Raju Pokharel

Raju Pokharel


Department of Forestry

Assistant Professor, Forest Resource Economics

Telephone: 517-353-9447

Natural Resources Building
480 Wilson Rd, Rm. 208A
East Lansing, MI 48824-1222

Area of Expertise:

Forest Resource Economics, Market and Forest Systems Analysis, Natural Resources Management and Policy


Ph.D. in Forest Resources (2016), Mississippi State University, Mississippi, United States
MBA in Business Administration (2011), University of Sunderland, Sunderland, United Kingdom
MS in Environmental Sciences (2007), Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal
BS in Environmental Sciences (2005), Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal

Socioeconomics Lab


Selected Publications:

1.    Pokharel R., & Latta G.S. (2019). Supply chain analysis to identify forest merchantability limitations across the United States, Forest Policy and Economics, 116 (online - 1021812).

2.    Pokharel R., Grala R. K., Latta G.S., Grebner D. L., Grado S. C., & Poudel J., (2019). Availability of logging residues and likelihood of their utilization for electricity production in the US South, Journal of Forestry, 117(6), 543-559.

3.    Pokharel R., Grala R.K., Grebner D.L., & Cooke W.H. (2019). Mill willingness to utilize logging residues to produce electricity: a spatial logistic regression approach, Forest Science, 65(3), 277-288.

4.    Pokharel R., Grala R. K., & Grebner D. L. (2017). Woody residues utilization for bioenergy by primary forest products manufacturers: An exploratory analysis, Forest Policy and Economics, 85 Part 1, 161-171.

5.    Pokharel R., Grala R. K., Grebner D. L., & Grado S. C. (2017). Factors affecting utilization of woody residues to produce bioenergy in the southern United States, Biomass and Bioenergy, 105, 278–287.

6.    Adhikari R. K., Kindu M., Pokharel R., Castro L. M., & Knoke T. (2017) Financial compensation for biodiversity conservation in Ba Be National Park of Northern Vietnam, Journal of Nature Conservation, 35, 92–100.


In the News:

Watts, A. (2020, August). How Five Natural-Resources Professionals work with CO2. The Forestry Source (Page 8), Society of American Foresters, Washington DC.

Lewis, K. C. (2017, March). EYESORE or OPPORTUNITY? Logging Residues Could Serve as an Energy Resource. Mississippi Landmarks Volume 13 Number 1 (Page 20). Division of Agriculture, Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State. MS.