BIOPOLISTA — Bioeconomy Policy Implementation in Bioeconomy States

Institution: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin – Thaer-Institut für Agrar- und Gartenbauwissenschaften

Project Leaders: Dr. Maria Proestou and Dr. Nicolai Schulz

The Junior Research Group BIOPOLISTA examines the implementation of bioeconomy policies adopted by emerging “bioeconomy states” to ensure the transition to a sustainable bioeconomy. Policies promoting bioeconomy transformation are proliferating around the world. Scholars have focused on bioeconomy discourses, international governance patterns, conflicting goals, and policy design and content. However, little to no research has focused on understanding whether and how bioeconomy policies are implemented. The project addresses the lack of a comprehensive perspective on the implementation of bioeconomy policies by combining policy analysis approaches with the historical-institutionalist concept of the “bioeconomy state”. On this basis, it examines divergent patterns and causes of bioeconomy policy implementation successes and failures within and across six countries with significant bioeconomies and emerging bioeconomy states (namely, Colombia, France, Germany, Malaysia, South Africa, and the United States of America). BIOPOLISTA is co-directed by Dr. Maria Proestou and Dr. Nicolai Schulz and will run for five years from March 1, 2023. It is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) under the “Bioeconomy as Societal Change” program.