Special Issue "Accelerating Bioeconomy Growth through Applied Research and Policy Change"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Economic and Business Aspects of Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Justus H.H. Wesseler
Guest Editor
Department of Economics, Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen, the Netherlands
Interests: biotechnology; economics; genomics; policy; regulation; sustainability
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Prof. Dr. David Zilberman
Guest Editor
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA
Interests: marketing; biotechnology; water; risk management; biofuels; natural resources; agricultural and environmental policy; the economics of innovation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Global economic growth is slowing, and several economies are suffering from recession, unemployment, and/or environmental destruction challenging sustainable development. These developments are reinforced by the current COVID-19 pandemic. Developments in biology are expected to allow for technical change addressing many of these challenges. Reaching these expectations will require an institutional and policy environment supporting investments and technical change. This Special Issue examines the possible contributions of the bioeconomy to economic growth, employment, and the environment and addresses how institutions and policies can support these contributions.

We invite contributions to the Special Issue addressing one or more of the following topics.

  1. Impacts of the bioeconomy and specific industries and technologies that make up the bioeconomy in the economy, rural development, poverty, and consumers. Technologies of special interest include:
    1. Applied microbiology: gene editing, new breeding techniques, synthetic biology, digital sequence information, marker-assisted breeding, gene drives;
    2. Biofuels;
    3. Biorefineries and biomaterials;
    4. Bioinputs (microbial, seeds and other biological inputs for agroindustry)’
    5. Plant-based milk, meats and feeds;
    6. Digital agriculture, precision agriculture.
  1. The environment, resources and bioeconomy:
    1. Bioeconomy, carbon economy, circular economy;
    2. Impact of bioeconomy on climate change/extreme weather/biotic and abiotic risks/desertification;
    3. Water scarcity, irrigation;
    4. Biodiversity;
    5. Biological control.
  1. Impact of public (regional, national, and international) and private research on innovation and bioeconomy growth:
    1. Public and private sector research investments;
    2. Patent developments and patent policies;
    3. Public-private partnerships;
    4. Bioeconomy R&D and economic growth.
  1. Institutions, policies, and regulations to encourage innovation, adoption, poverty reduction:
    1. Institutional change supporting innovations;
    2. Health and biosafety regulations;
    3. Intellectual property rights;
    4. Trade of technology and commodities and direct foreign investment;
    5. Consumer choices, preferences, and labeling policies.

In all topics, research may cover, inter alia, case studies as well as more analytical studies of successful and failed bioeconomy research, bioeconomy projects, and policies that allow deriving lessons for policymakers and innovators. Those lessons learned should be explicitly addressed in the contributions.

Prof. Dr. Justus H.H. Wesseler
Prof. Dr. David Zilberman
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Bioeconomy policies
  • Economic growth
  • Institutional change
  • Investment
  • Research and development
  • Technical change

Published Papers

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