Publications by project members


Meyfroidt, P., Boerner, J., Garrett, R., Gardner, T., Godar, J., Kis-Katos, K., Soares-Filho, B. and S. Wunder. 2020. Focus on leakage and spillovers: informing land-use governance in a tele-coupled world. Environmental Research Letters. (Open Access). Further Information


Bruckner, M., Häyhä, T., Giljum, S., Maus, V., Fischer, G., Tramberend, S. and J. Börner. 2019. Quantifying the global cropland footprint of the European Union’s non-food bioeconomy. Environmental Research Letters, 14: 45001. (Open Access) Further Information

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: 09 July 2019,

Dietz, T., Dotzauer, M. and E.S. Cohen. 2019. The legitimacy crisis of investor-state arbitration and the new EU investment court system, Review of International Political Economy, first published online: 02 Jul 2019,

Dietz, T., Grabs, J. and A.E. Chong. 2019. Mainstreamed voluntary sustainability standards and their effectiveness: Evidence from the Honduran coffee sector, in: Regulation and Governance, first published online: 28 February 2019,

Escobar, N., Haddad, S., Börner, J., Britz, W. 2019. Induced Land Use Change and emissions from major bioplastics. 13th International Conference of the European Society of Ecological Economics (ESEE) 18-21 June 2019, Turku (Finland)

Haddad, S., Britz, W., Bruckner, M., Escobar, N. 2019. Global land use impacts from a subsidy on grassland-based ruminant livestock production in the European Union. 22nd Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis 19-21 June 2019, Warsaw (Poland)

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

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.

Laibach, N., Escobar, N. 2019. Sustainability check for bio-based technologies: a LCA review. SETAC Europe 29th Annual Meeting, 26-30 May 2019, Helsinki (Finland)

Nascimento, N. et al. 2019. A Bayesian network approach to modelling land-use decisions under environmental policy incentives in the Brazilian Amazon. Journal of Land Use Science (2020): 1-15.


Biber-Freudenberger, L., Basukala, A.K., Bruckner, M., Börner, J. 2018. Sustainability Performance of National Bio-Economies. Sustainability 10 (8), 2705, 1-20. » Further information

Biber-Freudenberger, L., Whitney, C., Beuchelt, T., Jaenicke, H., Kelboro, G., Schmitt, C. B., Sommer, J.-H., Denich, M. 2018. More inter- and transdisciplinary research needed in Agroecology. Rural 21, 52(2):31-33.

Bruckner, M., Giljum, S., Fischer, G., Tramberend, S. and J. Börner. 2018. The global cropland footprint of the non-food bioeconomy. ZEF Discussion Paper 253. Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn. » Download

Dietz, T., Auffenberg, J., Grabs, J., Chong, A.E. and B. Kilian. 2018. The Voluntary Coffee Standard Index (VOCSI). Developing a composite index to assess and compare the strength of Mainstream Voluntary Sustainability Standards in the global coffee industry, Ecological Economics (150), 72-87.

Dietz, T., Börner, J., Förster, J.J. and J. von Braun. 2018. Governance of the bioeconomy: A global comparative study of national bioeconomy strategies. ZEF Discussion Paper 264. Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn. » Download

Dietz, T., Börner, J., Förster, J.J. and J. von Braun. 2018. Governance of the Bioeconomy: A Global Comparative Study of National Bioeconomy Strategies. Sustainability 2018, 10(9), 3190. » Further information

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

Escobar N., Tizado E.J., and J. Godar. 2018. Carbon footprint from Brazilian soybeans based on spatially-explicit life cycle inventories, including land use change. SETAC Europe 28th Annual Meeting. Responsible and innovative Research for Environmental Quality. 13-17 May 2018, Rome, Italy. » Download

Förster, J.J. and I. Virgin. 2018. Bioeconomy between Europe and Africa – summarizing workshop outcomes “Global Bioeconomy Summit in Berlin, 19-20 April 2018”. ZEF Policy Brief 29. Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn.  » Download

Gardner, T. A., M. Benzie, J. Börner, E. Dawkins, S. Fick, R. Garrett, J. Godar, A. Grimard, S. Lake, R.K. Larsen, N. Mardas, C.L. McDermott, P. Meyfroidt, M. Osbeck, M. Persson, T. Sembres, C. Suavet, B. Strassburg, A. Trevisan, C. West, P. Wolvekamp. 2018. Transparency and sustainability in global commodity supply chains. World Development, DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2018.05.025. » Further information

Kamau, J.W., Stellmacher, T., Biber-Freudenberger, L. and C. Borgemeister. 2018. Organic and conventional agriculture in Kenya: A typology of smallholder farms in Kajiado and Murang’a counties. Journal of Rural Studies (57): 171–185. » Download

Schielein, J.; Börner, J. 2018. Recent transformations of land-use and land-cover dynamics across different deforestation frontiers in the Brazilian Amazon. Land Use Policy, 76: 81-94. (Open Access) » Further information


Basukala, A. K., Oldenburg, C., Schellberg, J., Sultanov, M., & Dubovyk, O. 2017. Towards improved land use mapping of irrigated croplands: performance assessment of different image classification algorithms and approaches. European Journal of Remote Sensing, 50(1):187-201. doi: 10.1080/22797254.2017.1308235.

Börner, J., K. Baylis, E. Corbera, D. Ezzine-de-Blas, J. Honey-Rosés, U. M. Persson and S. Wunder. 2017. The Effectiveness of Payments for Environmental Services. World Development, 96: 359–374. » Further information

Börner, J., Kuhn, A. and J. von Braun. 2017. Bio-economy in developing countries. ZEF Policy Brief 25. » Download

Chomba, M.J., Hill, T., Nkhata, B.A. and Förster, J.J. 2017. Paradigms for water allocation in river basins: a society-science-practice perspective from Southern Africa. Water Policy · April 2017 DOI: 10.2166/wp.2017.130

Dadi, D., Stellmacher, T., Senbeta, F., Van Passel, S. and H. Azadi. 2017. Environmental and health impacts of effluents from textile industries in Ethiopia: the case of Gelan and Dukem, Oromia Regional State. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. Springer International Publishing. 189: 11. DOI 10.1007/s10661-016-5694-4

Dietz, T., Chong, A.E. Gilabert, P.F. and J. Grabs. 2017. Women’s empowerment in rural Honduran coffee communities and its determinants, Development in Practice, 1/28, 33-50.

Escobar, N., Bruckner, M., Börner, J. 2017. A framework for Consequential IO-LCA: crosssectoral substitution effects due to an increased demand for bioplastics. » Further information

Escobar, N. and J.J. Förster. 2017. Governing Towards a Sustainable Bioeconomy: A Conceptual Framework for Life Cycle Governance Analysis.

Escobar, N., Manrique-de-Lara-Penate, C., Sanjuán, N., Clemente, G., Rozakis, S. 2017. An agro-industrial model for the optimization of biodiesel production in Spain to meet the European GHG reduction targets. Energy, 120: 619-631. DOI: 10.1016/

Escobar, N., Ramírez-Sanz, C., Chueca, P., Moltó, E., Sanjuán, N. 2017. Multiyear Life Cycle Assessment of switchgrass (Panicum Virgatum L.) production in the Mediterranean region of Spain. Biomass and Bioenergy, 107: 74-85. DOI: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2017.09.008

Förster, J.J. 2017. Striving for Sustainable Bioeconomies: Strive Project at ZEF. ZEFnews 36. » Download

Förster, J.J., Downsborough, L. and Chomba, M.J. 2017. When policy hits reality: structure, agency and power in South African water governance. Society and Natural Resources, 30(4): 521-536

Guta, D. and J. Börner. 2017. Energy security, uncertainty and energy resource use options in Ethiopia: A sector modelling approach. International Journal of Energy Sector Management, 11(1): 91-117. (Open Access) » Further information

Haddad, S., Britz, W., Börner, J. 2017. Impacts of Increased Forest Biomass Demand in the European Bioeconomy. Selected paper presented at the Gewisola 2017, Weihenstefan, Germany. » Download

Ibisch, P. L., M.T. Hoffmann, S. Kreft, G. Péer, V. Kati, L. Biber-Freudenberger, D. DellaSala, M.M. Vale, P.R. Hobson, and N. Selva. 2017. A global map of roadless areas and their conservation status. Science, 354(6318): 10.1126/science.aaf7166

Khamzina, A., J.P.A. Lamers, J. Börner with O.O. Cofie, P. Drechsel, Chr. Gordon, J. Miranda, S. Mukherjee, L.Verchot, H. Vereecken, L. Weihermüller, S. Zelaya-Bonilla, F. Ziadat. 2017. Land resources and the SDGs. In: Paul L. G. Vlek, Asia Khamzina, and Lulseged Tamene (eds.): Land degradation and the Sustainable Development Goals: Threats and potential remedies. CIAT / CGIAR. 17-31. (Open Acess) » Further information

Lenfert, Z.M. and J. Börner. 2017. Soybean certification and tropical deforestation in Brazil: how to move towards zero-net deforestation. ZEF Policy Brief 28. » Download

Tabe-Ojong, M.P. and N. Habiyaremye. 2017. Economic Evaluation of Bioenergy Production from Bio-based plants in Germany: Implications for the bioeconomy? Journal of Sustainable Development, 10 (6): 262-272. – Based on a term paper written in a STRIVE-related MSc-level teaching project. » Download

Tonnang, H.E.Z., Hervéc, BDB., Biber-Freudenberger, L. et al. Advances in crop insect modelling methods—Towards a whole system approach. Ecological Modelling (354): 88–103. » Download

Valone, T.J., Barta, Z., Börner, J., Cardenas, J.-C., Giraldeau, L.-A., Kokko, H., Oldekop, J., Pauly, D., Rustagi, D., Sutherland, W. 2017. Governance of Renewable Resources. In: Giraldeau, L.-A., Heeb, P., Kosfeld, M. (eds.): Investors and Exploiters in Ecology and Economics: Principles and Applications. Ernst Strüngemann Forum / The MIT Press. 97-118.

Wüstemann H., A. Bonn, C. Albert, C. Bertram, L. Biber-Freudenberger, A. Dehnhardt, R. Döring, P. Elsasser, V. Hartje, D. Mehl, J. Kantelhardt, K. Rehdanz, L. Schaller, M. Scholz and D. Thrän. 2017. Synergies and trade-offs between nature conservation and climate policy: Insights from the ‘‘Natural Capital Germany – TEEB DE” study. Ecosystem Services, 24: 187-199.


Baylis K., J. Honey‐Rosés, J. Börner, E. Corbera, D. Ezzine‐de‐Blas, P. Ferraro, R. Lapeyre, U.M. Persson, A. Pfaff, S. Wunder. 2016. Mainstreaming impact evaluation in nature conservation. Conservation Letters, 9(1): 58-64. (Open Access) » Further information

Biber-Freudenberger, Lisa; Ziemacki, Jasmin; Tonnang, Henri E. Z.; Borgemeister, Christian. 2016. Future Risks of Pest Species under Changing Climatic Conditions. PLOS ONE: 17.

Bolte, A., Börner, J., Bräsicke, N., Degen, B., Dieter, M., Saake, B., Schneider, B.U.. 2016. Perspektiven der Forst- und Holzwirtschaft in Deutschland. » Further information

Börner, J., Baylis, K., Corbera, E., Ezzine-de-Blas, D., Ferraro, P.J., Honey-Rosés, J., Lapeyre, R., Persson, U.M., Wunder, S. 2016. Emerging Evidence on the Effectiveness of Tropical Forest Conservation. PLOS ONE , 11(11): e0159152. (Open Access) » Further information

Börner, J., Wunder, S. and R. Guidice. 2016. Will up-scaled forest conservation incentives in the Peruvian Amazon produce cost-effective and equitable outcomes?. Environmental Conservation 43 (4): 407-416. » Further information

Fogliano de Souza Cunha, F.A., Börner, J., Wunder, S., Nunes Cosenza, A.C., Lucena, A.. 2016. The implementation costs of forest conservation policies in Brazil. Ecological Economics, 130: 209-220. » Further information

Grabs, J., Kilian, B., Calderón Hernández, D. and T. Dietz. 2016. Understanding Coffee Certification Dynamics: A Spatial Analysis of Voluntary Sustainability Standard Proliferation. In: International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, 19 (3): 31-55.

Selbmann, K. and Ide, T. 2016. Climate Change, Biofuels, and Conflict. In: Sarup Singh, R., Pandey, A. & Gnansounou, E. (eds.): Biofuels: Production and Future Perspectives. CRC Press: 25-35.