Pia Nilsson

Pia Nilsson
Associate Professor/docent and senior lecturer in economics


My research is focused on productivity analyses in developing (Rwanda, Ethiopia) and developed country contexts, regional economic growth and convergence and economic analyses related to diversification, knowledge diffusion and technology adoption. Current research involves interdisciplinary collaborations to analyse economic outcomes linked to functionally diverse cropping systems, productive responses linked to local ecosystem functions and knowledge intensive production systems (Formas 2020-01072).     


Teaching: Production Economics (FÖ0476), Sustainability Perspectives (HU0001), Nationalekonomiska perspektiv på jordbruk och miljö (NA0188).


Research projects: 

Economic effects of adoption to agroecological farming in conventional and organic farming (Formas 2020-01072) with Helena Hansson, Riccardo Bommarco, Henning Schaak, Brian Kuns.

Distansarbete och landsbygdsutveckling efter pandemin (Formas 2021-02223) with Hans Westlund, Lucia Naldi, Johan P Larsson, Eleanor Johansson.  



Supervisor of Phd candidate Eleanor Johansson.

Publikationer i urval

Nilsson, P. Bommarco, R, Hansson, H, Kuns, B & Schaak, H. (2022). Farm performance and input self-sufficiency increases with functional crop diversity on Swedish farms. Ecological Economics, Vol 198. 

Wixe, S., Nilsson, P., Naldi, L., & Westlund, H. (2021). The role of collaboration and external knowledge for innovation in small food firms, The Annals of Regional Science. doi.10.1007/s00168-021-01087-6

Nilsson, P., & Wixe, S. (2021). Assessing long-term effects of CAP investment support on indicators of farm performance, European Review of Agricultural Economics.

Naldi, L., Nilsson., P., Westlund, H., & Wixe, S. (2021). Amenities and new firm formation in rural areas, Journal of Rural Studies.

Westlund, H., & Nilsson, P. (2019). Agriculture’s Transformation and Land-use Change in a Post Urban World: A Case study of the Stockholm Region, Journal of Rural Studies.

Nilsson, P., Backman, M., Bjerke, L., & Maniriho, A. (2019). One cow per poor family: effects on the growth of consumption and crop production, World Development, 114:1-12.

Nilsson, P. (2019). The role of land use consolidation in improving crop yields among farm households in Rwanda. The Journal of Development Studies, 55(8), 1726-1740. 10.1080/00220388.2018.1520217

Nilsson, P. (2019). Spatial spillovers and households’ involvement in the non-farm sector: evidence from rural Rwanda. Regional Studies, 53(5), 731-740.

Backman, M., & Nilsson, P. (2018). The role of cultural heritage in attracting skilled individuals. Journal of Cultural Economics, 42(1), 111-138.

Nilsson, P. (2017). Productivity effects of CAP investment support: Evidence from Sweden using matched panel data. Land Use Policy, 66, 172-182.

Nilsson, P. (2017). Empirical Assessment of the Smart Specialization Concept on Firm Performance in European Urban and Rural Regions. Review of Regional Studies, 47(2), 153-174.

Nilsson, P. (2017). Are valuations of place-based Amenities driven by Scale? Housing Studies, 32(4), 449-469.

Nilsson, P. (2016). The Influence of Related and Unrelated Industry Diversity on Retail Firm Failure. Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, 28, 219–227.

Naldi. L, Nilsson. P, Westlund. H., & Wixe. S. (2015). What is Smart Rural Development? Journal of Rural Studies. 40, 90-101.

Nilsson, P. (2015). The influence of Urban and Natural Amenities on Second Home Prices. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 30(3), 427-450.

Nilsson, P. (2014). Natural Amenities in Urban Space – a Geographically Weighted Regression Approach. Landscape and Urban Planning, 121, 45-54.

Karlsson, J., & Nilsson, P. (2014). Capitalisation of Single Farm Payment on Farm Price: An Analysis of Swedish Farm Prices using Farm-level data. European Review of Agricultural Economics, 41(2), 279-300.

Nilsson, P., & Johansson, S. (2013). Location Determinants of Agricultural Land Prices. Review of Regional Research, 33(1), 1-21.

Nilsson. P., & Heshmati, A (2019), (Eds.). Efficiency, Equity and Well-Being in Selected African Countries. In: Economic Studies in Inequality, Social Exclusion and Well-Being. Berlin. Springer-Verlag.

Johansson, M., Nilsson., P., & Westlund, H. (2018). Migration and Ageing in Expanding and Shrinking European Regions. In: U. Blien et al. (Eds.). Modeling Aging and Migration Effects on Spatial Labor Markets. Advances in Regional Science. Berlin. Springer-Verlag.



Universitetslektor vid Institutionen för ekonomi; Jordbrukssektorns ekonomi
Box 7013
750 07 Uppsala
Besöksadress: Ulls hus, Ulls väg 27, 756 51 Ultuna, Uppsala