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Bioeconomy and Global Inequalities

Socio-Ecological Perspectives on Biomass Sourcing and Production

Palgrave Macmillan
  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

  • Explores implications of bioeconomy and bioenergy policies in South America, Asia and Europe

  • Discusses how a transition towards a bio-based economy affects socio-ecological inequalities

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Table of contents (15 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Contextualizing the Bioeconomy in an Unequal World: Biomass Sourcing and Global Socio-Ecological Inequalities

      • Maria Backhouse, Rosa Lehmann, Kristina Lorenzen, Janina Puder, Fabricio Rodríguez, Anne Tittor
      Pages 3-22Open Access
  3. Rethinking the Bioeconomy, Energy, and Value Production

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 23-23
    2. Bioenergy, Thermodynamics and Inequalities

      • Larry Lohmann
      Pages 85-103Open Access
  4. Bioeconomy Policies and Agendas in Different Countries

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 105-105
  5. Reconfigurations and Continuities of Social-ecological Inequalities in Rural Areas

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 173-173
  6. The Extractive Side of the Global Biomass Sourcing

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 263-263

About this book

This open access book focuses on the meanings, agendas, as well as the local and global implications of bioeconomy and bioenergy policies in and across South America, Asia and Europe. It explores how a transition away from a fossil and towards a bio-based economic order alters, reinforces and challenges socio-ecological inequalities. The volume presents a historically informed and empirically rich discussion of bioeconomy developments with a particular focus on bio-based energy. A series of conceptual discussions and case studies with a multidisciplinary background in the social sciences illuminate how the deployment of biomass sources from the agricultural and forestry sectors affect societal changes concerning knowledge production, land and labour relations, political participation and international trade. How can a global perspective on socio-ecological inequalities contribute to a complex and critical understanding of bioeconomy? Who participates in the negotiation of specific bioeconomy policies and who does not? Who determines the agenda? To what extent does the bioeconomy affect existing socio-ecological inequalities in rural areas? What are the implications of the bioeconomy for existing relations of extraction and inequalities across regions? The volume is an invitation to reflect upon these questions and more, at a time when the need for an ecological and socially just transition away from a carbon intensive economy is becoming increasingly pressing.

Keywords

  • bioeconomy
  • knowledge-based bioeconomy
  • bioenergy
  • biomass
  • global socio-ecological inequalities
  • transnational entanglements
  • global inequalities
  • bioenergy policies
  • sustainable energy transition
  • socio-ecological inequalities
  • social justice
  • just energy transition
  • open access
  • Environmental Geography

Editors and Affiliations

  • Institute of Sociology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Jena, Germany

    Maria Backhouse, Rosa Lehmann, Kristina Lorenzen, Malte Lühmann, Janina Puder, Fabricio Rodríguez, Anne Tittor

About the editors

Maria Backhouse is Professor of Global Inequalities and Socio-ecological Change at the Institute of Sociology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany. 

Rosa Lehmann is a political scientist and postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Sociology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany. 

Kristina Lorenzen is a Latin Americanist and researcher at the Institute of Sociology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany. 

Malte Lühmann is a political scientist and researcher at the Institute of Sociology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany. 

Janina Puder is a sociologist and researcher at the Institute of Sociology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany. 

Fabricio Rodríguez is a political scientist and postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Sociology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany. 

Anne Tittor is a sociologist and postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Sociology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany. 


The editors are all members of the Junior Research Group “Bioeconomy and Inequalities. Transnational Entanglements and Interdependencies in the Bioenergy Sector” funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Bioeconomy and Global Inequalities

  • Book Subtitle: Socio-Ecological Perspectives on Biomass Sourcing and Production

  • Editors: Maria Backhouse, Rosa Lehmann, Kristina Lorenzen, Malte Lühmann, Janina Puder, Fabricio Rodríguez, Anne Tittor

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-68944-5

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2021

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-68943-8

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-68946-9

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-68944-5

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVI, 338

  • Number of Illustrations: 13 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Environmental Policy, Sociology, Physical Geography, Energy Policy, Economics and Management, Environmental Management, Sustainability

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)