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Whose transformation is this? Unpacking the ‘apparatus of capture’ in Sweden's bioeconomy

Holmgren, Sara and Giurca, Alexandru and Johansson, Johanna and Söderlund Kanarp, Christoffer and Stenius, Tove and Fischer, Klara (2022). Whose transformation is this? Unpacking the ‘apparatus of capture’ in Sweden's bioeconomy. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. 42 , 44-57
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Abstract

This study investigates how and by whom the Swedish (forest) bioeconomy has been shaped so far. We unpack emerging bioeconomies as discursive constructs and use the ‘apparatus of capture’ as a conceptual framework to understand and rethink the Swedish bioeconomy. Based on analysis of empirical data from multiple sources (e.g., online surveys, in-depth interviews, participatory observations), we identify a closed bioeconomy network structure that includes forest industries, major forest owner associations, regional councils and research institutes/universities. The network (re)produces three key storylines that appeal to the majority of parties in the national parliament, defines the boundaries of relevant expertise, and discredits environmental regulation and expertise. Through these storylines the Swedish bioeconomy is turned into an issue of innovation governance, which blurs the boundaries between public and private interests in forests. To counteract future capture, different types of knowledges and forest perspectives need further exploration in Swedish bioeconomy and forest governance.

Authors/Creators:Holmgren, Sara and Giurca, Alexandru and Johansson, Johanna and Söderlund Kanarp, Christoffer and Stenius, Tove and Fischer, Klara
Title:Whose transformation is this? Unpacking the ‘apparatus of capture’ in Sweden's bioeconomy
Series Name/Journal:Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions
Year of publishing :2022
Volume:42
Page range:44-57
Number of Pages:14
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 506 Political Science > Public Administration Studies
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
Keywords:Sustainability transformations, Bioeconomy, Forest industry, Discourse, Sweden, Climate change
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-114664
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-114664
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1016/j.eist.2021.11.005
ID Code:26642
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:28 Dec 2021 18:25
Metadata Last Modified:18 May 2022 13:55

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