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ERAE special issue on “Bioeconomy Innovation Pipelines and Supply Chain Shocks”

Guest editors: Justus Wesseler and Dušan Drabik

Innovation is fundamental for ensuring that society can produce more with fewer inputs. Without innovation-driven productivity gains, the problems outlined by Malthus more than 200 years ago would be more pronounced in modern societies. Innovations along supply chains are essential to meeting the needs of the increasing global population while simultaneously striving to ensure production is as sustainable as possible.

What are some of the key opportunities and challenges affecting innovation? Advances in biological research accelerated by COVID-19 and new research tools like CRISPR-Cas9 are creating new opportunities for firms to innovate. Innovators seeking investment are, however, adversely affected by different sources of uncertainty. Innovation pipelines, both technical and institutional, are vital for supply chain development, as without the continuous commercialization of improved products and changes in the market and industrial structure, supply chains risk stagnation. Recent supply chain shocks, such as those resulting from COVID-19 and dramatic climatic events, have created significant challenges for many supply chains. Supply chain disruptions create business opportunities and uncertainty in markets, the effects of which can ripple through supply chains, ultimately back to innovation investment decisions. They are further affected by national and international policies. This has recently increased at the EU level with the new policies on due diligence and the policies governing the Green Deal. Examples include developing plant protection products and new fertilizer products that comply with EU rules.

Bioeconomy innovation pipelines and supply chain shocks is an emerging topic in the literature. Modelling supply chains is not trivial as several stages are involved. The model by Muth introduced in the 1960s laid out some of the fundamentals and the related complexities for modelling supply chains, in particular when markets are differentiated or when new products enter the market.

Call for Submissions

The special issue invites submission of abstracts for research papers that address how recent market shocks and government responses have impacted, or have the potential to impact, innovation pipelines and supply chains. Possible topics include:

  1. Increasing Innovation Investment
  • Effects of regulatory burden and government policies
  • The role for investment incentives
  • Strengthening public sector research
  • Potential for public-private partnerships
  1. Increasing Supply Chain Resilience
  • Role of supply chain contracts
  • Impacts from digital agriculture
  • Essential components of supply chain links in national and international trade
  • Trade-offs between transparency and confidential business information
  1. Improving Supply Chain Sustainability
  • Measuring sustainability improvements along supply chains
  • Trade-offs between sustainability incentives, due diligence, and mandates
  • Improved sustainability impacts on profitability
  1. Society and Consumer Responses to Bioeconomy Innovations
  • Consumer willingness to pay for sustainability improvements
  • Role of society regarding innovation commercialization
  • Bioeconomy knowledge and awareness

All papers must be original and not concurrently submitted to another journal. We welcome standard research papers. All submissions will be examined by a review committee led by the ERAE editorial board. To improve impact of the articles on the policy agenda and to contribute to the build-up of a community of research, a one-day workshop will be organized in April 2023, during which the authors of accepted or “revise-and-resubmit” papers will gather for collective and mutual coaching and support.

Deadline paper submission is 30 August 2022.