Welcome to STRIVE

STRIVE is a research project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. It aims at improving the knowledge base for the design of sustainable bioeconomy policies and regulatory frameworks at national and international level.

The project focuses on the sustainability implications of transnational biomass trade, technological innovation, and innovation transfer in selected bioeconomy sectors with an emphasis on major biomass and knowledge producing countries and regions. Impacts of bio-based transformations will be evaluated against relevant sustainability dimensions, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) on poverty eradication (1), food security (2), reduced inequality (10), responsible consumption (12), climate action (13), and terrestrial ecosystems (15).

We have adopted an interdisciplinary research approach integrating economics with natural and political science and rely on methods such as, economic modelling, statistical and econometric analysis, life-cycle assessment, technology & innovation management, and qualitative as well as quantitative case studies.

Latest News

Presentation of the Global Survey of Bioeconomy Experts at GBS2020

November 25, 2020. At the Global Bioeconmy Summit 2020 on November 20, STRIVE researchers Jan Börner and Thomas Dietz together with Karla Rubio presented the main results of the Global Survey of Bioeconomy Experts in an online presentation.    

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STRIVE researcher and team nominated for the 9th German Sustainability Research Award on the subject of urban bioeconomy

October 05, 2020. A team of researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology (IME) Münster, the Leuphana University and the German Institute for Food technology (DIL) has been nominated for the 9th German Sustainability Research Award,

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Latest publications


Escobar, N. 2020. Global impacts from trade in agricultural commodities. Estimating carbon footprints of Brazilian soy exports. ZEFnews no. 41, Center for Development Research (ZEF), 9.
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Escobar, N. and Laibach, N. 2020. Sustainability check for bio-based technologies: A review of process-based and life cycle approaches. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. Volume 135, January 2021, 110213.
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Rajão, R., Soares-Filho, B., Nunes, F., Börner, J., Machado, L., Assis, D., Oliveira, A., Pinto, L., Ribeiro, V., Rausch, L., Gibbs, H., Figueira, D. 2020. The rotten apples of Brazil's agribusiness. Science 369 (6501), pp. 246-248
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Nong, D., Escobar, N., Britz, W. and J. Börner. 2020. Long-term impacts of bio-based innovation in the chemical sector: a dynamic global perspective. Journal of Cleaner Production.
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