Sayed Iftekhar

Mr, BSc Khulna, MSc Oxf., PhD W.Aust.

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

    6009 Perth


  • 609 Citations
  • 12 h-Index

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Personal profile


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.

Funding overview

• 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

Previous positions

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2010 – 2013), School of Economics and Finance, University of Tasmania

Current projects

Industrial relevance

CRC for Water Sensitive Cities


• Urban water management
• Environmental service payment
• Mechanism design
• Group formation and coordination
• Protected areas and conservation
• Fisheries management
• Environmental water buyback
• Sustainable tourism

Research expertise keywords

  • Environmental economics and policy
  • Agent-based modelling (computational economics)
  • Coastal management
  • Water economics and policy
  • Non-market valuation
  • Auction design
  • Experimental economics
  • Forestry

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Research Output

Key considerations and challenges in the application of social-network research for environmental decision making

Guerrero, A. M., Barnes, M., Bodin, O., Chades, I., Davis, K. J., Iftekhar, M. S., Morgans, C. & Wilson, K. A., 7 Feb 2020, In : Conservation Biology. 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Policy forum: Improving the acceptability of REDD+ projects among local households in Indonesia

Rakatama, A., Pandit, R., Iftekhar, S. & Ma, C., Jul 2020, In : Forest Policy and Economics. 116, 102172.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Small Lot Housing as a Means to Realise Compact Cities: The Case of Perth, Western Australia

    Swapan, M. S. H., Khan, S., Mackenzie, M. & Iftekhar, M. S., 2 Jan 2020, In : Urban Policy and Research. 38, 1, p. 37-50 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Open Access
  • Community Perceptions of the Implementation and Adoption of WSUD Approaches for Stormwater Management

    Leonard, R., Iftekhar, S., Green, M. & Walton, A., 2019, APPROACHES TO WATER SENSITIVE URBAN DESIGN: POTENTIAL, DESIGN, ECOLOGICAL HEALTH, URBAN GREENING, ECONOMICS, POLICIES, AND COMMUNITY PERCEPTIONS. Sharma, AK., Gardner, T. & Begbie, D. (eds.). Pergamon, p. 499-522 24 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter