Call for Applications

MU–SANDEE–HUC Research and Writing Workshop on Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

29 August–2 September 2019, Mandalay, Myanmar

Application Submission Deadline: 15 July 2019

This call for applications is only for Myanmar nationals currently based in Myanmar.

Mandalay University (MU), the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE), and the Himalayan University Consortium (HUC) are jointly organizing a Research and Writing Workshop on Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from August 29 to 2 September 2019 in Myanmar. 

About the Workshop 

The objectives of the MU–SANDEE–HUC workshop are as follows: 

  • Introduce researchers to current policy–research concerns related to the environment and development in Myanmar and across the region 

  • Develop research proposal writing skills among researchers who are working on the economics of environmental problems 

  • Encourage empirical research that can contribute to sustainable development policy in Myanmar and across the region 

  • Examine options for cross-country research. 

The workshop will provide practical training where participants first identify research issues and then develop research proposals with guidance from local and international experts.

Who can apply?

  • Researchers (Myanmar nationals) currently based in Myanmar with at least a master’s degree in economics, natural resources and environmental management, business and environment, or similar academic fields, along with a minimum of two years of experience can apply.

  • Some background and understanding of economics is necessary given the focus of the workshop.

  • Women and mid-career professionals teaching in different universities in Myanmar are encouraged to apply. Candidates with a PhD or working towards or with future plans for a PhD degree are encouraged.

  • Quantitative skills and previous research experience would be beneficial. 

  • Multi-disciplinary teams of two are eligible and encouraged.

  • A strong command of both spoken and written English is necessary.

How to apply 

To be considered for the workshop, please review the submission procedure and submit the application form online by 15 July 2019.

Your application should include the following: 

  • A cover letter (no more than one page) describing how this workshop would help you in your ongoing research work or future career 

  • A short CV (no more than one page) highlighting your academic background and research and teaching experience

  • A research concept note adhering to the given word limit for each section. This is mandatory for participation in the workshop.

Please refer to this guideline document for developing a research concept note. You may want to develop your concept note in a Word file and later copy–paste it in the online form while submitting the application. Please note the word limits while developing different sections to avoid submission errors.

What are the areas of interest? 

We will consider research concept notes in one of the following research areas: 

  • Economics of renewable energy: Access and distributional issues related to renewable energy resources in upland as well as other relevant areas of Myanmar 

  • Policies and instruments for greener development: i) compliance with environmental regulations by firms, ii) the development of cities as sustainable engines of growth, and iii) critical examination of the progress made on Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in Myanmar 

  • Economics of climate change: i) the efficacy of alternate adaptation strategies and their local co-benefits and ii) programs, institutions, and policies that support low-carbon growth and long-term adjustments to climate change 

  • Economics of ecosystem services in upper Myanmar and other parts of the country: i) contributions of services to livelihoods, particularly of vulnerable groups in different geographical locations of Myanmar, and ii) policies for conserving natural assets such as biodiversity that are not substitutable

  • Any other interesting issues related to environmental management that are useful for state and national governments in Myanmar (both upland and other areas)


The workshop will be fully residential and the organizers will provide accommodation, meals for the duration of the workshop, and necessary course materials. The organizers will also reimburse reasonable travel costs for the most direct and economical mode of transport from your current location to MU in Mandalay upon submission of original receipts. Participants need to cover their extra personal expenses, and healthcare costs, if any. 

Selection process 

A total of 12–15 participants will be invited to the workshop. Selection of the participants will be based on the quality of the research concept notes and their academic qualification.


For further queries or clarifications, please write to

About the organizers

MU is one of the oldest universities in Myanmar. The university promotes state-of-the art applied research through high-quality teaching and training, developing new generations committed to bringing about change. The university also collaborates with local and international stakeholders to advance knowledge and prioritizes internationalization along with environmental responsibility.

SANDEE and HUC are initiatives of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) under the Mountain Knowledge and Action Networks (MKAN) Regional Programme. SANDEE is a research capacity-building network that works in South Asia and the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region, supporting researchers from the region and institutions interested in the inter-connections between economic development, the environment, and the use of natural resources. HUC is a consortium of universities and higher education institutions in the eight countries of the HKH promoting collaborative research and training on mountain issues from inter- and transdisciplinary perspectives.