BioAssemblages and the governance of (un-)sustainability: regional bioeconomies in the making

Authors: Moritz Albrecht*, University of Eastern Finland
Topics: Political Geography, Environmental Perception, Regional Geography
Keywords: Bioeconomy, Assemblages, policy translation, positionalities, EU policy
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 12:40 PM / 2:20 PM
Room: Jackson, Marriott, 5th Floor
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Bioeconomy strategies, policies and developments are increasingly deployed as instruments to counter climate change and to create an innovative, bio-based contribution towards a circular economy. Rooted in EU attempts for a knowledge based bioeconomy in 2005, globally more than 50 countries have developed bioeconomy related strategies resulting in a vast array of local implementations. The paper evaluates regional bioeconomy clusters in Finland and Germany that perpetually portray themselves as frontrunners in Bioeconomy development. Regional developments are conceptualized as BioAssemblages where (trans-)national policies and instruments are translated and implemented based on the shifting positionalities of interlinked entities (human as non-human) within the same. From this relational perspective the study scrutinizes the effects that their socio-spatial processes inflict on bioeconomy development, EU policy translation and on the role of sustainability within regional bioeconomies. Based on the case studies, the paper critically shows how regional bioeconomy developments and their feedback loops towards the places of policy design can become key process of (re-)producing a governance of (un-)sustainability.

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