New Publication (in English): Working Paper “The knowledge-based bioeconomy in the semi-periphery. A case study on second-generation ethanol in Brazil” by Maria Backhouse

New publication in May 2020: The knowledge-based bioeconomy in the semi-periphery. A case study on second-generation ethanol in Brazil by Maria Backhouse

This working paper investigates the socio-political background of the second-generation ethanol production in Brasil with reference to a global, knowledge-based bioeconomy. Its aim is to contribute to the question whether the bioeconomy will reproduce the global imbalance in knowledge production between centres and (semi-)peripheries or engender a multipolar world of knowledge production. Therefore, Maria Backhouse evaluates the historical context of the sugarcane-ethanol sector and analyses studies and data on the state of technological innovations as well as about the public and private investments in E2G research.