Socio-economic Research on Innovation in the Bioeconomy
Innovation requires technological solutions and social adaptation. The bioeconomy thus builds on the innovation potential of producers and consumers. With a focus on wood, the most important raw material of the bioeconomy in terms of quantity, we investigate the economic, ecological and social environment for innovation in the forest-related sector.
>> Our research aims to support the diffusion of innovation, for example by identifying barriers to and acceptance of new technologies and by anticipating the effects of innovations in terms of environmental aspects, social effects and market dynamics.
>> We generate contextual knowledge, even at early stages of technological maturity, when there is still sufficient room to (re)orient research and development towards specific goals. This is important in order to avoid the unintended effects of innovations and to create competitiveness.