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…

Replace, Upgrade, Circulate and Collaborate- the Nordic style

Nordic countries  joined forces under a formal policy and strategy forum called the Bioeconomy Panel. The panel’s main job is to draw up proposals for a Nordic strategy for the bioeconomy, outlining options and practical measures to promote sustainable bioeconomies in the Nordic region. In preparation for the upcoming strategy,   the panel produced a catalogue…

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…

Do we need more matchmaking to make Bioeconomy happen ?

The Bioeconomy is here, closer than ever, especially in the research and development community where different initiatives constantly strive to engage as many researchers as possible  from cross sectors and disciplines. Bioeconomy endeavors to bring together researchers from all the different sectors, agriculture, forestry, energy, water and fisheries, chemical etc.  But is this easier said than done? “Moving…