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Special Issue "Foresight for Forest Bioeconomy"

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Economics and Human Dimensions".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 June 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Teppo Hujala

University of Eastern Finland, School of Forest Sciences, FI-80100 Joensuu, Finland
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Interests: action research; actor networks; business model design; family forest owners; multi-criteria analysis; multi-level governance; qualitative research; service research

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Forest bioeconomy may be seen as a concept bridging current forest-based businesses and policies and visionary thinking on sustainable and inclusive biosociety. To further towards operable societal transformation, we need better understanding of the trends and drivers within the operational environment of forest bioeconomy. Not only are technological advances prevalent, but also economic, social, political, and environmental aspects of future developments deserve attention. In particular, exploring weak signals, potential game changers and disruptors, transformative tipping points and their possible timing may meaningfully add to existing literature on forest bioeconomy foresight.

For this Special Issue, authors are encouraged to submit studies that look at futures of forest bioeconomy from the viewpoints of new bio-based forest products and their markets, services and business concepts, policies and governance, discourses, practices and consumer behaviour, as well as measures to understand and influence the transformation towards biosociety.

Prof. Teppo Hujala
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Forests is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • anticipatory analysis
  • bio-based economy
  • bio-product markets
  • futures studies
  • sustainability transition
  • systemic change
  • transformation governance

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Integrating community-based timber management into sustainable-use protected areas and the forest bioeconomy of the future

 Abstract : Long-term socioeconomic and environmental viability of community-based timber management depends heavily on incorporating local realities into project development. Because of diverse contextual factors like local assets, values, history, experience, culture, geography, and access, we argue that the integration of community-based timber into the forest bioeconomy of the future cannot replicate the current dominant (profit-centric) economy that prioritizes financial efficiency. Rather, it must be holistic and human-centric. Through the lens of timber management in sustainable-use protected areas, we analyze regional cases of community forestry paired with institutional alliances that have emerged with hopeful lessons for the tropical forest bioeconomy of the future. 

Author: Ana Luiza Violato Espada

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