Research areas

We strive to produce quality research in co-creation with relevant stakeholders.

We are interested in developing conceptual, as well as empirically-grounded studies, maintaining a good balance between well-established and emerging theories and topics.

Our publication platforms include scientific journals, as well as other scientific publications such as books, reports, and dissertations. Recent scientific articles have been published in the following journals: Canadian Journal of Forest Research, Ecological Economics, Ecological Indicators, Ecosystem services, Forest Policy and Economics, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Cleaner Production, Journal of Industrial Ecology, Environmental Research Letters, Journal of Forest Economics, Silva Fennica, Small-scale Forestry.

Our main research areas of interest are listed below. You can find the list of publications here:

Circular bioeconomy and sustainability transformation

We are interested in what and how pathways towards sustainability transformations are created; who takes part to those processes; how various concepts and approaches overlap or complement each other, and what solutions are missing. 

Forest products industry, trade and marketing

Integration of private sector and enhancement of industrial value-chains are among the crucial elements of sustainability transformations in the forest-based sector. By identifying and evaluating the strategies and relationships of power between actors with different objectives, values and aspirations, we increase our  understanding on  the future trajectory of the forest-based sectors and their sustainability, including studies on wood construction value-chains. Furthermore, we apply integrative approaches to analyze forest-based good and service markets, including how the market dynamics are influenced by policies and changing societal values.

Industrial Ecology

Our work contributes to understanding markets and market dynamics and their consequences on environmental externalities. Our ambition is to quantify the environmental impacts of the forest sector, with a focus on the climate impacts of changes in industrial wood uses. For that, we aim to understand industrial processes and complex market changes in the mid- and long-term. Our methods are based on environmental impact assessment, including attributional and consequential life cycle impact assessment, material flow analysis, input-output modelling, econometrics, as well as participative foresight methods.