Where is the bioeconomy project heading?

In a recent study published in the journal of Forest Policy and Economics I interviewed  10 of the most central actors of the bioeconomy network in Germany. This study is a follow up of a previous network mapping exercise we did last year which allowed us to identify some 30 central organisations for Germany's WBN. "Central" means that … Continue reading Where is the bioeconomy project heading?

What (Social) Science can Tell Us about the Forest-based Bioeconomy

The latest 'What Science Can Tell Us' study from the European Forest Institute is titled: 'Towards a sustainable European forest-based bioeconomy- assessment and the way forward'.  The study presents the scientific evidence from different disciplines and provides a synthesis of existing knowledge for policymakers on the importance of forests and the forest-based sector in contributing to … Continue reading What (Social) Science can Tell Us about the Forest-based Bioeconomy

Who’s driving the bioeconomy…and why?

This is one of the burning questions I've had ever since the beginning of this project: to figure out who are the main stakeholders driving the bioeconomy development in Germany and beyond. I'm not talking about individuals, but about organizations, institutional players who have the capacity and power to shape the trajectory of the bioeconomy … Continue reading Who’s driving the bioeconomy…and why?

Does the bioeconomy care about the environment?

A growing number of scientific publications have criticized the bioeconomy concept for being too vague on environmental issues.  Most of these studies found that although bioeconomy strives towards sustainable development , economic aspects are clearly dominant, whereas social and environmental considerations take a backseat. Our most recent contribution joins this debate and discusses the issue … Continue reading Does the bioeconomy care about the environment?

What does the FOS say?

The forest sector (FOS) is yet again in the spotlight, this time as a main provider of knowhow, social capital and raw materials to the bioeconomy. However, “bioeconomy” is a concept mainly passed between policy and research actors. In fact, representatives of the FOS have had little involvement in drafting any of the national or … Continue reading What does the FOS say?

Why export resources when you can export ideas?

"...the global economy has been transformed from a material-based economy into a knowledge-based economy. Previously the main sources of wealth were material assets such as gold mines, wheat fields and oil wells. Today the main source of wealth is knowledge. And whereas you can conquer oil fields through war, you cannot acquire knowledge that way. … Continue reading Why export resources when you can export ideas?

Bioeconomy and ecosystem services – synergy or conflict?

This was the title of the  Final Conference of COST Action FP1207  Orchestrating forest-related policy analysis in Europe (ORCHESTRA) held between 5-6 September 2016 at the Université catholique de Louvain in the beautiful town of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. (UCL Library in Louvain la Neuve, a beautiful little town with very interesting architecture and intriguing history.  Find out more … Continue reading Bioeconomy and ecosystem services – synergy or conflict?