Shades of green: A social scientific view on bioeconomy in the forest sector

  • Kleinschmit D
  • Lindstad B
  • Thorsen B
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Politics increasingly introduces initiatives supporting a shift towards a bioeconomy aiming at a society relying strongly on renewable biological sources while achieving economic growth efficiently and sustainably. However the agenda of bioeconomy comprises different “shades of green”, in the sense that different actors stress different aspects of the concept, when embracing it in communication. This conceptual paper aims to present policy and socio-economic theoretical frameworks and research areas relevant for a more holistic understanding of the bioeconomy concept applied to the forest sector, and identify a core set of potential contributions from social sciences for enhancing the bioeconomy in the forest sector. The paper focuses on studies within policy analysis, economics and business administration disciplines. Thus it presents diverse disciplinary perspectives on the forest sector in a bioeconomy. Furthermore innovation and sustainability have been indentified as issues relevant to be approached across these disciplines

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  • business management research
  • economics
  • future directions
  • political science

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