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

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

Following the traces of bioeconomy in Finland

New year, new beginning, new knowledge to acquire. Since the beginning of 2017 I came to Helsinki, Finland to work together with some very bright people here at the department of forest sciences. Basically, we will be focusing on developing an analytical framework and collecting some data that will hopefully allow us to compare forest actors' … Continue reading Following the traces of bioeconomy in Finland

Wood in the Bioeconomy – Opportunities and Limits in Germany

A recent analysis published by the German Bioeconomy Council (Bioökonomierat) attempts to analyse the current situations of wood resources under Germany's bioeconomy. The paper is now subject to an open public review process, accompanied by expert reviews. The  Bioeconomy Council welcomes comments and feedback by September 2nd 2016. Read the paper HERE

Swedish Forests in a Bioeconomy: Green Future or Greenwash?

This is the thought provoking question that my colleague Daniel Hodge is trying to answer in his recently published Master thesis. For this, he took a closer look at the Swedish forest sector and the recent discussions around bioeconomy. Bioeconomy is currently a "hot topic" in Sweden, considering the country's favorable position for transitioning towards a … Continue reading Swedish Forests in a Bioeconomy: Green Future or Greenwash?

Environmental Concerns in the Bioeconomy Discourse

Sustainable development is highlighted in different national bioeconomy strategies as the overarching goal of the shift towards bioeconomy. In fact, in many of these strategies, bioeconomy is partly already renamed to “sustainable economy". However, it is important to understand that bioeconomy in itself cannot be considered as "self-evidently sustainable". Even more so,  visions about the relationship … Continue reading Environmental Concerns in the Bioeconomy Discourse