Maksym Polyakov

Maksym Polyakov
Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research · Science Team Governance and Policy

PhD, MS

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Introduction
Maksym is 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.
Additional affiliations
October 2008 - February 2020
University of Western Australia
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Description
  • Bio-economic modelling of ecological restoration Non-market valuation of environmental assets
January 2008 - July 2008
North Carolina State University
Position
  • Research Associate
Description
  • A stand-level harvest choice model for the US Forest Assessment System
January 2005 - December 2007
Auburn University
Position
  • Research Associate
Description
  • Economics of land use change in the Southern United States
Education
January 2001 - December 2004
Auburn University
Field of study
  • Applied Economics
January 1997 - December 1999
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Field of study
  • Land Management

Publications

Publications (91)
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Many urban streams have been cleared of native vegetation and converted to open drains resulting in a loss of ecological and aesthetic function. There is a growing recognition of the importance of these functions and work is being done to restore urban drains and create fully functioning wetland ecosystems (“living streams”). Such restoration work...
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Environmental and Resource Economics is one of the premier journals in the field of environmental economics. It was established with an aspiration to focus more on applied and policy relevant research compared to other established journals, and to establish better channels of communication and collaboration between researchers from Europe and other...
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In this paper, we estimate the effect of tree canopy cover on sales price of urban residential properties in Perth, Western Australia. Using a data set of 5606 single family homes sold in 2009 and a spatial hedonic model with three spatial effects – spatial-temporal lag on dependent variable, spatial error, and spatially lagged independent variable...
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Due to government financial incentives and falling prices of photovoltaic (PV) systems, solar power has become the fastest growing renewable energy source in Australia. As financial incentives are being reduced or phased out, there is a possibility that adoption of this technology will slow down, thus creating a need for improved policy instruments...
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In many parts of the world, natural vegetation has been cleared to allow agricultural production. To ensure a long-term flow of ecosystem services without compromising agricultural activities, restoration of the environment requires a balance between public and private benefits and costs. Information about private benefits generated by environmenta...
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Water sensitive practices can improve water quality and city livability, but the extent to which these practices improve the welfare of residents is not well researched. We contribute to knowledge in this area using Singapore's Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters (ABC Waters) Program as a case study. The program includes the renovation and integration...
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In this paper, we assess residents' preferences for different options of large-scale water sensitive urban improvement of a heritage site in Melbourne, the Main Outfall Sewer (MOS) reserve. We use a hedonic pricing analysis and a discrete choice experiment to understand the benefits associated with improving the MOS reserve. We find that there are...
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Climate change is forcing cities to reassess their water management practices, particularly for water-intensive applications like park irrigation. If water scarcity requires governments to deviate from current park management norms and allocate less water towards parks, it is essential that park managers design spaces that maintain community wellbe...
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Nitrogen and phosphorus emissions from urban sources degrade aquatic ecosystems. Reducing these emissions cost-effectively in an urban environment is challenging because they are non-point source pollutants and abatement strategies range from behaviour change for garden fertilizer use to large scale infrastructure investments. This paper analyses p...
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Without the designing and implementing of water sensitive housing designs, unplanned infill developments could have a substantial adverse effect on the natural environment. Water sensitive housing options could help meet housing demand while minimising the environmental impacts associated with typical infill development. However, whether the market...
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Rain gardens are an established element of water sensitive urban infrastructure. However, information on people's preferences for such systems is lacking. To understand whether people express willingness to pay for such systems and whether estimates are transferable between locations, we conducted choice experiments in Sydney and Melbourne. We foun...
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Soil acidification due to crop removal and the use of acidifying fertilisers reduce land productivity in many agricultural systems worldwide. The most common remedy is to apply lime to the soil surface. An alternative approach is to incorporate lime into the sub‐soil. This is a more expensive option, but it substantially reduces the time required t...
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Mining activities have a positive impact on local communities through providing formal employment opportunities in the local area. However, the air and noise pollution associated with surface mining represent a negative externality for residents in communities near mining activity. To support urban planning processes, accurate information on both t...
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Conflict over land use is one of the challenges faced by large carnivore conservation programs in human-disturbed landscapes. Designing effective conservation strategies requires an understanding of the socioecological context and people’s preferences towards conservation programs. This study investigates preferences of rural residents for manageme...
Poster
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Peer review is essential for ensuring the quality of scientific communications. In academia, the two dominant models of peer review are single-blind and double-blind. In single-blind peer-review, the authors of an article are known to the reviewers, while in double-blind peer-review this information is hidden. Due to the lack of authors’ anonymity,...
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Protected areas are cornerstones for biodiversity conservation, yet they can be controversial because of their potential impact on the livelihoods of local people due to restrictions on agricultural land use and the extractive use of natural resources. This study evaluates the impact of PAs on households’ livelihoods, as measured by total household...
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Many agricultural soils are naturally acidic, and agricultural production can acidify soil through processes such as nitrogen (N) fixation by legumes and application of N fertiliser. This means that decisions about mitigation of soil acidity (e.g. through application of lime), crop rotation and N fertiliser application are interdependent. This pape...
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Soil acidity is a major limiting factor for crop production in many farming systems worldwide. Lime application is the most common practice to mitigate soil acidity. There are complex economic interactions between application of lime and nitrogen fertilizer, with the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the use of these inputs adding further co...
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Ecotourism can be an important tool for protecting biodiversity in developing countries. Tourists have preferences for viewing charismatic species and for their conservation, but our understanding of these preferences remains limited. Using choice experiment surveys, we investigate tourists' preferences and willingness to pay (WTP) for the protecti...
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There is an ongoing debate in development economics about whether resources should be allocated to general development programs, such as providing education, or commodity‐specific programs. This paper contributes to this debate by analysing income levels and diversification strategies among 441 coffee growers from Gulmi and Lalitpur districts in th...
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Clustered robust meta-regression analysis is applied to 109 willingness to pay (WTP) estimates for threatened species from 47 stated-preference studies in 19 countries. Our study updates previous meta-analyses on the topic and tests the effect of important variables not previously considered-species' threat status, use of coloured photographs of sp...
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Land use policies interact with biophysical and socioeconomic characteristics to determine land use and land cover (LULC) changes. This paper presents a method for assessing the determinants of plantation land use transitions from 1979 to 2014 from Landsat data for the Warren River Catchment (4,416 km 2) in Western Australia. This catchment is intr...
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Poor river health creates ecological problems, poses a public health risk and becomes a nuisance to the residents. Making decisions about management actions to restore ecosystem health, for example through reduction of nutrients runoff, requires information about the value of the healthy ecosystem, and in particular the value of water quality. Impo...
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The Warren River Catchment of south-western Australia is an area of high biodiversity threatened by the loss of native vegetation and dryland salinity. Over the last 20 years, it has been the target of a series of policies that encourage conversion of agricultural land to plantation forest. Remote sensing has a key role in measuring trends in the a...
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In this presentation, I give an overview of how economics can contribute to the research and practice of ecological restoration. I focus on approaches and methods of valuing non-marked benefits of restored ecosystems. I present a number of examples where valuation of ecosystem services was used to improve decision making and improve success of ecol...
Conference Paper
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Soil acidification due to crop removal and the use of acidifying fertilizers reduces land productivity across agricultural systems worldwide. The standard remedy is to periodically apply lime to the soil surface which, over a number of years, is assimilated into the soil profile and raises soil pH. However, an alternative approach is to incorporate...
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Ethiopian wolf, Canis simensis, is among the most threatened carnivore species in Africa. Habitat loss and disease transmission threaten its survival. Our understanding of the wolf's contributions to ecosystem services and economic benefits of its preservation is limited because there has been insufficient research on economic valuation. This study...
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The primary causes of biodiversity decline worldwide are habitat destruction, alteration and fragmentation resulting from human economic activities such as agriculture or property development. Public- and private-sector organizations allocate considerable resources to slow down biodiversity decline by developing conservation networks that preserve...
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The share of solar energy in Australian electricity supply has increased rapidly in recent years, reaching 2.4% of electricity generation in 2014-2015. The installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity has increased 10-fold between 2009 and 2011, and quadrupled between 2011 and 2016. This rapid increase is largely driven by financial incentives such as feed...
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Emissions of nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) from various sources into urban waterways cause algal blooms and generally degrade delicate aquatic ecosystems. Perth's Canning River is a prime example, and yet protecting it from these emissions has been a policy challenge for the last 50 years. A mix of incentives and regulation is needed to improve t...
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Accurate assessment of the cost of carbon sequestration is important for the development of mitigation policies globally. Given that sequestration in soils or vegetation is a lengthy process, such assessment requires financial discounting and making realistic assumptions about changes over time in the rate of sequestration, the price of carbon, and...
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In this paper, we analyse the effects of different types of formal collaboration and research topics on research impact of academic articles in the area of agricultural, resource, environmental, and ecological economics. The research impact is measured by the number of times an article has been cited each year since publication. The topics within t...
Technical Report
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Emissions of nutrients from non-point sources such as gardens, agriculture, public open space, sports fields and septic tanks pose an ongoing threat to the ecological health of Western Australia’s Swan Canning Estuary, a system with high recreational and ecological value to the Perth community. This report provides an economic analysis of a catchme...
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The primary causes of biodiversity decline worldwide are habitat destruction, alteration and fragmentation resulting from human economic activities such as agriculture or property development. Public-and private-sector organizations allocate considerable resources to slow down biodiversity decline by developing conservation networks that preserve r...
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Restoration scientists and practitioners have recently begun to include economic and social aspects in the design and the investment decisions for restoration projects. With few exceptions, ecological restoration studies that include economics focus solely on evaluating costs of restoration projects. However, economic principles, tools and instrume...
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We analyze the dynamic process of invasive-species control in a spatially explicit and stochastic setting. An integer optimization model is applied to identify optimal strategies to deal with invasive species at a steady state. Optimal strategies depend on the spatial location of invasion as well as on stochastic characteristics of spread and contr...
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Machine learning algorithms (MLAs) are often applied to identify Land Use and Land Cover (LULC) changes, but typically to only a limited set of imagery. This leaves the consistency of MLAs performance through time poorly understood. The research objective was therefore to compare the performance of six MLAs across a time-series of Landsat imagery (...
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This study presents results of an analysis of 1060 academic articles published in the Australian Journal of Agricultural Economics and the Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics from 1957 to 2015. A number of trends in research topics over time identified by the study include a decline in research on agricultural topics; growth i...
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Selecting an effective ecological restoration project requires information about the levels of public and private net benefits that are likely to result from project implementation. Environmental assets on private land in agricultural landscapes may provide benefits that are valued by the landholders. The value of these benefits could be reflected...
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Biological conservation attempts to preserve and maintain existing habitat, while ecological restoration attempts to reverse an environmental degradation process. The higher cost per unit area (or per ecological outcome) to implement restoration projects, compared with conservation projects, could negatively influence their formation and acceptance...
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Iftekhar, M. S., Polyakov, M., Ansel, D., Gibson, F., Kay, G., 2016. Challenges in successful implementation of ecological restoration projects: How can economics help? Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES) National Conference, 2-5 February, 2016, Canberra, Australia
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This study presents results of a text based exploratory analysis of 1068 research papers published in Australian Journal of Agricultural Economics and Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics from 1957 to 2015. We investigate the general research foci of Australian agricultural and resource economists over the last sixty years, how...
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In hedonic pricing models, researchers attempt to capture the marginal benefits of environmental assets using various classifications to differentiate them, such as natural parks versus playground parks. This improves the accuracy of the estimation, but the trade-off is the increased time and cost of data acquisition. Emphasis is given to classifyi...
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This paper investigates the international and domestic visitors' willingness to pay (WTP) an entry fee at Chitwan National Park (CNP) in Nepal, the factors affecting their WTP, and the trade-offs among entry fees, visitation demand and park revenue. Based on the contingent valuation surveys of 222 non-South Asian, 48 South Asian, and 40 domestic vi...
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Critics say that the traditional approach to investing in biodiversity conservation does not encourage landscape-scale connectivity, which they argue is crucial to restoring high biodiversity value to fragmented landscapes. Recent policy prioritises investment in large, landscape biodiversity projects, like wildlife corridors, are raising questions...
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Using renewable energy for domestic consumption has been identified as a key strategy by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Critical to the success of this strategy is to know whether consumers are willing to pay to increase the proportion of electricity generated from renewable energy in their electri...
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Many urban streams have been cleared of native vegetation and converted to open drains resulting in a loss of ecological and aesthetic function. There is a growing recognition of the importance of these functions and work is being done to restore urban drains and create fully functioning wetland ecosystems (“living streams”). Such restoration work...
Technical Report
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Using renewable energy for domestic consumption has been identified as a key strategy by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Critical to the success of this strategy is to know whether consumers are willing to pay to increase the proportion of electricity generated from renewable energy in their electri...
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In heavily cleared agricultural landscapes, decline of biodiversity could be prevented by restoring native habitat. In this paper, we develop a spatially explicit bio-economic model that optimizes ecological restoration of habitat for woodland-dependent birds in the Australian state of Victoria. Spatial optimization identifies strategies that would...
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A third of Australian woodland has been cleared since European settlement. This has resulted in the loss of important ecosystem services, including biodiversity. Just over three quarters of Australian land is managed by private landholders, therefore conserving biodiversity on private land is an important part of national conservation strategy. How...
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In response to frequent water shortages, governments in Australia have encouraged home owners to install rainwater tanks, often by provision of partial funding for their installation. A simple investment analysis suggests that the net private benefits of rainwater tanks are negative, potentially providing justification for funding support for tank...
Technical Report
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Using a large sample of property sales data and high-resolution aerial maps, this study provides the first empirical estimate of the price premium of properties with photovoltaic (PV) panels in Australia. We use three model specifications to control for spatial heterogeneity and correlation as well as price dynamics over time. Results from hedonic...
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It had been argued that academic collaboration may increase the quantity or/and quality (impact) of research output. In this paper, we analyse the effect of formal collaboration on the research impact of scholarly papers published in 20 academic journals in area of agricultural, environmental, and resource economics during 2001-2010. The research i...
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Many urban streams have been cleared of native vegetation and converted to open drains. These drains are effective in flood mitigation, but have been designed without \consideration of ecological and aesthetic functions. There is a growing recognition of the importance of these functions and work is being done to restore urban drains and create ful...
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This paper uses spatial heteroskedasticity and autocorrelation consistent (SHAC) hedonic property price analysis of house sales during 2000–2011 to estimate the marginal value of in stream flows and proximity to an iconic freshwater ecosystem, the Barmah–Millewa Forest (BMF) in Australia's Murray–Darling Basin. We establish: (1) that proximity to t...
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An opportunity represents an advantageous combination of circumstances that allows goals to be achieved. We reviewed the nature of opportunity and how it manifests in different subsystems (e.g., biophysical, social, political, economic) as conceptualized in other bodies of literature, including behavior, adoption, entrepreneur, public policy, and r...
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Recent conservation planning studies have presented approaches for integrating spatially referenced social (SRS) data with a view to improving the feasibility of conservation action. We reviewed the growing conservation literature on SRS data, focusing on elicited or stated preferences derived through social survey methods such as choice experiment...
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In this study, we examine the determinants of market prices of bare forestland and pre-merchantable timber stands in Southwest Alabama and Southeast Mississippi. Applying a spatial hedonic pricing model to forestland sale data from 2001 to 2007, we find that road access, topography, land productivity, and population density are the main determinant...
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Lifestyle landowners value land for its amenities and ecological characteristics and could play an important role in managing and conserving native vegetation in multifunctional rural landscapes. We quantify values of ecosystem services captured by owners of rural lifestyle properties in Victoria, Australia, using a spatial hedonic property price m...
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Protected areas in Nepal are one of the prime destinations of foreign visitors. Among 20 protected areas, Chitwan National Park is the oldest and most visited protected area due to its rich biodiversity and ease of access. Entry fees to this park have been the subject of unsettled issues between tourism entrepreneurs and the government. Using a con...
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The removal, alteration and fragmentation of habitat are key causes of biodiversity decline worldwide. In Australia, temperate woodlands have been disproportionately cleared following European settlement. Biodiversity decline in such systems may be reversed by restoration of native vegetation on agricultural land. However, rebuilding functioning ha...