La segunda fase del proyecto SABio fue lanzada con éxito

La segunda fase del proyecto SABio fue lanzada con éxito

On Monday May 7th, the SABio project kicked off its second phase with an in-person workshop in the Center for Development Research (ZEF) in Bonn, Germany. The event brought together researchers from both universities and began with a presentation by Dr. Karen Siegel, the head of the research group in Political Science at the University of Münster, who shared an overview of some of the most interesting findings and publications of the project’s first phase. The presentation also covered new bioeconomy research topics that emerged based on the first phase of the project. After a fruitful discussion, the new SABio doctoral researchers Daniela Gomel and Carol Bardi (University of Münster), Laura Rojas and Serena Olivera (University of Bonn) and senior researchers Pablo MacClay and Dr. Jochen Dürr (University of Bonn) presented their latest research developments.

This year doctoral researchers brought innovative and diverse research proposals ranging from biodiversity markets, transformation of the livestock sector, local food systems transformation and native forests policy making in commodity producer countries. Additionally, senior researchers presented their progress in their research agendas on biological inputs in agriculture and on the Amazonian socio-biodiverse economy. The presenters received valuable feedback from their peers, scientific staff and project partners, which led to an engaged debate on narratives on bioeconomy and global value chains.

The workday ended with a final discussion on future lines for project collaboration with South American universities and partners and overall comments from the senior researchers Prof. Thomas Dietz (Münster) and Prof. Jan Börner (Bonn).

Nueva becaria postdoctoral en el equipo SABio

Nueva becaria postdoctoral en el equipo SABio

We welcome Celina Amato PhD as a new researcher to join the research group in Political Science led by Dr Karen Siegel. Celina lives in Córdoba, Argentina, and comes from the field of management. In her country, she works as a researcher at the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET).

She was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the WiRe programme of the University of Münster. She will do research on “Alternative business models for circular bioeconomy in Argentinean agro-industrial value chains”.

As a management researcher, she is studying the bioeconomy and how it affects value chains to make them more sustainable. Different ways of doing business have emerged because of this, aiming to reuse waste in production to create more value.

With her WiRe fellowship at the Institute for Political Science with Dr. Karen Siegel, she wants to look closely at how these new business models work in the agricultural industry in Argentina. By understanding these models better, she hopes to provide useful insights that can help shape policies, improve industry practices, and contribute to academic discussions on sustainable development.

WiRe is a fellowship program for international female postdoctoral researchers at the University of Münster in Münster, Germany, hosted by its Welcome Centre for Internationally Mobile Researchers. The WiRe fellowship program pays respect to the specific challenges of women in research.

You can follow Celina’s updates at:

CONICET: https://www.conicet.gov.ar/new_scp/detalle.php?id=41348&keywords=amato&datos_academicos=yes

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9136-0516

RESEARCH GATE: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Dra_Lic_Celina_N_Amato/info LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dra-lic-celina-n-amato-13a02615/

SABio en la Conferencia de Radboud sobre Gobernanza del Sistema Terrestre

SABio en la Conferencia de Radboud sobre Gobernanza del Sistema Terrestre

Between October 22 and 27, SABio researchers Guilherme de Queiroz Stein and Karen Siegel participated in the Radboud Conference on Earth System Governance in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Queiroz-Stein and Siegel coordinated the section «Climate change and biodiversity: Challenges for financing, governing and achieving fair outcomes,» together with Prof. Cristina Yumie Aoki Inoue, where they also presented their article «Promoting a fair and equitable sharing of benefits? An analysis of the new Brazilian biodiversity law». They also took part in other events, such as the South-South Dialoguem Early Career Research Day and the task forces on Sustainable Development Goals and Governance of Nature and Biodiversity.

Check out the photos of our panel and the South South Dialogue below.

SABio participa en la Amazon Week en Berlín

Between September 11 and 15, SABio researchers Guilherme de Queiroz Stein and Karen Siegel took part in Amazon Week in Berlin, an event organized by the Brazilian Embassy in partnership with other embassies of Amazonian countries and universities. In addition to attending various debates, Queiroz-Stein and Siegel also presented their research on the bioeconomy-biodiversity nexus at the Institute for Latin American Studies at the Frei Universität Berlin, as part of the panel «The Amazon Complex – More than a Rainforest: Scientific & Transdisciplinary Approximations,» mediated by Prof. Dr. Sérgio Costa. The panel proposed a rapprochement between German and Brazilian academics, activists, and indigenous leaders to build critical perspectives on the Amazonian reality and discuss the role of civil society in the search for sustainability in the region.

To find out more about the research that SABio has been carrying out on this subject, you can access the article recently published in the journal Forest Policy and Economics.

Queiroz-Stein, G., Martinelli, F. S., Dietz, T., & Siegel, K. M. (2024). Disputing the bioeconomy-biodiversity nexus in Brazil: Coalitions, discourses and policies. Forest Policy and Economics, 158, 103101.

SABio en la conferencia ECPR 2023

SABio en la conferencia ECPR 2023

The 2023 General Conference of the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR) was held at the beginning of September at Charles University in Prague. The SABio research group in Political Science led by Karen Siegel participated in several panels.

Their paper “Promoting (un)just transitions? Interdependencies, trade-offs and risks in bioeconomy development in South America” was part of the panel “Critical Approaches to Bioeconomy Politics and Policy” chaired by Giorgio Varanini (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin).

Moreover, the paper “The emergence of alternative sociotechnical imaginaries in Argentina’s agricultural sector: lessons for democracy and sustainability” by Melisa Deciancio and Karen Siegel, soon forthcoming in the German Political Science Quarterly, was part of the panel “Sustainability imaginaries: competing visions, expectations, and futurity in global environmental politics” chaired by Jens Marquardt (Technische Universität Darmstadt) and Antonia Graf (University of Münster).

Karen Siegel also organised and chaired the panel “Sustainability transitions and inequality” together with Carolin Zorell (Örebro University).

Karen Siegel invitada a la Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (Argentina) como Profesora Visitante

Karen Siegel invitada a la Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (Argentina) como Profesora Visitante

Karen Siegel was invited by Juan Staricco and Mónica Buraschi to visit the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba in Argentina in March 2023 with funding by the programme for visiting professors of the Facultad de Ciencias Económicas.

During her stay she gave a public lecture on sustainability and bioeconomy governance in the global political economy and participated in an academic publishing workshop on public policy in biofuels, circular economy, sustainability in global value chains and other topics. She also met the members of the PICT research project which investigates the possibilities for a circular bioeconomy in different Argentinean provinces, Mónica Buraschi, Celina Amato, Sofia González and Florencia Peretti.

The Universidad Nacional de Córdoba has published more information, photos and an interview about the visit.

Seminario virtual con Tim Dorlach (University of Bayreuth) el 10 de mayo

Seminario virtual con Tim Dorlach (University of Bayreuth) el 10 de mayo

Pesticide Politics in the Global South: Sri Lanka’s 2015 Glyphosate Ban (Tim Dorlach and Sandya Gunasekara)

Tim Dorlach is a Junior Professor of Global Nutrition and Health Policy at the University of Bayreuth. He received his PhD in Political Science from Koç University in Istanbul in 2019. His research seeks to understand the political foundations of innovative public policies, especially in the areas of nutrition and health. Current research projects investigate mandatory nutrition labeling, pesticide regulation and school feeding programs, all with a focus on the Global South.

Please e-mail Karen.Siegel@uni-muenster.de if you would like to participate in the seminar

Seminario híbrido con Karen Siegel el 4 de mayo

Seminario híbrido con Karen Siegel el 4 de mayo

Alle möchten Nachhaltigkeit: aber was bedeutet das eigentlich?

Many different actors nowadays state their support for a sustainability transition. However, the concept of sustainability remains very broad and can be interpreted and implemented in many different ways. In this seminar Karen Siegel looks at different case studies from South America to examine how different actors define “sustainability” in relation to key bioeconomy sectors, notably agriculture and forestry. This uncovers important contestations and conflicts between actors with diverging interests, priorities and values which shape the interpretation of the concept of sustainability. What a potential sustainability transition looks like and which actors will benefit or not will be influenced by how such conflicts over the interpretation of sustainability play out.

The seminar will be in German and held in a hybrid format. More information can be found on the website of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Sustainability Research (ZIN) at the University of Münster: https://www.uni-muenster.de/Nachhaltigkeit/brotzeitkolloquium.html

Taller de áreas de investigación sobre bioeconomía en Uruguay

Taller de áreas de investigación sobre bioeconomía en Uruguay

En el marco del proyecto SABio a mediados de marzo se llevó a cabo en el Centro Universitario Regional (CENUR) Noreste, en la sede Tacuarembó de la Universidad de la República (UDELAR), un Taller de trabajo para discutir e intercambiar sobre proyectos de investigación sobre bioeconomía, forestación y sostenibilidad que se están realizando en Uruguay.

Con el objetivo de fortalecer los vínculos del Proyecto SABio con instituciones de investigación del Uruguay, enriquecer y discutir sobre los proyectos de investigación que está ejecutando el Proyecto SABio, así como para explorar futuras oportunidades de colaboración, en conjunto con la asesora científica del Proyecto, Lucía Pittaluga, se coordinó un taller de trabajo que reuniera a investigadores de la academia que estén trabajando sobre temas vinculados a la bioeconomía.

En ese sentido confluyeron investigadores de tres proyectos de investigación enfocados en estrategias de desarrollo regional basadas en la bioeconomía, en senderos de transición hacia la bioeconomía forestal en Uruguay y en procesos de integración de políticas ambientales en la política forestal uruguaya. Como resultado se presentó el contenido y avance a la fecha de los distintos proyectos, logrando así una fructífera y provechosa discusión.

Adicionalmente, aprovechando que el taller se realizó en una región donde la actividad forestal maderera es de suma relevancia, se realizaron visitas de campo asociadas a los proyectos de investigación mencionados. En este sentido, se visitó los alrededores de la tercera planta de celulosa del país, plantaciones comerciales de eucaliptus y pinos, así como un proyecto silvopastoril impulsado por un productor de Tacuarembó.

Se adjunta el programa del taller con los objetivos del mismo, detalles de los proyectos y los asistentes.

» programa del taller [.pdf]

Taller «La bioeconomía en América del Sur: lecciones desde las experiencias de Argentina, Brasil y Uruguay» en Buenos Aires

Taller «La bioeconomía en América del Sur: lecciones desde las experiencias de Argentina, Brasil y Uruguay» en Buenos Aires

El día 2 de marzo tuvo lugar el taller «La bioeconomía en América del Sur: lecciones desde las experiencias de Argentina, Brasil y Uruguay» en la sede de FLACSO Argentina. El taller, organizado por Melisa Deciancio (Universidad de Münster) contó con la presentación de parte de los hallazgos de investigación del Proyecto SABio y una mesa de discusión con expertos en bioeconomía.

Pablo Mac Clay (Universidad de Bonn) presentó el Policy Brief recientemente publicado, elaborado junto a Melisa Deciancio, “Ideas para un desarrollo sustentable de la Bioeconomía en Argentina”, con comentarios de Roberto Bisang (CONICET). Guilherme de Queiroz Stein (Universidad de Münster) presentó la ponencia «Socio-biodiversidad y bioeconomía: lecciones desde Brasil”, con comentarios de Juliana Peixoto (Red LATN/FLACSO) y Daniel Kefeli (Universidad de Münster) presentó su trabajo recientemente publicado “Integración de políticas ambientales en la política forestal de Uruguay bajo un conflicto latente”, con comentarios de Daniela Gomel (Fundación Vida Silvestre). La mesa fue moderada por Karen Siegel (Universidad de Münster).

La mesa de discusión posterior contó con los y las principales referentes de la bioeconomía en Argentina, tanto del sector público como de la academia, y se orientó a indagar sobre las principales oportunidades y desafíos de la bioeconomía en el país y la región