• Forestry and Timber

  • Political Sciences

  • Other and interdisciplinary Social Sciences

  • Environmental Policy

  • Forest Policy

  • Natural Resource Policy


Forest policy research, a traditional core theme at InFER, is dominated by the following areas of research:

  • New forms of political steering (governance)
  • Innovation research in the forest-wood-chain
  • Sustainable forestry policy
  • European and international forest regimes
  • Forest owner research

The Central-East-European Regional Office of the European Forest Institute (EFICEEC) which is located at InFER has a special focus on forest policy and economics issues and particulary deals with innovation and entrepreneurship in the forsest-wood-chain. Research on environmental and resource policies is particularly concerned with sustainable development, climate change mitigation and adaptation policies, nature conservation, biodiversity and water protection policies. The following themes dominate this area of research:

  • New Governance and network governance, also in the context of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
  • Sustainable development policies and instruments (in particular strategic processes, participatory arrangements, and indicators)
  • The role of knowledge and feedback in policy making
  • Better regulation and local environmental policies