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Dr. Ida Wallin


Professur für Forst- und Umweltpolitik
Tennenbacher Str. 4

D - 79106 Freiburg i. Br.

Telefon: (0761) 203 - 3717




Ida Wallin is a postdoctoral researcher at the Chair for Forest and Environmental Policy at University of Freiburg, Germany. She holds a doctoral degree in forest management from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and has conducted research about forest governance and participatory processes.

Research focus

In my doctoral studies I focused on how a deeper understanding of forest management is lacking in forest governance practice and research. While most research tend to look at either governance or management and focus only on specific actors, the wider picture of what constitutes forest decision-making is missed. By adopting a multi-level, multi-actor case study design I could together with colleagues show the importance of particularised trust and advisory services for how forest management is conducted by small-scale forest owners (primarily in Sweden) and how these factors are affected by larger scale processes in society. 

Family forestry constitutes a highly diverse decision-making environment and challenges forest governance in different ways compared to company-owned forestry. Individual, small-scale owners with diverse attitudes, values and motivations interact with each other and other actors making it difficult to predict the response to policy instruments and subsequent effects on the present and future forest resources. Present challenges such as climate change and an emerging bioeconomy will continue to alter the very foundations of forestry during the decades to come. If we are to succeed in the shared pursuit of sustainable and resilient forest management there is a need for diversified practices also when it comes to decision-making. I am interested in how desired changes of forestry practices actually come about (if they do) and what role science and researchers plays, who gains and who loses, and by what means.



  • 2017 PhD in Forest Management: Policy and planning at Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Dissertation date 7th of April.
  • 2013 Master of Science in Forestry, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
  • 2012  Master of Science in Forest Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
  • 2010/11 Erasmus exchange to the Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology at Georg-August-University, Göttingen, Germany.
  • 2011  Bachelor of Science in Forest Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.


Research projects and collaborations 

  • 2015-2017  Visiting Research Scholar, University of Freiburg, Germany.
  • 2013-2016  COST-Action FP1207 ORCHESTRA - Orchestrating forest-related policy analysis in Europe.
  • 2012-2015  INTEGRAL – Future-oriented integrated management of European forested landscapes. EU FP7 Seventh Framework Programme. 



  • 2014-2017 “National and International Forest Policy”, Euroforester Mastersprogram, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
  • 2016   "Methoden der empirischen Sozialforschung" (Methods in empirical social research), Elective module, University of Freiburg, Germany.
  • 2016 “Urban Forestry”, Thematic course, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
  • 2015 “Human and Environmental Interactions”, Environmental Governance Mastersprogram, University of Freiburg, Germany.
  • 2013-2014  “Skogsvårdslagen och skogshistoria” (The Swedish Forestry Act & forest history), Lantmästarprogrammet (Agricultural program), Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.



  • Jedrzej Damski (2017) (prel. title) “Investigating drivers of policy and management changes through social network analysis – a forest conflict around Tricity Landscape Park, Poland”. In cooperation with Dr. Laura Secco, University of Padua.
  • Veronika Engelmann (2015) “Why fast growing broadleaves? – a study of forest owners´ tree species choice after storm damages in southern Sweden”. 
  • Isak Lodin (2015) “Choice of tree species in the aftermath of two major storms: a qualitative study of private forest owners in southern Sweden”. Assistant supervisor.



  • 2017 Stipend King Carl XVI Gustaf’s 50-years anniversary fund for science, technology and environment for research about sustainable private forestry, 100’000 SEK.
  • 2015 Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM) within COST-action ORCHESTRA FP1207 at the Chair for Forest and Environmental policy at the University of Freiburg, May-Sept, Freiburg, Germany. 



  • Wallin, I. (2017). ‘Forest management and governance in Sweden - a phronetic analysis of social practices’. Acta Universitatis agriculturae Sueciae 2017:15. Diss. Alnarp: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
  • Lodin, I., Wallin, I. and Brukas, V. (in press) ‘Spruce or not? Contextual and attitudinal drivers behind the choice of tree species in Southern Sweden’, Forest Policy and Economics.
  • Felton, A., Hedwall, P. O., Lindbladh, M., Nyberg, T., Felton, A. M., Holmström, E., Wallin, I., Löf, M. & Brunet, J. (2016) ‘The biodiversity contribution of wood plantations: Contrasting the bird communities of Sweden’s protected and production oak forests’, Forest Ecology and Management. Elsevier B.V., 365, pp. 51–60. doi: 10.1016/j.foreco.2016.01.030.
  • Wallin, I., Carlsson, J. and Peter, H. (2016) ‘Envisioning future forested landscapes in Sweden – Revealing local-national discrepancies through participatory action research’, Forest Policy and Economics. Elsevier B.V., 73, pp. 25–40. doi: 10.1016/j.forpol.2016.07.010.
  • Biber, P., Borges, J., Moshammer, R., Barreiro, S., Botequim, B., Brodrechtová, Y., Brukas, V., Chirici, G., Cordero-Debets, R., Corrigan, E., Eriksson, L., Favero, M., Galev, E., Garcia-Gonzalo, J., Hengeveld, G., Kavaliauskas, M., Marchetti, M., Marques, S., Mozgeris, G., Navrátil, R., Nieuwenhuis, M., Orazio, C., Paligorov, I., Pettenella, D., Sedmák, R., Smreček, R., Stanislovaitis, A., Tomé, M., Trubins, R., Tuček, J., Vizzarri, M., Wallin, I., Pretzsch, H. and Sallnäs, O. (2015) ‘How Sensitive Are Ecosystem Services in European Forest Landscapes to Silvicultural Treatment?’, Forests, 6(5), pp. 1666–1695. doi: 10.3390/f6051666.
  • Guillén, L. A., Wallin, I. and Brukas, V. (2015) ‘Social capital in small-scale forestry: A local case study in Southern Sweden’, Forest Policy and Economics. Elsevier B.V., 53, pp. 21–28. doi: 10.1016/j.forpol.2014.12.006.
  • Lindbladh, M., Hedwall, P., Wallin, I. and Felton, A. M. (2014) ‘Spruce Plantations: Implications for Bird Biodiversity’, Silva Fennica, 48(5), pp. 1–18.


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