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Message from SANDEE Secretariat

Dear friends,

Greetings from the SANDEE secretariat and welcome to the first edition of our new newsletter! As our well-wishers know, SANDEE was officially integrated into ICIMOD in July 2017, having been hosted on the ICIMOD premises since 2008. We were previously hosted – in fact from our inception in 1999 – by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Since integrating into ICIMOD, we have expanded our membership to Afghanistan, China, and Myanmar to reach more of the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region. We continue our fundamental mission to help researchers build their research capacity and academic leadership through research grants, mentoring, and rigorous training. We organized our first events in the extended working area, with workshops in Myanmar in August 2019 and in China in December 2019.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have attempted to keep our work going by conducting our activities online. At the moment, we have over 20 ongoing research projects throughout South Asia. We have also successfully completed the IDRC-funded research project on “Climate Change and Cities” (2017–2020). However, we were unable to organize our flagship programme – SANDEE Summer School – and the SANDEE@20 Conference has also been postponed.

In 2020, we lost one of our own: Prof. Karl-Goran Maler, a SANDEE co-founder. Prof. Maler co-founded SANDEE with Prof. Partha Dasgupta in 1999 and mentored many researchers working in environmental and development economics in South Asia. We organized an online memorial meet on 20 June 2020 in memory of Prof. Maler. SANDEE also lost two other prominent economists and dear friends, Dr Narpat S Jodha and Prof. A Vaidyanathan, who supported SANDEE in various capacities.

To better understand SANDEE’s impact on research, publications, and adopting environmental economics courses in universities across South Asia, we conducted a tracer survey of SANDEEites in 2019. The results are heartening and are highlighted in a separate section below.

Finally, we thank our funding partners, resource persons, reviewers, researchers, and well-wishers for helping us develop research capacity, academic leadership, and evidence base in South Asia and HKH, all towards addressing environmental and development challenges.

Best regards,
Mani Nepal

Remembering Karl-Göran Mäler

Priya Shyamsundar shares fond memories of Prof. Karl-Göran Mäler and his profound contributions to building and growing SANDEE. Read the whole article here.

Paying homage to A Vaidyanathan

Gopal Kadekodi recalls Prof. A Vaidyanathan’s life, career, and contributions in grooming SANDEE in its early days. Read the whole article here

Remembering Narpat S Jodha

Kanchan Chopra recalls Dr Narpat Jodha’s life, career, and contributions to SANDEE. Read the whole article here


Cities and climate change

SANDEE’s ‘Economics of solid waste management and drainage’ project studied two developing cities – Bharatpur in Nepal and Sylhet in Bangladesh – to explore ways of making South Asian cities climate-resilient.

The video discusses the issues and highlights key findings from the study. 

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Researchers in focus

Our researchers and alumni talk about their personal journey with SANDEE and their association with the network.

Read the full accounts here.

Prior to joining SANDEE, I always thought that the solution to a problem was to get rid of its source. SANDEE changed my thinking process.”

Bishal Bharadwaj

Undersecretary, Nepal Administrative Service, Nepal

“The selection process for proposals is itself a rigorous one and a great way of learning.”

Hasneen Jahan

Professor of Agricultural Economics,
Bangladesh Agricultural University, Bangladesh

“SANDEE was influential in changing my research direction towards environmental economics. SANDEE helped me introduce undergraduate and postgraduate courses on environmental economics at my university.”

Muditha Karunarathna

Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics and Statistics, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

“SANDEE has been a turning point in my life, and it has opened up new chapters and several new avenues.”

Muhammad Rafiq

Associate Professor of Economics, Institute of Management Sciences, Peshawar, Pakistan

“SANDEE Summer School brings together researchers from Southeast Asia, and sharing works and seeking support from the cohort greatly helps my research.”

Rinzin Dema

Associate Lecturer in Economics, Sherubtse College, Royal University of Bhutan, Bhutan

“I was really intrigued by the projects sponsored by SANDEE given their focus on the environment and because of the network’s commitment to ensuring that research has impact on policy making.”

Shivani Wadehra

Visiting Assistant Professor, Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi, India

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SANDEE alumni impact survey

SANDEE conducted a tracer study of its alumni in 2019 to assess the coverage and impacts of its efforts to mentor economists in South Asia and the Hindu Kush Himalayan region for academic leadership and generating evidence base. Altogether, 130 out of 350 [34%] SANDEEites responded to the survey.

Recent grants

SANDEE has approved 21 grants since 2018 and is in the process of reviewing more from the summer 2020 cycle. Here are some of the research grants approved for 2020.

Apple production under climate change: Willingness to pay for weather indexed insurance
Researcher: Pawan Kumar Sharma

Economic valuation of high altitude nature-based tourism in Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan
Researcher: Amjad Ali

Analysis of demand for domestic biogas plants as a clean cooking technology in Nepal – a panel data approach
Researcher: Samir Bahadur Thapa

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SANDEE events 2020

SANDEE moved its base online during the COVID-19 pandemic. In July 2020, SANDEE organized its first-ever online workshop on environmental and energy economics for faculty members and researchers from universities in Myanmar, followed by our Research and Training (39th R&T) workshop in August 2020, which was also hosted online for the first time. However, we were unable to organize our flagship programme – SANDEE Summer School – and the SANDEE@20 Conference has been postponed to next year.

Workshop on Environmental and Energy Economics

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39th Biannual research and training workshop 

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Highlights from the SANDEE network

Congratulations Nanda Kaji Budhathoki and Ghulam Samad on successfully completing your PhD.

Purnamita Dasgupta, one of the early SANDEE grantees, has assumed the position of Theme Leader at ICIMOD.

Prof. S. Madheswaran, also one of SANDEE's early grantees, has now taken the position of the Director at Institute for Social and Economic Change.

Heman Das Lohano, who worked at the SANDEE Secretariat for three years, has returned to academia and is now a Professor of Economics at the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi.

Featured publications

Making incremental progress: impacts of a REDD+ pilot initiative in Nepal

Bishnu P Sharma, Bhaskar S Karky, Mani Nepal, Subhrendu K Pattanayak, Erin O Sills, Priya Shyamsundar

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How agricultural practices managing market risk get attributed to climate change? Quasi-experiment evidence

Sajid Amin, Javeda Azad Haider, Muhammad Nawaz

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Value of cleaner neighborhoods: Application of hedonic price model in low income context

Mani Nepal, Rajesh K. Rai, Madan S. Khadayat, E. Somanathan

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The South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) brings together researchers and decision-makers from South Asia to address development-environment challenges. SANDEE's mission is to strengthen the ability of researchers to undertake multi-disciplinary research on the economics of environmental and natural resource problems.

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