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Summer School 2020 by International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Nepal [May 3-17]: Register by Feb 22


The South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE), an initiative under the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development’s (ICIMOD) Regional Programme on Mountain Knowledge and Action Networks (MKAN), is organizing the 18th Summer School on Environmental and Natural Resource Economics on 3–17 May 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand.
The Summer School primarily aims to provide economists with the basic skills necessary to teach and conduct research in environmental and natural resource economics. The course is intended for practicing economists from South Asia and the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region interested in enhancing their knowledge of the interlinkages among economic development, poverty, and the environment.

  • The course will cover economic issues underlying sustainable development, biodiversity, 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 such as experimental economics and other relevant methodologies, combined with hands-on computer lab sessions for analyzing environmental problems in developing countries.
  • The Summer School will help participants develop research proposals that can later be submitted to SANDEE for its research grant competition.
Resource Person

The course will be taught by the following distinguished scholars:

  • Maximillian Auffhammer, Professor, University of California (UC), Berkley
  • Randall Bluffstone, Professor, Portland State University
  • Sir Partha Dasgupta, Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus, Cambridge University
  • Lata Gangadharna, Professor, Monash University
  • AK Enamul Haque, Professor, East-West University
  • Mani Nepal, Programme Coordinator, SANDEE, and Lead Economist, ICIMOD
  • Joyashree Roy, Professor, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)

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

Target Audience

The ideal participant should have a master’s degree or Ph.D. in economics and a good understanding of microeconomics, calculus, and basic econometrics. Junior and mid-career faculty and researchers – especially women working in member universities of the Himalayan University Consortium (HUC) – are encouraged to apply.


SANDEE will provide a scholarship up to a maximum of USD 4,500 equivalent per participant in terms of course materials, international travel, meals, and accommodation during the Summer School (no cash). Participants are responsible for their local travel arrangements, travel insurance, visa fee, and other personal expenses. Shortlisted participants are required to pay a registration fee of USD 250 to confirm their participation.

How to Apply?
  1. To apply online, click here.
  2. The last date to apply is February 22, 2020.
  3. The Summer School will be in a suitable venue in Thailand that is easily accessible by air from most cities in the region.
  4. The participants should arrive on 2 May and depart on 18 May.

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