Call for Applications: SANDEE Summer School on Environmental and Resource Economics

30 April–18 May 2018 

Application Deadline: 22 February 2018

The South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) is organizing a three-week training course on Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from 30 April–18 May 2018. 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, poverty, 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.

Who will teach the course? 

The course will be taught by:

  • Sir Partha Dasgupta, Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus, Cambridge University
  • AK Enamul Haque, Professor, East-West University
  • Randall Bluffstone, Professor, Portland State University
  • Maximillian Auffhammer, Professor, University of California, Berkley
  • Mani Nepal, Programme Coordinator SANDEE and Lead Economist, ICIMOD

Additional guest speakers will be invited depending on the need and availability.


Mani Nepal (Programme Coordinator SANDEE and Lead Economist, ICIMOD) is the course director and Neesha Pradhan (Programme Associate SANDEE) will administer the course.

Who should attend the course?

The ideal participant has a Masters/PhD 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 environmental and resource economics through other programmes 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?

This is a residential teaching workshop. Therefore, participants are expected to read material 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 or beyond because of assignments. Participants are required to present an empirical paper and a research concept note during the course. Last year’s Summer School agenda is available here.


SANDEE will provide a scholarship of $3,500 per participant in terms of course materials, international travel, meals, and stay during the Summer School. All participants are responsible for their local travel, travel insurance, visa fee, and other personal expenses.

Submission Instructions: 

Application process

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

•        A one-page cover letter indicating how such a course will be useful in your 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). 

•        A three page research concept note (a precursor of a research proposal) on issues related to environmental and resource economics. The concept note should include a discussion of the research problem and its policy relevance, a clear research question(s), a short literature review that discusses at least three key peer reviewed journal articles related to the proposed analytical framework, empirical methods (data requirement, collection, and analysis) and expected outcomes.

•        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 Neesha Pradhan at  by 22 February 2018.

Proposal Deadline Date: 
February 22, 2018