Staff / Bioeconomy and governance
Górriz Mifsud, Elena
Socioeconomics and governance of rural systems

PhD of the Universities of Lleida and Padua, Forest Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Valencia

Master's Degree in Economics from the University of Barcelona.

She has also studied Freiburg. She completed his final degree project in Argentina and practices in Finland.

In 2008 she started working at EFIMED managing projects, communication and training.

Since 2009 she has participated in projects related to the forestry economy, and has worked for some periods in the CTFC.

Her main lines of research are the analysis of socioeconomic instruments for rural development and bioeconomics:

  • Design and implementation of sustainable economic instruments for environmental externalities (paying special attention to Payments for Environmental Services);
  • Social capital for cooperation in the management and use of forests (social innovation, associationism);
  • Forest ecosystem services offer (costs, motivations for forest management); i
  • Chains of value in non-wood forest products (economic analysis and governance).

Ravazzoli, E.; Dalla Torre, C.; Da Re, R.; Marini Govigli, V.; Secco, L.; Górriz-Mifsud, E.; Pisani, E.; Barlagne, C.; Baselice, A.; Bengoumi, M.; Dijskhoorn-Dekker, M.; Labidi, A.; Lopolito, A.; Melnykovych, M.; Perlik, M.; Polman, N.; Sarkki, S.; Vassilopoulos, A.; Koundouri, P.; Miller, D.; Streifeneder, T.; Nijnik, M. Can Social Innovation Make a Change in European and Mediterranean Marginalized Areas? Social Innovation Impact Assessment in Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, and Rural Development. Sustainability  2021, 13, 1823.


Sarkki, S.; Dalla Torre, C.; Fransala, J.; Zivojinović, I.; Ludvig, A.; Górriz-Mifsud, E.; Melnykovych, M.; Sfeir, P.R.; Arbia, L.; Bengoumi, M.; Chorti, H.; Gramm, V.; López Marco, L.; Ravazzoli, E.; Nijnik, M. Reconstructive Social Innovation Cycles in Women-Led Initiatives in Rural Areas. Sustainability 2021, 13, 1231.


Marini Govigli, V., Alkhaled, S., Arnesen, T., Barlagne C., Bjerck M., Burlando, C., Melnykovych , M., Rodríguez Fernandez-Blanco, C:, Sfeir, P., Górriz-Mifsud, E. 2020. Testing a framework to co-construct social innovation actions. Insights from seven marginalized rural areas. Sustainability 12(4).


Nichiforel L, Deuffic P, Thorsen BJ, Weiss G, Hujala T, Keary K, Lawrence A, Avdibegovic M, Dobsinska Z, Feliciano D, Gorriz-Mifsud E, Hoogstra-Kleinn M, Hrib M, Jarský V, Jodlowski K, Lukmine D, Pezdevsek Malovrh S, Nedeljkovic J, Nonić D, Krajter Ostoić S, Pukall K, Rondeux J, Samara T, Scriban RE, Sarvašová Z, Silingiene R, Sinko M, Stojanovska M, Stojanovski V, Stoyanov T, Teder M, Vennesland B, Wilhelmsson E, Wilkes-Allemann J, Zivojinovic I, Bouriaud L. 2020. Two decades of forest-related legislation changes in European countries analysed from a property rights perspective. Forest Policy and Economics 115:102146.


Górriz-Mifsud E, Burns M, Marini Govigli V. 2019. Civil society engaged in wildfires: Mediterranean forest fire volunteer groupings. Forest Policy and Economics 102:119-129.


Marini Govigli V, Górriz-Mifsud E, Varela E. 2019. Zonal travel cost approaches to assess recreational wild mushroom picking value: Trade-offs between online and onsite data collection strategies. Forest Policy and Economics 102: 51-65.


Górriz Mifsud E, Olza L. Montero E, Marini Govigli V. 2019. The challenges of coordinating forest owners for joint management. Forest Policy and Economics 99: 100-109.


Varela E, Górriz-Mifsud E, Ruiz-Mirazo J, López-i-Gelats F. 2018. Payment for targeted grazing: Integrating local shepherds into wildfire prevention. Forests 9: 464.


Nichiforel L, Wilhelmsson E, Wilkes-Allemann J, Stojanovski V, Stoyanov N, Keary K, Deuffic P, Weiss G, Thorsen BJ, Winkel G, Avdibegovic M, Dobsinska Z, Feliciano D, Gatto P, Gorriz-Mifsud E, Hoogstra M, Hrib M, Hujala T, Jager L, Jarský V, Jodlowski K, Lawrence A, Lukmine D, Pezdevsek Malovrh S, Nedeljkovic J, Nonić D, Krajter Ostoić S, Pukall K, Rondeux J, Samara T, Stojanovska M, Teder M, Scriban R, Sarvasova Z, Silingiene R, Sinko M, Vilkriste L, Vennesland B, Bouriaud L. 2018. How private are Europe’s private forests? A comparative property rights analysis. Land Use Policy 76: 535-552.