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

Biber-Freudenberger, L., Ergeneman, C,. Förster, J.J., Dietz, T. and J. Börner. 2020. Bioeconomy futures: Expectation patterns of scientists and practitioners on the sustainability of bio‐based transformation. Sustainable Development, Wiley Online Library.
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Escobar, N., Tizado, E.J., zu Ermgassen, E.K.H.J., Löfgren, P., Börner, J. & J. Godar. 2020. Spatially-explicit footprints of agricultural commodities: mapping carbon emissions embodied in Brazil’s soy exports. Global Environmental Change 62, 102067
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Interviews with experts and evaluation of scientific publications about the concept of bio-economy

Interviews with experts and evaluation of scientific publications indicate that expectations of bio-economic innovations are often too high. The term bio-economy is mentioned more frequently in political strategy papers. For example, Germany has a national bio-economy strategy that has just

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Condemned to circularity: Thailand’s bioplastic industry development

First set of results from field research summarized by STRIVE researcher Jan Janosch Förster. ZEF News no. 40. ZEF – Center for Development Research. Read article

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Special Issue in Environmental Research Letters published

The issue “Focus on Leakage: Informing Land-Use Governance in a Tele-coupled World” explores new ways to put tools and data to work towards improving our understanding of direct and indirect land-use change caused by governance interventions. Governing land use to

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