I am associate professor in forestry, specialized in forest economics. I am working with large-scale bio-economic models of the forest sector that encompass markets of timber and wood products and simulations of forest resources. The activity and forest growth are linked to carbon fluxes and albedo impacts. In Norway as in many Northern Hemisphere countries, net forest growth is large which leads to substantial carbon sequestration. The current accumulation of forest resources gives several opportunities of the use of the forests. We are also looking into how harvests impact biodiversity on the large scale.
I am also working on studies of forest owner behavior. In Norway, private individuals own most of the forest. This owner base varies with regard to their attitudes towards the forest and how they manage the forest. Better understanding owner attitudes and behavior facilitates policy implementation and markets.
Besides my main work in Evenstad, I share my time between the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and running a family forest business. Through the forestry business, I am heading the committee for new forest management plans (Takstutvalget) in Rendalen municipality (about 80 000 ha) 2019-2021 and the road association Flendalen-Sjølimarka Veilag that covers 125 km forest roads in Rendalen, since its start in 2017.
I teach in forest and resource economics at the bachelor and master level, and provide supervision on theses for bachelor, master and PhD level.
Areas of expertise: Forest economics; forest management; boreal forestry; climate change mitigation in the forest sector; forest sector economics; forest sector modeling; timber supply; forest owner behavior
- “Research Prize” from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, of NOK 100 000, 2015
- Invited by European Forest Institute to give an oral presentation at the Young Scientist Session at the European Forest Institute’s Annual Conference, Sept. 10, 2014, as one out of three young scientists, based on the quality of the PhD thesis in the European forest sector 2011-2014. European Forest Institute, 2014
- Potential impact of albedo incorporation in boreal forest sector climate change policy effectiveness by Sjølie, H.K., Latta, G.S., Solberg, B. winner of the Schlamadinger Prize in climate change: forestry, land use and bioenergy. Climate Policy 13(6): 785-786
For projects, see the research group page.
- PhD students: Altamash Bashir (2017-2021) and Abbas Nabhani (2020-2023)
- Master students: Mathis Lunde (2021)
- Bachelor students
Refereeing and evaluation
- Referee: African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology; Bioresource Technology; Canadian Journal of Forest Research; Climate Change Economics; Climate Services; Current Forestry Reports; Economic Modelling; Environmental Conservation; Environmental Modeling & Assessment; Forest Policy and Economics; Forest Products Journal; Forests; Forestry; Journal of Forest Economics; Journal of Industrial Ecology; Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change; Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research
- 2019-: Subject editor Forest Policy and Economics, Silva Fennica
- 2015: Guest editor w/B. Solberg: Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research: Special Issue on Forest Sector Modeling
- 2019: External committee member of the evaluation committee for the PhD degree of Ulf Johansen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)