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Call for Application The Commissioned Research Project 2023

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The Commissioned Research Project

“Human Rights and Environment in Southeast

I. General
SHAPE-SEA (Strengthening Human Rights and Peace
Research/ Education in ASEAN/Southeast Asia) was borne out of a desire by
Southeast Asian human rights and peace scholars to establish ways to develop
or strengthen the capacities and knowledge of fellow academics working in the
region. It is a joint program of the ASEAN University Network- Human Rights
Education Theme (AUN-HRE) and the Southeast Asian Human Rights Studies Network
(SEAHRN) supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation
Agency (SIDA).SHAPE-SEA’s vision is to strengthen the protection and
promotion of human rights and peace in Southeast Asia/ASEAN through education
and research. It also supports research efforts on human rights and peace in
Southeast Asia. One of the increasing capacity programs is conducting
commissioned research to respond to various critical issues in the region
involving scholars and experts in our networks.After long discussions with
different partners this year, SHAPE-SEA decided that “Human Rights and
Environment in Southeast Asia” to be our research topic. The selection is
based on the current international, regional, and regional development, which
requires immediate actions to respond to global environmental challenges,
including climate change. One way to do so is to view the environment and
climate change from a human rights perspective.Protection of the environment
has been recognised as a human right, particularly in the right to a safe,
clean, healthy, and sustainable environment. The human rights framework
provides an unassailable moral and legal justification for immediate and
urgent action to protect the environment for the benefit of all persons. On the other
side, Environmental sustainability and promoting, protecting, and fulfilling
human rights are complementary objectives at the core of sustainable
development. This right has been adopted as constitutional right in at least
150 states and recognised
in the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD). It is further
included in  the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and ASEAN-UN Plan of Action
(2021-2025).Fulfilling this right requires ensuring a safe and stable
climate, conserving biodiversity and ecosystems, a non-toxic environment,
participation, access to information, and justice in environmental matters.
It is a necessary enabling condition for effectively enjoying human rights
enshrined in treaties, including the International Covenant on Civil and
Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social,
and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).Discussing human rights and the environment will
not limit to how citizen’s rights and obligations to environmental sustainability
but moreover, it’s including how States’ obligations to prevent the adverse
impacts of environmental degradation on the enjoyment of human rights and
also how businesses are responsible for respecting human rights, doing no
harm, and exercising due diligence in carrying out their activities.Talking about
human rights and the environment has become crucial in Southeast Asia. All
countries in South East Asia suffer from environmental degradation and
challenges. Natural resources are slowly being eroded along with the
depletion of natural resources guided by a growth paradigm.
Moreover, the depletion of biodiversity and tropical forests and the
destruction of peatlands are more apparent, causing much damage and impacting
people and their lifestyles. It is complicated because people are unaware of
what is happening; therefore, it is essential to ensure that more people are
aware of this issue. This book attempts to respond to this challenge by
providing literature that students and stakeholders can use to clearly
understand the nexus between the environment and human rights and their
implications.II. Research Scope and
 Individual applicants
should select a specific area where the intersection between human rights and
the environment in Southeast Asia is unexplored or understudied and provide
further analysis of the chosen area. Topics may include (but are not limited

  • Gender and environment
  • Transboundary damages and liability
  • State
    Responsibility and Climate Change
  • Business
  • Vulnerable groups and environments
    include indigenous people, children, women, disabled groups, etc.
  • Technology and environments
  • Climate
  • Migration and

III. Commissioned Writers
SHAPE-SEA is seeking academic experts with the
ability to conduct a short-term study and produce an original and
well-researched academic paper of 8,000-12,000 with the following

  • Applicants should have the expertise and
    extensive credentials relating to the research theme.
  • All applicants should be researchers and academics affiliated with
    an academic institution in Southeast Asia
  • Selected
    individual researchers are given 10 to 12 months for data collection,
    writing, and editing.
  • Applicants should submit a mini
    proposal, CV, and letter of reference
  • Applicants should
    have expertise and extensive credentials relating to the research
  • Applicants will submit information on their
    research work, academic tasks, the time needed to complete the project, and
    financial information, including bank details.
  • Successful applicants will receive 60.000 THB as his/her fee,
    inclusive of any related research expenses, which will be sent to the
    institutional bank account. Therefore, the application should prepare a
    research budget plan.

IV. Expected Result
and Output
All candidates will follow the rigorous selection
process by the independent selection committee consisting of experts in this
field to ensure the academic quality of the research fellow. Each successful
candidate will be assigned to write a book chapter with the guidance of the
selected editor. All book chapters will be compiled to be a
book.V. Criteria of Mini Proposal Application
To examine the capacity of each applicant to conduct
the project, an independent selection committee will be established
consisting of experts with expertise in environment, human rights, and/or
methodology. The committee is assigned to select the editor/lead research and
research team members/writers. To do so, the selection committee will be
paying particular attention to a highly qualified Mini Proposal which
consists of the following:

  • Title;
  • Name and Affiliate of Researcher/s;
  • Brief
    Description of the Study;
  • Research Rationale and
  • Risk Analysis;
  • Methodology, Hypothesis;
  • Human Rights and/or
    Peace Impact Assessment;
  • Timeframe;
  • Short Literature Review;
  • Expected Outputs;
  • List of bibliography of related work.


Applicants must
download and complete the “Commissioned Research mini proposal
2023” form below, send it including a proposed budget, and an example of
an academic paper/report (maximum 5 pages) relevant to the theme to the
SHAPE-SEA Research Committee at 
by 26 August 2023.VII. Process and

Procedures Timeline
Application Deadline 26 August 2023
Mini Proposal and Due
27 August – 8
September 2023
Final Selection 10 September – 25 September
Announcement of shortlisted applicants 30 September
Commissioned Research Team Meetings and
15 October 2023

For any inquiries contact us at:,  or
“Human Rights and the Environment: UNDG
Guidance Note on Human Rights for Resident Coordinators and UN Country
Teams”, 2017, UNSDG,,
accessed 8 May 2023. “Human Rights, the Environment and
Gender Equality”, 2022, OHCHR,,
accessed 8 May 2023. Article 28(f) of the ASEAN Human Rights
Declaration. Ibid., Mario Ivan Lopez, Pancaroba
Tropika: Perubahan Lingkungan Hidup di Asia Tenggara
, (Yogyakarta:
Insist Press, 2021).

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