Maksym Polyakov

Dr, MS KTH (Stockholm), PhD Auburn

  • The University of Western Australia (M087), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Being interested in natural resources, I studied forest management at the National Agricultural University in Ukraine. After eight years of working in forest management planning, I pursued my doctorate degree in applied economics at Auburn University in the US. Prior to coming to UWA, I had postdoctoral positions at Auburn University and NCSU studying anthropogenic effects on diversity of forest trees; impact of property tax policy, urbanization, and markets on land use change; and analysing harvest behaviour of private forest owners. I am interested in the integration of ecology and economics to better understand the choices humans make concerning natural resources and consequences of these choices for the environment.

Funding overview

2016. CRC for Water Sensitive Cities ex National University of Singapore, “Economic Evaluation of ABC Waters Design Features Implemented by the Private Sector & Public Agencies”. $129,570
Sayed Iftekhar, David Pannell, James Fogarty and Maksym Polyakov

2010. UWA Research Development Award Scheme “The Value of Urban Trees in the Perth Metropolitan Area: A hedonistic Analysis of Home Sale Prices.” $24,178. Ram Pandit, Maksym Polyakov, and Rohan Sadler.
2007. National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc. (NCASI), Research Triangle Park, NC. “Quantitative Assessment of Land Resources Currently and Potentially Available for Tree Plantations in the U.S. South.” $20,000. Daowei Zhang and Maksym Polyakov.

Previous positions

2008 Research Associate, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, North Carolina State University
2005–2007 Research Fellow, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University

Current projects

Optimal revegetation of agricultural land for biodiversity
Valuing environmental assets in rural landscapes
Values of trees and green space in Perth
Water Sensitive Cities: economic modelling and analysis
Comparing strategies for investing in biodiversity

Teaching overview

SCIE3367. Decision Tools for NRM


Economics of land use change
Economics of ecological restoration
Spatially explicit bio-economic modelling
Valuation of ecosystem services
Economics of urban public open space
Economics of water sensitive urban design



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Research expertise keywords

  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Bio-economic modelling
  • Ecosystem services
  • Environmental economics
  • Forest economics and policy
  • Hedonic modelling
  • Natural resource management
  • Natural resource economics
  • Non-market valuation
  • Spatial econometrics
  • Urban forestry


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