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Johansson, Kornelia, 2020. Stories from the forest : an analysis of the discursive framing of forest-based bioeconomy from the perspective of Forest Owners Associations and private forest owners in Sweden. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development

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Abstract

In recent years, the concept of bioeconomy has evolved as an alternative to the fossil-based economy
of today, providing a vision of an economy based on renewable resources. In Sweden, the concept
has been adopted by dominant stakeholders in the forest industry, where the forest is identified as an
important renewable resource and a mean to mitigate carbon dioxide. The aim of this study is to
examine the discourse upheld by the major Forest Owners Associations in Sweden and to explore the
perspectives of private forest owners. By using Hajer’s argumentative approach, text material from
the websites of the FOAs is analyzed together with interviews with eight forest owners. The study
finds that the FOAs represents a perspective on the bioeconomy where productive forestry and
climate mitigation is in focus while social and environmental aspects are largely neglected. The forest
owners are shown to put more emphasis on social and environmental sustainability in their forestry,
hence partly rejecting the discourse that the FOAs upholds.

Main title:Stories from the forest
Subtitle:an analysis of the discursive framing of forest-based bioeconomy from the perspective of Forest Owners Associations and private forest owners in Sweden
Authors:Johansson, Kornelia
Supervisor:Fischer, Klara
Examiner:Pettersson, Katarina
Series:UNSPECIFIED
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2020
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NM009 Rural Development and Natural Resource Management - Master's Programme 120 HEC
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:bioeconomy, discourse coalitions, forestry, storylines, Sweden
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-500116
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-500116
Subjects:Forestry - General aspects
Language:English
Deposited On:10 Jul 2020 07:36
Metadata Last Modified:11 Jul 2020 01:03

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