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Elias Andersson

Elias Andersson
Is a docent in technology with a focus on occupational science and works as a associate professor in forest policy on issues about e.g. gender, gender equality, forest ownership, forest-related services and advisory.


PhD in occupational science, with a background in gender studies and history of ideas. The PhD project examines how inequality is created in family farming, was funded by the Agricultural Research Foundation and was completed in October 2014. During the last ten years, I have mainly conducted research on gender and equality within the forestry sector and studied various change processes and governance linked to resource utilization and the countryside - e.g. adaptation to climate change, new technology, service development and work organizations.  I’m a member of the faculty board and the vice dean with responsibility for gender equality and equal opportunities at the Faculty of Forest Science.

Deputy head of department, Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre. I also coordinate:

IFURO Working Group on Gender and forestry (6.08.00), coordinator

IUFRO Task Force on Gender Equality in Forestry, Deputy coordinator

Working group: Equal education, Swedish Forest sector's gender equality council.

Selected publications


Doing gender (in) equality in Swedish family farming: gendered labour and resources in agrarian change

Scientific publications

Ota, L., Lidestav, G., Andersson, E. m.fl. (2024) Reviewing gender roles, relations, and perspectives in small-scale and community forestry – implications for policy and practice, Forest Policy and Economics.

Johansson, K., Johansson, M. & Andersson, E. (2023) All talk and no action? Making change and negotiating gender equality in Swedish forestry, Forest Policy and Economics 154(9), pp. 103013.

Keskitalo, E.C.H. & Andersson, E. (2023) Interviews with landowners and managers – what can they provide? Monitoring Biodiversity Combining Environmental and Social Data, eds. Allard, A., Keskitalo, E.C.H., Brown, A., Routledge: London, pp. 261-274.

Matilainen, A., Andersson, E. Lähdesmäki, M., Lidestav, G. & Kurki, S. (2023) Services for What and for Whom? A Literature Review of Private Forest Owners’ Decision-Making in Relation to Forest-Based Services. Small-scale Forestry, 22, pp. 511–535.

Johansson, K., Andersson, E. & Johansson, M. (2022) Restructuring masculinities and reshaping inequalities: Negotiations of (gendered) sales work and relations in an industrial organization. Gender, Work & Organization 29(4), pp. 1008–1024.

Andersson, E. & Johansson, K. (2022) Organizational learning in gender mainstreaming: openings and barriers for implementation and change. International Journal of Learning and Change, 14(3) pp. 339-355.


Andersson, E. & Keskitalo, E.C.H. (2021) Constructing forest owner identities and governing decisions and relationships: The owner as distant consumer in Swedish forestry. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 64(11), pp. 1963-1984.

Johansson, K., Andersson, E., Johansson, M. & Lidestav, G. (2020) Conditioned openings and restraints: The meaning‐making of women professionals breaking into the male‐dominated sector of forestry. Gender, Work and Organization, 27(11), pp. 927943.

Andersson, E., Keskitalo, E.C.H. & Westin, K. (2020) Managing place and distance: Restructuring sales and work relations to meet urbanisation-related challenges in Swedish forestry. Forest Policy and Economics, 118(9), pp. 102267.

Bergstén, S., Andersson, E. & Keskitalo, E.C.H. (2020) Same-same but different: Gendering forest ownership in Sweden. Forest Policy and Economics, 115(6), pp. 102162.

Edlund, B., Andersson, E., Nordfjell, T. & Lindroos O. (2019) Quad Bike Riders’ Attitudes toward and Use of Safety Technologies. Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health, 25(4), pp. 169-187.

Andersson, E. & Keskitalo, E.C.H. (2019) Service logics and strategies of Swedish forestry in the structural shifts of forest ownership: challenging the “old” and shaping the “new”, Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, 34(6), pp. 508-520.

Johansson, K., Andersson, E., Johansson, M. & Lidestav, G. (2019) The Discursive Resistance of Men to Gender-equality Interventions: Negotiating “Unjustness” and “Unnecessity” in Swedish Forestry, Men and Masculinities, 22 (2), pp. 177-196.

Andersson, E., Johansson, M., Lidestav, G. & Lindberg, M. (2018) Constituting gender and gender equality through policy: The political of gender mainstreaming in the Swedish forest industry, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, 37(8), pp.763-779.

Andersson, E., Keskitalo, E.C.H. & Bergstén, S. (2018) In the eye of the storm: adaptation logics of forest owners in management and planning in Swedish areas, Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, 33(8), pp. 800-808.

Johansson, M., Johansson, K. & Andersson, E. (2018) #Metoo in the Swedish forest sector: testimonies from harassed women on sexualised forms of male control, Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 33(5), pp. 419-425.

Andersson, E. & Keskitalo, E.C.H. (2018) Adaptation to climate change? Why business-as-usual remains the logical choice in Swedish forestry, Global Environmental Change 48(1), pp. 76-85.

Andersson, E., Keskitalo, E.C.H. & Lawrence, A. (2017) Adaptation to climate change in forestry: A perspective on forest ownership and adaptation responses, Forests 8(12), pp. 493-511.

Andersson, E. (2017) Managing Flexibility and Expectations: Gendered Experiences of Spatial-temporal Relations in Swedish Family-based Dairy Farming, International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food 23(2), pp. 77–97.

Keskitalo, E. C. H. & Andersson, E. (2017) Why Organization May Be the Primary Limitation to Implementing Sustainability at the Local Level: Examples from Swedish Case Studies, Resources 6(1), pp. 13-28.

Andersson, E. & Keskitalo, E. C. H. (2017) Technology use in Swedish reindeer husbandry through a social lens, Polar Geography 40(1 ), pp. 19-34.

Andersson, E. & Lundqvist, P. (2016) The gendered time in Swedish family farming: operationalise an agrarian typology using the Swedish Farm Accountancy Data Network, Journal of Family Business Management 6(3), pp. 310-329

Andersson, E. & Lidestav, G. (2016) Creating alternative spaces and articulating needs: Challenging gendered notions of forestry and forest ownership through women's networks, Forest Policey and Economics 67(Jun), 38-44.

Andersson, E. & Lundqvist, P. (2014) Gendered Agricultural Space and Safety: Towards Embodied, Situated Knowledge, Journal of Agromedicine 19(3), 303-315.

Andersson, E. & Lidestav, G. (2014) Gendered resource access and utilisation in Swedish family farming, Land 3(1), 188-203.


Popular scientific publications

Den öppna skogen: kön, genus och jämställdhet i skogssektorn (2019) red. Andersson, E. Umeå: Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet

Den öppna skogen: kön, genus och jämställdhet i skogssektorn (2015) red. Andersson, E. Umeå: Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet

Andersson, E. & Lundqvist, P. (2013) Lantbrukets arbetsmiljö ur ett genusperspektiv

Andersson, E. (2010) Ett hästjobb för Kommunal. Svenska Kommunal-arbetareförbundet, Stockholm



Andersson, E. & Joahsson, M (2022) Tio år med jämställdhet på agendan - Nationell uppföljning av skogligt utbildades villkor på arbetsmarknaden. Umeå: Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet

Andersson, E. & Lidestav, G. (2015) Jämställdhet som branschgemensam strategi i skogsbrukssektorn. Umeå: Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet.

Lidestav, G. & Andersson, E. (2011) Fokusgruppsanalyser av kvinnliga skogliga nätverk. Institutionen för skoglig resurshushållning, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, Umeå.

Andersson, E. (2011) Essay on gender in family farming and its implication on gender equality. Institutionen för skoglig resurshushållning, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, Umeå.

Lidestav, G., Andersson, E., Berg Lejon, S. & Johansson, K. (2011) Jämställt arbetsliv i skogssektorn - underlag för åtgärder. Institutionen för skoglig resurshushållning, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, Umeå.



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