The research project STRIVE aims at improving the knowledge base for the design of sustainable bioeconomy policies and investments with a focus on international regulatory frameworks.

An alignment of bioeconomic societal transformation with global Sustainable Development Goals involves multiple complex governance challenges. To address these challenges, this project aims at (1) enhancing public and private decision-makers’ capacity to tailor bioeconomy related policies and investments according to regional and local sustainable comparative advantages and at (2) identifying essential ingredients of international and national regulatory frameworks to promote social and environmental benefits of biobased transformation.

The project focuses on transnational biomass flows and innovation transfer in selected bioeconomy sectors with an emphasis on major biomass and knowledge producing countries and regions.

(1) Mapping and measuring the global bioeconomy to identify and quantify current conditions, drivers and outcomes of bioeconomic transformations.

(2) Exploring global bioeconomy scenarios via empirical evaluations and global trade model based assessments to identify unintended consequences of bioeconomy policy and innovation trends.

(3) Designing governance frameworks for sustainable bio-based commodity trade and technology/knowledge transfers.

The research will be conducted in collaboration with German, European, and international partners and is embedded in a networking strategy that aims at mainstreaming sustainability science in applied bioeconomy research.