• 21.-22.09.


    Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Conference 2020 in Freiburg, Germany

    Hosted by the Chair of Societal Transition and Circular Economy, University of Freiburg
    Determining the implications of circular economy initiatives on the environment and human wellbeing is essential for successful policy development and monitoring. While technical and business aspects of circular economy initiatives receive growing attention, perspectives on power struggles, socioecological justice and trade-offs in implementation are underdeveloped.

    This conference calls for contributions from all disciplines that critically explore prospects, potentials, and limitations of circular economy initiatives for social justice and environmental sustainability. more

  • 18.02.


    DZHW colloquium on scientific collaboration in Berlin

    Milad Abbasiharofteh was invited to deliver a talk at the DZHW (German Centre for Higher Education and Science Studies in Berlin) on ‘The driving forces of collaboration and atypical inventions in biotech: evidence from the Berlin biotech cluster and the European co-inventorship network’. In this talk, Milad will talk about his research on the biotech sector at different levels.

  • 29.-31.01.


    5th Geography of Innovation (GeoInno) in Stavanger, Norway

    TRAFOBIT members Frans Hermans and Milad Abbasiharofteh co-organise a session with colleagues from Orkestra (Spain), Lund University (Sweden), University of Bremen and University of Greifswald (Germany) at the GeoInno conference in Stavanger (Norway). This session title is ‘what role does the bioeconomy play in the transformation of regions towards sustainable development’ and focusesses on the relevance of bioeconomy in the context of innovation studies.

    See: for details.

  • 20.-23.01.


    TRAFOBIT contributing to NetSci-X Tokyo

    Milad Abbasiharofteh will present a poster ‘Driving forces of invention in European regions: a network approach’ and delivers a talk on ‘The rise and fall of typical and atypical bioeconomy patents’ at the upcoming network science conference in Tokyo. Milad underlines the significance of co-inventor relations and the structural properties of such a network regarding learning and future innovative activities.

  • 09.12.
    09:00 - 12:00

    Food for Justice

    „Food Inequalities: Power, Politics & Pesticides“ Workshop in Berlin

    Pesticides offer “food for thought” in understanding various dimensions of food inequalities: environmental chemical contamination and health problems affecting farm workers and nearby communities, environmental racism, the loss of biodiversity, and the contribution to climate change through fossil-fuel-based chemicals. Struggles around pesticides are characterized by knowledge asymmetries vis-à-vis- its safety and gendered politicisation, as women usually assume the burden to care for the sick and fight contamination. Global inequalities are expressed in the fact that most of the hazardous pesticides are prohibited in its producing countries but sold in developing ones. This workshop will discuss research findings of Larissa Bombardi, Renato Balbim and Renata Motta. We will examine the possibilities of interdisciplinary research on pesticides and beyond.

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  • 09.12.

    Bioeconomy & Inequalities

    „Police violence, punishment and race production in Brazil“

    The presentation aims to introduce the main ideas surrounding ongoing research on police violence in Brazil. It starts by presenting the current situation of police violence in Rio de Janeiro, focusing on recent shifts and the specificity of the state in relation to the rest of the country. This serves as a background to present an analytical hypothesis of the criminological meaning of police violence in the country, positing that (1) legal and illegal punishment are just two sides of the same phenomenon; and (2) State violence plays a special role in the (re)production of racial difference as means of disciplining the workforce.