Francisco Aguilar

University Fellow

Francisco Xavier Aguilar Cabezas is an RFF University Fellow and a Professor of Forest Economics at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Dr. Aguilar’s research focuses on the study of social-natural resources interactions particularly in regard to conservation and management of forest resources. Dr. Aguilar leads a Team of Specialists of the United Nations’ Economic Commission for Europe Timber Committee (Wood Energy), an Associate Editor with 'Environment, Development and Sustainability' and 'PLoS One'. He has received awards from the Earth Island Institute, World Resources Institute and Resources for the Future. He is a 2017 Brady J. Deaton Fellow of International Agriculture, the 2017 awardee for the MU campus faculty engagement, 2014 Gilbert White Fellow and 2006 Joseph Fisher Fellow granted by Resources for the Future in Washington DC. Dr. Aguilar current research portfolio includes the evaluation of public policy programs promoting sustainable boreal and temperate forest management, tropical forest conservation, and bioenergy. He is an expert in the application of spatial econometric methods to the study of forests and other natural resources. The scope and focus of his research complement his teaching responsibilities. He has successfully mentored graduates, Postdoctoral Fellows, Norman Borlaug and Cochran Fellows, and Research Associates from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe.


  • PhD in Forest Products Economics and Marketing, Louisiana State University
  • MS in Agricultural Economics, Louisiana State University
  • MS in Sustainable Agricultural Systems, Royal Agriculture University
  • Agronomic Engineer, EARTH University