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Helena Hansson

Helena Hansson
Professor of Agricultural and Food Economics


Helena Hansson is professor of Agricultural and Food Economics since 2018.

Helena has so far focused on farm management, farmer decision-making and the economics of certain strategic choices, and production economic analyses related to the efficiency of farm production.  She has worked extensively with interdisciplinary approaches where behavioural models have been used to explain decision-making, or to explain economic behaviour and economic performance, and where knowledge from animal science has been used in the analyses. The empirical applications have mainly been done to livestock production (especially dairy production and pig production) with research questions related to farm economic performance, farm diversification, management of animal health and welfare and management of risk. In terms of research methods Helena has worked with econometric and multivariate approaches but also with mathematical programming and in one publication with a qualitative method (laddering interviews). She has extensive experience in analyses based on the Farm Economic Survey (FES) in Sweden, which constitutes Sweden’s contribution to the Farm Accounting Data Network at EU-level. She also has extensive experience in designing and collecting data from questionnaires (which in her research often have been supplemented to the FES-data). Most of Helena's research is funded by external sources of research funding including the Swedish Research Council Formas, the Swedish Farmers’ Foundation for Agricultural Research, EU H2020 programme and Mistra.



Helena currently teaches in the course Topics in Contemporary Applied Agricultural Economics I. She also act as supervisor for student theses at all levels.

Selected publications

International publications reviewed by referees

47. Manevska-Tasevska, G., Hansson, H., Asmild, M., Surry, Y. (2021). Exploring the regional efficiency of the Swedish agricultural sector during the CAP reforms ‒ multi-directional efficiency analysis approach. Land Use Policy, 100, 104897


46. Arvidsson Segerkvist, K., Hansson, H., Sonesson, U., Gunnarsson, S. (2020). Research on Environmental, Economic, and Social Sustainability in Dairy Farming: A Systematic Mapping of Current Literature. Sustainability, 12, 5502.


45. Gunnarsson, S., Arvidsson Segerkvist, K., Wallgren, T., Hansson, H., Sonesson, U. (2020). A Systematic Mapping of Research on Sustainability Dimensions at Farm-level in Pig Production. Sustainability, 12, 4352.


44. Gunnarsson, S., Arvidsson Segerkvist, K., Göransson, L., Hansson, H., Sonesson, U. (2020). Systematic Mapping of Research on Farm-Level Sustainability in Egg and Chicken Meat Production. Sustainability, 12, 3033.


43. Ahmed, H., Alvåsen, A., Berg, C., Hansson, H., Hultgren, J., Röcklinsberg, H., Emanuelson, U. (2020). Assessing economic consequences of improved animal welfare in Swedish

cattle fattening operations using a stochastic partial budgeting approach. Livestock Science. In print.


42. Hansson, H., Manevska-Tasevska, G. & Asmild, M. (2020). Rationalising inefficiency in agricultural production - the case of Swedish dairy agriculture. European Review of Agricultural Economics, 47, 1-24.


41. Lind, L., Hansson, H., Emaunelson, U. & Lagerkvist, C-J. (2020). A combination of differentiation and consolidation theory and risk-benefit analysis to examine decisions on mastitis prevention. Journal of Risk Research, 23, 194–209


40. Telldahl, C., Hansson, H., Emanuelson, U. (2019). Modelling animal health as a production factor in dairy production- a case of low somatic cell counts in Swedish dairy agriculture. Livestock Science. 230, 103840.


39. Meuwissen, M.P.M, Feindt, P.H., Spiegel, A., Termeer, C.J.A.M., Mathijs, E., de Mey, Y., Finger, R., Balmann, A., Wauters, E., Urguhart, J., Vigani, M., Zawalinska, K., Herrera, H., Nicholas-Davies, P., Hansson, H., Paas, W., Slijper, T., Coopmans, I., Vroege, W., Cjechomska, A., Accation, F., Kopainsky, B., Poortyliet, P.M., Candel, J.J.L., Maye, D., Severini Senni, S., Soriano, B., Lagerkvist, S-J., Peneva, M., Gavrilescu, C., Reidsma, P. (2019). A framework to assess the resilience of farming systems. Agricultural Systems. 176, 102656


38. Lind, L., Hansson, H. & Lagerkvist, C-J. (2019). Development and validation of a measurement scale for self-efficacy for farmers’ mastitis prevention in dairy cows. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 167: 53-60.

37. Hansson, H. & Kokko, S. (2018). Farmers' mental models of change and implications for farm renewal – A case of restoration of a wetland in Sweden. Journal of Rural Studies, 60: 141-151.


36. Hansson, H., Lagerkvist, CJ. & Vesala, KM. (2018). Impact of personal values and personality on motivational factors for farmers to work with farm animal welfare: a case of Swedish dairy farmers. Animal Welfare, 27: 133-145.


35. Hansson, H., Lagerkvist, CJ. & Azar, G. (2018). Use and non-use values as motivational construct dimensions for farm animal welfare: impacts on the economic outcome for the farm. Animal, 12, 2147-2155.


34. Alvåsen, K., Hansson, H., Emanuelson, U. & Westin, R. (2017). Animal Welfare and Economic Aspects of Using Nurse Sows in Swedish Pig Production. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 4, article no 204.


33. Gocsik, E., Silvera, A., Hansson, H., Saatkamp, H. & Blokhuis, H. (2017). Exploring the economic potential of reducing broiler lameness. British Poultry Science, 58: 337-347

32. Manevska-Tasevska, G., Hansson, H. & Labajova, K. (2017). Impact of Management Practices on Persistent and Residual Technical Efficiency – a Study of Swedish pig Farming. Managerial and Decision Economics, 38: 890–905.

31. Nilsson, L., Hansson, H., & Lagerkvist, C.J. (2017). Motivational factors for remaining in or exiting a cooperative. Agribusiness – An international journal, 33: 209–225.

30. Hakelius, K. & Hansson, H. (2016), Members’ attitudes towards cooperatives and their perception of agency problems. International Food and Agribusiness Management Review. 19, 23-36.

29. Labajova, K., Hansson, H., Asmild, M., Göransson, L., Lagerkvist, CJ &, Neil, M. (2016). Multidirectional analysis of technical efficiency for pig production systems: The case of Sweden. Livestock Science, 187, 168-180.


28. Hakelius, K.  & Hansson, H. (2016). Measuring Changes in Farmers’ Attitudes to Agricultural Cooperatives: Evidence from Swedish Agriculture 1993 – 2013. Agribusiness, 32, 531-546.

27. Hansson, H. & Lagerkvist CJ. (2016). Dairy farmers’ use and non-use values in animal welfare: Determining the empirical content and structure with anchored best-worst scaling. Journal of Dairy Science, 99: 579-592.

26. Barnes, A.P., Hansson, H., Manevska-Tasevska, G., Shrestha, S.S. & Thomson, S.G. (2015). The influence of diversification on long-term and short-term viability in the agricultural sector. Land Use Policy, 49: 404-412.

25. Hansson, H. & Lagerkvist C J. (2015). Identifying use and non-use values of animal welfare: Evidence from Swedish dairy agriculture. Food Policy, 50: 34-42.

24. Ferguson, R. & Hansson, H. (2015) Measuring Embeddedness and its Effect on New Venture Creation - A Study of Farm Diversification. Managerial and Decision Economics, 36: 314-325.

23. Manevska Tasevska G., Hansson, H. & Rabinoviwcz, E. (2014). Input saving possibilities and practices contributing to more efficient beef production in Sweden. Agricultural and Food Science, 23: 118 – 134.


22. Hansson, H. & Lagerkvist, CJ. (2013) Decision making for animal health and welfare: Integrating risk-benefit analysis with prospect theory. Risk Analysis, 34: 1149-1159.

21. Hansson, H. & Lagerkvist, CJ. (2013) Defining and measuring farmers’ attitudes to farm animal welfare. Animal Welfare, 23: 47-56.

20. Hansson, H., Ferguson, R, Olofsson C. & Rantamäki-Lahtinen, L. (2013). Farmers’ motives for diversifying their farm business – the influence of family. Journal of Rural Studies. 32, 240-250.


19. Ferguson, R. & Hansson, H. (2013). Expand or exit? Strategic decisions in milk production. Livestock Science. 155, 415-423.


18. Lagerkvist, CJ., Hess, S., Okello, J., Hansson, H. & Karanja, N. (2013). Food health risk perceptions among consumers, farmers, and traders of leafy vegetables in Nairobi. Food Policy. 38, 92-104.

 17. Lagerkvist, CJ. & Hansson, H. (2012). Machinery-sharing in the presence of strategic uncertainty: evidence from Sweden. Agricultural Economics. 43, 113-123.

16. Hansson, H. Ferguson, R. & Olofsson, C. (2012). Psychological constructs underlying farmers’ decision to diversify or specialise their businesses – an application of Theory of Planned Behaviour. Journal of Agricultural Economics. 63, 465 – 482.

15. Hansson, H. & Lagerkvist C.J. (2012). Measuring farmers’ preferences for risk: a domain-specific risk preference scale. Journal of Risk Research. 15, 737-753.


14. Hansson, H. & Lagerkvist C.J. (2012). Measuring farmers’ attitudes to animal welfare and health. British Food Journal. 114, 840 – 852.


13. Manevska-Tasevska G., Hansson, H. & Latruffe L. (2011). Evaluating the potential effectiveness of Rural Development Programme targets on farms in FYR Macedonia – An efficiency study of grape-growing family farms. Food Economics. 8, 161-172.


12. Lagerkvist, C.J., Hansson, H., Hess, S. & Hoffman, R. (2011). Provision of Farm Animal Welfare: Integrating Productivity and Non-Use Values. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy. 33, 737-753.

11. Hansson, H. & Ferguson, R.  (2011). Factors influencing the strategic decision to further develop dairy production – A study of farmers in central Sweden. Livestock Science,135, 110-123..


10. Hansson, H. Szczesna-Rundberg, M. & Nielsen, C. (2011) Which preventive measures against mastitis can increase technical efficiency of dairy farms? Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience. 5: 632-640.


9. Manevska-Tasevska, G. & Hansson, H. (2011). Does Managerial Behavior Determine Farm Technical Efficiency? A Case of Grape Production in an Economy in Transition. Managerial and Decision Economics. 32, 399–412.


8. Hansson, H., Oskarsson, M. & Öhlmér, B. (2010). Successful implementation of new strategies in the farm business– Facilitators and inhibits found at Swedish sugar beet farms. Journal of International Farm Management, 5(2) april.


7. Hansson, H. Ferguson, R. & Olofsson, C.  (2010). Understanding the diversification and specialization of farm businesses. Agricultural and Food Science, 19, 269-283.

6. Lindberg, G. & Hansson, H. (2009). Economic impacts of agriculture in Sweden: a disaggregated input-output approach. Food Economics – Acta Agricult Scand C, 6, 119 - 133.


5. Hansson, H. & Öhlmér B. (2008). The effect of operational managerial practices on economic, technical and allocative efficiency at Swedish dairy farms. Livestock Science. 118: 34-43.

4. Hansson, H. (2008). How can farmer managerial capacity contribute to improved farm performance? A study of dairy farms in Sweden. Food Economics – Acta Agricult Scand C. 5: 44-61 (Submitted manuscript version was included in my Ph.D. thesis)


3. Hansson, H. (2008). Are larger farms more efficient? A study of the relationships between farm level efficiency and size in Swedish dairy farms. Agricultural and Food Science. 17: 325-337 (Submitted manuscript version was included in my PhD. thesis)


2. Hansson, H. (2007). The links between management's critical success factors and farm level economic performance on dairy farms in Sweden. Food Economics - Acta Agricult Scand C. 4: 77-88. (Included in my PhD. thesis)


1. Hansson, H. (2007). Strategy factors as drivers and restraints on dairy farm performance: Evidence from Sweden. Agricultural Systems. 94: 726-737. (Included in my PhD. thesis)

Selected popular science publications

Hansson, H. (2020). Immateriella investeringar för framtiden. Affärskrönikan, tidningen Husdjur.

Hansson, H. (2020). Resiliens i förändringens tid. Affärskröninkan, tidningen Husdjur.

Hansson, H., Leduc, G., Manevska-Tasevska, G. (2020). Vad berättar politiken om ekologiska produktionsmetoder. Biodiverse, årg. 25, nr 1 2020.

Manevska Tasevska, G., Hansson, H. & Asmild. M. (2018). Rationellt slöseri? – att förstå ineffektivitet i svenska mjölkföretag. Policy Brief 2018:1. Agrifood Economics Centre, Department of Economics, SLU.


Alvåsen, K., Hansson, H., Steen, M., Emanuelson, U., Röcklinsberg, H., Sjöquist, M., Berg, C., Staaf Larsson, B. & Hultgren, J. (2016). Ekonomiska konsekvenser av krav på bete för mjölkkor. Veterinärkongressen 2016 kongresskompendium.

 Hansson, H. (2016). Djurvälfärd, ekonomi och motivation – En syntes av resultaten i två studier.Veterinärkongressen 2016 kongresskompendium.

Hansson, H., Labajova, K. & Manevska-Tasevska, G. (2016). Budget och ekonomistyrning gör företaget lönsammare. ATL, synpunkten 29 september 2016.

Hansson, H., Labajova, K., Lagerkvist C. J., och Manevska-Tasevska, G., (2016) Att fokusera på hur man leder ett företag – så kan svensk grisproduktion göras bättre! Land Lantbruk nr. 19/2016.


Röcklinsberg Helena, Algers Bo, Alvåsen Karin, Beck-Friis Johan, Berg Charlotte, Blokhuis Harry, Emanuelson Ulf, Hansson Helena, Staaf Larsson Birgitta, Pettersson Roger, Sandahl Johanna, Steen Margareta, Ståhle Gunnela (2015). Sämre djurskydd främjar inte lantbruket. . Svenska dagbladet, (17 augusti)

Hansson, H. (2010). Om grisnäringens lönsamhet och kalkyler för framtiden. Svensk Gris med knorr, issue 3/2010, 6-7.

Andersson, H. Hansson, H. Larsén, K. Hur ska jordbruket överleva? In: Formas (2008). Ska hela Sverige leva? Formas fokuserar. Stockholm (In Swedish)

Hansson, H. (2007). Drivkrafter och hinder för ekonomisk effektivitet i mjölkföretaget - Hur påverkas mjölkgårdarnas lönsamhet av skillnader i teknik, gårdsstruktur och företagsledning? I: Svensk Mjölk (2007). D & U Djurhälso- och utfodringskonferens. sid. 59-60. Ågerups Grafiska AB. (In Swedish)

Hansson, H. (2007). Drivkrafter och hinder för ekonomisk effektivitet i mjölkföretaget - Hur påverkas mjölkgårdarnas lönsamhet av skillnader i teknik, gårdsstruktur och företagsledning? Presentation at Svensk Mjölks Djurhälso- och utfodringskonferens 22-23 augusti 2007. (The annual conference of the Swedish Dairy Association)



Professor at the Department of Economics; Agricultural and Food Economics
Telephone: +4618671714
Postal address:
Institutionen för ekonomi, Box 7013
75007 Uppsala
Visiting address: Ulls hus, Ulls väg 27, 756 51 Ultuna, Uppsala