Seminário virtual com David Jofré (University of Santiago) em 8 de setembro

Virtual Seminar “Mediatizing Agribusiness-related Conflicts in Chile: How Activists Still Resort to Legacy News Media to Raise Awareness on Water and Pesticides Risk

David Jofré is a journalist (Universidad de Playa Ancha, Chile) with a PhD in Politics and a MSc in Political Communication (University of Glasgow, UK). He is currently Assistant Lecturer at the University of Santiago (USACH), where he teaches contemporary politics and organizational communications at the School of Journalism. Previously, David Jofré was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Research Center for Integrated Disaster Risk Management (CIGIDEN) led by Pontifical Catholic University. of Chile His research focuses on activist media practices, social movement organizations and socio-technological change, with an emphasis on Chilean environmental governance processes, conflicts and risks.

Please e-mail if you would like to participate in the seminar.

David Jofré
Participação nos 9th European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS) 2022: “O lado negro da sustentabilidade”

Participação nos 9th European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS) 2022: “O lado negro da sustentabilidade”

Melisa Deciancio participou do 9º Workshop Europeu de Estudos Internacionais (EWIS) 2022, “Os mundos interligados do passado e do presente”: Co-constituindo a internacional” na Universidade da Macedônia, Thessaloniki, 6-9 de julho de 2022. Ela participou do workshop “O Lado Negro da Sustentabilidade” e apresentou seu trabalho sobre a análise da bioeconomia através das lentes da Teoria da Dependência e suas implicações para o caso argentino.

O Projeto SABio na Conferência ICABR 2022

O Projeto SABio na Conferência ICABR 2022

The 26th Conference of the International Consortium of Applied Bioeconomy Research (ICABR) took place at the University of Bologna from July 5th to July 8th, 2022. The main topic of the conference was “Bioeconomy Innovation Pipelines and Supply Chain Shocks”.

Two papers by SABio researchers were accepted to present at the Conference:

How Can Market Structures Hinder the Effectiveness of Inclusive Bioeconomy Policies? An analysis of the Brazilian Social Fuel Stamp. Authors: Kemel Kalif, Jorge Sellare.

Can Auctions Foster Renewable Energy under Institutional and Macroeconomic Instability? Authors: Pablo Mac Clay, Jan Börner, Jorge Sellare.

The International Consortium on Applied Bioeconomy Research is a unique international consortium of people interested in bioeconomy, agricultural biotechnology, rural development, and bio-based economy research (

Apresentação na Conferência Anual do World International Studies Committee (WISC)

Apresentação na Conferência Anual do World International Studies Committee (WISC)

Melisa Deciancio participou do painel “The Politics of Development” na Conferência Anual do World International Studies Committee, realizada em Buenos Aires em 1º de julho de 2022. Ela apresentou o capítulo ” Bioeconomy governance and (sustainable) development “, em co-autoria com Karen Siegel, Daniel Kefeli, Guilherme de Queiroz Stein e Thomas Dietz e publicado em seu Handbook on the Politics of International Development (Elgar Publishers), editado com Pablo Nemiña e Diana Tussie.

Apresentação na conferência “Energy Research & Social Sciences”

Apresentação na conferência “Energy Research & Social Sciences”

Pablo Mac Clay, Junior Researcher at the University of Bonn, presented the paper “Can Auctions Foster Renewable Energy under Institutional and Macroeconomic Instability?” at the 3rd International Conference on Energy Research & Social Sciences. The paper is part of the SABio project and is co-authored by Prof. Dr. Jan Börner and Dr. Jorge Sellare.

Renewable energy auctions have become an increasingly popular policy in the last few years. Countries seeking to decarbonize their energy matrixes have been adopting auctions to replace administratively-set incentives. Moreover, many of the newcomers to auctions are Global South countries, characterized by macroeconomic and institutional instability. This paper seeks to explore whether auctions are a suitable instrument to foster investments in renewable capacity, even in contexts of weak business environments.

The 3rd International Conference on the Energy Research & Social Sciences took place between June 20 and 23, 2022 at the University of Manchester. It is among the main global forums exploring the nexus between energy and society

Colóquio presencial da SABio na Universidade de Bona

Colóquio presencial da SABio na Universidade de Bona

Após dois anos de trabalho em formato virtual, de 14 a 15 de Junho de 2022, a equipa da SABio reuniu-se finalmente pessoalmente!

Os dois grupos de investigação do Projecto SABio da Universidade de Münster e da Universidade de Bona participaram no Colóquio da Universidade de Bona. Encontraram-se para reflectir sobre o progresso do projecto e para discutir futuros desafios e oportunidades. O colóquio foi organizado e coordenado pelos dois chefes dos grupos de investigação, Jorge Sellare (Universidade de Bona) e Karen Siegel (Universidade de Münster).

O SABio na Dresden Nexus Conference 2022

O SABio na Dresden Nexus Conference 2022

No dia 23 de maio de 2022, o doutorando Guilherme de Queiroz Stein e a coordenadora do SABio na Universidade de Münster, Dra. Karen Siegel, apresentaram o trabalho intitulado “A bioeconomy based on biodiversity in Brazil” na sessão Exploring Biodiversity and Economy Connections, da Dresden Nexus Conference (DNC). A apresentação trouxe o conceito de socio-biodiversidade para o debate sobre potenciais econômicos da biodiversidade, enfatizando também a necessidade de atentar para riscos ligados à biopirataria, à superexploração de recursos naturais e a inequidades na repartição de benefícios. O trabalho também discutiu como a governança sobre acesso a recursos genéticos e repartição de benefícios pode mitigar esses riscos. Além disso, no painel também foram discutidos temas diversos, como a valorização de serviços ecossistêmicos, os potenciais econômicos da biodiversidade e a viabilidade de projetos de coletores de sementes para atender a demanda por restauração florestal, a partir de estudos realizados na Namíbia, Rússia e Brasil.

A DNC ocorreu entre os dias 23 e 25 de maio de 2022, com o objetivo de “criar diálogo sobre o pensamento de nexo que fomenta atividades de pesquisa e desenvolvimento de capacidade na gestão sustentável e integrada de água, solo e resíduos”. As apresentações realizadas foram gravadas e continuam disponíveis na plataforma virtual do evento.


Colóquio “Bioeconomy and Sustainability Policies and Politics in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay”

On March 23rd, 2022, the SABio Interdisciplinary Colloquium “Bioeconomy and Sustainability Policies and Politics in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay” was held virtually, organized by Karen Siegel at the Institute of Political Science of the University of Münster. The two research groups of the SABio Project at the University of Münster and the University of Bonn as well as different members of the steering committee and scientific advisors of the project and some external guests from South America and Europe participated.

With the aim of discussing the policies and politics of bioeconomy and sustainability in Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina, the members of the research group in Political Science at the University of Münster gave a presentation of their research in each of the countries followed by a discussion and Q+A with the audience.


Guilherme de Queiroz-Stein presented part of his ongoing research on a bioeconomy based on biodiversity in Brazil. His research objective is to identify the economic potential of Brazilian biodiversity, the different conceptions regarding the development of this bioeconomy, and the possible associated risks. The analysis identified that governmental actors, civil society, academia, and national industry had presented different concepts on how to develop the Brazilian bioeconomy, converging in the search for alternatives to the hegemonic bioeconomy, based on soybean, corn, and sugarcane monocultures. In fact, he identified significant developments in sectors such as food, cosmetics, and medicines and future potentials linked to bioenergy, payment for environmental services, and ecotourism.

Daniel Kefeli presented his co-authored paper with Karen Siegel, Lucía Pittaluga and Thomas Dietz. They examine the main drivers and dynamics of environmental policy integration in Uruguay during three periods of the recent Uruguayan history between 1990 and 2020, reflecting the most significant changes in the level of policy integration. Following the framework developed by Candel and Biesbroek, they demonstrate the continuous progress in policy integration over the 30 years in the Uruguayan forestry sector.

Melisa Deciancio presented her paper on the role of the state in promoting the Argentine bioeconomy, focusing on the extent to which the state, through the promotion of various initiatives, contributed to the development of bioeconomy projects in Argentina. To answer this question, the paper examines two cases of the bioeconomy in Argentina: biorefineries and GM crops technologies. From the analysis of policies and actors involved in both projects, she states that the state has played an active role in accompanying the private sector in promoting the bioeconomy and that, despite ideological divergences, the policies designed demonstrate the continuity between the different governments.


For more information, please see the colloquium programme.

Presentation at the International Conference: “Environmental goods and services: International Negotiations and political dilemmas”

Melisa Deciancio participated in the panel “Environmental goods and services: International Negotiations and political dilemmas” at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (PUCP), addressing the state and challenges of the bioeconomy in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. The other panellists included Pedro Da Motta Veiga (CINDES-Brazil), Manuel Rojas (PUCP), and Alan Fairlie (PUCP).

Virtual Workshop “Research and Public policies for a sustainable bioeconomy in Uruguay”

Virtual Workshop “Research and Public policies for a sustainable bioeconomy in Uruguay”

On November 29th 2021 the virtual workshop “Research and Public policies for a sustainable bioeconomy in Uruguay” took place. More than 50 participants from research centers, Universities, ministries and international organizations took part in the workshop.

As a result of a four-year participatory process, the technical staff of an interinstitutional governing body developed the Uruguayan National Strategy for a Circular and Sustainable Bioeconomy, whose approval by the national authorities is still pending. The next step is to continue building the Action Plan to effectively implement the national Strategy.

In this framework, the SABio Project with its Uruguayan partners – Universidad ORT and Universidad de la República – organized a workshop with the following objectives:

  • Level-up and diffuse the scientific knowledge that can feed into the four pillars of the Action Plan of the Bioeconomy Strategy;
  • Identify the gaps and set the basis for the generation of additional scientific knowledge related to the Action Plan in future years;
  • Build a network of researchers working in bioeconomy-related topics;
  • Bring researchers and scientists closer to the policy-makers in charge of the Strategy.

The workshop was organized around the strategic pillars of the Bioeconomy Strategy. First, representatives of the Ministries of Agriculture and Industry presented the key components of the Strategy as a framework to guide future bioeconomy policies and discussed the research needs for its implementation. Then, three initiatives and research projects related to the pillars of the Strategy were presented:

  • In the pillar Sustainable and circular production and consumption, Alejandro Carbajales, from Centro Tecnológico del Agua, presented the most relevant projects of the Center;
  • The pillar International insertion based on environmental added value was covered by the presentation of Michael Carroll and the initiatives deployed by the Grupo de Productores del Sur and Alianza del Pastizal;
  • Under the pillar Inclusive local development, Amalia Stuhldreher and Isabel Bortagaray presented the Project Bioeconomy as a development model for the Uruguayan North East region.

The purpose of these presentations was to showcase research-based initiatives and research projects that can contribute to the implementation of the action plan of the Strategy.

Finally, after a Q&A session, there was a debate between the audience and the speakers to discuss how research, science and technology should be articulated to support the implementation of public policies.

The outcomes of the fruitful exchange will be used to produce a policy brief by the SABio project containing the main conclusions of the workshop. The policy brief will highlight how research can contribute to the effective implementation of actions framed in the Bioeconomy Strategy, the main gaps in research and the suggested mechanisms for a better articulation between public policies and science and research.