Co-Constructing Markets and Natures in Bio-Economies

  • Kean Birch


Although it’s possible to identify how political-economic materialities enable and constrain different bio-economies, it is also important to analyse how markets and natures are co-constructed through the interaction between environmental and economic processes. Rather than assume that markets or natures are some pristine system or process, this chapter aims to show what bio-economies are created as the result of nature-economy relations. It analyses advanced biofuel value chains in Canada to show how biomass is constructed as a resource, how conversion technologies are framed, and how distribution is inflected by biophysical and political-economic qualities of biofuels. Again, my aim is to unpack the claim that nature is being increasingly neoliberalized.


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  • Kean Birch
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  1. 1.York UniversityTorontoCanada

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