Forest Social

Last changed: 12 March 2024
People being in a forest

What does the forest mean to us, to society and to our culture? The forest is a part of society, but society is also a part of the forest. What questions do we need to ask to better understand this relationship?

Forest Social is Future Forests’ lecture series for all students from SLU and Umeå University. The series aims to inspire interdisciplinary perspectives on the forest and explore the relationships between forests and society.

Researchers from arts, humanities and social sciences present their research. After the lectures, there will be time for questions, discussion and fika.

Upcoming lectures

May 7: Forest Social: beyond feelings and logic in the forest debate

Klara Härgestam, Doctoral student in Rhetoric​, will present her research project on people's relationships to the forest, and how it impacts the forest debate. 

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Previous lectures


February 21

Misharch Kwadwo Osei, Ph. D. student in political science, Umeå university.


October 25

Gudrun Norstedt, research fellow at Várdduo-Centre för Sámi Research, Umeå University. Summary based on this lecture

March 15

Evans Korang Adjei, senior research assistant, Department of Geography, Umeå University presented his research on the topic "Forest and Living: An Analysis of the Forestry Industry".


October 26

Irina Mancheva, PhD, Department of Political Science, Umeå University presented her research on the topic "Global, national or local? Conflicts and synergies between policy goals in natural resource management".

December 14

Jenny Ingridsdotter, PhD, Department of Culture and Media Studies, Umeå University presented her research on the topic "The Swedish Wildfires of 2018: Forests as Lived Spaces and Local Community Agency".