Julia Szulecka

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Academic interests

Julia’s research interests focus on environmental policy, particularly forest policy (at the global level in forestry regime negotiations and in national forest policy). She is also interested in local level forestry activities and their social, economic and environmental implications. Julia has recently worked on sustainability standards and corporate-societal partnerships in bioenergy forest plantations.


Julia is part of TIK’s team in the SusValueWaste project. Her research is mostly related to the WP5 on Policy trends, complementarities and contradictions. She is mostly interested in wood waste but will contribute to the general analysis of OW policy.


  • Dr. rer. silv. in International Forestry, Dresden University of Technology
  • PhD in forest and land economics, University of Padova (joint degree, 2015)
  • MSc. in Political Science from the VU Amsterdam (2008)

Work experience

  • Center for Development and the Environment (SUM), University of Oslo
    • E.On Postdoctoral fellow (2016)
  • Institute of International Forestry, TU Dresden (2010-2015)
    • Researcher, doctoral fellow
  • Environmental Studies & Policy Research Institute, Wroclaw (since 2010)
    • Head of the Foundation Council

Visiting positions and internships

  • Department of Political Science, University of Oslo (2015 and 2017)
  • Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Bogor, Indonesia (2012)
  • Universidad Nacional de Asunción (UNA), Paraguay (2011-2012)
  • Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture & Forestry (LEAF), Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy (2011 and 2013)
  • Global Nature Fund (GNF), Radolfzell, Germany (2009-2010)     
  • Lake Constance Foundation (Bodensee Stiftung), Radolfzell, Germany (2009-2010)


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Scientific articles and book chapters

Szulecka, J. (forthcoming 2017) ‘Dramatic land-use change in the 20th century: on massive deforestation and crawling deforestation’. In: Santiago, K. (ed) Paraguay and Peru: Political, Social and Environmental Issues. Nova Science Publishers.

Szulecka, J. and L. Monges Zalazar (2017) ‘Forest plantations in Paraguay: Historical developments and a critical diagnosis in a SWOT-AHP framework’, Land Use Policy, 60: 384-394, DOI: 10.1016/ j.landusepol.2016.11.001.

Szulecka, J., Obidzinski, K. and A. Dermawan (2016) ‘Corporate-society engagement in plantation forestry in Indonesia: evolving paradigms and their implications’, Forest Policy and Economics, 62: 19-29, DOI: 10.1016/j.forpol.2015.10.016.

Szulecka, J. and L. Secco (2014) ‘Local institutions, social capital and their role in forest plantation governance: lessons from two case studies of smallholder plantations in Paraguay’, International Forestry Review, 16 (2): 180-90, DOI: 10.1505/146554814811724829, 5-year.

Szulecka, J., Pretzsch, J. and L. Secco (2014) ‘Paradigms in tropical forest plantations: a critical reflection on historical shifts in plantation approaches’, International Forestry Review, 16 (2): 128–43, DOI: 10.1505/146554814811724810 5-year.

Szulecka, J. (2014) ‘Forestry, Tharandt and the (global) political economy’, in: Uibrig, H. Auch, E. and Bemmann, A. (eds.) Festschrift for Prof. Dr. Jürgen Pretzsch on the occasion of his 60th birthday, Dresden: TUD. ISBN 978-3-942934-04-6, pp. 154-160.

Szulecka, J. and K. Szulecki (2013) ‘Analysing the Rospuda River Controversy in Poland: Rhetoric, Environmental Activism and EU’s Influence’, East European Politics, 29 (4): 397– 419, DOI: 10.1080/21599165.2013.836701

Szulecka, J. and K. Szulecki (2011) ‘Environmental peacebuilding: Transnational environmental protection as a platform of advanced conflict prevention in the Middle East’ (in Polish), in: Kostecki, Wojciech (ed.) Zaawansowane zapobieganie konfliktom, Warszawa: SWPS, ISBN: 978-83-7545-276-1, pp. 205-225.practices.


Szulecka, J. (2015) Changing Paradigms in a Changing Climate: Analyzing the Political Economy of Tropical Forest Plantations, Schriftenreihe des Institutes für Internationale Forst - und Holzwirtschaft Heft 25, Dresden: TUD, ISBN 978-3-942934-08-4, 262 pp.


Szulecka, J. and K. Szulecki (2017) “Spółdzielnia” [The Cooperative. A development story from Paraguay], Znak, 741 (February 2017), pp. 40-47.

Szulecka, J. (2016) “Silent Passengers: The Journeys of Trees”, Tvergastein - Interdisciplinary Journal of the Environment, 8 (December 2016), pp. 18-21.

Szulecka, J. (2016) “Zalesianie, czyli ściąć, zasadzić – zarobić dwa razy” [Afforestation – or cut down, plant and get paid twice], BiznesAlert, 16 May 2016.

Szulecka, J. (2016) “Minister Szyszko węglem i wycinaniem lasów chce powstrzymać zmiany klimatu” [The envirnoment minister wants to stop climate change by cutting and burning forests], OKO Press, 21 November 2016.

Szulecka, J. and K. Szulecki (2016) “Pocztówki z antropocenu” [Postcards from the Anthropocene], Znak, 738(11), November 2016.

Szulecka, J. and K. Szulecki (2015) ‘Polski pomysł na “lasy węglowe” to blef’ [Polish idea of ‘carbon forests’ is a bluff], Kultura Liberalna, 361 (49), December 2015.

Szulecki, K., Ancygier, A. and J. Szulecka (2015) Expertise on Polish Energy Policy, Report commissioned by GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), September 2015, 44 pp

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  • Klitkou, Antje; Capasso, Marco; Hansen, Teis & Szulecka, Julia (2018). New path development for forest-based value creation in Norway.
  • Szulecka, Julia (2017). Sustainable Energy from Wood: Global Sustainability Standards and Local Corporate-Societal Partnerships in Bioenergy Production.
  • Szulecka, Julia (2017). Uprooted: How Parliamentarism, Professionalization, and a Conservative Backlash De-legitimized Polish Environmentalism.
  • Szulecka, Julia & Szulecki, Kacper (2017). Polish Environmental Movement 1980-2017. (De)legitimization, Politics & Ecological Crises.
  • Szulecka, Julia & Szulecki, Kacper (2017). [Polska] Jana Szyszki bajki o klimacie. Kultura Liberalna.  ISSN 2081-027X.  440(24)
  • Szulecka, Julia & Szulecki, Kacper (2017). Spółdzielnia. Znak.  ISSN 0044-488X.  741(2), s 40- 47
  • Szulecki, Kacper & Szulecka, Julia (2016). Pocztówki z antropocenu. Znak.  ISSN 0044-488X.  70(738)

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