Research at TDU

TDU provides uncommon opportunity to students and researchers to learn and undertake research in areas such as conservation, life sciences, health sciences, management, integrative health sciences, law and policy, art and design and sustainable development.

With more than two decades of excellent research undertaken, the TDU offers world class research support in areas such as integrative health, clinical research, life sciences, conservation, local health systems, ethno-veterinary practice, systematics and documentation of biodiversity, economic and policy planning, information technology as well as Indian medical heritage.

One of the unique features of research at TDU is that all of its focus is on combining improving knowledge and practice that is socially relevant and that provides the basis for national and international policy-making.

The University aims to capitalize its unique methodology of co-constructing and co-creating new knowledge, and contribute to the education of a new generation of researchers and change agents in their own communities and on the world stage, amongst others through a focused and a large PhD program.

Research programs are organized within the two schools of the University.


Key Research Areas

School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • Conservation and sustainable management of medicinal plants
  • Valuation of ecosystem goods and services
  • Use of GIS, remote sensing and space technology for conservation and development
  • Law and policy
  • Sustainability studies
  • Natural resource management and governance
  • Trade and economic development
  • Use of advance computing for conservation
  • Biodiversity studies (including ethno-botany)
  • Traditional Knowledge Systems and their Applications
  • Climate Adaptation and Mitigation


School of Integrative Health Sciences

  • Ayur-biology
  • Integrative health care systems
  • Pre-clinical research in malaria, cognitive disorders, anaemia
  • Mainstreaming local heath traditions
  • Integration of traditional knowledge and practices from Indian systems of medicine for improving health systems
  • ‘Omics’ studies for conservation and clinical research
  • Water quality management with focus on anti-microbial systems
  • Chemical profiling and biochemical studies of traditional drugs
  • Testing and quality control of herbal drugs and minerals
  • Nadi Vigyana” and ancient Indian medical system manuscriptology
  • Reduction of antibiotic use in dairy farming
  • Popularizing ethno-veterinary practices in order to improve milk quality in small dairy farms
  • Developing guidelines for “whole and wellness systems” for clinical research in Ayurveda.
  • Research and Practice of Panchakarma Therapy