The research area Economics is usually divided into Business Economics and Economics. The research at the Department within natural resource economics, forest economics, industrial economics and forest policy belongs to both academic disciplines. Research is conducted at the Department’s two locations, Umeå and Uppsala where the Uppsala focus is mainly industrial economics whilst the remaining areas are foremost being researched in Umeå.
The industrial economics group has a research focus that covers the wood based value chain as part of a sustainable bio-economy. Our research includes both product and service production with a triple bottom line understanding in a context of global competition. We are especially interested in resource and operations management, innovation at product, process and system level and ethical aspects of corporate conduct (CSR).
Much of our research is done in collaboration with industrial and academic partners. We are eager to provide relevant input in the sustainable development processes in society, ranging from corporate and consumer behavior, to the role of NGOs and policy institutions. Our research output is communicated through various channels; our teaching, advisory services, industrial reports and academic output.
We welcome dialogue and treasure collaborative efforts in all of our doings. Please make contact with any of us if you want to know more about our capabilities and ambitions.
Forest economics studies the management of forests with the aim of achieving the greatest sustainable benefits to society. Forests produce a multitude of benefits ranging from extractive (e.g. timber) and non-extractive (e.g. recreation, carbon sequestration) uses to non-use values. Forest economists take into consideration tangible and intangible consequences of forest resource management, including conservation, to compare different outcomes. By examining trade-offs in outcomes, including impacts to landowners, industry, and society as a whole, forest economics helps guide land management, resource utilization and public policy.