Indigenous Studies itself is multidisciplinary in nature.
Research and documentation initiatives at IRDIS would be taken up within the ethnic communities over a wide spectrum such as:
- Culture including Indigenous traditions, religion and language
- Socio-economic Studies, Poverty & Inequality
- Health with special focus on women and children
- Education with special focus on children and women folk
- Environment and agriculture and the traditional ways of conservation
- Indigenous/Traditional Knowledge
- Traditional Art forms such as indigenous music, dance forms, traditional crafts, weaves and architecture
- Traditional forms of governance, tribal laws and rights
- Policies, acts and governance of ethnic communities. Relations with governments and mainstream societies
- Population numbers
To enable the Institute to work over such a wide area within the communities, IRDIS will continue to seek the advice and the guidance of the ethnic community members especially the community elders, the youth and its womenfolk. IRDIS also looks forward to the active participation of students and research scholars from not just Sociology, Anthropology, Political science and History but also from other disciplines such as Science and technology, Linguistics, Architecture, Geography, Legal studies, Psychology and Medicine so as to ensure a comprehensive research effort which will go a long way in benefiting and empowering the various ethnic communities. This makes IRDIS a center of interdisciplinary studies.
The members of IRDIS work in partnership with the communities in the rural and urban areas to design and implement research and documentation projects beneficial to the communities and also for the preservation of their traditional and indigenous culture and knowledge.
The outcome of the research projects as well as the knowledge resource that will be evolved from the research and documentation work will be stored in a database with the purpose of developing a modern Data Archive on Indigenous Studies based on the latest technology.