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

Laibach, N., Börner, J., Bröring, S. 2019. Exploring the future of the bioeconomy: An expert-based scoping study examining key enabling technology fields with potential to foster the transition toward a bio-based economy, Technology in Society. In press.

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Escobar, N., Haddad, S., Börner, J., and W. Britz. 2018. Land use mediated GHG emissions and spillovers from increased consumption of bioplastics. Environmental Research Letters.

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Interview with Neus Escobar about study on bioplastics

An interview with Neus Escobar has been published following their study on land use mediated effects of bioplastics based on a Computable General Equilibrium assessment. Read interview (in german) at:

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SETAC Europe 29th Meeting on sustainable societies, May 26-30, 2019 in Helsinki, Finland

Bio-based industries: sustainability benefits of technological innovation and closed loop approaches across supply chains Neus Escobar and Natalie Laibach will take part in the 29th Annual Meeting of SETAC Europe, to be held in Helsinki (Finland) on 26-30 May 2019.

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3rd International BioSC Symposium on November 12-13, 2018 in Bonn

Thomas Dietz, Neus Escobar and Jan Janosch Förster contributed to the session on “Socioeconomic Perspectives within a Sustainable Bioeconomy” chaired by Prof. Dr. Jan Börner at the 3rd International BioSC Symposium which was held in Bonn on November 12-13, 2018.

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