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Alex Giurca




Dr. Alex Giurca

M.Sc. Forestry and Agriculture (European Forestry)

Professur für Forst- und Umweltpolitik
Tennenbacher Str. 4

D - 79106 Freiburg i. Br.

Telefon: (0761) 203-8484
Telefax: (0761) 203 -3705




Alex is a Research Associate at the Forest and Environmental Policy Group of the Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg (Germany). He completed his doctoral studies within the Bioeconomy Graduate Program BBW ForWerts and the network Bioeconomy Research Baden-Württemberg. His dissertation, titled: "The forest- based bioeconomy: actor networks, policies and politics in Germany and northern Europe, was supervised by Prof. Dr. Daniela Kleinschmit. He holds an MSc in Forestry and Agriculture (MSc European Forestry) from the University of Eastern Finland (Joensuu, Finland) and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Alnarp, Sweden), and a BSc in forest engineering from the Transylvania University of Brasov (Romania).

Prior to his position in Freiburg he studied and worked in Sweden, Brazil, Finland, Germany and Romania. 


Main research interests and expertise 

  • Bioeconomy;
  • Social Network Analysis; 
  • Technology innovation networks;
  • International timber trade, legality verification and forest certification;
  • Science communication;
  • Digital learning. 


PUBLICATIONS (Journal articles, conference proceedings, reports, book chapters):


Giurca A. (2020) Unpacking the network discourse: Actors and storylines in Germany's wood-based bioeconomy. Forest Policy and Economics. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.forpol.2018.05.009 


Korhonen J., Giurca A., Brockhaus M.,Toppinen A. (2018) Actors and Politics in Finland’s Forest-Based Bioeconomy Network. Sustainability 2018, 10(10), 3785; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10103785 

Stein M., Giurca A.,Kleinschmit D. (2018) „Wir sind die Bioökonomie“ – Perspektiven von Akteuren aus dem deutschen Forst- und Holzsektor. AFJZ 10.23765/afjz0002019


Pülzl,H., Giurca,A., Kleinschmit,D., Arts,B., Mustalahti,I., Sergent,A., Secco,L., Pettenella,D., Brukas, V. (2017) The role of forests in bioeconomy strategies at the domestic and EU level  in: Towards a sustainable European forest-based bioeconomy– assessment and the way forward , Eds: Winkel, G. European Forest Institute, Joensuu, pp 36-51: 

Giurca A, Metz T (2017) A social network analysis of Germany’s wood-based bioeconomy: Social capital and shared beliefs. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eist.2017.09.001

D. Kleinschmit;  B. Arts;  A. Giurca;  I. Mustalahti;  A. Sergent;  H. Pulzl (2017) Environmental concerns in political bioeconomy discourses. Special issue in the International Forestry Review- Shifting global development discourses Link

Hodge D, Brukas V, Giurca A (2017): Forests in a bioeconomy: bridge, boundary or divide? Scand J Forest Res; DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1080/02827581.2017.1315833

Giurca A, Späth P (2017): A forest-based bioeconomy for Germany? Strengths, weaknesses and policy options for lignocellulosic biorefineries J Clean Prod, 2017; 153: 51-62. : http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.03.156


Sotirov, M., Storch, S., Aggestam, F., Giurca, A., Selter, A., Baycheva, T., Eriksson, O., Sallnäs, O., Schüll, O., Trubins, R., Borges, J., McDermott, C., Hoogstra-Klein, M., Hengeveld, G., Pettenella, D. (2015): Forest Policy Integration in Europe: Lessons Learnt, Challenges Ahead, and Strategies to Support Sustainable Forest Management and Multifunctional Forestry in the Future. INTEGRAL EU Policy Paper. Available online: http://www.integral-project.eu/materials/eu-policy-paper.html 

Kleinschmit D., Arts B.,Giurca A., Mustalathi I.,Pülzl H., Sergent A. (2015) Integrating Environmental Concerns in the Bioeconomy Discourse: a cross-country comparison. Proceedings of the Global Bioeconomy Summit (25-26 Nov. 2015), Berlin, Germany; pp: 69. 

Giurca A. and Kleinschmit D. (2015) Towards a Sustainable Bioeconomy: Integrating Environmental Concerns in Germany’s Bioeconomy Discourse. Proceedings of Towards a Sustainable Bioeconomy conference (21-23 Oct. 2015), Barcelona, Spain; pp: 26-27.

Gavrilut I., Halalisan A-F., Giurca A. and Sotirov M. (2015) The Interaction between FSC certification and the implementation of the EU Timber Regulation in Romania; Forests,7 (3): 1-13.

Giurca, A. and Jonsson, R. (2015) The opinions of some stakeholders on the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR): an analysis of secondary sources; iForest : e1-e6

Jonsson R., Giurca A.,Masiero M., Pepke E., Pettenella D., Prestemon J. and Winkel G. (2015). Assessment of the EU Timber Regulation and FLEGT Action Plan. From Science to Policy 1. European Forest Institute.


Giurca A., von Stedingk H. (2014) FSC Pesticide Policy in Sweden (Report).  Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Uppsala, Sweden.

Giurca, A.; Jonsson, R.; Lovric, M.; Pepke, E. (2014) European Union Timber Regulation Impacts on International Timber Markets; Proceedings of the 57th International Convention of Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST) (23-27 June) , Zvolen, Slovakia ; pp: 105-119.


Giurca A., Jonsson R., Rinaldi F., Pryardy R. H. (2013) Ambiguity in Timber Trade from Efforts to Combat Illegal Logging- Potential Impacts on Trade Between South-east Asia and Europe; Forests, 4 (4):730-750.

Pepke E., Giurca A., Jonsson R., Lovric M. (2013) European Union Timber Regulation Impacts Global Hardwood Markets; Proceedings for the 4th International Scientific Conference on Hardwood Processing (ISCHP) (7-9 Oct. 2013), Florence, Italy ;pp: 28-41.

Giurca, A. (2013) Market based and regulatory/enforcement mechanisms- assessment of impacts on timber trade between South-east Asia and Europe; M.Sc. Thesis; Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences: Alnarp, Sweden

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