9.05.01 - Bioeconomy policy


Call for submissions: Justice and Power in Bioeconomy and Biosociety: a Multidisciplinary Perspective

Submissions are invited for a Special issue of Forest Policy and Economics (IF 3.099).

The policy discourse of bioeconomy calls for transitions of economy from fossil-fuel driven systems of production and consumption to systems based on renewable-materials. It also calls for societal transformations. While these transitions and transformations hold various opportunities, they also imply various risks. The self-sufficiency in bio-resources in many EU countries is decreasing, while demand and import of bio-resources from Asian and African countries, among others, are increasing. Transition to bioeconomy in these countries may exacerbate climate risks, food insecurity and eviction of local people. In particular, less powerful and small-scale actors and the politically and socially marginalized groups are likely to bear the associated burdens and risks. The local access to genetic materials and the traditional knowledge are also at risk of abuse and commercial exploitation, considering the prominent role of agribusiness and pharmaceutical industries in bioeconomies of many industrialized countries.

The current state of the art in bioeconomy predominantly focuses on economic, technological and innovation dimensions towards more sustainable production and consumption patterns. It also mainly focuses on trends and discourses in European and industrialized countries. It is therefore crucial to study the societal and political struggles and tensions associated to bioeconomy transitions at the global level, and especially in the context of non-industrialized countries of the ‘Global South’. We invite contributions exploring the concepts of social and environmental justice, power and hegemony, extractivism, discourses and politics in the context of bioeconomy and biosociety transformations. We invite contributions from the following disciplines: environmental and forest policy and governance, human geography, development and indigenous studies, political economy, political ecology, feminist political ecology, social transformations and decoloniality perspectives.

Submission period: 1 January 2021 – 30 June 2021
Guest authors: Sabaheta Ramcilovik-Suominen, Helga Pülzl, Wolfram Dressler,  Markus Kröger, Mary Mention, Juha Hiedanpää

Details: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/forest-policy-and-economics/call-for-papers/call-for-papers-on-special-issue-justice-and-power-in-bioeco


Newly published: Piecemeal Integration: Explaining and Understanding 60 Years of European Union Forest Policy-Making

Helga Pülzl, Doris Wydra and Karl Hogl. Forests 2018, 9(11), 719; 19 November 2018.

Details: https://doi.org/10.3390/f9110719 


Hot off the press: Orchestrating forest policy making: Involvement of scientists and stakeholders in political processes

Edited by Daniela Kleinschmit, Laura Secco, Arnaud Sergent, Ida Wallin and Helga Pülzl.
Forest Policy and Economics, Volume 89, Pages 1-106, April 2018.

Details: https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/forest-policy-and-economics/vol/89/suppl/C