The bioeconomy offers a way to transition away from fossil fuels and transform our economies. But, like any profound change, this transition won’t be without challenges. Who will benefit and who may be left behind? How are the new institutions and policies being shaped, and by whom? And how can the development of the bioeconomy be steered to addressing socio-economic and environmental issues without perpetuating the inequalities of the fossil economy (or creating new ones)?

These questions will be discussed at the book launch event: “The politics of bioeconomy and sustainability: Lessons from biofuel governance, policies and production strategies in the emerging world” by Mairon G. Bastos Lima. Drawing from experiences in design and implementation of biofuel policies and institutions, this book explores the politics of sustainable development in the context of emerging economies in the Global South, with in-depth case studies from Brazil, India and Indonesia.

The book launch will open with a conversation with the author, which will be followed by a panel of experts reflecting on the key points raised in the book. After that, the audience will be invited to ask questions and discuss the book as well as biofuels and bioeconomy policies and politics at large. The event will take place online via Zoom on 17 June 2021, 14:00 – 15:00 CEST.


  • Mairon G. Bastos Lima, author of the book. Research Fellow, SEI
  • Francis X. Johnson, Senior Research Fellow and Leader of the Initiative on Governing Bioeconomy Pathways, SEI
  • Karen Siegel, head of the research group “Transformation and Sustainability Governance in South American Bioeconomies”, Institute of Political Science, University of Münster
  • Wahida Maghraby, Researcher, Indonesian Center for Agricultural Socio Economic and Policy Studies (ICASEPS), Ministry of Agriculture Indonesia

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