Regional Training on Transdisciplinary Approaches toward the Net-zero Target – Call for Applications

The Economy & Environment Partnership for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA) is calling for your application for the regional training grants on Trans-disciplinary Approaches toward the Net-zero Target.

DESCRIPTIONThis 2-day workshop will provide researchers in the Southeast Asia Region with the understanding of technical roadmaps and policy instruments, then the applications to develop their research agenda on the net-zero targets in their country or region.

In addition to the technical, economic and political opportunities and challenges to reach the target of net-zero, the large-scale collective action, individual preferences for net-zero policies, and potential research topics will also be discussed during the workshop.

RESOURCE PERSONSMistra Carbon Exit and Centre for Collective Action Research
DATES17-18 August 2022
VENUEUniversity of Economics Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam


  • Participants will be able to comprehend the technical, economic and political opportunities and challenges to reach the target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions, especially on industry, energy and transportation.
  • Participants will learn how to facilitate collective action (through policy and consideration of acceptance issues)
  • Participants are expected to prepare a concept note for proposal development using economic tools together with transdisciplinary approaches to address the cross-country environmental issues in the Southeast Asia region.


Mistra Carbon Exit

Mistra Carbon Exit is a research programme that identifies and analyzes the technical, economic and political opportunities and challenges for Sweden to reach the target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. We will identify pathways and policies for how Sweden and Swedish companies can become frontrunners in transforming society and industries, providing low carbon products and services while at the same time addressing market risks. This will make Sweden an important international example for other countries to follow.

Centre for Collective Action Research (CeCAR)

CeCAR is an interdisciplinary centre started in 2016 as part of the University of Gothenburg´s big focus on global social challenges: UGOT Challenges. At CeCAR, researchers in the sciences, social sciences and humanities collaborate with government agencies and organisations. In addition, CeCAR has an international advisory board of world-leading researchers and representatives from the policy sphere.

The Centre for Collective Action Research, CeCAR, focuses on one of the most pressing challenges of today: Large-Scale Collective Action, LSCA. This is a challenge that needs to be addressed in order to overcome most of our current social, environmental and health problems.

Resource persons of the course are a team of scholars, led by Dr. Åsa Löfgren, Associate Professor at the Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg. Löfgren is an expert in the area of climate economics; in particular she has focused on climate change and behavioral economics. She is particularly interested in the effect and design of policy instruments, fairness, and industrial investment behavior, such as firms’ carbon-reduction investment behavior in response to climate strategies. Löfgren has published numerous articles in international peer-reviewed journals, as well as book chapters, policy papers and reports.


Day 1 August 17’th

  • Lecture 1 (3 hours) Lecturer present at the venue. Associate professor Åsa Löfgren
    • How to work interdisciplinary on issues related to climate change & why collaboration is important
    • The latest IPCC report and the current status of global climate negotiations, some insights from COP 26 and the Glasgow Climate Pact
    • Example from Sweden: implementing national climate targets and assessing the targets with an interdisciplinary climate policy council
    • Group discussions about country specific challenges of net-zero targets and how research can support climate transition of societies and countries
  • Lecture 2 (3 hours) Digital lecture. Professor Filip Johnsson
    • Technical roadmaps: which are possible roads forward towards net-zero with focus on the basic material industry and the energy sector
    • The importance of a supply/value chain perspective
    • Continued group discussions about research agendas to support climate transition of (your) country or region

Day 2 August 18’th

  • Lecture 3 (3 hours) Lecturer present at the venue. Associate professor Åsa Löfgren
    • Policy instruments and policy packages to support a transition to a net zero future
    • Status of carbon pricing globally – potential and limitations
    • Continued group discussions about research agendas to support climate transition of (your) country or region
  • Lecture 4 (3 hours) Digital lecture. Associate professor Niklas Harring
    • Individual behavior and policy acceptance (1.5 hours)
    • Group presentations of initial thoughts on what would constitute a relevant research agenda to support climate transition of (your) country or region (1.5 hours)



  • Applicants should be nationals of the following Southeast Asian countries: Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  • Applicants must hold at least a master’s degree in economics.
  • Applicants should have basic knowledge in economic modeling and/or climate change.

Application requirements

Application submissions should include the following:

  1. Detailed CV;
  2. Letter of application indicating:
    • Expression of your academic career goals and planning.
    • Where/how applicant intends to use what is learned from the course.
    • Sharing your research idea (less than one page) related to the course topic.

The above-mentioned requirements are requested to submit (all-in-one PDF/ZIP package) online through

Grant coverage

Thanks to the generous support from Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the course participation of accepted applicants will be fully sponsored. The EEPSEA Partnership will cover round-trip travel expenses to Vietnam, accommodation, and meal allowance.

Important dates

  • Deadline of application requirements:     10 July 2022
  • Notification of acceptance:                         20 July 2022

Note: Only chosen applicants will be personally notified.

Download the call: EEPSEA Call for Training Transdisciplinary 2022