Vision and approach
Our group, based at the Department of Forest Sciences of the University of Helsinki, strives for interdisciplinary research collaboration and teaching on sustainable and just societal transformations, sustainable management and governance of ecosystems, and on forest-based business. We focus specifically but not exclusively on forest systems and the forest sector. We understand sustainability as a multi-faceted process of reconciling economic, social and ecological goals. In our research we adopt a system thinking, based on the idea that each local actions and business are embedded in a complex global socio-ecological system.
We advocate for sustainable value creation between humans and the biosphere, with an emphasis on solutions that can deliver healthy forest ecosystems, renewable resources, and forest-based value-chains and products. Our work is directed towards supporting the transition of bio-based products and services toward sustainable competitiveness. We envision a nature-positive circular bioeconomy as one solution pathway towards societal transformations.
Our methodological toolbox includes both quantitative and qualitative approaches, such as econometric analyses, survey, interviews and Delphi-based approaches, systematic literature reviews, conceptual analyses and case studies.
Collaboration and societal impact
We collaborate and rely on a solid network of multi-disciplinary researchers. Our research is produced in co-creation with a range of stakeholders, including companies, experts, practitioners, forest owners, local communities and citizens. Research funding come from international and domestic bodies. Statitics about our research network and societal impact can be found here.
Our network of research collaborations