SABio na conferência conjunta de Economia Ecológica e Decrescimento em Pontevedra, Espanha

Carol Bardi, doctoral researcher at the SABio project, has recently participated at the joint conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics and international degrowth research networks from 18 to 21 June 2024.

Carol presented her ongoing research on women’s food self-provisioning practices in Brazil and how cultivating food gardens may impact their autonomy and living conditions, co-authored with Marina Colerato.

The conference had more than 1200 participants and was held in the beautiful city of Pontevedra, in Galicia, Spain. The topic of the conference was “cultivating collective creativity for a sustainable future” and its location was ideal: Pontevedra is considered one of the pioneers of a sustainable, car-free future after banning cars in most of the city centre. Since then, according to mayor, air pollution has been reduced by 67 percent and quality of life has been increased.

More information about the conference can be found here.

Participação do SABio nas conferências ICABR e IFAMA

Participação do SABio nas conferências ICABR e IFAMA

Pablo Mac Clay, pesquisador do projeto SABio, participou da Conferência do Consórcio Internacional de Bioeconomia Aplicada (ICABR) em Ravello (Itália), de 11 a 14 de junho, e do Congresso da International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) em Almeria (Espanha), de 15 a 19 de junho, apresentando seu trabalho de pesquisa “Exploration strategies of agricultural input incumbents: the case of biologicals”, em coautoria com Guillermo Bort, Roberto Feeney e Jorge Sellare.

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Defesa de tese de doutorado – Projeto SABio

Defesa de tese de doutorado – Projeto SABio

Pablo Mac Clay, pesquisador do projeto SABio, defendeu com sucesso sua tese de doutorado intitulada “Essays on the nexus between technological change, policies, and value chain governance for a transition towards a low-carbon economy” em 05 de junho de 2024 na ZEF.

Ele obteve seu doutorado na Faculdade de Agricultura da Universidade de Bonn.

Seu primeiro supervisor foi o Prof. Dr. Jan Börner e seu segundo supervisor foi o Prof. Dr. Roberto Feeney.

A segunda fase do projeto SABio foi lançada com sucesso

A segunda fase do projeto SABio foi lançada com sucesso

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).

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