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Inimbio – Institutional Implications of Bioeconomy Development

Dr. Wibke Crewett and Dr. Maria Proestou, researchers at the Berlin Workshop in Institutional Analysis of Social-Ecological Systems – WINS, focus on instutional changes in the transition to bioeconomy. Their current research project IMIBIO (Institutional Implications of Bioeconomy Development) has been funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for a term of 2,5 years (Feb. 2017 – Jul 2019).

Photo: Florian Gerlach
The “Inimbio” project contributes to the understanding of the societal legitimacy of bioeconomy development in Germany. Expansion of bioeconomy and particularly the increasing agricultural biomass production for energy purposes has triggered an ongoing societal debate on the implications of bioeconomy for agricultural land use and agricultural structures.

The approaches of institutional economics and value chain analysis provide the theoretical framework of the project. By means of in-depth case studies and a stakeholder dialogue, the “Inimbio” project studies the relationship between the expansion of bioeconomy sector and the diversity of agricultural structure in Germany. It identifies existing and develops new innovative institutional arrangements that ensure the participation of small and medium-sized agricultural enterprises in bioeconomy value chains, thereby supporting agricultural structural diversity.

The “Inimbio” project has been awarded roughly half a million Euro in grants by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with a term of 2,5 years (Feb. 2017 – Jul 2019). The project is affiliated to the Berlin Workshop in Institutional Analysis of Social-Ecological Systems (WINS) that is based at IRI THESys.

You can visit our website and learn more about our project. 

 

Research Group: WINS - Berlin Workshop in Institutional Analysis of Social Ecological Systems
Contact

 

Dr. Maria Proestou, research associate
Phone: +49 (0)30 2093 66435
Email: maria.proestou@hu-berlin.de

 

 

 Dr. Wibke Crewett, research associate
 Phone: +49 (0)30 2093 66435
 Email: crewettw@agrar.hu-berlin.de