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Md. Sayed Iftekhar

Dr Md. Sayed Iftekhar

Senior Research Fellow
Agriculture and Environment, School of

Contact details
School of Agriculture and Environment
The University of Western Australia (M089)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 4634
Room G009, Agriculture North West Wing, Perth campus

Senior Research Fellow
Environmental Economics and Policy, Centre for (CEEP)

Contact details
Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy (CEEP)
The University of Western Australia (M089)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 4634
Room G009, Agriculture North West Wing, Perth campus
BSc Khulna, MSc Oxf., PhD W.Aust.
I am an environmental and resource economist with broad interests in the interactions between human and nature. I have received training on forestry (Khulna University) and biodiversity conservation (Oxford University). I also have worked on coastal zone management in Bangladesh for several years. During my pre-PhD phase, I looked at environmental issues such as sustainable forest management, ecosystem services, protected areas and environmental conservation from biological and resource management viewpoints. Later, with PhD training at University of Western Australia (UWA), I have started using different economic tools such as agent based modelling, laboratory experiments and simulations to study these issues. I also have broadened my interests to combinatorial conservation auctions, fisheries quota allocation, networks and group formation, market design for environmental water buyback and intergenerational equity and risk aversion, etc.
Key research
•Urban water management
•Environmental service payment
•Mechanism design
•Group formation and coordination
•Protected areas and conservation
•Fisheries management
•Environmental water buyback
•Sustainable tourism
Published more than 30 papers.

Recent publications

1.Iftekhar, M. S., Polyakov, M., Ansell, D., Gibson, F., Kay, G., 2016. How economics can further the success of ecological restoration. Conservation Biology.
2.Iftekhar, M. S., Tisdell, J. G., 2015. Bidding and performance in multiple unit combinatorial fishery quota auctions: Role of information feedbacks. Marine Policy, 62, 233-243.
3.Iftekhar, M. S., Pannell, D., 2015. ‘Biases’ in adaptive natural resource management. Conservation Letters.
4.Iftekhar, M. S., Tisdell, J. G., 2015. An agent based analysis of combinatorial bidding for spatially targeted multi-objective environmental programs. Environmental and Resource Economics, 1 - 22.
5.Iftekhar, M. S., Tisdell, J. G., 2014. Wildlife corridor market design: An experimental analysis of the impact of project selection criteria and bidding flexibility. Ecological Economics, 104, 50 - 60.
6.Iftekhar, M. S., Hailu, A., Lindner, R. K., 2014. Does it pay to increase competition in combinatorial conservation auctions? Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics (CJAE), 62, 411 – 433.
7.Iftekhar, M. S., Tisdell, J., Gilfedder, L., 2014. Private lands for biodiversity conservation: Review of conservation covenanting programs in Tasmania, Australia. Biological Conservation, 169, 176-184.
8.Iftekhar, M. S., Hailu, A., Lindner, R. K., 2013. Choice of item pricing feedback schemes for multiple unit reverse combinatorial auctions. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 64: 1571 - 1582.
9.Iftekhar, M. S., Tisdell, J. G., Connor, J. D. 2013. Effect of competition on environmental water buyback auction. Agricultural Water Management, 127: 59 - 73.
10.Tisdell, J. G., Iftekhar, M. S., 2013. Fisheries quota allocation: Laboratory experiments on simultaneous and combinatorial auctions. Marine Policy, 38(2): 228 – 234.
Future research
•Impact of social networks on environmental programs
•Impact of behavioural biases on environmental programs
Funding received
•PUB Singapore R&D grant, Economic Evaluation of ABC Waters Design Features Implemented by the Private Sector and Public Agencies with NUS, 2016, $ 499,243 SGD
•Global Cities Research Institute (GCRI) Small Research Grant, RMIT with Sarah Bekessy, 2015, $15,000 AUD
•Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (ARC CEED) and CEEP workshop grant $17,135 AUD
•UWA Research Collaboration Award, 2014, $19,981 AUD
•Faculty of Business of UTAS Publication incentive grant, 2013, $7,700 AUD
•Faculty of Business of UTAS Small Research grant to conduct laboratory experiments on combinatorial auctions for fisheries market, 2011, $9,660 AUD
•CSIRO Flagship Collaboration Research Fund to implement “Trade-offs in environmental and irrigation carry-over and trade provision settings” with Prof John Tisdell of UTAS, 2011, $55,000 AUD
•International Post-Graduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) and University of Western Australia Award (UPA) to study PhD in the School of Agricultural and Resource Economics of University of Western Australia, 2007-2010, $166,250 AUD approx.
•Dissertation Support Scheme / Internship in the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Oxford, 2006, £1,000 GBP
•Shell Centenary Scholarship to study one-year M.Sc. course in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management in Oxford University, 2005-2006, £21,000 GBP
Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES)
Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA)
Honours and awards
•Winner of the Heading North Award 2015 by Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES)
•Winner of the Best PhD Thesis Award 2011 by Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES)
Previous positions
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2010 – 2013), School of Economics and Finance, University of Tasmania
Current external positions
Associate Editor - IMA Journal of Management Mathematics
Current projects
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