For this subject area the point of departure is based within the subject of forest resource management but has a focus on human-induced change processes with regards to their influence on rural communities. The focus is also on particular conditions and problems in relation to the use of the forests.
The approach is interdisciplinary. The subject area includes descriptions and analyses of the current state as well as change processes occurring at both the local and landscape level, within the ecosystem and communities where sustainability is of issue. This means that the connections between natural resource use, stewardship, ecosystem production, and the thereby connected community development processes, are of special interest. The methods employed for data collection, analysis, and communication with the users are also of big interest. In certain situations it is relevant to distinguish between a northern “first world” related dimension and a southern “third world” related dimension. Our work builds upon competence in environmental monitoring, forestry consequence analysis and a tradition of national and international research that is both problem oriented and applied. This is complemented with studies of formal and informal institutions that contribute to our understanding of the use of natural resources.
The subject area of Landscape studies will focus especially on:
Developing theories and methods with which to analyze current status and change processes and their effects on local and landscape levels
Being the clear choice as a partner for national and international researchers and actors within the field
Contributing to the development in the larger field of research by participation in international networks, organizations and initiatives