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“Acting economically in environmental governance” is the object of our scientific work in research, teaching, further education and practical scientific consulting.

“Dealing economically in forestry” is understood by us in a broader sense. We see our research as problem-oriented and practical. We regard forest enterprises as sub-systems of a total system of socially interdependent systems, whose dynamics and complexities should be considered the background of forestry. In our research, interdisciplinary teamwork thus plays a central role.

Our four course and research focuses have investigated the partial aspects of the interrelation between humans, forest enterprises and society.

Multifunctional forest management

  • Optimization of forest management systems taking into account timber production and other goods and services  (C-sequestration, biodiversity, recreation, protection...)
  • Application of advanced heuristics (genetic algorithms, artificial neural networks, simulated annealing,..) for the optimization of multifunctional forest management
  • Integration of multi-criteria decision making methods (MCDMs) in forest management planning models
  • Integration of uncertainty into the management of forest enterprises
  • Economic aspects of decision support systems


Forest economics and global change

  • Integration of multiple risks into forest economic models based on empirical/mechanistic risk models using advanced growth simulators
  • Economic analysis of extreme events on forest enterprises and the production of goods and services
  • Economic effects of climate change on forestry
  • Insurance models for forest enterprises under changing environmental conditions
  • Reaction of timber markets on changing framework conditions
  • Adaptation of forest management to climate change, mitigation vs. adaptation


Economic analysis of transformation and conversion of forests

  • Economic analysis of forest transformation and conversion (change of silvicultural systems, change of species mixture, ...)
  • Management and economics of uneven-aged, close-to-nature forests
  • Eco-efficiency of forestry under changing management regimes
  • Mixed vs. pure forests
  • Segregative vs. integrative approaches


Analysis of risk and uncertainty from a social science point of view

  • Climate Change as a state of emergency ?
  • Dealing with risk, uncertainty and complexity within strategic management of organisations in forestry and environmental sciences
  • Planning and decision theory, management theory, organizational sociology


Since 2007, the institute has been a member of the university “Centre for Renewable Energy”. In an expansion of the four teaching and research fields listed above, we have been working

  • in the field of Socio-economic Aspects of Bioenergy.
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