Lobsang Yangtso was born in Kham, Tibet and escaped from Tibet in 1991. She received her schooling from Tibetan Schools in India and completed her Bachelors in English Literature and Masters in International Studies from Stella Maris College, Chennai. She joined the Jawaharlal Nehru University for M.Phil in Chinese Studies, Centre for East Asian Studies and is presently writing her Ph.D thesis on “China’s Environmental Security Policies in Tibet: Implications to India, 2001-2013” from the same department. Her major academic interests include areas such as China’s foreign policy, social and environmental issues in China, Tibet and China Relations, environmental issues in Tibet and Himalayan region at large.
Lobsang has published few articles such as “Environmental Problems and Issues in Tibet” in an edited book “Changes on the Roof of the World: Reflection on Tibet, Pentagon Press, New Delhi. Another paper titled “Damming the Yarlung Tsangpo: It Implications” got published in tibetpolicy.net. She has also participated and presented various papers at international/national seminars and conferences at Dharamsala, Delhi, Gwalior, Norway, and Copenhagen. She had an opportunity to participate in various summer schools and workshops such as the ‘Fletcher Summer Institute for the Advance Study on Nonviolent Conflict’ at Tufts University, Medford, the summer school on ‘Human Rights, Minorities and Diversity Management’ at the Institution for Minority Rights, European Academy, Bozen and a workshop on ‘Democracy and Its Participation’ at Dharamsala and Italy.
Alongside her studies, she works as a Research and Campaign Assistant to Tibet Third Pole, International Tibet Network. She was also employed as a research associate at the Centre for China Analysis and Strategy, New Delhi and the Environment and Development Desk of Tibet Policy Institute, Dharamsala.