Magnar Forbord's research is centred around development based on agricultural resources. His doctoral thesis (dr.ing., NTNU) from 2003 examines the development of industrial networks and entrepreneurship in dairy farming. In addition, he has published on the topic of recruitment to farming, and he has studied the consequences of transferring political power concerning agriculture and agricultural land to the municipalities. Since 2007 he has been researching the economic importance and organization of rural tourism. Forbord is also engaged in research on supply chains within bio energy.