Novo pós-doutorando na equipa SABio

Novo pós-doutorando na equipa 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.

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SABio na Radboud Conference on Earth System Governance

SABio na Radboud Conference on Earth System Governance

Entre os dias 22 e 27 de outubro, os pesquisadores do SABio, Guilherme de Queiroz Stein e Karen Siegel participaram da Radboud Conference on Earth System Governance, em Nijmegen, Países Baixos.

Queiroz-Stein e Siegel coordenaram a seção “Climate change and biodiversity: Challenges for financing, governing and achieving fair outcomes”, junto com a Profa. Cristina Yumie Aoki Inoue, onde também apresentaram seu artigo “Promoting a fair and equitable sharing of benefits? An analysis of the new Brazilian biodiversity law”. Além disso, participaram de outros eventos, como o South-South Dialogue e o Early Career Research Day a integraram as forças-tarefas sobre Objetivos de Desenvolvimentos Sustentáveis e Governança da Natureza e da Biodiversidade.

Confira abaixo as fotos do nosso painel e do South South Dialogue.

SABio participa da Semana da Amazônia em Berlim

Entre os dias 11 e 15 de setembro, os pesquisadores do SABio, Guilherme de Queiroz Stein e Karen Siegel participaram da Semana da Amazônia em Berlim, evento organizado pela Embaixada Brasileira, em parceria com outras embaixadas de países amazônicos e universidades. Além de atender a diversos debates, Queiroz-Stein e Siegel também apresentaram sua pesquisa sobre o nexus bioeconomia-biodiversidade no Institute for Latin American Studies da Frei Universität Berlin, dentro do painel “The Amazon Complex – More than a Rainforest: Scientific & Transdisciplinary Approximations”, mediado pelo Prof. Dr. Sérgio Costa. O painel propôs uma aproximação entre acadêmicos alemães e brasileiros, ativistas e lideranças indígenas, para construir perspectivas críticas sobre a realidade amazônica e discutir o papel da sociedade civil na busca de sustentabilidade para a região.

Para conhecer mais sobre a pesquisa que o SABio vem desenvolvendo sobre essa temática, é possível acessar o artigo recém-publicado na revista 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.

O SABio na ECPR General Conference 2023

O SABio na ECPR General Conference 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 convidada para a Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (Argentina) como Professora Visitante

Karen Siegel convidada para a Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (Argentina) como Professora 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.

Seminário virtual com Tim Dorlach (University of Bayreuth) em 10 de maio

Seminário virtual com Tim Dorlach (University of Bayreuth) em 10 de maio

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 if you would like to participate in the seminar

Seminário híbrido com Karen Siegel em 4 de maio

Seminário híbrido com Karen Siegel em 4 de maio

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:

Workshop sobre áreas de pesquisa em bioeconomia no Uruguai

Workshop sobre áreas de pesquisa em bioeconomia no Uruguai

Within the SABio Project, a workshop was held in mid-March at the Centro Universitario Regional (CENUR) Noreste, at the Tacuarembó campus of the University of the Universidad de la República (UDELAR), to discuss and exchange information on research projects on bioeconomy, forestry and sustainability that are being carried out in Uruguay.

With the aim of strengthening the links between the SABio Project and research institutions in Uruguay, enriching and discussing the research projects being carried out by the SABio Project, as well as exploring future opportunities for collaboration, together with the Project’s scientific advisor, Lucía Pittaluga, a workshop was organized to bring together researchers from academia who are working on topics related to the bioeconomy.

The workshop brought together researchers from three research projects focused on regional development strategies based on bioeconomy, on transition paths towards the forest bioeconomy in Uruguay and on processes for integrating environmental policies into Uruguayan forestry policy. As a result, the content and progress to date of the different projects was presented, leading to a fruitful and profitable discussion.

In addition, since the workshop was held in a region where timber forestry is of great relevance, field visits were made in association with the aforementioned research projects. In this sense, we visited the surroundings of the third pulp mill in the country, commercial eucalyptus and pine plantations, as well as a silvopastoral project promoted by a producer from Tacuarembó.

Attached is the workshop program with the workshop objectives, details of the projects and attendees.

» Workshop program [.pdf]

Workshop “A bioeconomia na América do Sul: lições das experiências da Argentina, Brasil e Uruguai” em Buenos Aires

Workshop “A bioeconomia na América do Sul: lições das experiências da Argentina, Brasil e Uruguai” em Buenos Aires

Workshop “A bioeconomia na América do Sul: lições das experiências da Argentina, Brasil e Uruguai” em Buenos Aires

O workshop “A bioeconomia na América do Sul: lições a partir das experiências da Argentina, Brasil e Uruguai” aconteceu no dia 2 de março na sede da FLACSO Argentina. O workshop, organizado por Melisa Deciancio (Universidade de Münster) incluiu a apresentação de parte dos resultados da pesquisa do Projeto SABio e uma mesa redonda com especialistas em bioeconomia.

Pablo Mac Clay (Universidade de Bonn) apresentou o recentemente publicado Policy Brief, elaborado em conjunto com Melisa Deciancio, “Ideias para um desenvolvimento sustentável da Bioeconomia na Argentina”, com comentários de Roberto Bisang (CONICET). Guilherme de Queiroz Stein (Universidade de Münster) apresentou o trabalho “Sociobiodiversidade e bioeconomia: lições do Brasil”, com comentários de Juliana Peixoto (Rede LATN/FLACSO) e Daniel Kefeli (Universidade de Münster) apresentaram seu trabalho recentemente publicado “Integração das políticas ambientais na política florestal do Uruguai sob um conflito latente“, com comentários de Daniela Gomel (Fundación Vida Silvestre). O painel foi moderado por Karen Siegel (Universidade de Münster).

A mesa-redonda seguinte contou com a presença de importantes líderes da bioeconomia na Argentina, tanto do setor público quanto do meio acadêmico, e teve como objetivo explorar as principais oportunidades e desafios da bioeconomia no país e na região

Workshop presencial para apresentação dos resultados

Workshop presencial para apresentação dos resultados

“La bioeconomía en América del Sur: lecciones desde las experiencias de Argentina, Brasil y Uruguay”

Jueves 2 de marzo, 10:00-12:00 hs.

Lugar: Aula 2 (PB), Sede Argentina Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales – FLACSO, Tucumán 1966, CABA

Evento abierto, con inscripción previa:

Organización: Melisa Deciancio (Universidad de Münster/FLACSO) y Karen Siegel (Universidad de Münster)

Contacto: Melisa Deciancio,

La bioeconomía ha ido ganando cada vez más espacio en América Latina tanto como modelo productivo como estrategia de política pública. La amplia variedad y disponibilidad de recursos naturales con que cuenta la región, sumado a un desarrollo económico apoyado principalmente en la producción de materias primas y la disponibilidad de recursos humanos para la producción de conocimiento para la transformación de la biomasa, ha puesto de manifiesto el potencial para su desarrollo bioeconómico. Los países del Cono Sur vienen aplicando principios de la bioeconomía a diversos sectores como el agrícola y forestal con el objetivo de reducir la dependencia de los combustibles fósiles y lograr un suministro sostenible de bienes y servicios en las diversas cadenas de valor en las que participa. En esta empresa, el desarrollo biotecnológico y la valorización de recursos naturales que contemplen la amplia biodiversidad y variedad de biomas con los que cuenta la región, se vuelven preguntas centrales. Para ello se requieren políticas coordinadas, instituciones y marcos regulatorios que impulsen el desarrollo de la bioeconomía en los diversos sectores económicos de manera que sean sustentables económicamente, pero también en términos sociales y medioambientales. Los casos nacionales de Argentina, Brasil y Uruguay permiten abordar el desarrollo de la bioeconomía en la subregión, sus principales sectores y los desafíos en términos socio-ambientales como de diseño y elaboración de políticas. Estos casos nos permiten establecer también un punto de partida para abordar una cuestión menos explorada, como la posibilidad de coordinación regional para el impulso y regulación de la bioeconomía.

En este sentido, el taller se propone presentar casos específicos dentro de cada experiencia nacional de bioeconomía para luego indagar acerca de las posibilidades de coordinación regional, con las siguientes preguntas como disparadores:

  • ¿En qué medida el abordaje regional presenta beneficios o dificultades para el desarrollo de la bioeconomía? ¿La bioeconomía puede replicar problemas de integración económica regional del pasado, o bien puede resultar un factor acelerador?
  • ¿En qué medida la estructura productiva actual de los países del Cono Sur resulta propicia para el desarrollo de la bioeconomía y la posibilidad de insertarse regionalmente en cadenas de valor globales a través de ella? ¿Qué sectores se destacan (tanto por su capacidad productiva actual o por su potencialidad futura)?
  • ¿Cuáles son los principales desafíos sociales y ambientales que deben ser abordados a nivel regional al contemplar el impulso de la bioeconomía?
  • ¿Qué mecanismos de gobernanza (políticas de promoción, institucionales, regulatorios) son necesarios para el desarrollo de la bioeconomía a nivel regional? ¿Qué ámbitos institucionales regionales de coordinación resultan más propicios para este impulso? ¿Qué desarrollos institucionales son necesarios garantizar el aprovechamiento sostenible de los biomas compartidos a escala regional?