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Md. Sayed Iftekhar

Dr Md. Sayed Iftekhar

Senior Research Fellow
Agriculture and Environment, School of

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School of Agriculture and Environment
The University of Western Australia (M089)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 4634
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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
Journal articles

1.Maksym, P., Chalak, M., Iftekhar, M. S., Pandit, R., Tapsuwan, S., Zhang, F., Ma, C., 2016. Authorship, collaboration, topics, and research gaps in Environmental and Resource Economics 1991-2015. Environmental and Resource Economics, 1-23. DOI: 10.1007/s10640-017-0147-2ISI. Impact Factor: 1.426. Ranking (Economics) 76/333 (Q1). Rating: A.
2.Iftekhar, M. S., Fogarty, J., 2017. Impact of water allocation strategies to manage groundwater resources in Western Australia: equity and efficiency considerations. Journal of Hydrology, 548: 145-156. ISI Impact Factor: 3.043. Ranking (Water Resources) 6/85 (Q1). Rating: A*.
3.Swapan, M., Iftekhar, M. S., Li, X., 2017. Contextual variations in perceived social values for ecosystem services in urban parks: A comparative study of China and Australia. Cities, 61:17-26. ISI Impact Factor: 2.051. Ranking (Urban Studies) 5/39 (Q1). Rating: A.
4.Thi Quynh, C. N., Schilizzi, S., Hailu, A., Iftekhar, M. S., 2017. Territorial Use Rights for Fisheries (TURFs): State of the art, and the road ahead. Marine Policy, 75: 41–52. ISI Impact Factor: 2.610. Ranking (Environmental Studies) 13/100 (Q1). Rating: A.
5.Iftekhar, M. S., Polyakov, M., Ansell, D., Gibson, F., Kay, G., 2016. How economics can further the success of ecological restoration. Conservation Biology. ISI Impact Factor: 4.165. Ranking (Biodiversity Conservation) 5 /44 (Q1). Rating: A*.
6.Rakatama, A., Pandit, R., Ma, C., Iftekhar, M. S., 2016. The costs and benefits of REDD+: A review of the literature. Forest Policy and Economics. ISI Impact Factor: 1.552. Ranking (Forestry) 20 / 66 (Q2). Rating: C.
7.Iftekhar, M. S., Tisdell, J. G., 2016. An agent based analysis of combinatorial bidding for spatially targeted multi-objective environmental programs. Environmental and Resource Economics, 64 (4), 537-558. ISI Impact Factor: 1.426. Ranking (Economics) 76/333 (Q1). Rating: A.
8.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. ISI Impact Factor: 2.610. Ranking (Environmental Studies) 13/100 (Q1). Rating: A.
9.Iftekhar, M. S., Pannell, D., 2015. ‘Biases’ in adaptive natural resource management. Conservation Letters, 8(6), 388 - 396. ISI Impact Factor: 7.241. Ranking (Biodiversity Conservation) 3 /44 (Q1).
10.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. ISI Impact Factor: 2.720. Ranking (Economics) 25/333 (Q1). Ranking (Economics and Business) 15/589 (Q1). Rating: A.
11.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. ISI Impact Factor: 0.855. Ranking (Agricultural Economics and Policy) 10/17 (Q3). Rating: A
12.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. ISI Impact Factor: 3.762. Ranking (Biodiversity Conservation) 6 /44 (Q1). Rating: A.
13.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. ISI Impact Factor: 0.989. Ranking (Engineering) 125/838(Q1). Rating: A.
14.Iftekhar, M. S., Tisdell, J. G., Connor, J. D. 2013. Effect of competition on environmental water buyback auction. Agricultural Water Management, 127: 59 - 73. ISI Impact Factor: 2.286. Ranking (Agricultural Sciences) 29/325 (Q1). Rating: A.
15.Tisdell, J. G., Iftekhar, M. S., 2013. Fisheries quota allocation: Laboratory experiments on simultaneous and combinatorial auctions. Marine Policy, 38(2): 228 – 234. ISI Impact Factor: 2.610. Ranking (Environmental Studies) 13/100 (Q1). Rating: A.
16.Islam, M. W., Rahman, M. M., Iftekhar, M. S., Rakkibu, M. G., 2013. Can community-based tourism facilitate conservation of the Bangladesh Sundarbans?. Journal of Ecotourism, 12(2): 119 - 129. Rating: B.
17.Iftekhar, M. S., Hailu, A., Lindner, R. K., 2012. Combinatorial auctions for procuring agri-environmental services: A review of some design issues. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management (AJEM), 19(2): 79-90. ISI Impact Factor: 0.600. Ranking (Environmental Studies) 77/100 (Q4). Rating: A.
18.Iftekhar, M. S., Hailu, A., Lindner, R. K., 2012. The effect of bidders’ heterogeneity on combinatorial conservation auction designs. Environmental and Resource Economics, 53: 137 – 157. ISI Impact Factor: 1.426. Ranking (Economics) 76/333 (Q1). Rating: A.
19.Iftekhar, M. S., Hailu, A., Lindner, R. K., 2012. Combinatorial auction designs for biodiversity conservation. Society & Natural Resources, 25(10): 965-979. ISI Impact Factor: 1.284. Ranking (Social Sciences, general) 262/2084 (Q1). Rating: A.
20.Iftekhar, M. S., Tisdell, J. G., 2012. Comparison of simultaneous and combinatorial auction designs in fisheries quota market. Marine Policy, 36(2): 446 - 453. ISI Impact Factor: 2.610. Ranking (Environmental Studies) 13/100 (Q1). Rating: A.
21.Iftekhar, M. S., Hailu, A., 2012. Experience weighted attraction (EWA) learning parameter value choice for multiple unit iterative combinatorial auction games. Journal of Computational Optimization in Economics and Finance, 3(1): 1-11.
22.Iftekhar, M. S., Hailu, A., Lindner, R. K., 2011. Item price information feedback in multiple unit combinatorial auctions: design issues. IMA Journal of Management Mathematics, 22(3): 271-289. ISI Impact Factor: 0.500. Ranking (Operations Research and Management Science) 75/81 (Q4). Rating: B.
23.Iftekhar, M. S., 2011. Protecting a world heritage, the Sundarbans: an appraisal of national and international environmental laws. Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law (APJEL), 13(2): 249 - 268.
24.Islam, M. R., Iftekhar, M. S., Islam, M. W., 2011. Potential of ecotourism development in Bangladesh coast: An overview. Tourism Review International, 15 (4): 325-336. Rating: C.
25.Iftekhar, M. S., Tupsuwan, S., 2010. Review of transportation choice research in Australia: Implications for sustainable urban transport design. Natural Resources Forum, 34: 255-265. ISI Impact Factor: 1.146. Ranking (Social Sciences, general) 812/2084 (Q2). Rating: C.
26.Iftekhar, M. S., 2008. An overview of mangrove management strategies in three South Asian countries: Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka. International Forestry Review, 10(1): 38-51. ISI Impact Factor: 1.051. Ranking (Forestry) 33/65 (Q3). Rating: C.
27.Iftekhar, M. S., 2008. Functions and development of reforested mangrove areas: A review. International Journal of Biodiversity Science and Management, 4 (1): 1-14.
28.Iftekhar, M. S., Saenger, P., 2008. Vegetation dynamics in the Bangladesh Sundarbans mangroves: A review of forest inventories. Wetlands Ecology and Management, 16(4): 291-312. ISI Impact Factor: 1.274. Ranking (Environment/Ecology) 164/324 (Q3). Rating: C.
29.Iftekhar, M. S., Takama, T., 2008. Perceptions of biodiversity, environmental services and conservation of planted mangroves: A case study on Nijhum Dwip Island, Bangladesh. Wetlands Ecology and Management, 16(2): 119-137. ISI Impact Factor: 1.274. Ranking (Environment/Ecology) 164/324 (Q3). Rating: C.
30.Iftekhar, M. S., 2006. Conservation and Management of the Bangladesh Coastal Ecosystem: Overview of an integrated approach. Natural Resources Forum, 30: 230-237. ISI Impact Factor: 1.146. Ranking (Social Sciences, general) 812/2084 (Q2). Rating: C.
31.Iftekhar, M. S., 2006. Forestry in Bangladesh: An Overview. Journal of Forestry, 104 (3): 148-153. ISI Impact Factor: 2.000. Ranking (Forestry) 11/65 (Q1). Rating: B.
32.Iftekhar, M. S., 2005. From timber management to forest management: An initial discussion on forest management evolution. Journal of Forest Science, 51 (9): 412-429.
33.Iftekhar, M. S., Hoque, A. K. F., 2005. Causes of forest encroachment: An analysis of Bangladesh. Geojournal, 62 (1-2): 95-106. Rating: B.
34.Iftekhar, M. S., Islam, M. R., 2004. Managing mangroves in Bangladesh: A strategy analysis. Journal of Coastal Conservation, 10: 139-146. ISI Impact Factor: 0.898. Ranking (Environment/Ecology) 246/324 (Q4). Rating: C.
35.Iftekhar, M. S., Islam, M. R., 2004. Degeneration of Bangladesh Sundarbans: A Management Issue. International Forestry Review, 6 (2): 123-135. ISI Impact Factor: 1.051. Ranking (Forestry) 33/65 (Q3). Rating: C.
36.Dutta, A. K., Iftekhar, M. S., 2004. Tree species survival in the homestead forests of salt affected areas: A perception analysis for Bangladesh. Journal of Biological Sciences, 4 (3): 309 - 313.
37.Rashid, M. M., Hoque, A. K. F., Iftekhar, M. S., 2004. Salt tolerances of some multipurpose tree species as determined by seed germination. Journal of Biological Sciences, 4 (3): 288 - 292.

Book chapters

38.Schilizzi, S., Iftekhar, M. S., 2017. The justice implications of focusing on the economically efficient use of natural resources and environmental impacts. In: Lukasiewicz, A., Dovers, S., Robin, L., McKay, J., Schilizzi, S., Graham, S., (eds), Natural Resources and Environmental Justice: Australian Perspectives. CSIRO, Clayton, 169-182 pp.
39.Iftekhar, M. S., Polyakov, M., Gibson, F., 2016. Restoring ecosystem services on private farmlands: Lessons from economics. In: Ansell, D., Gibson, F., Salt, D. (eds.), Learning from agri-environment schemes in Australia: investing in biodiversity and other ecosystem services on farms. ANU Press, Canberra, 127 – 137 pp.
40.Iftekhar, M. S., Mahmud, M., 2012. Socio-economic context of mangrove loss: A cross-country analysis. In: Joshua A. Jenkins (ed.), Forest Decline: Causes and Impacts. Nova Science Publishers, USA, 127 – 146 pp.
41.Iftekhar, M. S., Hailu, A., Lindner, R. K., 2009. Auction designs for native biodiversity conservation on private lands. In: Pardue, G. H., Olvera, T. K. (eds.), Ecological restoration. Nova Science Publishers, USA, 1- 45 pp. Google Scholar Citation 5.

Other academic and industry outputs
42.Iftekhar, M. S., 2017. Can Economics Enhance Ecological Restoration?. Australasian Science, May/June: 46
43.Iftekhar, M. S., Tisdell, J. G., Sprod, D., 2013. A review of conservation project selection criteria in the Midlands Biodiversity Hotspot Tender, Tasmania: Sensitivity to project duration and auction budget. LaP Hub Report. Hobart: Landscapes & Policy Research Hub; National Environmental Research Program.
44.Iftekhar, M. S., Khan, M. S. I., 2011. An appraisal of tropical forest management approaches: Lessons for implementing REDD+ projects in South Asia. SAARC Forestry Journal, 1:1-24 [Non-Referred article]
45.Lahiri-Dutt, K., Slack, K., Baker, L., Downs, T.J., McNeely, J.A., Tambunan, T., Iftekhar, M.S., Franks, D., Souza, W., Munthali, S.M., Wambuguh, O., Doe, S.S.P., Peiter, C.C., Villas Boas, R.C., 2009. How can revenues from natural resources extraction be more efficiently utilized for local sustainable development? Natural Resources Forum, 33(3): 245-249. [Note] ISI Impact Factor: 0.980. Ranking (Environmental Sciences) 159/210 (Q4).
46.Iftekhar, M. S., Akther, M., 2008. SIDR batters Bangladesh Sundarbans mangroves. Commonwealth Forestry Association (CFA) Newsletter, 40: 12-13. [Non-Referred article]
47.Iftekhar, M. S., 2004. Environmental consequences of oil pollution on the Bangladesh Sundarbans – A brief review. Occasional Paper No. 3, International Society of Mangrove Ecosystem, Japan. [Referred article]

In addition, contributed in more than 35 professional books, reports and documents.

Funding received
•CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, IRP2 Integrated economic assessment and business case development for Water Sensitive Cities, 2017, $1.44 million
•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, 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” 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
Industrial relevance
CRC for Water Sensitive Cities
Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES)
Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA)
Honours and awards
•Winner of the Faculty of Science Publication Awards for Early Career Researcher 2016 by the Faculty of Science, University of Western Australia.
•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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