Forest economy and policy

Forest economics and policy specialisation provides students with the opportunity to concentrate their studies on economic production and consumption of forest-related services and goods, and the courses of action to regulate them that have been adopted and pursued by governments and other organisations. It is also possible to further specialise in the multiple-uses of forests and the practice of forestry in Russia.

Future forest economists are given a good foundation in multi-objective forest planning, the ability to do economic and social analysis of the forestry sector, and understanding of the different forms of use for forests. Studies based in business management science provide specific skills to analyse and develop the competitiveness and intellectual capital of forest-related businesses and organisations. Graduates can be employed in private and public sector organisations for tasks including business management, rural development, and market and business research.

Forest policy education prepares students to assess the effectiveness and impact of regulatory plans for action, as well as the ability to understand and assess domestic and international political processes that have an effect on forest use. Forest policy expertise is needed in forestry administration at the local, national, and international levels, as well as in positions where the social responsibility and public relations duties of various organisations are managed. Forest policy education, supplemented with forest and environmental law studies, creates a foundation for a career in civil service.

In studies of the multiple-use of forests, students learn about the role of forests in culture, as a resource for personal and commercial recreation, and in providing non-wood forest products. These studies also assess the different environmental benefits and services of forests and their economic value and importance, as well as the capacity of a forest to provide these benefits and services. These studies can be enhanced with the selection of an appropriate minor from another field.

Russian forestry studies provide students with a diverse understanding of Russia's forests, forestry practices, and forest industries. Students learn the basics of Russian forestry terminology, and also experience actual practices in Russia. Basic education in Russian-language is important for the development of this expertise.


Jouni Pykäläinen, professor, forest economy and policy
Jukka Tikkanen, senior researcher, forest economy and policy