The South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics

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The South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) is a regional network that seeks to bring together analysts from the different countries in South Asia to address their development-environment problems. Its mission is to strengthen the capacity of individuals and institutions in South Asia to undertake research on the interlinkages among economic development, poverty, and environmental change, and to disseminate practical information that can be applied to development policies. SANDEE’s activities cover Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka


SANDEE invites research concept notes, which are evaluated on their academic and policy significance. Full proposals are requested after peer-review. While SANDEE’s focus is on environmental management, research has to have a strong economics component. Multi-disciplinary projects, crossborder collaborations and trans-boundary topics are prioritized.

SANDEE builds skills along with knowledge. Researchers work with advisors and receive training on multiple topics, including economic modeling, quantitative analyses and statistics. Each researcher attends a number of workshops throughout the grant period that are designed to strengthen research products.