Thursday, January 24, 2013


TRAINING: SANDEE-Summer School in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

The South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) is organizing a three-week training course in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics for Economists from 29 April - 17 May, 2013. The main objective of the Summer School is to provide economists with the basic skills necessary to teach environmental and natural resource economics and to undertake research in this area. The course is meant for practicing South Asian economists interested in upgrading their knowledge on the linkages between economic development and the environment. The workshop also seeks to enable participants to develop research proposals for later submission to SANDEE.

What can you expect from the Summer School?

The course will cover economic issues underlying sustainable development, externalities and market failure, policy instruments, non-market valuation, poverty-environment interactions, and natural resource use and pollution management. Participants will be exposed to theoretical issues and economic tools and methodologies for analyzing environmental problems in developing countries. The course does not seek to be comprehensive but will provide a sound introduction to the literature. It will be taught by international and regional faculty including Sir Partha Dasgupta, Enamul Haque, Karl-Goran Maler, Mani Nepal and Jeffrey Vincent.

Who should attend the course?

The ideal participant has a Masters or Ph.D. in economics and a good understanding of microeconomics, calculus, and basic econometrics. Junior and mid-career faculty and researchers, especially women are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to university teachers and researchers who have submitted a research proposal to SANDEE on issues related to environment and resource economics. Those who have already had training in basic environmental economics through other programs or universities or are likely to go overseas for higher education within the next year, are not eligible.

What are you expected to do during the course?

Participants are expected to read material prior to the course and before each day of lectures, and participate in individual and group assignments and discussions. Working days on occasion will extend from 9 am to 9 pm because of assignments. Participants will also be expected to present an empirical paper and a research concept note during the course. Last year's course agenda is available at: Each participant will be expected to share lodging with a colleague from a different South Asian country.

Application process

Interested and eligible candidates from South Asian countries should write to the SANDEE secretariat with the following information (not exceeding 5 pages total):

  1. a one-page cover letter indicating how such a course will be useful in teaching and research activities, the applicant's exposure to basic mathematics (e.g., calculus, linear algebra) and computing skills (e.g., spread sheet, statistical software), and the name of the person nominating him/her (if any).
  2. a three page research concept note (a precursor of a research proposal) in environmental economics. The concept note should include a discussion on the research problem and its policy relevance, the clear research question(s), a short literature review that discusses at least 3 key peer reviewed journal articles related to the proposed analytical framework, empirical methods (data requirement, collection and analysis) and expected outcomes.
  3. a brief CV (no more than one page) indicating professional responsibilities/activities, (please include current job and institutional details), educational qualifications, (highest degree/ institution), age and two most important research publications, if any.

Please email your application to Anuradha Kafle at by 26th January 2013.

Deadline: January 26, 2013

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