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The politics of innovations and our quest for newness

At the end of the summer I attended a one week NOVA PhD course 'Innovation systems in the Bioeconomy', hosted by the Forest Bioeconomy, Business and Sustainability (FBBS) group at the University of Helsinki, Finland. This five-day course aimed to provide a systematic overview of innovation, innovation systems, and their role in industrial transformation towards a forest-based … Continue reading The politics of innovations and our quest for newness

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?

Why we should be talking more about education

A more sustainable economy should build on social capital, skills and expertise. The bioeconomy, claims to do just that, to leverage the  know-how of existing industries and researchers, put it into practice, and create added value. Even more, the EU bioeconomy hopes to create millions of jobs. However, it is important to remember, that this … Continue reading Why we should be talking more about education

Which came first: the chicken or the egg?

During the last decades, governments in most industrialized western countries have started promoting the transition towards a greener more sustainable economy. The OECD has been mainly acting as a think tank for its member countries, promoting different macro-political concepts that were expected to revolutionize the economy. “High technology”, “national system of innovation”, “information economy”, and … Continue reading Which came first: the chicken or the egg?

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?