholars, administrators, and respected community leaders actively engaged in promoting excellence in higher education and development, and developing collaborative partnerships with universities, civil society organisations and other public and private sector institutions. The board is responsible for shaping the goals and strategies of the Highland Institute; providing counsel to the senior leadership; and governance over institute activities, and assets. The Board meets at least once-a-year, and its various committees represent the interdisciplinary character of the Institute’s programs.


Research Fellows

The Highland Institute Research Fellows programme seeks to attract world-class scholars actively engaged in both research and teaching in conjunction with partner institutions and granting agencies. Often based in staff positions in other universities around the world they engage in both short and long term research projects in South and Southeast Asia, and often work closely with postgraduate and early career researchers at the Institute in collecting, processing and publishing data and findings. Fellows may spend several weeks to several months engaged in fieldwork, and organise as well as present their ongoing work in the regular calendar of seminars, meetings and activities organised by the Highland Institute. Time permitting they engage in intensive or term-length modular teaching at primarily the postgraduate and early career research levels, and occasionally conduct research training workshops in local partner colleges and universities.

Jonathon Keats

Jonathon Keats is an artist, writer and experimental philosopher whose participatory thought experiments adapt methods from the sciences and the humanities to explore societal conditions and planetary futures.

Dharamsingh Teron

Dharamsing Teron is an independent researcher (graduated in History from Diphu Government College, Gauhati University) from Diphu, Karbi Anglong.

Edward Moon-Little

Edward Moon Little is a visual anthropologist with a regional focus on South Asia. With a background in Art History and History.

Don Duprez

Don Duprez holds a PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh, and holds an MA in Anthropology from California.

Christian Poske

Christian Poske is an ethnomusicologist who studies the devotional and folk music and dance traditions of eastern India and Bangladesh.

Aditya Kiran Kakati

Aditya is a doctorate in International History and (with Minor in Anthropology and Sociology), from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva (IHEID).

Margaret Lyngdoh

Margaret Lyngdoh is pursuing a Post Doctorate at The Highland Institute under the supervision of Professor Arkotong Longkumer.

Rhelo Kenye

Rhelo Kenye submitted his PhD thesis at the Department of Cultural Studies, English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad.

Senganglu Thaimei

Senganglu Thaimei is an Associate Professor of English in Delhi University, and currently a Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellow.

Roderick Wijunamai

Roderick Wijunamai is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology, Cornell University.


Michael Heneise

Executive Director

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Catriona Child

Program Manager / Associate Director

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Ruokuonuo Yhome

Research Director

Stefan Lueder

Senior Research Scientist and Program Manager

Lanuakum Aier

Operations Manager

Negi Thokchom

Research Assistant

Rovithono Yhome

Research Assistant

Thepfuchanuo Kire

Research Assistant