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The Global Forest Sector

The course takes its starting point in current forest-related challenges concerning e.g. land use, industrial production, use of resources, demographic changes and climate change. Throughout the course the sustainable development goals (SDG:s) established by the United Nations in 2015 are used and related to. In relation to these challenges questions about ecological, social, and economic sustainability and the forest industry’s role and prerequisites are in focus. The course focuses on fundamental knowledge on the forest resource and the forest industry structure, development, and role in society – with global as well as local perspectives. During the course different regions with different circumstances regarding forest resources, forest industry and social structure are in focus. By providing insight into how the forest sector contribute to societies need and how the sector interacts with other sectors in society the students are inspired to reflect about how different stakeholders in the forest sector are balanced and how the contribution from the sector can be improved. During the course the forest sector decisions are discussed, and we reflect on stakeholders, conflicts of interest, power and responsibility at global, regional and national level.


The course is based on learning activities, for example lectures, seminars, oral presentations, written assignments, and study visits. Activities can be individual as well as group based.

The following elements are compulsory

  • Guest lectures

  • Seminars.

Collboration with society may be done via guest lectures and study visits.

Information from the course leader

A warm welcome to the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and the master's course "The Global Forest Sector"!

Once the course has started, all information will be on the Canvas page. To access Canvas, your emails, and Ladok, etc. please make sure to create a student account (see link below).

A prel. literature list will be available latest from 8th July 2024 and the prel. schedule latest by 5th August 2024.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

In the meantime, please reach out the respective office if your question is regarding the following:

Useful links:

Student account

Access to printers

Educational support

Best wishes,

Julia Aldberg (course leader, PSR)

Syllabus and other information

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Environmental Economics and Management - Master's Programme Forest Bioeconomy (MSc) Forest and Business Management (MSc) Forest Science - Master's Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 13090 SEK Cycle: Master’s level (A1N)
Subject: Forestry Science Bioeconomy management
Course code: BM0001 Application code: SLU-10263 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Forest Economics Pace: 100%