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Mariana Melnykovych

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Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
PhD Student
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK





Mariana Melnykovych is a natural resource and ecological economist working on her PhD at the National Forestry University (UNFU), Ukraine and the James Hutton Institute, UK, following her employment as a Research Assistant at the Department of Ecological Economics, UNFU and as a Consultant for International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN on the ENPI FLEG Program,and the ENPI-FLEG II Program. She has a BSc in Management from the Ukrainian National University of Forestry and Wood-Technology (with Distinction) and MSc in Environment and Natural Resource Economics from the UNFU (with Distinction).

Current research interests

Mariana’s primary interest is in scientific research in the fields of natural resource economics and ecological economics, policy and management, institutions, governance, attitudes and behaviours, participatory and ethnographic research, social security and communities’ well-being, stakeholder evaluation and engagement, sustainable development, multifunctional forestry and sustainable management and use of natural assets, land use and landscape changes, and rural and regional developments in mountain regions, particularly taking into account multiple ecosystem goods and services.

A particular research focus of Mariana’s PhD thesis (supervised by Prof. Ihor Soloviy, from the Institute of Ecological Economics and Management, UNFU and Prof. Maria Nijnik from the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences (SEGS) Group, James Hutton Institute) is on socio- ecological-economic indicators of the development of rural communities in marginalized rural (e.g. remote and forested) areas to evaluate the communities’ well-being.


Mariana is the Country Contact for Ukraine in the European Society for Ecological Economics - ESEE (i.e. the European branch of the International Society of Ecological Economics, ISEE) and she is a member of European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE). She is a member of the Mountain Research Initiative's (MRI) Experts Database, and a member of the Scientific Society for the Carpathians (S4C); of the FAO research network coordinated by the Forestry Department and of the Mountain Partnership Secretariat on Sustainable Management of Mountain Areas – IPROMO (International Programme on Research and Training on Sustainable Management of Mountains). Mariana co-organized (with Prof. M. Nijnik from the James Hutton Institute, UK) the session on Ecosystem services and the well-being of forest-dependent communities: enhancing social innovation and building resilience to global changes in marginalized rural areas for International Union of Forest Research Organizations, IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress (Freiburg, Germany, September, 19-22, 2017).

Past research

Ongoing and recent projects:

Mariana contributed to the COST Action FP1203: European Non-Wood Forest Products (NWFPS) and, as an early stage researcher, she successfully completed two short-term scientific missions. The first one on the role of non-wood forest products for the well-being of rural, forest-dependent communities (STSM report is available here) was to the University of Padova, Italy (TESAF - Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry). The second one was to the James Hutton Institute, SEGS. Its focus was on the contribution of non-wood forest products and services to sustainable rural development in mountain/upland areas in Scotland and the Ukraine’s Carpathians.

Mariana also contributed to the COST Action ES1203: Enhancing the resilience capacity of SENSitive mountain FORest ecosystems under environmental change (SENSFOR) by attending project meetings and participating in the workshop on integrating scientific methods and results related to sustainable use of natural resources under climate change and land use change, organized and run by Prof. M. Nijnik in Aberdeen, UK and  contributed to two Summer Schools, organized in the frame of this COST Action.

Other projects:

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