Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Call for Research Concept Notes: Learning across Borders: The Economics of Environment and Natural Resource Management

Call for Research Concept Notes

Learning across Borders: The Economics of Environment and Natural Resource Management

The South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) is currently inviting research concept notes that focus on transboundary areas or compare environmental issues in at least two countries in South Asia. Concept notes on the following thematic areas will be considered, and, may lead to an invitation to submit full proposals.

- Policies and Instruments for Greener Growth: Governments put forward a variety of policies and regulations to manage environmental problems. In order to understand whether these strategies are effective, this area emphasizes: a) evaluations of the impacts of environmental policies and programs; and, b) investigations into incentives associated with regulatory and market mechanisms and their contribution to compliance.

- Ecosystems Management: Ecosystems provide provisioning, regulating, supporting and cultural services that are being lost at an accelerating rate. Ecosystems research examines: a) contributions of services to livelihoods, particularly of vulnerable groups; b) scale and institutional issues in managing conflicts associated with multiple services; c) policies amenable to conserving services such as biodiversity that are not substitutable.

- Economics of Climate Change: With climate change, South Asia is expected to get warmer and experience more extreme events.


SANDEE research focuses on:

a) the efficacy of alternate adaptation and mitigation strategies and their local co-benefits; and,

b) institutions and policies contributing to low-carbon growth and long-term adjustment to climate change.

Priority Considerations

- Selected research concept notes will be provided proposal development support to enable teams to understand cross-country issues and travel to study areas for developing full proposals. SANDEE will also try to facilitate cross-country team development.

- Innovative proposals outside the three themes listed above and without cross-country components may be considered if these have strong policy implications. All proposals have to include a strong economics component.

- Grants are likely to be in the range of USD 20,000-50,000 over a two-year period. Research ideas will be evaluated on their intellectual rigor and policy significance.

- Please review guidelines and upload concept notes (approximate length 1500 words) on www.sandeeonline.org by November 30, 2014 to be considered for the next grants window. For any additional queries, please contact us at research@sandeeonline.org

Deadline: November 30, 2014

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