Bioeconomy imaginaries: A review of forest-related social science literature

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Holmgren , S , D'amato , D & Giurca , A 2020 , ' Bioeconomy imaginaries: A review of forest-related social science literature ' , Ambio , vol. 49 , pp. 1860-1877 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-020-01398-6

Title: Bioeconomy imaginaries: A review of forest-related social science literature
Author: Holmgren, Sara; D'amato, Dalia; Giurca, Alexandru
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Forest Sciences



Date: 2020-12
Language: eng
Number of pages: 18
Belongs to series: Ambio
ISSN: 0044-7447
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-020-01398-6
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/320622
Abstract: This review article examines how social science literature co-produces various imaginaries of forest-based bioeconomy transformations and pathways for reaching desired ends. Based on an analysis of 59 research articles, we find that despite a growing number of social sciences studies on the forest-based bioeconomy, much of the research tends to replicate a bioeconomy imaginary articulated in EU and national bioeconomy policies and strategies. Accordingly, the research primarily reproduces a weak approach to sustainability, which prioritize economic growth and competitiveness. Expectations are largely directed at national and regional corporate interests and forest industrial renewal, while the state has a supportive rather than restricting role. We discuss the findings against the role of social sciences, and conclude that social science scholars may adopt various strategies if interested in opening up forest-based policy debates and offer alternative imaginaries of sustainable bioeconomy transformations.
Subject: 4112 Forestry
5200 Other social sciences
Circular bioeconomy
Equity
Forest-based bioeconomy
Knowledge-based economy
Sustainable transformation
Sustainability transitions
LIFE-CYCLE ASSESSMENT
BIO-BASED ECONOMY
POLITICAL-ECONOMY
CIRCULAR ECONOMY
SUSTAINABILITY
GREEN
TRANSFORMATION
GOVERNANCE
TRANSITION
SECTOR
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