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43rd Biannual research and training workshop


Kathmandu, Nepal

Date & Time

24 June 2022 to 27 June 2022


Manashree Newa

About the workshop

As a part of its research capacity and academic leadership development activities, SANDEE is holding its 43rd Biannual research and training workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal. SANDEE grantees and faculty advisors are expected to attend the workshop, where they will be reviewing the progress of the research under past SANDEE grants and developing an action plan for each project for the next six months. Researchers will have the opportunity to interact with mentors and peers for improving the quality of their research and developing their research capacity.



The South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) is an initiative of ICIMOD under the regional programme on Mountain Knowledge and Action Networks (MKAN). SANDEE is a research capacity and leadership building network that supports South Asian and Hindu Kush Himalaya researchers and institutions interested in the connections between economic development, the environment, and the use of natural resources.



Karl-Göran Mäler Memorial Lecture 2022

24 June 2022 | 9:00-11:00 (Nepal Standard Time) | Hybrid (Gokarna Forest Resort and Zoom)

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Lecture 1

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Nepali agricultural firms


Biswo Nath Poudel
Vice Chairperson, National Planning Commission, Nepal

Biswo Nath Poudel is the Chairperson of the ICIMOD Board of Governors, Vice Chairperson of the National Planning Commission, Nepal, and president of the Colombo Plan Council. He holds a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.

Dr Poudel’s lecture will focus on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on different performance indicators of agricultural firms in Nepal and how they compare with the performance of non-agricultural firms, using panel data collected during the lockdown. The lecture will also discuss possible mechanisms through which such differential impacts were realised and the Nepal government’s policy responses to mitigate the impacts and possible ways in which they affected the firms’ outcomes.


Lecture 2

Success and failure of communities managing natural resources: Static and dynamic inefficiencies


Fracois Libois
Researcher, French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment
Professor, Paris School of Economics

François Libois is an applied microeconomist, working at the intersection of environmental, development and institutional economics. More than half of his research time is devoted to projects dealing with Nepal, mostly around issues related to forest management and energy access. Dr Libois is involved in projects on small-scale fisheries and on the provision of public goods by non-governmental organizations. He has been a SANDEE faculty advisor for the past few years.




Pranab Mukhopadhyay

Pranab Mukhopadhyay is a Professor of Economics at the Goa Business School and the Program Director for Economics at Goa University, India. He is a Fellow of SANDEE and has been associated with SANDEE at various capacities. Dr. Mukhopadhyay was also the President of the Indian Society for Ecological Economics (INSEE) from 2016-18. His research is focused on the interface between environment and development issues. Dr. Mukhopadhyay studied in Presidency College, Calcutta and Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.


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