Wooden buildings are making a comeback in southern Germany

Wooden buildings are currently making a comeback in southern Germany. The construction sector is buzzing with new ideas for creative new constructions. Architects and homebuyers are getting excited about building in wood, and the possibilities seem limitless. In the German federal state of Baden-Württemberg alone, wood construction has surpassed 30% in recent years. And this … Continue reading Wooden buildings are making a comeback in southern Germany

We talked to Bioeconomy policy experts. Here’s what we found out

By Alex Giurca and Sebastian Weickert Our graduate school organized an excursion to Berlin in order to visit bioeconomy policy experts. Each of the experts were kind enough to make time for us and discuss their understanding and expectations of the bioeconomy in Germany. We visited a diverse mix of stakeholders such as the Federal … Continue reading We talked to Bioeconomy policy experts. Here’s what we found out

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

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?

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?

Finns on ORBIT

A guest blog by Jaana Korhonen Alex’s previous blog posts about the bioeconomy in Finland captures the hopes and prospects that are loaded to the evolving Finnish bioeconomy. "The bioeconomy is the New Nokia" comparison voices out how the bioeconomy can bring salvation for the prolonged economic struggle. The bioeconomy has the potential to enhance the societal … Continue reading Finns on ORBIT