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Vilis Brukas

Vilis Brukas
Forest policy with focus on countries in the Baltic Sea region is the thematic core of my research and teaching.


Professor in Forest Planning


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 Master's programme; designing a new  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; and initiating new international Bachelor's programme Forest & Landscape (started in September 2021).

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 in the latest years (since 2016) has been the scientific coordination of the EU Horizon 2020 project ALTERFOR "Alternative models and robust decision-making for future forest management". Involving 20 partners in 9 European countries, the project has conducted 10 case studies focusing on implementing novel approaches of forest management.

Environmental analysis








Selected publications

Scientific peer-reviewed publications since 2015

Juerges N., Arts B., Masiero M., Hoogstra-Klein M., Borges J.G., Brodrechtova Y., Brukas V., et al. 2021. Power analysis as a tool to analyse trade-offs between ecosystem services in forest management: A case study from nine European countries. Ecosystem Services, 49, 101290.

Lodin, I. and Brukas, V., 2021. Ideal vs real forest management: Challenges in promoting production-oriented silvicultural ideals among small-scale forest owners in southern Sweden. Land Use Policy, 100, p.104931.

Biber, P., Felton, A., Nieuwenhuis, M., Lindbladh, M., Black, K., Bahýľ, J., Bingöl, Ö., Borges, J.G., Botequim, B., Brukas, V. et al. 2020. Forest Biodiversity, Carbon Sequestration, and Wood Production: Modelling Synergies and Trade-Offs for Ten Forest Landscapes across Europe. 2020. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 8, p.291.

Juerges, N., Arts, B., Masiero, M., Başkent, E.Z., Borges, J.G., Brodrechtova, Y., Brukas, V. et al. 2020. Integrating ecosystem services in power analysis in forest governance: A comparison across nine European countries. Forest Policy and Economics, 121, p.102317.

Makrickiene, E., Brukas, V., Brodrechtova, Y., Mozgeris, G.,  Sedmák, R., Šálka, J. 2019. From command-and-control to good forest governance: A critical interpretive analysis of Lithuania and Slovakia. Forest Policy and Economics. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science BV, 2019, Vol. 109. (accepted manuscript)

Linkevičius, E., Borges, J.G., Doyle, M., Pülzl, H., Nordström, E.M., Vacik, H., Brukas, V., Biber, P., Teder, M., Kaimre, P. and Synek, M., 2019. Linking forest policy issues and decision support tools in Europe. Forest Policy and Economics 103: 4-16.

Mozgeris, G., Kavaliauskas, M., Brukas, V. and Stanislovaitis, A., 2019. Assessment of timber supply under alternative contextual scenarios. Forest Policy and Economics, 103: 36-44.

Brukas, V., Stanislovaitis, A., Kavaliauskas, M., Gaizutis, A. 2018. Protecting or destructing? Local perceptions of environmental consideration in Lithuanian forestry. Land Use Policy: 1014-1023.

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., Borges, J. G., Garcia-Gonzalo, J., Barreiro, S., Botequim B., Marques S., Sedmák R., Smreček R., Brodrechtová Y., Brukas V.,… Sallnäs, O. 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.

Biber P., Borges J.G., Moshammer R., Barreiro S., Botequim B., Brodrechtová Y., Brukas V., Chirici G., et al. 2015. How Sensitive Are Ecosystem Services in European Forest Landscapes to Silvicultural Treatment? Forests 6(5), 1666-1695.

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. 

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

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.

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


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