Moritz Albrecht focuses his research on the German market and its transnational networks concerning forest governance. Special attention is placed on forest certification systems which are treated as a relational space within forest governance as well as their interconnectedness with political and economical regulative means. The aim is to display and evaluate how different relations of networks and actors within this realm influence and steer these regulative mechanisms. Further to evaluate how these relations affect further networks throughout the supply chain to the resource peripheries in Finland and Northwest Russia; thereby re-shaping and re-producing the understanding and development of sustainable forest management through transnational forest governance.
Jarmo Kortelainen focuses on conceptualization of transnational environmental governance. An emphasis is on spatiality and hybridity of environmental governance processes and especially on the enabling and constraining properties of local socio-ecological milieus. Empirically he is interested in such transnational forest governance issues and systems as the old-growth forests, forest certification, high conservation value network and the European green belt initiative. He has been carrying out research in Finland, Russia and Germany.
Juha Kotilainen carries out research on the formation and transformation of forest governance in Finland and Russia. He examines the issue through various scales and with regard to various actors representing the state, business and non-governmental organizations. He is interested not only in recent transformations but on incidents dating back to early industrialization. His research is sensitive to the different spatial characteristics and results of forest governance.
Johanna Maier is studying forest governance in local context in certain resource areas in Finland. The role of the different stakeholders participating in forest energy production will be analyzed. The strategies which are used to make forest energy production more effective and the implications it has to empowerment in the rural regions will be studied.
Svetlana Tulaeva is interested in the mechanisms on how governmental and nongovernmental systems of regulation get intertwined with each other. Focus of her research is the transformation of relations between forestry companies and regulatory agencies under influence of the implementation of FSC certification in Russia. Studied research questions are; how do companies operate between two systems of regulation, especially in Russia, where there is confrontation between them? What strategies do companies choose? These processes are analyzed both at the federal and the local levels.