The 11th Congress of the Asian Association of Environmental and Resource Economics (AAERE) will be held at the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City (UEH), Vietnam, August 19 to 20, 2022, co-hosted by the Economy & Environment Partnership for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA) with the support from the Environment for Development in Vietnam. The 11th Congress will be a hybrid type of conference utilizing both online and offline presentations and might be changed into full online conference using Zoom Video Webinars, if the COVID-19 situation gets worse.

The 11th Congress succeeds the very successful previous Congress sessions of AAERE held in Hokkaido (2010), Bandung (2012), Huangsan (2013), Busan (2014), Taipei (2015), Fukuoka(2016), Singapore (2017), Beijing (2019) and Seoul(2021). AAERE jointly organized the 6th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists (WCERE), in cooperation with the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE) and the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE) held in Gothenburg, Sweden, 2018.

You are invited to submit theoretical and empirical papers in all areas of environmental and resource economics for presentation in the Congress.

The main theme of the 11th Congress is “A pathway towards Carbon Neutrality in Asia”

Measures to address climate change have shifted course toward achieving carbon neutrality by the middle of this century. In March 2020, the EU unveiled a long-term strategy with a firm commitment to climate neutrality by 2050. The roadmap toward decarbonization society has begun not only in East Asia like Japan, China and Korea but also in South East Asia like Indonesia and Malaysia. This movement will inevitably lead to carbon neutrality announcements in other Asian nations.

In order to achieve this ambitious target in the region, it is crucial that well-designed decarbonization policies are put in place and that there is coordinated support for transformative decarbonization technologies in different sectors. Majority of the primary energy supply in Asia comes from fossil fuels, which is largely in line with the global average (BP, 2020).

This suggests that the path to carbon neutrality by 2050 will be challenging, given the current technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the policy options available. Reducing the consumption of fossil fuels to virtually zero over the next 30~40 years will require huge economic investment. However, recent years have seen rapid development and cost reduction in a variety of decarbonization technologies, including renewable energy, EV, and hydrogen production, shining a light of hope on the road to carbon neutrality.

We invite leading academics of Asia and around the world to exchange ideas on how to effectively design decarbonization policies and support decarbonization technologies for carbon neutrality.

Furthermore, we will discuss policy cooperation and strategy in Asia to maximize the benefits and minimize the costs associated with carbon neutral climate policies. Successful policy design, supporting new technologies, and cooperation in Asia will not only lead to climate neutrality but will also strengthen future industries and businesses in the region.

The Congress is open not only to scientific works, but also to in-depth policy-related presentations and discussions. The Congress welcomes papers on any environmental and resource economic issues including


Carbon neutrality Mitigation policies of climate change
Impacts of climate change Energy and climate change models
Renewable energy Energy transition
Decarbonization technology Carbon storage and sequestration
Urban and low carbon transportation Low carbon building, house
Environmental governance Non-market valuation
Biodiversity and ecosystem management Health and environment
Water and land management Marine and forest resources
Food and agriculture Environment and development
Waste management Disaster management
International trade and environment International aid and environment
COVID-19 and environmental issue Private sectors and environment


Getting to carbon neutrality: Challenges and implications for Asia

Professor Paul Ekins
Paul Ekins has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of London and is Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources at University College London. He was a Member of the UK Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution from 2002-2008. From 2004-2019 he was a Co-Director of the UK Energy Research Centre. He was a member of the European Commission’s High-Level Panel on the European Decarbonization Pathways Initiative. He is a member of UNEP’s International Resource Panel (IRP), and was the lead author of the IRP’s reports on resource efficiency (commissioned by the G7 governments and presented in Japan in 2016). He was a Co-Chair of UNEP’s sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6), which was presented to the fourth United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi in March 2019. He is the author of numerous papers, book-chapters and articles in a wide range of journals, and has written or edited twelve books. In 1994 Paul Ekins received UNEP’s Global 500 Award ‘for outstanding environmental achievement’. In the UK New Year’s Honors List for 2015 he received an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) for services to environmental policy.

Vietnam Climate Change & Development: The Contexts and Climate Actions

Dr. Muthukumara Mani
Muthukumara Mani (Mani) is a Lead Environmental and Climate Change Economist for the Southeast Asia Region of the World Bank. Mani has been working on climate change mitigation and adaptation issues and environmental issues for most of his career. He has led several regional flagship reports on climate change, glaciers, air pollution, and water. He is leading the Country Climate and Development Report-a new diagnostic being prepared by the World Bank—for Vietnam and Cambodia and policy dialogue on climate change issues in the Southeast Asia region. Mani has led the World Bank’s work on assessing environmental implications of development policy operations in the Environment Global Practice of the World Bank. His work has also focused on country environmental assessments; natural resources management; environmental institutions and governance; and trade and climate change issues. Mani has several books, policy reports, and peer-reviewed journal articles to his credit. He holds a Ph.D. and Masters in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park, USA.


  • June 15, 2022: Deadline for submitting an abstract or a proposal
  • June 22, 2022: Review result notification
  • July 05, 2022: Deadline for the Registration for a presenter and an early-bird participant
  • July 15, 2022: Deadline for a full-paper submission (all sessions)
  • July 25, 2022: Deadline for regular registration for all participants
  • August 19-20, 2022: Date of the Congress

– Registration will open during the Congress.
– A participant should be a 2022 fiscal year active member of AAERE. Before registration, please visit the AAERE homepage ( and take a process to become a 2022 fiscal year active member.


The 11th Congress of the AAERE will be composed of regular parallel sessions, organized thematic sessions, and poster sessions.


To submit papers to the REGULAR PARALLEL SESSIONS, the authors are required to provide an abstract with two pages of word or pdf file inserted form of document in the conference website. The abstract should include the title of the paper, name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s), introduction and objectives, methods adopted, main findings, conclusions and references. The Scientific Committee will select papers for presentation based on scientific quality and originality. Multiple submissions by the same author(s) are allowed, but each participant will be requested to present no more than one paper.

Selection standards for applications

Although AAERE requires only the submission of the abstract when applying to present, the analysis methods, main findings and conclusion must still be clearly described at this stage. We may reject a presentation if the abstract come under any of the following conditions.

  • Abstracts that describe only the research plan
  • Abstracts that do not keep the designated number of letter (two pages (11 font of word or pdf file))
  • Abstracts with insufficient relevance to the topics discussed by AAERE
  • Abstracts intended for personal benefit or that seek to promote political parties, or religions


To submit a proposal to organize the THEMATIC SESSION, three or four papers connected by a unifying theme are required. Thematic sessions aim to highlight current research on a subject in environmental and resource economics. The Scientific Committee will select a limited number of proposed Thematic Sessions based on scientific quality and importance. The thematic sessions will run in parallel in the same way as regular Parallel Sessions.

  • Each organizer of thematic session could apply for only one thematic session. The organizer must be a AAERE member. Non-members must complete the membership procedures before applying. Please visit the AAERE website if you wish to become a member. The presenter of a thematic session does not have to be a member.
  • The organizer must apply with max 2 pages of written proposal and describe its title, organizer, chairperson, presenters, discussants, and an outline of the proposed session. Please be aware that the organizer should inform the presenters, and discussants of any notices from the program committee.
  • Individual presentation abstracts (two pages for each report of word or pdf file inserted form of document in the conference website.) should be registered separately by the presenters for the thematic sessions. Presenters should insert the title of thematic session just under the name of authors in the first page of the abstract. Presenter at the thematic session could present only once at the regular parallel session if she or he is the member of AAERE.


To submit a paper for the POSTER SESSIONS, the author(s) are required to provide an abstract with 2~4 pages that includes the title of the paper, name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s), introduction and objectives, methods adopted, and the main findings, conclusions and references. The requirements for formatting of the poster will be provided later. Submissions will be selected by the Scientific Committee based on quality.

  • Poster Sessions consist of short oral presentations of your research without discussants (10 minutes for oral presentation + 5 minutes for questions from the floor). Poster Sessions do not require the submission of the full paper. Poster Sessions are arranged as parallel sessions with the Regular Parallel Sessions.
  • Scientific Committee will offer a prize for the best Poster which will be acknowledged as frontier in the field of Environmental and Resource Economics. Please note that only young academics (under 40 years of age) are eligible for the Best Poster Prize. The presenters who want to be a candidate as the Best Poster Prize should write her or his birth dates in the abstracts. The presenter must be a AAERE member.

* Note: Authors of all sessions or organizers of the thematic sessions should write the type of sessions in which they want to present on the top line of the first page of the abstracts or proposals.


Early bird:

– For regular participants $99

– For student participants $49

– For attendees (no presentation) $30


– For regular participants $150

– For student participants $100

– For attendees (no presentation) $30


A participant should be a 2022 fiscal year active member of AAERE. Before registration, please visit the AAERE homepage ( and take a process to become a 2022 fiscal year active member.