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Vilis Brukas

Vilis Brukas
Forest policy is the thematic core of my research and teaching. The most important engagements currently: (i) Head of the Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre, (ii) Scientific coordinator of H2020 project ALTERFOR, and (iii) Director of a master course in forest policy.


Head of the Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre


I am directing the MSc course "National and International Forest Policy ", 15 ECTS credits. The weeks full-time course is delivered by an international teacher team, examining forest governance and linkages between forest policy and management in different countries.

My interest in improving the practice of teaching and learning has been nurtured through various engagements, such as coordinating EUROFORESTER; designing a new master programme  (FORPEC); delivering intensive courses on student-centred learning for university staff; and taking part in the SLU Education Board dealing with strategic development of education at our university.

Pedagogic awards:

- SLU pedagogic award for Euroforester teacher team, 2006

- SLU individual pedagogic award, 2015


My research spans various issues in forest policy, with focus on the countries of the Baltic Sea region. Approaches to forest governance differ widely within the region, constituting an exciting venue for comparative analyses. The topics of interest include but are not limited to:
- Mixes of policy instruments
- Interface between policy and planning
- Approaches to forest management accross Europe
- Forest governance in transition economies

The most important engagement at present is the scientific coordination of the EU Horizon 2020 project ALTERFOR "Alternative models and robust decision-making for future forest management" (2016-2020). Involving 20 partners in 9 European countries, the project conducts 10 case studies focusing on implementing novel approaches of forest management. In the frame of the project, I am supervising doctoral student Isak Lodin.

Environmental analysis








Selected publications

Scientific peer-reviewed publications since 2015

Brukas, V., Stanislovaitis, A., Kavaliauskas, M., Gaizutis, A. 2018. Protecting or destructing? Local perceptions of environmental consideration in Lithuanian forestry. Land Use Policy. Accepted.

Linkevičius, E., Borges, J. G., Doyle, M., et al. 2018. Linking forest policy issues and decision support tools in Europe. Forest Policy and Economics. Accepted

Mozgeris, G., Kavaliauskas, M., Brukas, V., & Stanislovaitis, A. 2018. Assessment of timber supply under alternative contextual scenarios. Forest Policy and Economics. Accepted.

Burns, S. L., V. Brukas, M. Krott, and L. Giessen. 2017. Trends in European forest policy research. Forest Policy and Economics 83: 179-180.

Hoogstra, M., Brukas, V., & Wallin, I. 2017. Multiple-use forestry as a boundary object: from a shared ideal to multiple realities. Land Use Policy 69: 247-258.

Hodge, D., Brukas, V., & Giurca, A. 2017. Forests in a bioeconomy: bridge, boundary or divide?. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 32(7) 582-587.

Lodin, I., Brukas, V., & Wallin, I. 2017. Spruce or not? Contextual and attitudinal drivers behind the choice of tree species in Southern Sweden. Forest Policy and Economics 83: 191-198.

Mozgeris,G., Brukas, V., Stanislovaitis, A., Kavaliauskas, M., Palicinas. 2017. Owner mapping for forest scenario modelling - a Lithuanian case study.  Forest Policy and Economics 85(2): 235-244.

Orazio, C., Montoya, R. C., Régolini, M., et al. 2017. Decision Support Tools and Strategies to Simulate Forest Landscape Evolutions Integrating Forest Owner Behaviour: A Review from the Case Studies of the European Project, INTEGRAL. Sustainability, 9(4): 599.

Brukas, V. 2015. New World, Old Ideas—A Narrative of the Lithuanian Forestry Transition. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning 17(4): 495-515.

Biber P., Borges J.G., Moshammer R., et al. 2015. How Sensitive Are Ecosystem Services in European Forest Landscapes to Silvicultural Treatment? Forests 2015 6(5), 1666-1695.

Brukas, V., Mizaras, S. & Mizaraitė, D. 2015. Economic Forest Sustainability: Comparison between Lithuania and Sweden, Forests 6(1): 47-64.

Guillén, L.A., Wallin, I. & Brukas, V. 2015. Social capital in small-scale forestry: A local case study in Southern Sweden. Forest Policy and Economics 53: 21- 28.

Stanislovaitis, A., Brukas, V., Kavaliauskas, M. & Mozgeris, G. 2015. Forest owner is more than her goal: a qualitative typology of Lithuanian owners. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 30(5): 478-491.

Note: Many of these and earlier peer-reviewed publications can be accessed on SLU open archive Epsilon: