Research Group Leader
Jorge Sellare is an agricultural economist with research experience in Latin America and West Africa. His research has focused on global agri-food systems, with an emphasis on sustainability standards. He is currently interested in how policies and technologies associated with the development of bioeconomies affect rural populations and the environment.
Research Group Leader
Karen Siegel’s research focusses on the politics of sustainable development and sustainability transitions, natural resource governance in the global political economy, and regionalism with a geographical focus on South America. As head of the research group on political science at the University of Münster, she is particularly interested in researching to what extent and in which ways bioeconomy transformations may contribute to fostering inclusive, peaceful and equitable sustainable development taking into account a variety of perspectives and actors.
Dr. Melisa Deciancio
Melisa Deciancio is Senior Fellow Researcher at the University of Münster. She is also Research Fellow at the National Scientific and Research Council of Argentina, based in the Department of International Relations at FLACSO Argentina. Melisa holds a Master in International Relations and Negotiations and a PhD in Social Sciences from FLACSO. Her research is focused on the areas of International Relations Theory, Latin American Foreign Policy and Global Governance.
Dr. Kemel Kalif
Kemel A. Bitencourt Kalif is a Brazilian Agronomist who moved to Germany in early 2019. With more than 20 years of experience working with the socio-environmental and economic aspects of commodity production in the main Brazilian ecosystems, he has already worked in the main NGOs operating in Brazil. His formal education includes a Masters in Zoology, a Ph.D. in Sustainable Development, and a Post-Doc in Ecological Economics.
Maria Eugenia Silva Carrazzone
María Eugenia Silva is an Economist from Universidad de la República of Uruguay and Master from the University of Belgrano, Argentina. She is a consultant in the Project “Towards Sustainable Bioeconomy Guidelines” at FAO Rome and previously, at the Ministry of Agriculture and as a researcher in different projects. She worked in natural resources economics, climate change and sustainable development, particularly on the topics Bioeconomy, Circular Economy, Nexus approach, SDGs monitoring and climate change. She participated in inter-institutional boards related to Climate Change, Bioeconomy, and Circular Economy at the national and international levels. She was a member of the delegation of Uruguay in the Climate Change negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in agriculture and climate finance.
Daniel Kefeli is an economist with professional experience in the fields of industry policy and institutional capacity building. He holds a Master Degree in Public Policy and he worked as an economic advisor and industrial policy director at the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining in Uruguay. His research focuses on policies for productive transformation and politics of sustainable development. He is a PhD candidate and member of the research group “Transformation and Sustainability Governance in South American Bioeconomies” at the University of Münster.
Pablo Mac Clay
Pablo Mac Clay is an economist with research background in the Argentine agribusiness sector. His academic experience has been related to the dynamics of agri-food value chains and the analysis of farmers’ behavior and strategies. In this project he aims to study the opportunities and challenges of the transition towards a bio-based economy in Argentina. His focus will be on the analysis of vertical coordination, technology transfer and equity in local bio-based value chains, the development of new value webs and the impacts of the bioeconomy at a regional level.
Guilherme de Queiroz Stein is a PhD candidate at the University of Münster. He has background in Economics and Political Science, being responsible for the Brazilian case study in the research project about governance of bioeconomy in Latin America. His main research interests are related to bioeconomy, renewable energy, public policies, and democracy, aiming to understand how institutions affect the possibilities of a sustainable development.
Trevor Tisler is investigating economic, social, and environmental trade-offs related to Brazil’s bioeconomic development. He is using spatial modeling and analysis to identify and quantify potential bioeconomy impacts on deforestation and land use change; biodiversity conservation; ecosystem services; national commitments to the CBD, Paris Agreement, and UN SDGs; and indigenous and tribal community livelihoods and land rights. He is a geographer with experience in transportation infrastructure development, wind energy development, feasibility and socio-environmental impact assessments, and GIS and spatial modeling.
Jan Börner is an agricultural and environmental economist with research and working experience in Latin America, Africa, and Europe. His research focuses on (1) land use and land use change, (2) economic evaluation of environmental and conservation policies, and (3) sustainability assessment in the bioeconomy.
Thomas Dietz is Professor for International Relations and Law. Before coming to Münster he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute of European and Comparative Law at the University of Oxford and a member of Wolfson College. Thomas holds an MA in political science from the University of Bonn and a PhD in law from the University of Bremen, where he also worked as a research fellow at the Collaborative Research Center 597 “Transformations of the State”. His research is focused on the areas of International Politics, International Law and Sustainable Development.