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…

Is Bioeconomy a totalitarian approach?

The Bioeconomy concept has been definitely gaining momentum in recent years. In fact, it can be counted among recent emerging macro-political concepts that are defining entire science and technology policies in Western countries and beyond. However, most of the discussion is still at a conceptual level, and the concept is passed around mostly between science (research…

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…

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…