The research area of forest economics, policy, and management is a key strength of the Department. Faculty in this area have been trained in economics, geography, political science, and forestry, and together provide the capacity to address issues of institutional design for the conservation and sustainable management of forest and related resources in BC, Canada, and globally. Faculty play a key role in both the BSF undergraduate program, especially in the 4th year, and the Natural Resources Conservation Program.


Sheri Andrews Key
Climate Change

Ignacio Barbeito

Gary Bull
International Forestry, Forest Policy

Cole Burton
Wildlife Management

John Innes
Sustainable Forest Management

David Montwe

Harry Nelson
Forest Policy and Economics

William Nikolakis
Indigenous Land and Natural Resources Governance

Guangyu Wang
Sustainable Forest Management

Hisham Zerriffi
Climate Change, Sustainability

Associated Research Links

Forest Policy Resources

Land and Food Systems

Sustainable Forest Management Research Group

Sustainable Forest Management Network

First Nations Research, Faculty of Forestry

Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning

Adjunct Faculty

Chris Elliott, WWF, Canada

Don Roberts, CIBC World Markets Inc.

Associated  Faculty

George Hoberg
Forest policy and governance

Patrick Matakala, WWF, Zambia

Emeritus Faculty

David Haley
Bruce Larson

Recent and Ongoing Research

  • Faculty working in the economic, policy, and management area are or have recently been involved in research in the following areas:
  • Comparison of different certification schemes
  • Effectiveness assessment of forest practice regulations
  • Land use planning methods for sustainable forest management
  • Tradeoff analysis for criteria and indicators of SFM
  • Economics of Ecosystem Services
  • International Forest Policy
  • Species at Risk Policy
  • Environmental and Professional Ethics
  • Emergence in Ecological Economics
  • Aboriginal tenure and governance
  • The impact of international trade on the environment
  • Comparative analysis of the protection of environmental values in forest policy in different jurisdictions

Past and Current Projects

  • Application of sustainable forest management to the Min River Watershed, China, SSHRC
  • Cumulative impacts assessment of development on the forests and First Nations of northeast BC, Sustainable Forest Management Network
  • Application of the TRIAD concept to forest planning in the Okanagan, BC, Sustainable Forest Management Network
  • Land-use planning using hierarchical planning – NSERC/CFS/WoodFlow Systems Corp.
  • Decision support methods for simultaneous assessment of timber and non-timber resource objectives. Project supported by Canadian Forest Products Ltd.
  • Regional scale modelling of supply and demand in Asia – CIFOR
  • Sustainable management of Mozambique woodlands – World Bank/CIFOR
  • Assigning sufficient priority to biodiversity conservation: principles and practice (SSHRC)
  • Genomics: Ethical, environmental, economic, legal and social issues (GE3LS) in conifer forest health genomics (Genome Canada)
  • Carbon in integrated resource management – Sustainable Forest Management Network
  • First Nations and sustainable forestry: Institutional conditions for success, Sustainable Forest Management Network.
  • A participatory approach to Aboriginal tenure reform in Canada, Sustainable Forest Management Network.
  • The challenge of institutional redesign: tenure, competitiveness and sustainability, Sustainable Forest Management Network.

To view a current list of graduate students and publications, please click on the link of a faculty member listed above.