UK Tibet Policy


Description of impact

Research by the University of Aberdeen’s Scottish Centre for Himalayan Research (led by Dr Martin Mills) has facilitated parliamentary deliberations on Tibetan matters in the UK and Europe, shifting the debate away from a longstanding stalemate over sovereignty and towards a more forward-thinking policy position on popular protest, state policy and environmental constraints. The Centre is now leading a Scottish Parliament inquiry on the impacts of climate change on the Tibetan Plateau across the wider Asian area. This has allowed the Group to grow in influence as the only research-led parliamentary group on Tibet in Europe, making it a growing focus for visits by international policy makers and civil society organisations.

Who is affected by, or benefits from, the research?

Politicians and policy-makers in Scotland, the UK and abroad.

Outcomes to Date / Future Developments

The impact of this case study involves changing Scottish government policy towards the Tibetan region, influencing policy deliberations by the Central Tibetan Administration and prompting a parliamentary Third Pole climate inquiry.
Impact statusImpact Completed (Open)
Impact date20142020


  • Environmental