The Chair of Soietal Transition and Circular Economy is hosting two panels at the 4th International Conference on Public Policy on 26th to 28th June 2019 in Montreal, Canada.
Panel 1: *T14P03 – The Politics of Business in Sustainability Transformations*
The panel asks for empirical studies as well as theoretical contributions in relation to business actors in sustainability governance. The goal of this panel is to bring together researchers from diverse disciplines and geographic locations with a common interest in understanding the perceptions, discourses, agency, and (potential) impacts of businesses in sustainability transformations. „Barriers and Enablers of a Transformation to a Circular Economy“ together with Fred Gale & Joanna Vince
Panel 2: *T09P05 – Barriers and Enablers of a Transformation to a Circular Economy*
– in collaboration with Fred Gale & Joanna Vince (both University of Tasmania). The panel invites empirical as well as theoretical contributions in relation to the political and governance struggles over the circular economy as transformation paradigm and the resulting policy-making.
Please submit your abstract before January 30, 2019. More information
about the conference is available here:
We look forward meeting you in Montreal and discussing with you!
Neus Escobar will take part in the 13th International Conference of the European Society of Ecological Economics to be held in Turku (Finland) from 18 to 21 June 2019. She will specifically present their ongoing work on estimating “Induced Land Use Change and emissions from major bioplastics” in the special session on “Advancing a quantitative perspective on sustainability issues related to bioeconomy transitions in the social-ecological system”, in which the project STRIVE is directly involved.
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Interdisciplinary Lecture Series „Global Challenges: Circular Economy“, University of Darmstadt, Germany. Sina Leipold presents about „Transitions to a Circular Economy“ on 11 June 2019.
“Bio-based industries: sustainability benefits of technological innovation and closed loop approaches across supply chains”
Neus Escobar and Natalie Laibach will take part in the 29th Annual Meeting of SETAC Europe, to be held in Helsinki (Finland) on 26-30 May 2019. They will present their scientific contribution “Sustainability check for bio-based technologies: a LCA review” in the session “Bio-based industries: sustainability benefits of technological innovation and closed loop approaches across supply chains”, which will be co-chaired by Neus Escobar together with Daniel Garrain (Spain), Diego Marazza (Italy) and Tarmo Räty (Finland).
The session will explore, from a Life Cycle Assessment perspective, methodological issues and technological challenges for the implementation of circularity principles in bio-based production.
Late abstract submission will open mid-February.
The scientific programme can be found in full in the following link:
STRIVE senior researcher Jan Janosch Förster participated in the high-level workshop “Which policy for transformations in the bioeconomy” on May 23, 2019 at the Frauenhofer Institut in Berlin.
Participants from policy, industry, research and other actors from civil society engaged in a discussion on role of policy in processes of transformation associated with the Bioeconomy.
The bioeconomy is largely understood „as the knowledge-based production and utilization of biological resources, innovative biological processes and principles to sustainably provide goods and services across all economic sectors“ (Global Bioeconomy Summit, 2015). A key goal of national and supra-national strategies is to establish leadership in an emerging competitive knowledge-based economy.
Brazil is widely seen as a central arena for the implementation of the bioeconomy, even though it has not yet adopted a national Bioeconomy Strategy. The country is home to the largest areas of genetically modified crops (especially soy), and is developing into a „large-scale laboratory“ for the application of new biotechnologies such as genetic engineering processes. At the same time, according to the OECD (2009), Brazil has the potential to become a global knowledge producer, especially in the sugarcane-sugar-ethanol-electricity-bioplastic-sector. Today, the country is the second largest producer of ethanol after the USA.
Against this background, Brazilian sociologist Camila Moreno will shed light on current visions, developments and contradictions in the emerging bioeconomy in Brazil. She will focus on the nexus of land use, agro-energy production, knowledge production and climate policy, as well as on the changes and shifts in the context of the Bolsonaro administration.