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 Publications

Dietz, T., Chong, A.E., Grabs, J. and B. Kilian. 2019. How Effective is Multiple Certification in Improving the Economic Conditions of Smallholder Farmers? Evidence from an Impact Evaluation in Colombia’s Coffee Belt, The Journal of Development Studies, first published online:

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Hertel, T.W., West, T.A.P., Börner, J. and N. Villoria. 2019. A review of global-local-global linkages in economic land-use/cover change models. Environmental Research Letters, 14(5): 053003. (Open Access) Further Information

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4th International BioSC Symposium, November 18-19, 2019 in Cologne

Natalie Laibach and Neus Escobar will be presenting two posters on the progress of STRIVE component 2 at the 4th International BioSC Symposium which will be held at Maternushaus (Cologne) on November 18-19th. Good opportunity to catch up on the

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SETAC Helsinki Session Summaries published

The summary of the session “Bio-Based Industries: sustainability benefits of technological innovation and closed-loop approaches across supply chains”, co-chaired by Neus Escobar, has recently been published in the July 2019 Issue of SETAC Globe, as part of the SETAC Europe

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UNFCCC side event on “Ensuring Climate Action in Forests is Stable and Resilient”, June 19, 2019 in Bonn

This event will discuss why it is important to prioritize the protection and restoration of primary forests for climate change mitigation and adaptation and takes place on the occasion of a SBSTTA (Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice)

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