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 Forest Economics, Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research,  Silva Fennica, Small-scale Forestry.

Our main research areas of interest are listed below, exemplified by recently published key articles. Statistics about research impact can be found here.

D'Amato, D., Korhonen, J., Toppinen, A. 2019.  Circular, Green, and Bio economy: how do companies in land-use intensive sectors align with sustainability concepts? Ecological Economics 159, 116-133158, 116-133.

Toppinen, A., Korhonen, J., Hurmekoski, E., Hansen, E. 2017. What makes a European forest-based bioeconomy competitive? in: Winkel, G. Towards a Sustainable European Forest-Based Bioeconomy: Assessment and the way forward. European Forest Institute.

D'Amato, D., Droste, N., Allen, B., Kettunen, Lähtinen, K., Korhonen, K., Leskinen, P., Matthies, B.D., Toppinen, A. 2017. Green, circular, bio economy: A comparative analysis of sustainability avenues. Journal of Cleaner Production (in press).

D’Amato, D., Droste, N., Chan, S., Hofer, A. 2016. Green Economy: Pragmatism or Revolution? Perceptions of Young Researchers on Social Ecological Transformation. Environmental values, 26: 413-435.

Korhonen, J., Pätäri, S., Toppinen, A., Tuppura, A., 2015. The role of environmental regulation in the future competitiveness of the pulp and paper industry: the case of the sulfur emissions directive in Northern Europe. Journal of Cleaner Production, 108: 864–872.

Matthies, B.D., D’Amato, D., Berghäll, S., Ekholm, T., Hoen, H.F., Holopainen, J., Korhonen, J.E., Lähtinen, K., Mattila, O., Toppinen, A., Valsta, L., Wang, L., Yousefpour, R. 2016. An ecosystem service-dominant logic? - integrating the ecosystem service approach and the service-dominant logic. Journal of Cleaner Production, 124: 51–64.

Pätäri, S., Tuppura, A., Toppinen, A., Korhonen, J., 2015. Global sustainability megaforces in shaping the future of the European pulp and paper industry towards a bioeconomy. Forest Policy Economics, 66: 38–46


D'Amato, D., Veijonaho, S., Toppinen, A. 2018. Towards Sustainability? Forest-based circular bioeconomy business models in Finnish SME. Forest Policy and Economics (In Press).

Kuuluvainen, J., Korhonen, J., Xu, D., Toppinen, A. 2018. Price integration for domestic and imported sawlogs and pulpwood in Finland: an update. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 33: 71-80.

Soimakallio S., Saikku L., Valsta L, and Pingoud K. 2016. Climate change mitigation challenge for wood utilization – the case of Finland. Environmental Science and Technology, 50: 5127–5134.

Hansen, E., Conroy, K., Toppinen, A., Bull, L., Kutnar, A. Panwar, R. 2016. Does gender diversity matter in the global forest sector companies? Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 46: 1255-1263.

Häyrinen, L. E. E., Mattila, O. P. A., Berghäll, S. A., Toppinen, A. M. K., Närhi, M. K.  2016. Exploring the future use of forests: perceptions from non-industrial private forest owners in Finland. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, 12: 51-64.

Holopainen, J., Toppinen, A., Perttula, S. 2015. Impact of European Union Timber Regulation on Forest Certification Strategies in the Finnish Wood Industry Value Chain. Forests, 6: 2879-96.

Korhonen, J., Zhang, Y., Toppinen, A. 2016. Examining timberland ownership and control strategies in the global forest sector. Forest Policy and Economics, 70: 39-46.

Mattila, O. P. A., Hämäläinen, K., Häyrinen, L. E. E., Berghäll, S. A., Lähtinen, K. P. & Toppinen, A. M. K. 2016. Strategic business networks in the Finnish wood products industry: a case of two small and medium-sized enterprises. Silva Fennica, 50(3).

Toppinen, A. M. K., Röhr, R. E. A., Pätäri, S., Lähtinen, K., Toivonen, R. M. 2016. Environmental change factors in wooden multistory construction - a Delphi study from Finland and Sweden. Scandinavian forest economics, 46: 84-95.

La Notte, A., D'amato, D., Mäkinen, H., Paracchini, M. L., Liquete, C., Egoh, B., Geneletti, . D., Crossman, N. 2017. Ecosystem services classification: A systems ecology perspective of the cascade framework. Ecological Indicators, 74: 392-402.

Ranacher, L., Lähtinen, K., Järvinen, E. Toppinen, A. 2017. Perceptions of the general public on forest sector responsibility: A survey related to ecosystem services and forest sector business impacts in four European countries. In press, Forest Policy and Economics.

Toppinen, A., D’Amato, D., Lähtinen, K., Rekola, M., Wan, M., Cai, D., Wen, Z. 2017. Forest ecosystem services, corporate sustainability and local livelihoods in industrial plantations of China: building conceptual awareness on the interlinkages. International Forestry Review (Accepted).

D’Amato, D., Rekola, M., Li, D., Toppinen, A. 2016. Monetary valuation of forest ecosystem services in China: A literature review and identification of future research needs. Ecological Economics, 121: 75–84. 

Lähtinen, K., Guan, Y., Li, N., Toppinen, A. 2016. Biodiversity and ecosystem services in the supply chain management of global forest sector. Ecosystem Services, 21: 130-140.

Matthies, B.D., Kalliokoski, T., Eyvindson, K., Honkela, N., Hukkinen, J.I., Kuusinen, N., Räisänen, P., Valsta, L. 2016. Nudging service providers and assessing service trade-offs to reduce the social inefficiencies of Payments for Ecosystem Services schemes. Environmental Science & Policy, 55: 228–237.

Malkamäki, A., Toppinen, A., Kanninen, M. 2016. Impacts of land use and land use changes on the resilience of beekeeping in Uruguay. Forest Policy and Economics, 70: 113-123.

Matthies B.D., Kalliokoski, T., Ekholm, T., Hoen, H.F.,  Valsta, L. 2015. Risk, Reward, and Payments for Ecosystem Services: A portfolio approach to ecosystem services and forestland investment. Ecosystem Services, 16: 1–12. 




Hurttala, H., Cao, T., Valsta, L. 2017. Optimization of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) management with the total net return from the value chain. Journal of Forest Economics, 28: 1-11.

Matthies, B.D., Valsta, L.T. 2016. Optimal forest species mixture with carbon storage and albedo effect for climate change mitigation. Ecological Economics, 123: 95-105.

Cao, T., Hyytiäinen, K., Hurttala, H., Valsta, L.  and Vanclay, J. K. 2015. An integrated assessment approach to optimal forest bioenergy production for young Scots pine stands. Forest Ecosystems, 2: 19.