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Tafesse Estifanos is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy (CEEP), the UWA School of Agriculture and Environment. He holds a PhD in Environmental and Natural Resources Economics from UWA. He also completed an MSc in Environmental Sciences (Wageningen University) and a European Master of Science in Nematology (Ghent University). His research integrates ecological, economic, and social aspects of environmental assets, including forest and biodiversity. His PhD focused on applications of the non-market valuation to estimate the socioeconomic values of threatened species and a rigorous evaluation of conservation policy using human livelihood outcomes in the context of terrestrial protected areas. The findings are published in high impact discipline-specific journals, including ecological economics and land use policy. He collaborates with professionals and scientists internationally and has extensive research experience in Australia, Ethiopia, Germany, and the USA. Tafesse’s recently completed research project; on the environment-human health nexus at the University of Vermont, the USA, focused on the impact of land use change on malaria prevalence in endemic sub-Sahara Africa. Tafesse is interested in the application of environmental economics to inform environmental decisions that positively impact the environment and society.

Roles and responsibilities

Research Fellow, Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy

Research interests

Environmental and natural resource economics
Management of natural resources

Environmental sustainability

Protected areas and human livelihoods
Environmental policy
Bioeconomic modelling
Modelling land use change and human health

Environmental Economic Accounting

Current projects

Project-level environmental economic accounting for coastal blue carbon ecosystems

Teaching overview

Postgraduate Teaching (Casual), UWA School of Agriculture and Environment

SCIE 4401–Data Use in Science ( 2018-2019)

ECON 4410­–Environmental and Resource Economics (2019)

Undergraduate Teaching (Hawassa University, Ethiopia)

Biol 4104 Conservation and Management of Natural Resources

Biol 4101 Principles of Ecology

Biol 4105 Wildlife Ecology and Management

Biol 455 Environmental Pollution and Water Management

Biol 453 Environmental Sciences

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Environmental and Natural Resources Economics, PhD, Protected areas, ecosystem services and human livelihoods nexus-socioeconomic values of biodiversity conservation: 'Values and preferences for the protection of the Ethiopian wolf and the impact of protected areas on local livelihoods, The University of Western Australia

3 Sept 201516 Nov 2019

Award Date: 17 Nov 2019

Nematology, European Master of Science in Nematology, Selective feeding in nematodes – The importance of algae and bacteria as food sources for free living nematodes: a stable isotope approach, Ghent University

4 Sept 200930 Jun 2011

Award Date: 1 Jul 2011

Environmental Sciences, MSc, Integrated Assessment of ecosystem services and stakeholder analysis of Abijata-Shalla Lakes National Park, Ethiopia, Wageningen University

1 Sept 200627 Aug 2008

Award Date: 28 Aug 2008

Biology, BSc, The spoilage potential of Bacillus spp isolated from two common spices in Ethiopian Sauces, Hawassa University

15 Sept 20017 Jul 2005

Award Date: 7 Jul 2005

External positions

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Vermont

28 Sept 202010 Sept 2022

Research Fellow, Griffith University Queensland

14 Apr 202027 Sept 2020

Lecturer, Hawassa University

15 Aug 200815 Feb 2017

Industry keywords

  • Environmental
  • Health
  • Oceans

Research expertise keywords

  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Natural resource management
  • Environmental economics and policy
  • Natural resource economics
  • Ecological economics
  • Socioecological systems
  • Threatened species
  • Bioeconomic modelling
  • Ecosystem change and human health modelling
  • Protected areas
  • Vector disease ecology
  • Ecosystem services
  • Non-market valuation


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