Monday, January 3, 2011

Call for Applications for a Training Course in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, 2nd - 20th May 2011

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 2nd - 20th May, 2011. The course is meant for practicing South Asian economists interested in upgrading their research skills and learning related to environmental and natural resource economics.

The workshop seeks to provide economists with the basic skills necessary to teach environmental and natural resource economics and to undertake research in this area. 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 basic 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.

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. Those who have already had training in basic environmental economics through other programs or universities are not eligible. 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.

What can you expect to do during the course?
As this is a residential course, participants will get enough time to interact with prominent faculty and they will also learn from the participants while working in group projects. Participants are expected to read material prior to the course and participate in detailed assignments and discussions during the course. Participants will also be expected to present a research concept note at the end of the course. The course agenda for last year is available at:

Application process
Interested applicants from South Asian countries should write to the SANDEE secretariat with the following information (not exceeding 5 pages total):

• a cover letter (no more than one page) 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 them (if any);
• a three page concept note for a research proposal in environmental economics. The note should include: a discussion on the research problem and its policy relevance, the research question(s) and objectives, a short literature review that identifies key peer reviewed journal articles related to the proposed research, an underlying 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 Anuradha Kafle at by 4th February 2011.

We request you to pass this information to interested colleagues. We are also seeking nominations from colleagues who have been part of SANDEE activities. The costs of the course will be borne by SANDEE. Approximately 25 participants will be invited.

For more information:
P.O.Box: 8975, E.P.C 1056
Khumlatar, Lalitpur, Nepal

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