4.1 Global forests and local ruralities – challenging traditional conceptions of forestry and exploring innovative promises of bio economy
Elias Andersson, Department of forest resource management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå, Sweden. email@example.com
Gun Lidestav, Department of forest resource management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå Sweden.
Two decades ago Elands and Wiersum (2001) identified five different European discourses regarding the role of forestry in rural development. Since then, the on-going processes of globalisation, urbanisation, climate change and shifts in the governing systems of neoliberalism have increasingly affected the ecological, economic, social and spatial relations of forests and forestry. Considering the peek of productivity and traditional manufacturing within the forestry on one hand, and the innovative promises of the bio and circular economy on the other hand, there is time to move beyond the traditional conceptions and relations of forests and the rural, and begin articulate other courses of actions.
To explore these present shifts, challenges and opportunities, this session invites papers that critically engage in the interrelation between politics, space and social forces of northern forests and ruralities in attempts to leave paths and find alternatives.