The Biennial Scandinavian Society of Forest Economics meeting 2022

Last changed: 28 November 2022
A forest landscape in various shades of grey

The Scandinavian Society of Forest Economics (SSFE) biennial meeting in 2022 will take place November 29 - December 2, 2022 in the city of Umeå in the Swedish county of Västerbotten. Umeå was founded in 1622 and celebrate "400 years of fuss" this year.

Conference Venue

The venue Umeå Folkets hus is located in the city centre and also house Guitars - The museum.

How to find Umeå Folkets hus? 

You find Folkets hus at Vasaplan, Skolgatan 59

Awards and publications

SSFE awards the best student presentation at the SSFE conference. 

The Forest Business Economics Awards two of the most inspiring and outstanding forest business economics research presentations at the SSFE conference 2022. This award is also dedicated to Master and PhD students. The Awards (each of EUR500) are sponsored by the Journal of Forest Business Research.

SSFE will publish a conference proceeding and the following international peer-reviewed journals invite submissions of papers presented at the conference.

BioProducts Business, a journal from the Society of Wood Science & Technology. It is dedicated to advance theoretical and practical understanding of wide ranging business topics related to wood products, bio/renewable products, and non-wood products and services.

Journal of Forest Business Research (JFBR) is an international open-access journal devoted to the science of sustainable business within the forestry sector. JFBR publishes original research and reviews about forests managed as investment with focus on forest investment, finance and business, forest-related industries and wood market dynamics, forest silviculture and management, and forest economics and policy. The journal offers a 25% discount on page charges for all SSFE attendees.

Journal of Forest Economics covers all aspects of forest economics like management issues, industry analysis, multiple use, policy analysis, land use and economic development as well as forestry and climate change.


November 29

Room: Loke

15.45 - 17.00 Arrive and check-in

coffee is served

17.00 - 17.30 Welcome address

17.30 - 18.15 Sören Wibe Prize seminar

Room: Loke

Cooperative bargaining to manage invasive species in jurisdictions with public and private lands

Prize winners:

Shyamani D. Siriwardena, Kelly M. Cobourn, Gregory S. Amacher and Robert G. Haight

Presenters: Kelly Cobourn and Gregory Amacher

18.15 - 21.00 Mingle dinner

November 30 - Morning

8.30 - 9.15 Keynote: Scenarios for the European forest sector in the turbulent world

Portrait photo of Maarit Kallio


Professor Maarit Kallio, Norwegian University of Life Sciences



9.30 - 10.30 Break-out session I

Each presentation lasts 15 minutes and 5 minutes for question

Session 1:1 - Policy and forest ecosystem services

Room: Loke

Moderator: Francisco Aguilar

Sustainability as a Policy Goal: Perceptions of Its Application to Finnish Forest Policy

Teija KanniainenUniversity of Eastern Finland

Assessing socio-economic indicators of the Swedish forest sector

Ronju Ahammad, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Policy and forest ecosystem services – the cases of Catalonia (Spain), Estonia, Grisons (Switzerland), and Hesse/Thuringia (Germany)

Ester Hertegård, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Session 1:2 - Multiple forest land use

Room: Mimer

Moderator: Jeanette Eggers

Optimal grazing exclosure period for optimum herbaceous biomass production in the highlands of Tigray, Ethiopia 

Meley Mekonen Rannestad, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Adapted forest management to balance reindeer husbandry and wood production in Northern Sweden 

Jeannette Eggers, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences


Session 1:3 - Perspective on forests

Room: Embla

Moderator: Anders Roos

Kenyan youth’s perspectives on forests – an exploratory study

Anders Roos, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Interest groups’ criticism towards NFI methodology and data availability and its influence on national forest policy

Madis Raudsaar, Estonian University of Life Sciences


10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break


11.00 - 12.20 Break-out session II

Each presentation lasts 15 minutes and 5 minutes for questions

Session 2:1 - Multi-story buildings and preferences

Room: Loke

Moderator: Anne Toppinen

Exploring consumer housing choices in new wooden multistory buildings

Jaakko Jussila, University of Helsinki

Factors underpinning prospective public preferences toward living in multi-storey wood buildings

Dohun Kim, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

The effects of land use governance mechanisms in Finnish and Swedish municipalities on local wooden multi-storey construction activities

Katja Lähtinen, Natural Resources Institute Finland 

Land use planning and the diffusion of wooden multistory buildings: Lessons from a doctoral dissertation

Florencia Franzini, University of Helsinki

Session 2:2 - Data, forest planning and digitalization

Room: Mimer

Moderator: Kyle Eyvindson

Evaluating the costs of relying on inaccurate forest inventory information: an application of stochastic programming

Olha Nahorna, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Dynamic treatment unit in forest planning improves economic performance of forestry over stand based planning 

Pär Wilhelmsson, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Are unmanned ground vehicles ready to work in clear-cut areas?

Priit Vellak, University of Life Sciences

Gamifying forest owners’ decision support services –present and future applications

Sari Pynnönen, Natural Resources Institute Finland

Session 2:3 - Forest ecosystem services, tradeoffs and synergies

Room: Embla

Moderator: Dianne Staal Wästerlund

Resilience-enabling elements and trade-offs along the forest-based value chains: view on policy aspects

Blasius Schmid, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna 

Trade-offs and synergies between multiple objectives in ecosystem services from the Norwegian forest sector

Abbas Nabhani, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences

When a standing forest has a value…          

Per Kristian Rørstad, Norwegian University of Life Sciences


12.20 - 13.30 Lunch

November 30 - Afternoon

13.30 - 15.10 Break-out session III

Each presentation lasts 15 minutes and 5 minutes for question

Session 3:1 – Multi-story buildings and business opportunities

Room: Loke

Moderator: Anders Roos

To build with wood or renovate? Findings from a citizen survey in Finland

Anne Toppinen, University of Helsinki           

Policy analysis for reclaimed wood use in the construction sector of Norway: Highlighting opportunities, barriers and policy gaps for a multi-phase transformation to circular construction

Shumaila Khatri, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences

Sustainable business models in the wooden multistory construction sector – what are the key components? 

Emil Nagy, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences       

Retrofitting urban areas with wood: businesses contributing to shared value co-creation

Anne Viljanen, University of Helsinki

Session 3:2 – Forest long-term planning

Room: Mimer

Moderator: Ola Eriksson

Moderation and mediation in collaborative governance platforms: the case of Estonia Forestry Development Plan           

Meelis Teder, Estonian University of Life Sciences

Forest impact assessment for Sweden - a scenario analysis for 2020-2120 

Andreas Eriksson, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Sustainable Forestry in Finland: Exploring pathways towards 2035 and beyond

Teija KanniainenUniversity of Eastern Finland

Regional characteristics of municipal land-use planning. A regional innovation system appoirach in Finland and Sweden

Atte Koskivaara, University of Helsinki

Session 3:3 – Economic effect, climate, and forestry

Room: Embla

Moderator: Peichen Gong

Impacts of biodiversity and carbon policies on Norway’s forest management and industry competitiveness   

Lucas Nahuel Lopez, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences

The quantification of harvest leakage and its economic effect on the forest industry in North Europe 

Junhui Hu, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

A new look at quantifying leakage in voluntary US forest carbon offset projects

Gregory Latta, University of Idaho

Does expanding wood use in construction and textile markets contribute to climate change mitigation? Case Finland.         

Elias Hurmekoski, University of Helsinki


15.10 - 15.40 Coffee


15.40 – 17.10 Breakout session IV

Each presentation lasts 15 minutes and 5 minutes for question

Session 4:1 - Forests and markets

Room: Loke

Moderator: Ritva Toivonen

On reconfiguring value creation logic of the forest sector in the changing business environment         

Anu Laakkonen, University of Eastern Finland

A framework for assessing the resilience of demand for forest goods and services

Marie Lautrup, University of Copenhagen

European roundwood market resilience in the era of natural disturbances

Elias Hurmekoski, University of Helsinki

Forest industries in regional peripheries

Maija Halonen, University of Eastern Finland and Linda Lundmark, Umeå University

Session 4:2 - Forest planning

Room: Mimer

Moderator: Ola Eriksson              

How is hierarchical forest planning affected by a combination of uncertain information and contradicting goals        

Patrik Ulvdal, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Reviewing the discrepancies between biodiversity assessment in forest planning and in ecology    

Juliette Hunault-Fontbonne, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Does forest management zoning efficiently provide landscape multifunctionality?

Kyle Eyvindson, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Evaluating long-term forest sector strategies: Insights and pitfalls

Ola Eriksson, Linnaeus University

Session 4:3 - Forest owners and economic assessment

Room: Embla

Moderator: Camilla Widmark    

Landowners’ opportunity costs when engaging in forest management

Hanne K. Sjølie, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences

Economic assessment of selective felling in Estonian forest management

Paavo Kaimre, Estonian University of Life Sciences

Analysing success of cross-boundary collaboration initiatives and practices in family forests of Finland and the United States

Teppo Hujala, University of Eastern Finland


18.30 - Conference dinner

Folkets hus (same where we had lunch)

gather in the first floor 18.30 (just inside the swing door) for joint picture


December 1

In-conference excursion

07.50 gather downtown bus at Norrlandsoperan

07.55 bus leave

8.15 Visit Komatsu Forest

"Forest machine manufacturing in the future"

visit new factory

11.00 Visit SLU

Engage young persons in forests 

Remote sensing and forest data management

Field research

Heureka and forest modeling

Forest economics department

14.00 Visit Hamptjärnsstugan

Visit to popular recreation site in urban forests

Ola Söderlund talks about urban forests and recreation

Presentation by Prof. Peichen Gong - "Increasing carbon sequestration to achieve net zero emissions of GHGs – Forestry measures and policy instruments".

16.45 at the latest back downtown. 

December 2

Portrait photo of Georg Winkel8.30 - 9.15 Keynote: European forest policy between old interests, changing values and new urgencies – pathways for the future

Professor Georg Winkel, Wageningen

Room: Loke - online session

9.30 - 11.20 Break-out sessions V

(Coffee break included)

Session 5:1 - Carbon, climate, and forestry

Room: Loke

Moderator: Teppo Hujala

Carbon pricing systems in the forest sector: a review of modelling approaches  

Tomke Honkomp, Thünen-Institute of Forestry

Non-industrial private forest owners’ preferences for voluntary permanent forest conservation          

Anna-Kaisa Kosenius, University of Helsinki

Online presentation


Session 5:3 - Sustainability and forestry      

Room: Embla

Moderator: Francisco Aguilar

Sustainable development in forest owners’ associations - corporate sustainability and cooperative identity  

Anna Thorning, Mid Sweden University

Decision-making support for forest ecosystem services

Camilla Widmark, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences


Coffee break 10.10 – 10.40

Session 5:4 – Carbon, climate, and forestry

Room: Loke

Moderator: Teppo Hujala

Preferences for climate adaptive forest management practices underpinned by the self-construction of climate change

Dohun Kim, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Carbon mitigation payments to manage forest for climate change           

Andreas Stephen, Linnaeus University

Session 5:5 - Sustainability and forestry

Room: Mimer

Moderator: Jette Bredahl Jacobsen

What are the strongest influencing drivers on forest area development using Environmental Kuznets Curve and Forest Transition Hypothesis?         

Julia Tandetzki, Thünen-Institute of Forestry,

Using a multisite travel cost study to assess outdoor recreational values

Jette Bredahl Jacobsen, University of Copenhagen

Session 5:6 - Sustainability and forestry

Room: Embla

Moderator: Hanne K. Sjølie

Gender differences in job experiences and satisfaction in the Norwegian forest sector

Hanne K. Sjølie, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences

Perceptions on strategic foresight among the SMEs in the Finnish forest-based sector

Anu Laakkonen, University of Helsinki


11.20 - 11.40 Honorary talk

Room: Loke - online session

The optimal rotation with increasing environmental values, declining discount rate and increasing threat to crop

Collin Price


11.40 - 11.55 Closing session and General Assembly (GA)

Room: Loke


1. open meeting

2. PhD awards

3. Election of board for period 2023-2024

4. Any other business

11.55 -  Lunch

Bank transfer information

Information regarding Bank transfer for foreign participants

Please make your payment to:

Account name: Sveriges Lanbruksuniversitet
Address: Almas allé 8, PO Box 7086
Town/City: Uppsala
Postcode: 750 07
Country: Sweden

Contact person: Monika Malmros

Bank name: Danske Bank
Branch address: Norrmalmstorg 1
Town/City: Stockholm
Post code: 111 46  
Country: Sweden

IBAN: IBAN SE92 1200 0000 0128 1011 9104

Reference required with payment: SSFE 2022

Information gällande inbetalning för svenska deltagare

Nedan finner du information om bankkonto till vilket betalningar ska göras:

Kontohavarens namn: Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet
Almas allé 8
Box 7086
750 07 Uppsala

Kontaktperson institution: Monika Malmros

Bankgiro: 5050-7920
Anges på betalningen: SSFE 2022

How to get to Umeå

Fly in to Umeå Airport (with SAS, Norwegian or BRA).
Take the train (SJ) that stops at Campus, Östra Station.
Take the boat (Wasaline) from Vaasa Finland and then a bus to downtown Umeå.

Why does Umeå celebrate 400 years of "fuss"? Well focus is on the people of Umeå: "It's in our thoughts, dreams, and visions for the future. It is our 131 456 different opinions about exactly everything. The mixture of heart and brain, pro or against, over here or over there. It is our fuss, our debates, and our social media posts."


Scandinavian Society of Forest Economics was established in 1958 under the name of Nordic Forest Economics Seminar and organise biennial conferences and working group symposiums.

The aim of our society’s international meeting is to present research, exchange ideas and promote collaboration among, researchers in forest economics-related issues. The society is organized around four working groups:

  • Business Economics of Forestry & Forest Management and Planning
  • Forest Policy
  • Forest Industry & Forest Products Markets
  • International Forestry

SSFE has more than 90 active members at universities and research stations in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

Learn about previous meetings.



Department of Forest Economics

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences


90183 Umeå

Organizing committee: Camilla Widmark (chair), Francisco Aguilar, Peichen Gong, Adan Martinez Cruz (SLU)