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  • 2019

    Bioeconomy & Inequalities

    Agrarkraftstoffe

    Backhouse, M. 2019. Agrarkraftstoffe, in: Brunner, Jan; Dobelmann, Anna; Kirst, Sarah; Prause Louisa (Ed.): Wörterbuch Land- und Ressourcenkonflikte. Bielefeld: Transkript. pp. 31-36.

  • 2019

    Bioeconomy & Inequalities

    Green Grabbing

    Backhouse, M. 2019. Green Grabbing, in: Brunner, Jan; Dobelmann, Anna; Kirst, Sarah; Prause Louisa (Ed.): Wörterbuch Land- und Ressourcenkonflikte. Bielefeld: Transkript. pp.122-126.

  • 2019

    Bioeconomy & Inequalities

    New ‚renewable‘ frontiers: contested palm oil plantations and wind energy projects in Brazil and Mexico

    Backhouse, Maria; Lehmann, Rosa. 2019. New ‚renewable‘ frontiers: contested palm oil plantations and wind energy projects in Brazil and Mexico, in: Journal of Land Use Science.

  • 2019

    Bioeconomy & Inequalities

    Für eine intersektionale Perspektive auf globale sozial-ökologische Ungleichheiten

    Backhouse, Maria; Tittor, Anne. 2019. Für eine intersektionale Perspektive auf globale sozial-ökologische Ungleichheiten. In: Special Issue des Berliner Journal; in: Dörre K., Rosa H., Becker K., Bose S., Seyd B  (eds.), Große Transformation? Zur Zukunft moderner Gesellschaften. pp. 297-309.

  • 2019

    Bioeconomy & Inequalities

    Der Konflikt um Windenergie in Mexiko. Partizipation, Diskurse und die ungleiche Gestaltung der Naturverhältnisse im Isthmus von Tehuantepec.

    Lehmann, R. 2019. Der Konflikt um Windenergie in Mexiko. Partizipation, Diskurse und die ungleiche Gestaltung der Naturverhältnisse im Isthmus von Tehuantepec. Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien.

  • 2019

    Bioeconomy & Inequalities

    Fragen kostet nichts. Die Konsultationen Indigener in Lateinamerika sind scheindemokratisch

    Lehmann, R. 2019. Fragen kostet nichts. Die Konsultationen Indigener in Lateinamerika sind scheindemokratisch. In: iz3w 374, pp. 8-9.

  • 2019

    Bioeconomy & Inequalities

    Sugarcane Industry Expansion and Changing Land and Labor Relations in Brazil. The Case of Mato Grosso do Sul 2000–2016

    Lorenzen, Kristina. 2019. Sugarcane Industry Expansion and Changing Land and Labor Relations in Brazil. The Case of Mato Grosso do Sul 2000–2016, Working Paper No. 9, Bioeconomy & Inequalities, Jena.

    The objective of this paper is to assess how the expanding production of sugarcane-based bioethanol as part of an emerging bioeconomy affects existing social inequalities in land and labor relations. The paper shows that the expansion of the sugarcane industry in the Brazilian federal State of Mato Grosso do Sul transformed existing labor regimes of peasants and Indigenous people.

  • 2019

    Bioeconomy & Inequalities

    Wessen Bioökonomie für Europa? Die Ausrichtung der EU-Bioökonomie nach ihrer Aktualisierung

    Lühmann, M. 2019. Wessen Bioökonomie für Europa? Die Ausrichtung der EU-Bioökonomie nach ihrer Aktualisierung, Working Paper Nr. 4, Bioeconomy & Inequalities, Jena.

    In October 2018, the EU-commission launched an updated bioeconomy strategy after a review process. This process entailed the possibility to reassess the overall direction in this policy field. Political actors from different sectors of society and with diverging views on the bioeconomy have taken part in these developments. However, the updated bioeconomy policy remains largely unchanged in terms of its orientation. In this paper, these findings are presented and explained, taking into account the role of hegemonic narratives and ideas, as well as the relations of forces in European society.

  • 2019

    Bioeconomy & Inequalities

    „My future depends on how many fruit bunches I can harvest“. Migrant workers in the palm oil sector in the wake of a Malaysian Bioeconomy

    Puder, Janina. 2019. „My future depends on how many fruit bunches I can harvest“. Migrant workers in the palm oil sector in the wake of a Malaysian Bioeconomy, Working Paper No. 7, Bioeconomy & Inequalities, Jena.

    Malaysia is one of the few countries worldwide, which launched a comprehensive na-tional Bioeconomy strategy. The state program involves far-reaching plans to trans-form the national economy into a bio-based, knowledge-driven growth model. These efforts are interlinked with the long-term goal to develop Malaysia into a high-income country and by that, significantly improve the working opportunities and conditions of workers especially from rural areas. The targeted transformations depend particularly on the economic success and further development of the palm oil sector. The sector is characterized by a high share of low-skilled migrant workers performing dirty, danger-ous, and degrading tasks, while higher paid jobs with better working conditions are mostly reserved for Malaysian citizens. In dealing with the societal processes that accompany the Malaysian plans to establish a Bioeconomy, it is of special interest from a socio-economic stance to understand which occupational groups in the palm oil sector are addressed and which are ex-cluded when we examine the progress in the advancement of living and working con-ditions in the country. The present paper argues that migrant plantation and mill work-ers employed in the Malaysian palm oil sector are structurally excluded from the na-tional goal of enhancing the living and working conditions of the population by trans-forming into a Bioeconomy. It is assumed that this exclusion intersects with a specific precarity caused by the socio-economic status of low-skilled migrant workers. Further-more, it is to discuss in what way certain forms of social exclusion in the Southeast Asian Oil Palm Complex are re-/produced transnationally.

  • 2019

    Bioeconomy & Inequalities

    Bolsonaros Anti-Klimapolitik für Brasilien: Düstere Aussichten auf Nachhaltigkeit

    Rodríguez, F. 2019. Bolsonaros Anti-Klimapolitik für Brasilien: Düstere Aussichten auf Nachhaltigkeit. In: Brasilicum (252), März 2019, S.13-14.

  • 2019

    Bioeconomy & Inequalities

    China y América Latina en la nueva normalidad. Elementos de análisis en perspectiva Sur-Sur

    Rodríguez, F. 2019. China y América Latina en la nueva normalidad. Elementos de análisis en perspectiva Sur-Sur. In: Pamela Aróstica, Walter Sánchez (Eds.): China y América Latina en una nueva fase: desafíos en el siglo XXI. Santiago de Chile: Editorial Universitaria, pp. 41–62.

  • 2019

    Bioeconomy & Inequalities

    Die Eigendynamik von Megaprojekten. Zum Kanalbau in Nicaragua

    Tittor, A. 2019. Die Eigendynamik von Megaprojekten. Zum Kanalbau in Nicaragua, in: Peripherie 39 (154/155), pp. 188-215.

  • 2019

    Bioeconomy & Inequalities

    Contradicciones en torno a las innovaciones y certificaciones en el sector de la bioenergía en Argentina

    Toledo-López, V.; Tittor, A. 2019. Contradicciones en torno a las innovaciones y certificaciones en el sector de la bioenergía en Argentina. In: Letras Verdes. Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Socioambientales 26, pp. 87-110.

  • 2019

    Bioeconomy & Inequalities

    Bioökonomie in der Transplantationsmedizin. Unser Verständnis von Körpern, Gesundheit und Leben im Wandel

    Wacker, Ronja. 2019. Bioökonomie in der Transplantationsmedizin. Unser Verständnis von Körpern, Gesundheit und Leben im Wandel, Working Paper Nr. 5, Bioeconomy & Inequalities, Jena.

    The health sector buildsasthe third major driving force,together with industry and primary production, the foundation of the bioeconomy. The biotechnological innova-tion generated here are supposed to revolutionize therapy, diagnostics and medica-tion and make the whole sector sustainable. Showing, that this transition does also deeply affect our understanding of bodies, health and life, will be the focus of this paper. Starting with a historical perspective on the preconditions of an emerging bi-oeconomic health sector, thetext will progress to the question, how bioeconomy can be conceptualized followingthe debates on Foucault’s biopoliticsand Marx’ theory of capital subsumption. The implicit processes, which form these conceptualizations,will be illustrated by the example of transplantation medicine, where they proceed to the innermost parts of the human body –organs, tissue and body fluids –andareultimately changing our understanding of bodies, life and health.

  • 2019

    Bioeconomy & Inequalities

    Sustainable palm oil or certified dispossession? NGOs within scalar struggles over the RSPO private governance standard

    Wicke, J. 2019. Sustainable palm oil or certified dispossession? NGOs within scalar struggles over the RSPO private governance standard, Working Paper No. 8, Bioeconomy & Inequalities

    Palm oil has become a contradictory and highly controversial resource for biofuel production in the context of emerging bioeconomy policies in Europe and Southeast Asia. Referring to the theoretical politics of scale framework, I analyse the launch of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil private governance standard as a spatial transformation of the regulation of palm oil production. The current paper will focus on the role of NGOs in the process of standard negotiation and implementation in different locations and at different levels of society. I argue that Indonesian NGOs have been relatively successful in advocating the rights of local disfranchised population groups such as palm oil workers, small farmers and affected communities in international negotiation processes. However, I also assert that the lack of enforcement of the standards on the ground seriously undermines NGO advocacy within the framework of the RSPO. These findings suggest that actors shaping the outcomes of bioeconomy policies cannot solely rely on private governance standards to prevent social and environmental problems arising as a result of the production of energy crops.